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Although this school is relatively unheard of inMechanical Engineering
Although this school is relatively unheard of in the professional world, the education I received was well worth it. I say relatively, because employers either confuse UMass Dartmouth with Dartmouth College, or they think only of UMass Amherst. Takes some convincing to tell them there's actually an Engineering College near New Bedford. The Mechanical Engineering faculty was amazingly knowledgeable and helpful in all respects, but you have to be an adult and put in the extra effort to learn. Some faculty members are very clear and firm about not helping those that can't help themselves. As far as the rest of the school, the Housing Department is awful. I would try to refrain from living on campus and commute instead, if possible. If you must live on campus, do your best to room with someone you know, because you will, I repeat WILL be living in a forced triple your first year. It doesn't get any better either, because every year they seem to room the hard-working engineers with the dead beat roommates that didn't come to school to learn. Just spend lots of time in the library or in Group 2 with the other engineers, and you will excel, I promise you. Also, keep in mind that only about 9% of the student body are engineering students, you will be alienated from time to time. In closing, I'll just reiterate how great the MNE faculty is, even if some of the lab equipment is sub-standard. These days the schools have to make a choice on whether their budget goes to paying faculty, or buying equipment. UMD picked the former, and I'm grateful for it.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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A surprisingly good educationQuite BrightFinance
A surprisingly good education - I was admitted to UMass Dartmouth only after attending BU's Honor Program, and UMD had superior faculty and educational resources.
3rd Year Male -- Class 2006
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Campus Aesthetics: C
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UMD is definitely a great school, however theirQuite BrightSociology
UMD is definitely a great school, however their professors need training in proper advising. I had a tremendous amount of trouble with academic advising, and I heard the same from about 40% of the students. Otherwise, the University is great. In response to the increased number of applicants, they are buidling new and improved dorms. UMD also has a great support network, including counseling, student development, career center,and reasearch librarians.Also, there are many individual centers, such as the GLBT Center, the Women's Resource Center, a nice gym, fitness room and pool. The professors range from excellant and absolutely outstanding, to "I can't believe this person is a college professor, because I haven't learned anything in this class". About 25% of the professors are outstanding, 40% are average, and 35% are less than average. THe university is growing rapidly, and I think within a few years it will catch up with itself and provide an excellant well-rounded education.
2nd Year Female -- Class 2005
University Resource Use/ spending: A+, Individual Value: C+
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