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Be sure to select College Now or START as your preference academic program. You must select a second preference which is the academic program you are interested in.

College Now applicants are either first generation college bound and/or low income as defined by federal guidelines.

START applicants are students interested in Engineering, Math, Computer Science, and Physics.

Learn more about eligibility for College Now/START 

Once accepted, students will participate in virtual conversations focused on preparation for the fall semester.

Dates & deadlines

April 1: Priority deadline for admission applications.  March 1 is priority deadline for FAFSA filing. Completed applications and FAFSA materials received by priority dates allow maximum consideration for your most complete financial aid package.

First-year & transfer applicants

As part of your application package, we will need to receive your:

  • High school transcript with first quarter grades
  • Official SAT or ACT scores (optional)
  • A personal essay of up to 500 words on a topic of your choice; you can complete this as part of the Common Application
  • A letter of recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor
  • Application fee or waiver, if eligible
  • Students enrolling in a Visual & Performing Arts program (excluding Art History): submit a portfolio or complete a music audition
  • GED students: a copy of the GED certificate from the state, along with a copy of your GED test record
  • Transfer applicants: official college transcripts. You must have fewer than 24 transferable credits to be eligible to apply to the College Now/START Program

Mailing/emailing materials to UMassD

When mailing materials, please include your name and student ID (provided after you apply) on each item.

Mail materials to:

College Now/START Program
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
285 Old Westport Road
Dartmouth, MA 02747-2300

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