University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Parents’ Guide

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth: a dynamic university for a modern world

With Navitas at University of Massachusetts  Dartmouth, your student will receive practical training for real-world success. Located just one hour from Boston, they will learn from world- renowned educators and researchers in small, personalized classes. They will take the knowledge they gain in the classroom and apply it through internships, cooperative education, practical research and community service. UMass Dartmouth distinguishes itself as a vibrant, public research university dedicated to engaged learning and innovative research resulting in personal and lifelong student success.

The advantages of University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Dartmouth

  • Top 150 Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs*
  • Ranked as one of the top New England regional universities
  • Ranked #24 of best master’s institutions in the United States
  • Charlton College of Business was named  to The Princeton Review’s 2016 edition of its “Best 296 Business Schools”
  • Animation Career Review, 2016 ranks CVPA’s digital media programs  in the top 30 in the United States
  • World-renowned faculty and researchers,  including 11 Fulbright scholars


A world-class education

At University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, students learn from world-renowned educators and researchers in small, personalized classes. Our professors are renowned for their research, and they love to teach. Your student will have professors in their classrooms and they will be among  talented students who share a passion for learning, within a welcoming and supportive international community. Research institutes and hands-on learning

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth cultivates a vital and vibrant culture of research, scholarship and innovation to produce  knowledge and ideas with a local and global impact. Students, faculty and staff work alongside each other at leading research initiatives, including:

  •  The Marine Renewable Energy Consortium, which leverages university science and policy assets to support  job creation in this emerging field.
  • The School for Marine Science and Technology, New Bedford, is a leader in achieving the economic-environmental balance that sustains the fishing industry, and in developing technologies and strategies to chart and preserve our marine environments.
  • The Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship is a transformative incubator  facility that links university laboratories and fledgling technology firms to grow the innovation job base.
  • The future Massachusetts Accelerator for Biomanufacturing is a $30 million facility that will offer emerging  life science companies a platform for product  demonstration.
  • The National Textile Center/Center for Regenerative Biomaterials encourages the transformation of the mature textile industry into a leading-edge life science engine.

If you want to make a difference, do it here. Our students take the knowledge they gain in the classroom and apply it through internships, cooperative education, team projects, hands-on research and community service.

The Experience Program

The Experience Program provides an opportunity for practical application of academic knowledge and skill, while earning academic credit. Under the direction of a faculty sponsor,  students may work under the direction of a work-site supervisor at an off-campus  outside agency or in an on-campus University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Dartmouth department. The range of project types and settings is almost limitless, creating exciting ways to enrich one’s academic studies, gain valuable experience and test a tentative career choice.

College of Engineering’s Cooperative

Education & Internship Program

The Cooperative Education and Internship Program (CEIP) is a highly successful approach that combines classroom education with workplace learning. The program  places students on the road to a rewarding future as they learn, earn money, and gain hands-on experience. As part of the program,  you child will alternate a semester/summer in coursework  with a semester/summer of full-time work.

Extraordinary internships

An interesting and exciting internship opportunity will look great on your child’s résumé and help prepare  them for an exciting career after college. How does a 10- or 15-week  credit-bearing internship program  in Washington, D.C., or abroad sound?  Internships can be obtained in various fields including the arts, business, science, health, information technology and government affairs.

Service learning and civic engagement

At University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, service learning is a teaching/learning method that combines community service with classroom learning. You gain knowledge in a specific discipline through participating in creatively-designed community-based projects that provide real community benefits.

Optional Practical Training

The U.S. government’s Optional Practical Training (OPT) program  offers international graduates with a degree  in a STEM discipline (science, technology, engineering or math) the opportunity to stay and work in the U.S. for up to three years. Participating in the OPT program  gives graduates a significant advantage when looking for permanent employment in the U.S. and abroad.

Dartmouth: Southern  New England at its best

Situated between the Atlantic coastline and scenic forests, Dartmouth, Massachusetts, is a city with an active and diverse population. Rich in agricultural history, Dartmouth offers a serenity that is hard to find anywhere else. With major cities like Boston and Providence a short drive away, your student will havethe best of both worlds — small-town comforts and big-city culture. Dartmouth is an ideal place to be challenged, both academically and personally. Dartmouth is where it will all begin. Dartmouth city life Dartmouth is near some of the best beaches  on the East Coast. The closest beach is only a 15-minute drive away, which means enjoying the atmosphere and fun of a coastal town. The local area also offers many opportunities for outdoor activities like hiking, beach walking, whale watching, golf, ice hockey, mountain biking, sailing and kayaking. Within a mile of campus,  everything needed is available, from food to electronics at stores like Stop & Shop, Target and Walmart. The Dartmouth Mall has 50 stores, including Macy’s and Old Navy, as well as a 12-screen  luxury movie theater. The town also features  many of the famous U.S. chain restaurants, in addition to restaurants serving food from all over the world.


Dartmouth has a wonderfully diverse climate with warm, humid summers, cold winters and mild spring and fall

temperatures. Enjoy average temperatures of 80°F (26°C) during the summer months. Spring and fall scenery in New England

is second to none,  with temperatures ranging from 50°F to 60°F (8°C–17°C). Temperatures average around  40°F (4°C) over the winter months.

Nearby attractions

■  Horseneck Beach

■  Apponagansett Park

■  Dartmouth regional parks and trails

■  New Bedford Whaling Museum

■  Zeiterion Theatre (New Bedford)

■  Providence Performing Arts Center

■  Newport Mansions

■  Wang Center (Boston)

■  Museum of Fine Arts (Boston)


Population:   35,570

State:              Massachusetts

Currency:       U.S. Dollar (US$)

Time zone:    Eastern Standard  Time

(UTC/GMT – 5 hours)

Electricity:     120V


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