Self-Guided Walking Tour
Set your GPS to: UMass Dartmouth Campus, Parking Lot 6
Tour Length: Approximately 30 minutes, 1.42 miles
We're thrilled that you are visiting our unique campus today. This is a self-guided, fully outdoor Admissions tour.
Here's how it works. At each tour stop, Arnie the Corsair will greet you with a QR code. Using the QR code, launch this page and play the corresponding video from an Admissions Ambassador. We picked our favorite spots but there's a lot more to explore. However, we ask that you remain outdoors to help keep everyone safe.
Stop #1 - Welcome Center
Welcome to UMass Dartmouth!
We’re excited to be here to guide you on your walking tour today. At every stop you’ll watch a brief video describing the location with directions to your next stop.
Snapping photos along the way? Share them with us on social media and don’t forget to tag @umassd.
We’ll be back here at the end of the tour to look at our new residence halls and dining facility. But first, let’s head to the campus center. Look for the Arnie tour marker, then scan the code to play the next video.
Stop #2 - MacLean Campus Center
Whether it’s to grab a bite to eat, hanging out with friends in the game room, shop for Corsair swag in the Campus Store, or pick up mail from home, you’ll spend a lot of time here at the MacLean Campus Center.
The food court features popular dining options including breakfast, pizzas and calzones, subs, soups, and salads, and an on-campus Wendy's and Dunkin’.
The campus center is also home to the main auditorium and departments including UMass Pass, Campus Services, and the Career Development Center, where you’ll go for help with finding internships, writing resumes, practicing for interviews, and searching for jobs. They offer multiple job fairs throughout the year, and their services continue even after you graduate.
The campus center is where you’ll find SAIL, our Office of Student Activities, Involvement & Leadership. SAIL makes sure you can find something to do on campus every day of the week—and on weekends, too. They bring speakers, comedians, and concerts to campus each year and sponsor activities like movies and game nights.
You’ll also have more than 170 student clubs and organizations to choose from, covering a variety of interests, or you can start your own.
Let’s go take a look at our academic buildings and see where you’ll be going to class. First up is the Liberal Arts building on your right.
Stop #3 - Liberal Arts
The Liberal Arts (LARTS) building is home to the College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college on campus.
Most students will take at least one or two classes in LARTS—in the humanities, math, social sciences, or sciences. All undergraduates at UMass Dartmouth participate in University Studies, our innovative interdisciplinary curriculum that prepares you to succeed not only in your major, but in life.
One of the building’s most popular spots is the LARTS Learning Commons, a technology-rich learning and study space.
In LARTS, you’ll also find:
- the STAR Center, which provides advising for Arts & Sciences students
- the Leduc Center for Civic Engagement
- the International Programs Office, where you’ll discover study abroad opportunities in over 75 countries
- College Now, UMassD’s alternative admissions program
- and our tutoring centers—the Writing & Reading Center, the Multiliteracy and Communication Center, the Math & Business Center, and the Foreign Language Lab
Next, we’re going to head over to the Dion building, home of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
Stop #4 - Dion
Many science and nursing classes are held here in the Dion building. The College of Nursing & Health Sciences offers our two professional health science degrees— nursing and medical laboratory science.
Turn around – this is a great opportunity for a photo-op of our quad!
Nursing and medical laboratory science students are well-prepared— nursing graduates have a 95% pass rate on the NCLEX and MLS graduates have a 100% job placement rate.
As a nursing student, you’ll practice your skills in state-of-the-art facilities including mock examination rooms, a SIM Lab equipped with simulation mannequins, and the Skills Lab.
Whether you’re a nursing or MLS major, you’ll gain experience in clinical and mentorship opportunities. We’re partnered with four local hospitals for clinical and mentorship experiences.
Some College of Engineering offices are also located in Dion, including the Student Support Center, which provides advising and resources for engineering students.
College of Engineering classes are held in the Science & Engineering building, our next stop.
Stop #5 - Science & Engineering building
The Science & Engineering, or SENG, building is home to the College of Engineering, where you’ll find classrooms and labs for courses such as astrophysics, biomedical engineering, cybersecurity, game design, pollution control, and wind power.
The college’s innovative first-year program focuses on the skills that are essential for success as an engineering major. In your senior year, you’ll complete a capstone project. Local Firms sponsor a project and mentor a group of students through the entire process of the project from start to finish.
Beyond engineering, SENG offers labs and classrooms in the sciences, for courses such as biology, chemistry, and ecology. Engineering Student Support & Services which provides tutoring services, is also here.
As a national research university, UMassD places a high value on student research. You’ll have opportunities to pursue your own research and to work with professors on major research projects—whether you’re an undergraduate or graduate student.
Next up, Charlton College of Business.
Stop #6 - Charlton College of Business
The Charlton College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, a distinction given only to the nation’s most prestigious business colleges.
The Charlton building features high-tech classrooms, a business innovation center, an auditorium, study areas for individuals and small groups, and a technology center with Bloomberg terminals to track stock exchange.
The first floor includes a student business innovation center and lounge area with comfortable seating where you’ll want to socialize and collaborate by a built-in fireplace.
As a business student, your classes and internships will develop your practical skills and build your resume. Student organizations like DECA and Enactus give you an opportunity to practice your business skills, have fun, and make a difference.
Our next stop is the award-winning Claire T. Carney Library.
Stop #7 - Claire T. Carney Library
The Claire T. Carney Library is a technology-rich learning center with extensive resources for research and reference and ample space for you to find your perfect study space. During finals, library hours are extended to 24 hours. Plus, there’s a Starbucks café on the first floor – one of my favorite spots on campus!
Specialized librarians are available to guide and advise you as you make use of online and print collections and resources.
The library’s first floor offers a variety of study spaces, including a designated quiet study room, computer lab, and Learning Commons with more than 200 computers and printers. Every semester, your UMass Pass is loaded with $40 to use for printing on campus.
The Scholarly Commons is on the second floor—as are two computer labs and spaces for individual and small group study.
The third and fifth floors are dedicated to group study. The Veterans’ Reading Room on the third floor is available as a quiet study space to all veterans and service members. Individual study tables bordering the fifth-floor windows offer some of the best views of campus.
You can also find our Honors College in the library. Honors students enjoy many benefits including honors housing, early registration for classes, and graduating as a Commonwealth Scholar.
Stop #8 - Campanile
At 236 ft high, the Campanile, or bell tower, marks the direct center of campus. It chimes each quarter hour, reminding you to head to class, and lights up blue and gold each evening, reflecting Corsair pride.
The tower’s Modernist style is a tribute to university architect Paul Rudolph, whose design for the campus was bold and forward-thinking.
You can head to the College of Visual & Performing Arts next or take a short walk to check out our fitness center first.
Stop #9 - Athletics
The Corsairs have a long history of outstanding athletic performance. Our 17 teams compete in the NCAA Division III, and our intramural sports offer a diverse and dynamic recreational program.
At our fitness center, you’ll find state-of-the-art cardio equipment, a multipurpose aerobics room, a free weight area, and a varsity athlete lifting room. You can work out alone or with friends or take one of our fitness classes. And don't miss your chance to cheer on the Corsairs at our beautiful athletic fields. The track and tennis courts are another great place to get your workout on!
Let’s head to the College of Visual & Performing Arts next.
Stop #10 - College of Visual & Performing Arts
CVPA, the College of Visual & Performing Arts, is a comprehensive college for art, design, and music and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art & Design. The college offers BFA, BA, and BS degrees.
As an art student, you will take classes and have studio time both on the main Dartmouth campus and at our Star Store campus in downtown New Bedford, one of the nation’s best cities for young artists. Gallery spaces at both locations feature exhibitions by prominent and emerging artists and offer opportunities for you to exhibit your own work.
Lower-level art and music courses are available to all UMassD students. You can join one of the Music Department’s many ensembles including University Chorus, Javanese Gamelan Ensemble, and Kekeli Drum & Dance.
The facilities at CVPA let you focus on your art-making, prototype your own 3D designs, find visual resources, access high-end software, and collaborate with your peers: studios and workstations, media labs and darkrooms, recital hall and practice rooms, looms, kilns, wood shops, laser engravers, and much more.
Our next stop is the Foster Administration building.
Stop #11 - Foster Administration
Foster Administration is the main administrative building on campus where offices for the Chancellor, Registrar, Financial Aid, and the Enrollment Center are located.
The Enrollment Center is your first stop for paying a bill, registering for classes, asking questions about financial aid, and much more.
You’ll be able to explore work-study and non-work study job opportunities through an annual student job fair and through CorsairJobs, the student employment online database.
Let’s go check out The Grove, our new dining facility.
Stop #12 - The Grove
Centrally located between Balsam & Spruce Halls is the Grove, an award-winning two-floor dining hall with seating for 800. One of 12 dining locations on campus, the Grove’s dining area is based around a marketplace concept, serving cuisine from around the world along with vegetarian and vegan options.
Food selections include:
- soup, made to order salad and made to order deli bar (lettuce is from our on-campus hydroponic farm)
- homecooked/comfort foods including pizza made in our brick oven and made to order pasta
- a plant-based station
- a grill with hand-smashed burgers
- special dietary needs and allergen station
Chefs, including our nationally award-winning executive chef, will be holding cooking demonstrations and kitchen techniques starting in the fall.
All full-time students living on campus with less than 48 credit hours are required to choose one of the unlimited meal plan options that includes unlimited Grove Points and $175 or $350 of Corsair Cash to use at other locations on campus.
All first-year commuter students enrolled in 12+ credit hours and any student enrolled in less than 24 credit hours are required to choose one of the commuter meal plan options that consists of Corsair Cash.
Stop #13 - Balsam & Spruce Halls
Our newest residence hall is the most modern living facility on campus. Split into two main residential buildings with a state-of-the-art dining facility as a connector, the beautifully designed community houses 1,210 students in fully-furnished single and double occupancy rooms. 69% of first-year students live on campus.
Designed for academic and social success, Balsam & Spruce Halls feature computer lounges, maker spaces, performance practice areas, classrooms, and plenty of outdoor gathering space. Large lounges with kitchen areas promote independent living. There are study areas and access to high-speed Wi-Fi throughout the entire community, plus free laundry with an app to remotely monitor your laundry’s progress.
Each residence hall for incoming students features a number of different engagement communities to:
- increase awareness of opportunities and resources at UMassD
- encourage participation in campus activities
- enhance academic, personal, and social success