University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (4)
I could connect, talk with, and develop meaningful relationships with all of the political science faculty. Once you go through the customary phase of hating all the concrete you look up and are amazed by how light it seems.
Don't judge UMass Dartmouth by its looks! The opportunities for leadership, group involvement, and hands-on learning are definitely worth getting used to being surrounded by concrete. The professors are generally down-to-earth and personable, students tend to be kind, and you get all of the advantages of being part of the big UMass system without sitting through two years of 200 person lectures (you will probably only have a handful of large lectures before you get to smaller class sizes). Specifically, the psychology program does an excellent job of preparing students for counseling through a 3 semester internship track that mirrors graduate-level counseling programs and gives you a leg up when you graduate with a year of supervised experience in the field. There are also abundant opportunities to assist a professor with their research, if you would prefer to pursue research in the field after graduation. Additionally, UMass Dartmouth offers master's degrees in research and ABA, which can make your transition into graduation school much smoother (who better to write your recommendation letter than a professor on the master's program admission board?). The English program is also awesome, with a wide variety of courses to choose from and two distinct tracks that let you decide whether you want to focus on literature (aka, a career in teaching) or writing. The creative writing courses are challenging and intriguing (especially Professor Blitefield's classes!) and tend to be made up of small groups. There is also a 4+1 option in which you can complete a master's degree in English with only 1 extra year, which will save you a significant amount of money and stress in the long-run (but it requires a bit of extra planning, so talk to your advisor about it early!). The English program also does a great job of feeling like a family, with frequent events and trips to local plays, poetry readings, and places of literary significance. UMass Dartmouth also offers a lot of opportunities to get practical experience related to your English degree, whether you are writing for the student newspaper (which pays!), contributing to their literary magazine, working as a teaching assistant, or designing the layout for their semesterly news-style magazine. The department also prepares students for 21st century writing jobs by requiring that you take at least one technology course. At first this requirement seems annoying, but I actually learned a lot about how different writing for the web is compared to writing for paper, as well as skills for podcasts, film production, and wiki collaboration. And believe it or not, I frequently see in job posts a line like "Must be knowledgeable about displaying information for optimum website readability." It's cool to have a project on hand that proves it! A final note: If you are someone who has gone above and beyond in the community service realm, UMass Dartmouth offers some very competitive scholarships up your alley. I personally knew 15 people while I was there who had full rides to the school. No joke!
UMass Dartmouth is overall a good school. The campus is a little different looking as all the buildings are concrete. Some people find this to be cool looking, others may view as scary/dark. Some of the classes are lecture style so it is best to be self motivated when coming here. I'm not sure if the food has improved since 2010, but it was pretty bad when I was there! Overall, depending on your major this could be a good school for you.
This school was perfect for me. I made a lot of friends which is hard for me, I met a lot of people with similar interests.
Yes, the photography program was awesome. As a freshman, you're required to take intro classes to other art mediums. I learned how to draw, paint, etc which is something I wouldn't have done had it not been required.