Admissions requirements

We consider each applicant as an individual, and we follow the admissions standards established by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education.

Students are accepted into specific majors and programs of study based on our general admission standards and specific standards for the potential major, department, or program that you have requested.

Dates and deadlines for applying

As soon as the Admissions Committee completes the review of your credentials, you will receive a letter with our decision.

Admission decisions cannot be made until all required information is on file. We will notify you if your file lacks any information.

UMass Dartmouth also offers programs for students seeking alternative options for admissions.


We require:

  • academic transcripts (see below)
  • SAT or ACT results* (see below)
  • a personal statement (up to 650 words) that demonstrates qualities of leadership, community service, work experiences and/or other significant interests
  • GED students: a copy of the GED certificate from the state, along with a copy of your GED test record
  • Students enrolling in a Visual & Performing Arts program (excluding Art History): submit a portfolio or complete a music audition

* Optional: Applicants to the Charlton College of Business and the College of Visual & Performing Arts may choose a no-test option

Optional: A letter of recommendation from a teacher or school counselor: highly recommended for our most competitive programs, such as nursing, biology, engineering, and psychology.

High school record

Test results

Special types of credit

Special circumstances

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