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Spotlight Program

group of students outside in Boston‌‌The Spotlight Program is designed to be a bridge between high school and college. We offer high school students the opportunity to engage in thought-provoking discussions with UMass Dartmouth faculty and other professionals.

The benefits of being a Spotlight student

As a student in the program, you will join 100 other high school students as you debate, explore, question, experiment, analyze, and learn together. You will also participate in enrichment activities and courses that support you as you approach the challenges and opportunities of college. 

The Spotlight program offers:

  • Presentations by artists, musicians, writers, community activists, politicians, business executives ,and scientists.
  • Participate in a 3-week mini course such as genealogy, clay workshop, self-defense, songwriting, beginner guitar, and creative writing.
  • Enjoy educational field trips to Boston, Newport, and museums. 

How to be a Spotlight student

The program runs every fall and spring semester, and it meets on the UMass Dartmouth campus on Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:45 pm in the auditorium of the Fine Arts building, CVPA 153. Students may choose to participate in either the Fall or Spring semester. 


Each student is transported by bus from their high school to the UMass Dartmouth campus. They return to their high school at 5:00 pm. 

Cost of program

The fee is $300 per semester. However, some school districts pay the entire fee, and others ask the students for partial or full payment. 

Participating Schools

  • Diman Voc-Tech
  • Greater New Bedford Voc-Tech
  • New Bedford

To learn about how to participate in the program, contact


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