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University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Points of Distinction


Ranked as one of the top New England public regional universities

- U.S. News & World Report

Online bachelor's programs listed as #1 in Massachusetts, #2 in New England, and #55 nationwide

- U.S. News & World Report

Ranked #2 out of 86 public universities in Massachusetts

- GoLocal

The College of Visual & Performing Arts ranked #1 in Massachusetts and #2 in New England for animation programs offered at public colleges and universities

- Animation Career Review

Listed #4 of 50 U.S. Colleges Where Art Programs Abound

- Online Colleges Database

#6 out of 50 most affordable public schools for in-state students

- Affordable Colleges

Ranked #6 of 33 Massachusetts schools for affordability of online programs

- College Choice

Ranked #7 nationally for most affordable online colleges for bachelor's degrees

- College Choice

In the top 10 for undergraduate accounting programs in Massachusetts

- Accounting Degree Review

Ranked #11 for online MBA in healthcare management programs

- The Best Schools

Ranked #17 out of 50 most affordable public schools for out-of-state students

- Affordable Colleges

Among the top 20 Massachusetts schools for return on investment

- Affordable Colleges Online

Ranked in the top 15 schools nationwide for master's degrees in physics among institutions granting the MS—and is the only such school in the Northeast

- American Physical Society

Ranked in the top 20 for online master's programs in computer science

- Computer Science Online

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

- Social Mobility Index

Ranked #24 out of 673 U.S. master's universities based on "contribution to the public good"

- Washington Monthly

Ranked #39 for "best undergraduate engineering programs" 

- U.S. News & World Report

The UMass system ranks #42 among the world's top universities

- The Times of London

Ranked #45 of the top 100 grad schools for nurses

- Scrubs Magazine's Guide to Nursing Schools

One of the top 50 online bachelor of science in nursing programs

- College Choice

Recognized for Best Online Programs -#69 out of nearly 1,000 programs surveyed

- U.S. News & World Report

The College of Nursing is listed among the "Best Graduate Schools" in the U.S., #98 of 1,000

- U.S. News & World Report


UMassD students donate more than 200,000 hours of service each year at a value of $5.4 million to the community

- Leduc Center for Civic Engagement

Leading By Example State Higher Education Award for commitment to clean energy and environmental practices

- Massachusetts Energy & Environmental Affairs

One of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S.

- The Princeton Review's Guide to 332 Green Colleges

Designated a Military Friendly School ® with leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience

- Military Friendly

UMass Law named to the national honor roll for legal education practical training program

- The National Jurist

Charlton College of Business named to the "Best 296 Business Schools"

- The Princeton Review

UMass Law named a Best Bargain Law School for Latina/o students

- Lawyers of Color

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 a multi-functional learning environment for student nurses, with equipment to practice advanced nursing skills