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Requirements for freshmen

The credentials required for admission are:

  • Secondary school record including 16 units of college preparatory courses:
    • English: 4 units
    • Social Sciences: 2 units, including 1 in United States history
    • Mathematics: 3 units (Algebra I, II and Geometry)
    • Foreign language: 2 units of the same language
    • Sciences: 3 units (2 units must be laboratory sciences)
    • Electives: 2 units in college preparatory courses
  • First-quarter senior-year grades
  • SAT I scores (math and critical reasoning). We recommend that you have the official results of the SAT I sent to us by the Educational Testing Service. We can also accept SAT I 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. You may substitute the results of the ACT for the SAT I. If applicable, also see the exemptions from testing requirement section.
  • If you have taken Advanced Placement (AP) courses, you should ask for your examination results to be sent to UMass Dartmouth.
  • TOEFL scores for international students
  • An essay or personal statement on a topic of your choice
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Completed application and application fee
  • Visual Arts (excluding Art History) applicants: submission of a portfolio is required
  • Music applicants: an audition is required


  • If you have taken college courses as a dual enrollment student, you should still apply as a freshman.
  • Although we do not require the College Board SAT II results, applicants who have attended high school within the last three years may submit them. These tests, especially in the sciences, can be a very valuable source of information. We suggest that you seek advice from your guidance counselor about these tests.





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