U.S. News and World Report ranks the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth as a Top Public Master's Level University in the North, according to its annual survey of America's Best Colleges.
The 2003 ranking also listed UMass Dartmouth in its second tier within the category that combines both private and public universities in the North.
The annual college-ranking guide defines Master's level schools as those offering a full range of undergraduate degrees as well as master's degrees and some doctorates. According to the guide's editors, the rankings are established through 16 quantitative measures of academic quality such as admission standards, graduation rate, class size, faculty quality, and alumni support to fundraising. It relies most heavily--25 percent--on a campus's reputation for academic excellence held by the presidents, provosts, and admissions directors of its peer academic institutions.
U.S. News and World Report evaluated a total of 573 master's level universities across the country. The categories in the North that include UMass Dartmouth comprise universities in the New England states, plus New York, New Jersey and Maryland.