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New student information

Welcome to UMass Dartmouth! Here's some information to get you started...

Before you arrive on campus

What about deposits?

To reserve your spot in the university, you must complete and return the white enrollment card that was enclosed in your acceptance package. The enrollment card must be accompanied by an enrollment deposit of $200 in order to hold your place in your program of study. Students who plan to live on campus must include an additional non-refundable $200 housing deposit. Please note that all deposits will be applied to the student's first semester bill. The postmark deadline for enrollment cards and deposits is May 1, although popular programs (including Nursing) may reach their capacity limits prior to the deadline.

When will I find out about Orientation?

Summer Orientation

Incoming freshmen and transfer students will receive an orientation packet in late April. Students who submit their deposit after April should receive their orientation packet by mid-May. If you do not receive an orientation packet, please call the orientation line: 508.910.6497.

For more information, visit the orientation website

Winter Orientation

Incoming freshmen and transfer students who intend to enroll in the spring semester should receive an orientation packet in December. If you do not receive an orientation packet, please call the orientation line: 508.910.6497.

For more information, visit the orientation website

Do I need to take placement tests?

All UMass Dartmouth students must take a math class and an English class, and the placement tests help determine which class level is appropriate for you. You need to complete placement testing prior to orientation, so we can generate a class schedule for you.

Freshmen receive placement testing information in their admission packets. Transfer students will be contacted by the New Student Transfer Office for placement testing information.

What are the dates for testing?

Placement test sessions begin during the April school vacation week and are scheduled through the month of May. The online form to sign up for a session opens in March. To sign up and view the dates for placement tests

Can I take the placement test at my high school?

All incoming students living beyond the 99-mile testing radius may be eligible for off-site testing. If you are interested in finding out what options may be available, please send an email and include your name, student ID number and return email address.

What about health forms and immunization records?

Health forms for students entering in the fall semester are mailed the first week of May. Health forms for students entering in the spring semester will be mailed from the Admissions Office and should be included with your acceptance package.

If you misplace or don't receive the forms, please visit this link: Health Form Information

What are the immunization requirements?

The Health Services site lists immunization requirements for all students.

Are there additional requirements for students who plan to live on campus?

Students who plan to live on campus must also submit meningitis documentation. This documentation must consist of proof of immunization or the Meningitis Waiver Form (PDF) which can be downloaded and printed from the Health Services web site.

What happens if I don't submit my health information?

Students who plan to live on campus and who have not submitted their health forms prior to their scheduled move-in day will not be allowed to move into the Residence Halls until proof of immunization is presented to Health Services. All students will have an immunization hold in place, from the time of acceptance until their records are completed. This hold will prevent a student from registering for future classes.

What about financial aid?

Financial aid award packages are sent at the end of March to those students who have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The financial aid packages will include any applicable loans or grants, as well as federal work study funding. Students with a federal work study award can get a head-start on the job hunt by visiting the Student Employment website for a list of job postings.

If you have questions about your financial aid package, contact the Financial Aid Office at 508.999.8643.

What about my housing contract and roommate selection?

When will I receive my housing contract?

Housing contracts for new students are sent out in late May.

When do I need to return it?

Please return it within 5 days of receiving it.  The sooner your contract is received, the more likely you will be assigned to the type of room you requested in your preferences.

Can I request a specific roommate?

All roommates must request each other either in writing or on the contract by the due date to be honored.

Roommate request due dates are specified at the bottom of the contract. 

Do you have roommate matching?

Yes, students will receive a roommate matching form or instructions on how to complete roommate matching online with your housing contract.

For additional housing information, please visit the housing website.


Class Schedule

When do I get my class schedule?

Students will receive their schedules during orientation.

What if I want to change classes?

Please consult with your academic advisor prior to making any changes to your schedule. If you would like to change classes, you can change your schedule in COIN, which you can access through myUMassD. You can also make changes to your schedule during the add/drop period which is the first week of the start of the semester.

How can I access my schedule?

Student schedules are accessible through COIN, our student information system located in the myUMassD portal. COIN training will take place during orientation.


Textbooks

What is the average cost for textbooks for the semester?

Textbook cost can vary depending on major; however, please plan to spend $500-$600 per semester.

How do I know what books I need?

Once you have your class schedule, you can use the course numbers to find your textbooks both at the bookstore and online.


UMass Pass

What is a UMass Pass and how does it work?

Your UMass Pass is your student identification card. It is a swipe card that allows you to access your residence hall, check books out of the library, use your meal plan and snack allowance, purchase items at the bookstore and pay for things off campus using your UMDollars account.

For more information about UMass Pass, please visit the UMass Pass Office in the Campus Center, call 508.910.6913, or visit the UMass Pass web site.

When do I receive my UMass Pass and is there a fee?

Each student receives his or her UMass Pass at orientation. Students who are unable to attend orientation may visit the UMass Pass office, located in the Campus Center, during their summer business hours, to receive their UMass Pass.

A one-time fee will appear on your fall semester bill for the UMass Pass.

What if I lose my UMass Pass?

Please go to the UMass Pass office in the Campus Center right away to report a lost or stolen card. There is a $25 fee to replace a lost or stolen UMass Pass. For more information, please visit the UMass Pass web site.

What is the UMDollars account and how can I make a deposit to it?

There are two kinds of accounts on the UMass Pass. UMDollars is the account students can use at any location that accepts UMass Pass, including some off-campus locations. You can deposit money into your UMass Pass UMDollars account online or at the UMass Pass office. Please visit the UMass Pass web site for more information.

The UMDollars account is separate from the UMass Pass "snack account," which resident students receive as part of their meal plans. The "snack allowance" may be used at various food venues on campus.


Parking

Can freshmen have cars on campus?

Yes. However, all students, both commuters and residents, must have parking decals on their cars.

How do I get a parking decal?

Please visit the parking web site for information and to obtain a decal. You must have activated your UMass Dartmouth email account to obtain a parking decal.

What is the cost for having a car on campus?

Fees for parking vary by student category. Please visit the parking web site for more information.


Email, computers & information technology (IT)

When do I get a UMass Dartmouth email account and how do I activate it?

UMassD Logon accounts (for email and other services) are created in May for new students entering in the fall semester. (Accounts for students entering in the spring semester are created as new student criteria are finalized.) The UMassD Logon is your username and password for your university email account; it's also used for other services such as myCourses, our system for online courses.

To activate your UMassD Logon, visit: www.umassd.edu/cits/newstudents/

To access your Zimbra email, COIN, and other university systems, use the myUMassD portal.

Please note: Students at UMass Dartmouth also use COIN, our system for student information and services such as class schedules and course registration. COIN is located in the myUMassD portal.

Do I need to use this email account?

Yes. UMass Dartmouth email is the official form of communication between the university and students. You can log in to your university account from the UMass Dartmouth home page. Students are expected to check this email account regularly.

What kinds of communication from the university will I receive at this email account?

Some examples of official communications sent to your UMass Dartmouth email account:

  • Invitation to register for classes
  • Housing assignment
  • School cancellations
  • Email from professors
  • Package notification
  • Information on campus activities
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • On-campus job opportunities
  • Internship opportunities

Please be sure to read the university's email and responsible use policies.

Are there requirements for computers?

Computing and Information Technology Services (known on campus as CITS) provides guidelines to assist students who plan to purchase a computer. Some colleges (Business, Visual & Performing Arts) also provide specific recommendations for laptops.

How do I find out about the campus network, computer labs, etc?

Computing & Information Technology Services (CITS) has a "Get Started" page for new students. For additional information, you can also visit the CITS website.

What is COIN?

Students manage information such as class schedules and course registration through COIN (Corsairs Online Information). COIN is located in the myUMassD portal. You will learn more about COIN at orientation.


Housing & meal plan options

What are housing options for freshmen?

Freshmen live in traditional residence halls—each hall is a specially themed first-year living-learning community.

What are housing options for transfer students?

While the Housing Office cannot guarantee placement in an upper-level residence hall, the staff works to place transfer students, as space is available, with their peers.

Do you offer ADA accommodations for disabled students?

Yes. You can find information on ADA accommodations on the housing website.

What is a meal plan?

A meal plan is a package including a certain number of meals per week, snack allowance, and guest passes. You sign up for a meal plan on the housing contract.

All freshmen must have a meal plan. Meal plan options for freshmen are: 10 meals per week, 14 meals per week, and 19 meals per week.

Please note: You can always increase your meal plan if you feel you are not getting enough meals. However, once selected, meal plans cannot be decreased.

More information about campus dining


Housing assignments

When do I receive my housing assignment?

You will receive your housing room assignment in mid-August via your UMass Dartmouth email account as well as in the mail.

For more information about Housing and moving in, please visit the housing website.

When do I find out who my roommate is?

Your roommate's name and contact information will be on your room assignment notification.

What if I didn't get what I requested?

If you were not assigned a room you marked as your preference, you can change your room after the room freeze period is over. Please see the housing information on this site for a more detailed explanation.

What can I bring with me when I move in (and what shouldn't I bring)?

The housing site lists what you should bring.


Mailbox information

When will I receive my mailing address information?

Your mail box and mailing address will be on your room assignment letter.

Where are mailboxes located and how often is mail delivered?

Mailboxes are located on the ground floor of your building. Student mail is delivered to your mailbox Monday through Friday.

How are packages delivered?

Information about mailboxes and packages


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