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Value and voice

UMass Dartmouth has shared values that are most authentic with a specific voice. We refer to these values when writing about the university. 


  • Committed
  • Innovative
  • Intelligent
  • Community-oriented
  • Diverse
  • Authentic


  • Pragmatic
  • Inclusive
  • Smart
  • Vibrant
  • Active
  • Gritty

A sense of place.

We believe in creating a space where everyone feels like they belong. We're all about great ideas and ways of bringing them to life. This is a place where diversity isn't just welcomed, it's celebrated. Here, every voice matters, every perspective counts.

A student in the library

Where curiosity and learning go together.

We understand the value of the experience both in and out of the classroom. That's why we're committed to providing quality academics, innovative research, and hands-on learning. Working alongside dedicated faculty and students from 46 states and 51 countries expands experiences and deepens curiosity. Accredited programs within our 7-degree granting colleges and schools ensure rigor, combined with endless opportunities to customize tracks or combine majors.

Student in classroom

We are about determination and grit.

And we're not just about studying hard; we're about rolling up our sleeves and getting things done. Our community is active, full of energy and determination. We’ve got grit – it's what drives us to tackle challenges head-on.

This is a community - we’re here for each other.

Community - it’s at the heart of everything we do. We believe in working together, learning from each other, and supporting one another. It's not just about individual success; it's about lifting each other up.

Students walking on the quad

Partnerships and making a difference.

We're passionate about partnerships – with local businesses, industries, and community organizations. These collaborations are about making a tangible impact in our community and creating real-world opportunities for our students. The university also serves as an intellectual catalyst locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

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