UMass Dartmouth library at night1863 Establishment of the land-grant Massachusetts Agricultural College. (Becomes UMass in 1947)

1895 Incorporation of the New Bedford Textile School.

1899 Incorporation of Fall River (Bradford Durfee) Textile School.

1911 Bradford Durfee awards first diplomas.

  • Cotton Manufacturing-Designing & Weaving
  • Chemistry and Dyeing

1942 Bradford Durfee added three year curriculum in Mechanical, Civil and Electrical Engineering.

1950 New Bedford Textile Institute established.

1951 NBTI awards first degrees in Textile Engineering, Textile Chemistry and Machine Design.

1955 NB Institute of Textiles and Technology (NBIT).

1957 NB Institute of Technology (Engineering Programs Started).

1960 Creation of Southeastern Massachusetts Technological Institute (SMTI) through the merger of the New Bedford Institute of Technology (NBIT) and the Bradford Durfee College of Technology (BDCT).

1961 Accreditation by New England Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.

1963-1964 Seven Bachelor of Science Degrees:

  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Design and Fashion
  • Electrical Eng
  • Mechanical Eng
  • Mathematics and Textile Technology

1969 School name changed to Southeastern Massachusetts University (SMU).

1991 SMU joins University of Massachusetts and becomes UMass Dartmouth (UMD).

2000 First Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering awarded.


This summary was compiled with help from Professor Emeritus, David Creamer, using the following references:

  • 1890s-1964 Walter J. Cass Dissertation 1967. Copies available in UMD Library [LD 5080.C272].
  • 1960-2006 Frederick V. Gifun Book 2007. Copies available UMD Bookstore $50.00.