Our admissions process

Admissions decisions & deadlines

UMass Dartmouth practices rolling admissions, which means that we make our admissions decisions as soon as possible once we receive and review your completed application and supporting materials.

The Early Action deadline is November 15, and you'll be notified by mid-December.

Regular decision applications are reviewed once they are complete, and decisions are made as soon as possible. Students are encouraged to apply by March 1, which is a priority deadline for both admissions and filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Nursing applicants have a priority application deadline of February 1. Students placed on the wait list will be notified beginning in early May if they have been accepted into the College of Nursing.

Some programs such as biology, engineering, nursing, and psychology are highly competitive, and applicants are encouraged to apply early.

Application for mid-year admission (the semester beginning in January) should be made by January 1.

Admissions criteria

Our admissions process considers each applicant as an individual. UMass Dartmouth is interested in attracting students whose achievements, aptitude, interests, character, and motivation indicate promise of success in the academic subjects they plan to study. We believe an applicant's performance in previous schooling is the best predictor of success at the university.

In addition to the academic records, we consider the SAT (or ACT) results. We also consider your personal statements, and we place value on experiences that have allowed you to develop qualities of leadership and community service. We also like to know about your work experiences and other significant interests.

Students are accepted into specific majors and programs of study by using both general standards to evaluate an applicant's ability to do university work and specific standards for potential in major departments or programs.

We use admissions standards established by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. These standards take into account your program of study, the level of your course work, and your standardized test results. Strong emphasis is placed on the college prep courses you take, the level of those courses, and the grades you receive.

Admissions requirements

Secondary school record

17 units of college preparatory courses:

  • English—4 units
  • Mathematics—4 units: algebra I & II and geometry or trigonometry (or comparable), including math during the final year of high school
  • Foreign language—2 units of the same language
  • Sciences—3 units; all must be laboratory sciences: natural science, physical science, technology/engineering
  • Social sciences—2 units, including 1 in U.S. history
  • Electives—2 units in college preparatory courses

We encourage you to submit your first quarter grades as soon as possible.

If you are enrolled in a career/vocational technical high school, you must complete the required number of college preparatory classes, with some exceptions. For more information, contact Admissions or refer to the Dept. of Higher Education's current standards (PDF, p. 12).

If you live outside of Massachusetts, please contact Admissions about these requirements.

If you have taken Advanced Placement (AP) courses, you should ask for your examination results to be sent to the Registar's Office at UMass Dartmouth.

If you completed high school through the GED program, you must submit a copy of the GED certificate from the state, along with a copy of your GED test record. You may mail copies of these records with your application form yourself. An official high school transcript is still required.

Test results

We recommend that you have the official results of your SAT I (math and critical reasoning) or ACT sent to us by the Educational Testing Services. Our College Board code is 3786. Our ACT code is 001906.

We can accept scores from your school as long as they are recorded on an official transcript. It is important to have your scores sent as early as possible in your senior year to ensure a complete evaluation of your application.

Applicants who have been out of high school for more than three years, or who have earned at least 24 transferable college credits, are exempted from the SAT requirement. You may also claim an exemption from the SAT/ACT requirement if you have a learning disability.

International applicants, specifically those whose first language is not English, are required to submit the official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), unless the student has attended a school for at least one year in which the language of instruction is English. Official results are required from the Educational Testing Service.

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
    • Internet-based: 79
    • Computer-based: 213
    • Paper-based: 550
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    • Overall Band Score: 6.5

More information: International Student & Scholar Center

International applicants: If you don't meet these requirements, alternative admission to UMass Dartmouth is possible through Navitas.

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Exemptions from testing requirements

Applicants who have been out of high school for more than three years, or who have earned at least 24 transferable college credits, are exempted from the SAT requirement.

You may claim an exemption from the SAT/ACT requirement if you have a qualifying disability that affects your learning and performance. Federal non-discrimination statutes place strict limits on the ability of schools and universities to seek information regarding an applicant’s disability prior to admission, and allow such inquiries only for the purpose of addressing past discrimination or a voluntary action to overcome the effects of conditions that resulted in limited participation {34 CFR 104.42 (d)}. You should address your request for exemption from testing to Admissions. At that time, we will forward your documentation to the Center for Access and Success to determine if you are eligible for a waiver.

Please be advised that:

  • providing this information is voluntary
  • any information received will be completely confidential
  • a refusal to furnish such information will not subject the applicant to any adverse treatment
  • the information will be used only in accordance with federal and state law
  • your submission of documentation does not guarantee exemption from testing 

If you are accepted to the University and wish to receive academic accommodations in your courses, you must contact the Center for Access & Success, our disability services on campus. The staff will work with you to meet your specific needs determined on a case-by-case basis.

First-year or transfer?

Applicants who will have secondary school or equivalency diplomas, and who have never attended degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions, are considered first-year applicants.

Applicants who have attended degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions (including UMass Dartmouth as a special student or through University Extension) are considered transfer applicants. See Transfer applicants for more information. 

Dual enrollment applicants

If you are taking (or have taken) college courses through a dual enrollment program while in high school, you will still apply to UMass Dartmouth as a first-year student and not a transfer student. Please list the courses you have completed or that are in progress on your application.

Admission decisions

Admission decisions are generally made within a few weeks after applications are received, and a letter will be sent with our decision as soon as the Admissions Committee completes its review of your credentials. We will notify you in writing if your file lacks any information. Admission decisions cannot be made until all required information is on file.

Application fee waivers

If the application fee presents a financial hardship, you may:

  • make a written fee waiver request, supported by a letter from a guidance counselor, social worker, financial aid officer, or member of the clergy
  • use the College Board application fee waiver form which must be signed by a high school counselor

Early admission

Frequently, superior secondary school students exhaust the courses offered in their high schools by the end of the junior year. They may seek admission to UMass Dartmouth without a secondary school diploma. Such candidates may be admitted on the basis of superior high school records and test scores. The application must also be supported with a written agreement that the high school approves the plan, and that a diploma will be granted upon satisfactory completion of one or two semesters of college work. Signatures of the school principal or headmaster, guidance counselor, and parents are required.

Deferred admission

Students who have been accepted but find that they are unable to enroll in the semester originally intended may defer their admission for one or two semesters. The non-refundable $200 enrollment deposit must be paid, and a letter requesting deferment must be addressed to the Office of Admissions.

Accepted/did not enroll

We keep applications on file for a year.

  • If you have applied to UMass Dartmouth within the last year—but did not attend—please use our Reactivation Form.
  • If it has been more than a year, please re-apply using one of our standard application options


We encourage applications from students who have been denied admission but who have improved their academic records at other institutions. We keep applications on file for one year.

  • If you have applied to UMass Dartmouth within the last year—but did not attend—please use our Reactivation Form.
  • If it has been more than a year, please re-apply using one of our standard application options


Students who previously attended UMass Dartmouth/Southeastern Massachusetts University (day division) as degree candidates, and who registered for one or more semesters, may request re-admission by contacting the Registrar's Office (508.999.8615).