The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, also known as UMass Dartmouth, is a public undergraduate and graduate university with its main campus in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. It is especially well known for its Portuguese studies and marine sciences programs. There are over 9,000 enrolled students, and satellite campuses and research centers in Fall River and New Bedford. The University was previously known as the Southeastern Massachusetts Technological Institute, and later as the Southeastern Massachusetts University, or SMU, until 1991 when the campus merged with the UMass system.
The unique visually-striking campus was designed by the famous American architect Paul Rudolph, and is one of the most complete examples of the “brutalist” architectural movement, which evolved from modernism. Despite the austerity of the linear, fortress-like aesthetics, the campus was designed to promote communication and interaction. For example, the stamped concrete walls are intended to draw no attention, and keep the focus on the students and the professor through dominant contrast, and the widening and narrowing stairs are supposed to force people to bump into each other and have an interaction.
The UMass Dartmouth Corsairs compete in NCAA Division III. The men’s teams include baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, hockey, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, and track. The women’s teams include basketball, cross-country, equestrian, field hockey, lacrosse, sailing, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, and volleyball.