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The Plus Program

The Plus Program: Bristol + UMassD

Ensures your successful transition from Bristol to UMassD. Provides distinct UMassD advantages while you attend Bristol.

Bristol Plus is an invitation-only program.

Earn your AA/AS from a top community college. Bristol offers the education you need with a dynamic college experience, from student clubs and cooperative education to student government and athletics.

Then earn your BA, BS, or BFA from UMassD, a national research university that opens a world of exploration and discovery. Our students work with world-class faculty researchers and journey into real-world innovation and experiences.

1. Enroll in the program


Students who apply to UMass Dartmouth may be offered admission into this program 

We believe you will benefit from Bristol's educational opportunities. This "unified admission" means you do not need to submit a Bristol application or application fee, and there will be no transfer application fee when it is time to transfer to UMassD. You will not need an essay or letters of recommendation for your transfer.

Eligible academic programs

Bristol Plus is not available for majors within the College of Nursing and Health Sciences or online programs.

For most academic programs, you will be able to complete your degree at UMassD in two years. However, some may require additional coursework.

Enrollment requirements

After you complete your AS/AA degree at Bristol, you will enter UMassD as a junior. You must enroll at UMassD within one year of receiving your degree from Bristol. 

Most UMassD programs require a Bristol cumulative GPA of 2.5. However, a few academic programs stipulate additional requirements.

Next steps

After you complete the interest form, an admissions representative from UMass Dartmouth will be in touch with you.  Should you have further questions let us know.

To learn more, contact: or 508.999.8605.

2. Special programming

Benefit from activities that immerse you in both the Bristol and the UMassD communities.

  • Working together, Bristol and UMassD will develop an individualized academic plan for you to stay on track to enter the academic program of your choice, including on-site advising at Bristol.
  • Academic advising will be held on-site at Bristol to ensure that you are registering for the appropriate courses.
  • You will have priority registration in UMassD courses for your entering semester.

3. Significant advantages

Merit scholarships

We award merit scholarships of at least $3,000 a year to students who earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and who enroll as full-time, day students at UMassD. The scholarship is renewable for up to six semesters if you maintain the cumulative 3.0 GPA and 24 credits at UMassD.

All access

As a Plus Program student, you will receive Bristol and UMassD ID cards that provide access to:

  • Events at Bristol and UMassD campuses—sporting events, musical and theater productions, concerts, speaker programs
  • Facilities on both campuses like the library, fitness center, bookstore, and dining halls



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