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.
Yes, all students who complete 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.
On average, we are able to enroll approximately 125 students out of 450 invited students. Typically, the program is filled before April 1. Because of the demand, you must make a $200 enrollment deposit to reserve your spot. The deposit is refundable until May 1. If we are 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 via credit card.
Yes. For many reasons, students may want to defer their acceptance. If you would like to do this, please email email@example.com with your ID number and ideal start term, which must be within 1 year.
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. You may first need to complete math and lab science courses and/or attain a minimum GPA before you can move into that major.
Students must complete a portfolio or audition to be admitted to CVPA.
There is never a guarantee of acceptance into a specific major, regardless of being in Connect or not. Students must achieve certain GPAs, as required by each major, and 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. In June, 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 lab science-based majors may not fully complete their prerequisites while in Connect and may need to complete courses over the summer or additional semesters.
These majors are: Biology, Medical Laboratory Science, Chemistry, Physics, and Pre-Engineering.
Connect works with 3 tutoring centers:
- Reading & Writing Center
- Math & Business
- Science & Engineering
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.
A minimum 2.7 GPA is required first semester to take 5 classes the following semester. Students must complete 24 credits and earn at least a 2.2 cumulative GPA at the end of the year. Any course not passed with a C- or above must be retaken in order to improve GPA.
Connect Program Details
Connect runs for 2 semesters. Most students begin in the fall, but we also have students who may be invited or request to begin in the spring term.
Students are assigned a peer mentor to assist them in navigating the social aspect of your first year of college. Peer mentors are former Connect students who completed the program with at least a 3.0 GPA.
You'll be required to meet with your peer mentor 3 times per month: twice in group meetings and once in an individual session.
Students are assigned a faculty advisor to assist them in their major, career, and individual course questions/concerns. Faculty advisors traditionally teach both Connect and non-Connect courses and are trained to help students process their goals as it relates to academics.
At minimum, you'll meet with your faculty advisor twice a semester: once in the first 6 weeks and once at the beginning of November to discuss your progress report.
The Virtual Summer Bridge (VSB) 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 4 online modules between May and August. On the first day of each month, you'll be provided with a checklist of important requirements. Each module takes approximately 1 hour to complete, and all of the information will be used in the UNV 101 course and during Connect Experience Day.
Connect Experience Day is required for all Connect students. Residential students will move on campus a day earlier than traditional move-in.
Students begin working with peer mentor groups, navigating classes, and meeting faculty advisors.