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Accepted: College Now Road Map to Success

Congratulations on your acceptance to the College Now/START program!

We look forward to welcoming you to UMass Dartmouth in the fall.

As an accepted student you are about to begin an important journey that will help you complete the steps necessary for college success. To help guide you along the way, we have developed the College Now Road Map to Success for you and your family. As you begin your path towards becoming a college student, you will want to refer to this road map to make sure you complete each item.

Schedule a Virtual College Now Conversation 

You are required to meet virtually with a College Now Counselor who will share important info about College Now, the university, and the important steps for becoming a UMass Dartmouth student. This virtual meeting will also give you an opportunity to meet other students and share more about who you are and what you want to accomplish at UMassD.

Update:  Now that enrolled students have been assigned a College Now Counselor, the final scheduled Virtual College Now Conversation will be Tuesday, June 15th.  Sign up now! 

Make an appointment with a College Now Counselor

Secure your spot in College Now and reserve housing

The available seats in College Now are filled based on date of deposit; it’s a first-come, first-in basis. Secure your place for the fall by submitting your $200 enrollment deposit using the Enrollment Reservation Form or by depositing online. 

If you plan to live on campus, please include an additional $200 to reserve your housing, for a total of $400. The earlier you pay your deposit, the sooner we can communicate with you to pick your space in our brand new first-year residence halls. Communications from the Housing Office will go to your UMass Dartmouth email. 

Complete your FAFSA and make a plan for college finances 

College is an investment, and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is your first step to help make college more affordable. In order to be considered for financial aid, please submit your FAFSA and list the UMassD school code (002210). Please submit the FAFSA by March 1, our priority deadline, to receive maximum financial aid consideration. 

If you need assistance with completing the FAFSA or submitting documentation to UMassD, we invite you to attend a Zoom Workshop with a UMass Dartmouth Financial Aid Counselor. Visit Financial Aid Services for the events schedule.

Set up Your UMassD account

Your UMassD account is your electronic connection to UMassD and will allow you to check your UMassD email address, complete financial aid requirements, pay your bill, check grades, find out information about classes, etc. 

Please check your email (the account you used to apply) and look for an invitation to activate your account; the subject line will be “UMassD Logon Account Activation.” The UMassD Logon is your username and password for email, our myUMassD portal, and COIN, our student information system. It is different from the “Check My Status” ID and password you’ve used as an applicant. 

You may have already activated your account to upload financial aid documents. You will not receive your email to activate your account until you have paid your deposit. To learn more, please visit New Student Computing and Information Technology.

Complete the English writing placement exercise

College is about learning and interpreting new ideas, theories and information. You will take a sequence of English courses during your first few semesters to help you develop and hone skills for writing and thinking in a college environment.

All enrolled students will need to complete a writing placement exercise that includes reading a short article and writing a brief 3-5 paragraph response. Try your best because it will determine your placement in English coursework. 

If you complete the exercise within one week of receiving your writing prompt (by email), you will be eligible for the College Now Survival Pack that includes essential supplies to help you be the best student you can. This Survival Pack, good for the Fall 2021 semester at UMass Dartmouth, will include your textbook for College Now’s Introduction to the University course and a variety of school supplies. This survival pack has an approximate value of $150.   

Complete your math placement test

You are required to complete at least one college-level math course, regardless of your major. Once you have set up your UMassD account, you may log in to the myUMassD portal to complete the placement exam. Like the English placement exercise, this will help us determine if you are ready for college-level math, so try your best.

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