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sept 2014

Points of Distinction


  • Ranked as one of the top New England public regional universities by U.S. News & World Report
  • Online bachelor's programs listed as #1 in Massachusetts, #2 in New England, and #55 nationwide, by U.S. News & World Report
  • Ranked #2 out of 86 public universities in Massachusetts, according to GoLocal
  • Animation Career Review ranks the College of Visual & Performing Arts as #1 in Massachusetts and #2 in New England for animation programs offered at public colleges and universities
  • Ranked in the top 2% on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll: one of 16 finalists for community service, with distinction in economic development and interfaith initiatives
  • Listed #4 of 50 U.S. Colleges Where Art Programs Abound by College Database
  • Ranked #6 out of 50 most affordable public schools for in-state students, by Affordable Colleges.
  • Recognized for affordability of online programs: #6 of 33 Massachusetts schools
  • Ranked #11 for online MBA in healthcare management programs by
  • UMassD alumni are ranked in the top 17% of colleges and universities for average salary by PayScale
  • Ranked #17 out of 50 most affordable public schools for out-of-state students, according to AffordableColleges
  • Among the top twenty Massachusetts schools for return on investment, according to Affordable Colleges Online
  • In the top 22% for social mobility: the extent to which a university educates economically disadvantaged students at lower tuition, so they can graduate and obtain good paying jobs.
  • Ranked #24 out of 673 U.S. master's universities, in Washington Monthly's ranking of universities based on "contribution to the public good"
  • Ranked #39 for "best undergraduate engineering programs" by U.S. News & World Report
  • The UMass system ranks #42 among the world's top universities, according to The Times of London's worldwide rankings
  • UMassD ranks in the top 15 schools nationwide for master's degrees in physics among institutions granting the MS—and is the only such schoool in the Northeast—as noted by the American Physical Society
  • Ranked #45 of the top 100 grad schools for nurses by Scrubs Magazine's Guide to Nursing Schools
  • Recognized for "Best Online Programs," #69 out of nearly 1,000 programs surveyed by U.S. News & World Report
  • The College of Nursing is listed among the "Best Graduate Schools" in the U.S., #98 of 1,000, by U.S. News & World Report


  • Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for committment to service. UMass Dartmouth students donate more the 200,000 hours of service each year.
  • One of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S., according to "The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges"
  • UMassD received a Leading By Example State Higher Education Award for its commitment to clean energy and environmental practices
  • Designated a Military Friendly School ® with leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience
  • Charlton College of Business was named to The Princeton Review's 2015 edition of its "Best 296 Business Schools"
  • Ranked in the top 20 for online master's programs in computer science by Computer Science Online
  • Listed as one of the top 50 online bachelor of science in nursing programs, by College Choice
  • UMass Law named to the national honor roll for legal education practical training program, in legal education magazine The National Jurist
  • UMass Law named a Best Bargain Law School for Latina/o Students by Lawyers of Color magazine
  • New Bedford, home of UMassD's visual arts campus, is regularly listed among "best cities for young artists," "cities for creatives," and "most artistic cities"
  • The Claire T. Carney Library has been recognized for excellence in architectural design and library planning by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Library Association/Library Leadership and Management Association (ALA/LLAMA)

Faculty excellence

  • 11 faculty members have been named Fulbright Scholars since 2009
  • 2 faculty members were selected to receive Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Awards from the National Science Foundation in 2013–2014
  • 1 MacDowell Colony Fellow, in recognition of artistic excellence

One of a kind, south of Boston

UMass Dartmouth offers unique opportunities in research and experiential learning

  • 400-MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Facillity funded by a National Science Foundation grant
  • Dual-source single-crystal x-ray diffractometer that benefits the research activities of seven institutions in southeastern New England
  • The Pennington SimLab offers an multi-functional learning environment for student nurses, with equipment to practice advanced nursing skills