Students are referred to the invitation-only Connect program by undergraduate admissions because their academic records did not meet the current Massachusetts Department of Higher Education admissions standards or the specific requirements for a competitive Departmental major. This is usually based on lower than required GPA scores and/or SAT/ACT scores.
However, we do see in your records the potential for great success, which is why you are being invited to participate in Connect.
Your referral to Connect is your only opportunity to enter UMass Dartmouth as a first-year student. You may choose to begin at another institution or a community college, and you are always eligible to apply as a transfer student if you earn the appropriate academic credentials.
All students who complete the FAFSA will be eligible for financial aid. Students who complete the FAFSA late or fail to complete any verification requirements may lose or have their financial aid delayed. Students are typically notified of their financial aid package and any additional paperwork/requirements beginning in April. Contact the Connect Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your situation.
On average, we are able to enroll approximately 110 students out of 450 invited students. Typically, the program is filled before April 1. Because of this demand, you must make a $200 enrollment deposit to reserve your spot. The deposit is refundable until May 1. If our program full, you'll be placed on our waiting list.
You will be contacted via email and phone if we're able to accept you as a guaranteed student. Within 24 hours of the invitation, you'll be asked to submit your $200 enrollment deposit.
Connect students are eligible to live on campus and are not bound to a specific hall or roommate. To ensure a placement in housing, before Orientation in June, you must submit a $200 housing deposit. You can make both the enrollment and housing deposits at the same time.
Yes, we work directly with all coaches and attempt to create a schedule that allows you to participate in all practices and games. You have additional requirements for NCAA including study hours, GPA minimum requirements, and satisfactory academic achievement within Connect. Coaches are aware of the additional social and academic requirements for Connect and will help you complete all program requirements.
All Connect students are enrolled as "undeclared" students. This means that you are still exploring potential majors and working toward an intended major. Your intended major, cumulative GPA, and completed coursework will determine the length of time you have left in your major program after completing Connect.
That depends on the requirements for your major of choice. There is never a guarantee of acceptance into a specific major, regardless of being in Connect or not. Students must achieve certain GPAs and successfully complete certain courses. Acceptance is based on availability in major.
Students will complete a Virtual Summer Bridge program prior to beginning in September. This online program offers modules to help prepare you mentally, socially, and academically. You will complete an intended major module, which will allow the Connect Coordinator to select your classes based on availability, personal requests, and required courses.
Please know that students interested in some majors may not fully complete their prerequisites while in Connect and may need to complete courses over the summer or additional semesters.
Connect works with 4 tutoring centers:
- Writing & Reading Center
- Math & Business Center
- Science & Engineering Center
- Foreign Language Lab Media Center
Students are encouraged to visit these centers on their own, but may also be required to attend sessions per their instructor or based on their progress reports.
The Virtual Summer Bridge Program was created to connect with students from the time they are accepted to prepare them for the social, interpersonal, academic, and professional expectations of entering college.
You'll complete an online class between May and August that will prepare you for success in Connect.
Connect Experience Day is required for all Connect students. It is an opportunity for students and their families to become acquainted with the Connect program and UMassD campus. Residential Connect students will move on campus a day earlier than traditional move-in.