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UMass Dartmouth is a national research university. We pride ourselves on our ambition, creative thinking, and research breakthroughs. Our Honors College will immerse you in a vibrant and innovative learning environment that engages and challenges academically talented students across all majors. We offer our honors students transformative learning experiences, in the classroom and through extracurricular activities. The college fosters a spirit of regional, national, and global responsibility by emphasizing community-engaged learning that focuses on real-world problems.

Transformative learning The Honors College will provide highly-motivated students with an educational experience that draws on the regional resources that make UMass Dartmouth unique—a local focus with a global vision. First-year seminars, small group discussions, collaborative projects, and enrichment opportunities prepare honors students to thrive in their careers.


Honors students enrolled in Class of 2023


Average high school GPA of first-year students enrolled in the Honors College


Honors College course sections

The opportunity to engage with and learn from students in class is what makes teaching honors courses truly unique.� Brian J. Ayotte

Associate Professor of psychology


Student to faculty research ratio

Enjoy special opportunities Honors College students join an exciting educational community that provides physical space for living and learning.* You’ll enjoy other benefits like registering early for small and engaged classes, working on groundbreaking research with top university faculty, and completing an honors thesis that demonstrates rigorous and impactful learning. You’ll also graduate a Commonwealth Scholar, a statewide recognition.

As an honors student, you can: • apply for competitive national awards such as Truman, Marshall, Fulbright, and Goldwater scholarships • assume leadership roles on the Honors Student Council • compete for top jobs and admission to prestigious graduate schools

* Honors housing is on a first come, first serve basis.

Honors students visited the Dexter Avenue Church in Montgomery, Alabama, where Martin Luther King lived and worked during the 1955 bus boycott. They are pictured with Wanda Battle (center), director of tour ministry.

I love teaching honors courses because of the engagement of all participants; the group becomes a team. It is special to have that atmosphere and camaraderie in the room.” Tracie Ferreira

Associate Professor of Bioengineering

Engaged learning You can take tranformative classes like: • Mind/Machine: an interdisciplinary study of artificial intelligence • Flight from the Third Reich: Austrian Jews and the Holocaust accompanied by a field trip • The U.S. Civil Rights Movement with an alternative spring break trip to Alabama

You’ll make an impact Our Honors College students have completed the following research projects: • the impact of celebrity endorsements • the link between real-life and virtual violence • the relationship between resilience and positive outcomes in young adult friendships • diagnostic methods in non-industrialized countries • the production of materials to capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and waste streams

National and local recognition Our honors students have been awarded the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, the Marshall Scholarship, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, and the Michael S. Dukakis Internship in Public Service. UMass Dartmouth honors students have been among the approximately 60 students from across the U.S. selected to present their research in the national “Posters on the Hill” annual event for members of Congress and their staffs. Honors students have published work in academic journals for the National Institutes of Health as well as the National Collegiate Honors Council’s Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses’ American Journal of Critical Care, and Hogrefe Publishing’s Journal of Individual Differences.

Admission to the Honors College You will automatically be evaluated for admission to the Honors College based on your application to UMass Dartmouth. Criteria includes: • Minimum GPA of 3.3 • SAT 1180/ACT 24* • CVPA portfolio for art majors *Scores are optional, not required for Fall 2021.

Graduation requirements for the UMass Dartmouth Honors College • Complete at least 24 honors credits (21 credits of coursework and a minimum of 3 credits of an honors project) • Maintain an overall GPA of 3.2 • Earn a B or better in honors courses

The Honors College pushes you to do your best and provides so many connections.� Priscilla Amuma ’19

Quality Control Analyst at Thermo Fischer Scientific

Academic areas Arts & Sciences


Applied & Computational Mathematics Applied Statistics Biochemistry Biology Cell and Molecular Biology Chemistry Communication Conservation Biology Creative & Professional Writing Crime & Justice Studies Data Science (interdisciplinary) Ecology and Evolution Biology Economics English French Health & Society Healthcare Services Administration History International Politics International Security Studies Liberal Arts Literature & Criticism Marine Biology Mathematics Multidisciplinary Studies Philosophy Political Science Portuguese Pre-law Psychology Public Administration Sociology & Anthropology Spanish Women’s & Gender Studies

Accounting Finance General Business Administration (transfers only) Management Information Systems Management Information Systems –E-commerce / Digital Business Management Information Systems – Technology & Management Management Organizational Leadership Marketing Operations Management Service Operation Management Small Business/Entrepreneurship Supply Chain Management

Minor only Aging & Health Black Studies Data Analysis Indic Studies Leadership & Civic Engagement Legal Studies Religious Studies Sustainability Urban Studies


Minor only Business Administration International Business

Engineering Bioengineering - Biomedical Engineering* Civil Engineering - Environmental Resources* Engineering Computer Engineering - Cyber Security* Computer Science - Game Design* - Software Engineering* Data Science (interdisciplinary) Electrical Engineering Mechanical Engineering - Manufacturing * Physics - Astronomy/Astrophysics*

*concentration/option Minor only Mobile Applications Development

Nursing & Health Sciences Medical Laboratory Science Nursing Minor only Global Health

Visual & Performing Arts Animation & Game Arts Art Education Art History Drawing Fashion Design Graphic Design Illustration Integrated Studio Arts Interior Architecture & Design Music Music Education Painting Photography Printmaking Sculpture Minor only Film & Media Studies Fine Arts

Pre-professional advising Pre-law Pre-med & pre-health (including pre-dental, pre-PT, pre-vet)

Still can’t decide? You can apply to UMassD without declaring a major. Arts & Sciences Undeclared Business Undeclared Engineering Undeclared Studio Arts Undeclared


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