Congratulations to your son or daughter on being admitted to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. I realize and appreciate the significant role that you have played in your child’s academic success and congratulate you as well.
I know also that you will continue to be an important source of guidance and support as your child decides which college to attend. Our parent FAQs answer many of the questions that parents often have about college life. I hope the answers will assist you in helping your child prepare for success in college.
I am often asked, “Why UMass Dartmouth? What makes your campus special?” Certainly, your child will be intellectually challenged by the academic excellence of our curriculum—and will gain valuable, real-life experience through our many service learning, internship, study abroad, and other experiential learning programs. But my best answer is often a very simple one—it’s the people.
It is our faculty, from whom your child will learn and be inspired by; our staff, who are friendly, helpful and supportive; our remarkable students, with whom your child will have much in common—some becoming lifelong friends. When you visit the campus, I think you will be struck by the enthusiasm, the confidence, and the real affection that so many of us have for this place.
Each fall we welcome our new students with a special Convocation just for them. After the requisite speeches of good wishes and friendly advice, we conclude with many of our faculty and staff lining a long walkway on both sides—congratulating and greeting each and every new student as they pass by. I hope that your student gets to experience this wonderful tradition this fall.
You have my very best wishes at this important time in your family’s life and your child’s future.
Jean F. MacCormack , Chancellor