University Point was a place of higher learning before the Great War, and home to some of the most talented minds in the United States. Massachusetts Bay University was a popular destination for students and had its own fair share of great minds, including Professor Stuart Campbell. The university could have prospered even more if Dean Alan Patterson was not focused on profiteering from its operations and embezzling money. In fact, Patterson had not brought on Campbell for academic pursuits, but rather for his contacts in the private sector and access to research grants. It was a profitable arrangement at first, but what Patterson failed to account for was that Campbell was well aware of his intentions and structured his contract not just to guarantee tenure, but also to give him autonomy and independence from Patterson's control and meddling. When the military contacted Campbell regarding his energy research, Campbell wasted no time arranging for a research grant and aid in constructing a laboratory beneath the administration building.
Patterson did not take kindly to this independence and demanded full disclosure from Campbell, especially after construction work started on university buildings, all classified and under Campbell's authority. The professor refused to submit to the demands and simply referred him to his liaison, Colonel Rosemont. Since Patterson had no security clearance, he was repeatedly rebuffed, and eventually thrown out of the colonel's military base when he went there to meet him in person. The events further aggravated the conflict between him and the professor. The university was making money, but Campbell's flagrant disrespect for the dean's authority could not go unpunished, in his eyes. In his desperation to control Campbell, the dean tried to find leverage, first by trailing him and then enlisting the aid of a suspended student. In return for forging a good GPA, Henry Mitchell provided evidence that suggested Campbell was having an illicit affair with a student, Leslie Mathews. Patterson wasted no time in threatening Campbell.
In truth, Mathews and Campbell were involved, though their relationship was strictly professional, as they were conducting military research. She and Curtis Marsh were graduate students aiding Prof. Campbell in his energy research. Although originally working under his strict supervision, Campbell eventually gave them unrestricted access to the laboratory to compensate for the dean's interference. Their work focused on plasmon containment and increasing energy efficiency in nuclear reactors, and they eventually achieved a breakthrough in October, focusing the electron beam down to around 200 nanometers, achieving improved efficiency and grouping. Although the result was ill-suited for reactor containment, it did promise improved energy consumption for industrial applications and weapons.
However, their research would have no effect on the war effort. On October 23, as Mathews and Marsh were presenting their findings to Sergeant Rivera, the team's point of contact, the nuclear attack on the United States began. The sergeant left the laboratory to investigate, asking the young researchers to stay behind until it was safe. He did not return, and Campbell, originally scheduled to arrive around noon, never reached the laboratory. The two researchers stayed underground for the next several weeks, ignoring the explosions continuing above ground. To pass the time and preserve their sanity, they focused on their research, tightening the electron beam on the laser using modified parabolic reflectors. The stocks of food and water kept on site by Campbell helped, allowing them to survive for weeks. Finally, several weeks after the Great War, the two managed to tighten the wavelength down to around 75 nanometers and achieve an impressive capture rate and tremendous power capacity for each of their prototypes. At that point, however, they were already out of food and almost out of the water, forcing the researchers to abandon the lab, after exchanging marriage vows. They left their creation (prototype UP77 "Limitless Potential") behind in the safe.
Abandoned by scholars, the secrets of the research team were kept safe by coastal erosion that resulted in parts of the university having sunk into the bay and the mirelurks that claimed the abandoned sections as their nesting ground. However run down it was, according to Railroad agent Deacon, University Point gained a second lease on life when it became the heart of Mass State, a major player in Commonwealth politics. Its forces were instrumental to victory in the Battle of Charles River.
Deacon also claims that he used to roll with a local gang who operated in the town, known as the UP Deathclaws. Deacon attempted to peacefully leave the gang, but the Deathclaws later killed Deacon's wife after discovering she was a synth, leading to Deacon killing the majority of their members.
Even after the loss of the CPG, University Point remained a major trading outpost, trading razorgrain for additional tech, such as generators (although it limited its exports to 20% of yield in 2285). However, the settlement's good fortune did not last. In August 2285, on a scavenging trip into an old building, a young resident by the name of Jacqueline Spencer salvaged an old hard drive from Campbell's office. She was the local tech wizard, responsible for reactivating the town's mail relay and enabling citizens to send emails to each other. The hard drive was intended as a replacement, but Jacqueline let her curiosity get the better of her and investigated its contents instead of formatting it. When she realized that she discovered Campbell's research on reactor efficiency, she immediately sought out a passing caravan to find a buyer for the information, agreeing to a 25/75 split of the hundreds of caps promised.
However, she chose poorly, as the trader was an Institute informant during a time when the organization was looking for reactor research all over the Commonwealth. The hard drive's contents were vital to the Institute and so Conrad Kellogg was sent to demand that the town hand it over, with the implied threat of force if it failed to comply. The town turned on the Spencers as a result. Bert Strickland, mayor of University Point, managed to keep the tensions contained for a while, though violence nearly broke out when Perry Owens suggested that Jacqueline be turned over to the Institute and her father, Gerald Spencer, attacked him. He was convinced it was a con to gain the data for free. However, rumors circulated. One of those, started by Martha Cole, implied the Institute demanded the settlement's children. Another denizen suggested a nuke was hidden in the town to go off if they did not surrender their harvest. The mob was forming and lynching was only a matter of time, with Owens ready to be the first to grab a pitchfork.
Gerald grounded his daughter for her own protection and Jacqueline obeyed, despite her initial misgivings. However, that did not spare her the hate, as the town used the e-mail relay she restored to flood her inbox with hateful messages. As the atmosphere heated up, Gerald found himself at a loss. The mayor was his friend and the one who had suggested keeping his daughter inside. However, he also said out loud what Gerald feared: The Spencers were vulnerable at University Point as a result of Jacqueline's actions and if the Institute did not get to them, then their neighbors would. He suggested leaving the Commonwealth entirely.
His advice was sound, though Strickland did not anticipate that the Institute would not take kindly to a town not following orders. Synths from the Institute descended on the outpost in late August and wiped the trading post off the map. Jacqueline believed that she may have figured out where the data was at the same time, but it was too late as the attacks had already begun. The denizens put up a fight, but they stood no chance of repulsing the synths. Some chose to take their own lives, rather than await execution. During the fighting, an explosion in the service tunnels under Sedgwick Hall killed many, released a large amount of radioactive material, and caused the building to partially collapse. The Minutemen were contacted at some point prior to the attack, but Preston Garvey remarks that they arrived too late to save the settlers.
This area is home to an unmarked quest that will require the player character to visit several of the buildings. Most of the terminals containing clues are in the partially sunken administration building, Sedgwick Hall, on the eastern side of the settlement. By the time the Sole Survivor arrives, the area is swarming with synths belonging to the Institute, as well as mirelurks. The synths may be hostile, depending on the Sole Survivor's relationship with the Institute.
The external section is an abandoned settlement, bordered by a thick defensive wall consisting of old buildings patched together with sheet metal walls. Within lie stalls and shacks that once housed the population of the town, now dead or ran off by Institute synths.
To the north and going clockwise, there is: a former armor store, with an armor workbench and cooking stove; a former weapons shop, with a weapons workbench and a cooking station; a liquor store, containing an Expert-locked safe, and a chemistry station on the second floor; Sedgwick Hall; a large cafe with the mayor's terminal on the top floor; and the University Credit Union.
Most of Sedgwick Hall is restricted by Expert-locked doors on both stories to the east, and a Master-locked door to the south leads to the dean's office. To the north on the second floor is what used to be a tools shop, on the opposite end is Jacq's terminal, and a stairway that leads up to the third floor is between them. This small home contains a cooking stove and a bedroom.
The Expert-locked doors lead to a flooded lecture hall, and the busted wall to the south leads to another lecture hall. The ground floor of this hall has an Average-locked door to the Dean's office, while a collapsed floor leads to another part of the second story.
This reception room has a staircase leading up to the third-floor classrooms, which are riddled with holes in the floor. The only notable rooms are a professor's office in the north (where Jacq and her duffle bag are) and a door in the northeast that leads back out to the Commonwealth.
University Credit Union
The front of the University Credit Union is a small room partitioned from the employee's area. The employee's area is accessed through the adjacent cafe, using the Novice-locked terminal. Stairs in the back of the room lead down to a kitchen and breakroom, as well as the credit union's vault. There is a Master-locked safe against the south wall that reveals a button that, when pressed, reveals Prof. Campbell's secret laboratory containing a weapons workbench and chemistry station.
- Sylvia's holotape - In a red toolbox on the counter of the exterior building with the yellow and blue liquors sign.
- University Point council meeting - Holotape, loaded into the mayor's terminal located on the third floor of the University Credit Union exterior.
- A Vault-Tec lunchbox - On a toilet at sea level in a partially-collapsed building at the northeast corner behind Sedgwick Hall.
- Vault-Tec security armor helmet - Located in a clothing store building among helmets and armor.
- Gerald's vault password - On the mayor's terminal upstairs from the Credit Union terminal, added by reading an entry of the Town Council Logs. Accesses the vault control terminal in the University Credit Union.
University Credit Union
- Prototype UP77 "Limitless Potential", a unique laser gun, can be found in a hidden room in the vault of the University Credit Union. The specific weapon modifications fitted to the gun found are level-dependent. In order to access the hidden room, a Master level locked safe in the vault must be picked, or by obtaining Campbell's safe password from the student records terminal in the partially-sunken Sedgwick Hall.
- Variable Removal: PAM has intel on a courser in the field. An unchecked courser can cause tremendous damage to the Railroad and the Sole Survivor is tasked with eliminating it.
- Randolph Safehouse: The Railroad agent Mister Tims will leave dead drops in the form of six holotapes for the Sole Survivor, containing information about possible hazards to the Railroad's escort and escape of synths out of the Commonwealth. They can assist in these efforts by clearing out the location of hostiles.
- Quartermastery: Scribe Haylen has identified the location of a piece of technology she wishes to retrieve and catalog. She asks the Sole Survivor for help in bringing back the technology in one piece.
- Cleansing the Commonwealth: Knight Rhys gives the Sole Survivor an assignment to clear the location of what he calls "abominations" to further the aims of the Brotherhood of Steel.
- Leading by Example: Lancer Captain Kells requests the Sole Survivor's help in training a Brotherhood squire by allowing him to accompany them on a mission.
- Despite the presence of vendor stands, crafting stations, and generators, University Point cannot be used as a settlement.
- If the location is visited after the Institute has been destroyed, the synth forces on site will be much less numerous, to the point where only one or two may be present.
- Almost directly south of University Point, just by the water, is a random event location.
- One of the Diamond City security guards may tell the Sole Survivor about the location of University Point. If this happens, the map will be updated if University Point has not yet been visited.
- When at this location, companions make comments, which are activated just inside the gate.
|Curie||"Oh, Mass State. Perhaps some scientists live there. I hope we meet them."|
|Deacon||"A very long time ago, Mass State was one of the big players in the Commonwealth. Without them we'd have lost the Battle of Charles River. Look at it now..."|
University Point appears only in Fallout 4.
Behind the scenes
- University Point is based on the real world location of University of Massachusetts Boston campus.
- The number "8.9875517873681764x109" is written on the chalkboard next to the Tesla magazine inside the university. This number is Coulomb's constant.
Doors to Sedgwick Hall might not function. Save and reload to clear this, or fast travel and return. Alternatively, there is a rear entrance, which can be accessed by going around the south side of the building past the clutches of mirelurk eggs. Another way is to climb to the top in the rear of the broken part of the building, walk over the roof, then drop down to the balcony area. The player character can then enter the blue door at the front of the building near the 2nd story floor.[verified]
- Sedgwick Hall terminal entries; dean's terminal, [SCampbell] - About my research
- Sedgwick Hall terminal entries; professor's terminal, [APatterson]- I have a right to know
- Sedgwick Hall terminal entries; professor's terminal, [TRobinson] - Construction under Admin?
- Sedgwick Hall terminal entries; dean's terminal, [DParker] - Can't reach the Colonel
- Sedgwick Hall terminal entries; professor's terminal, [APatterson]- Regarding Col. Rosemont
- Sedgwick Hall terminal entries; dean's terminal, [SCampbell] - You don't have clearance
- Sedgwick Hall terminal entries; dean's terminal, [HMitchell] - About Prof. Campbell
- University Credit Union terminal entries; lab terminal, Containment problems
- Sedgwick Hall terminal entries; professor's terminal, [APatterson]- Leslie Mathews
- Sedgwick Hall terminal entries; professor's terminal, [CMarsh] - More time for the project
- University Credit Union terminal entries; lab terminal, Improved scattering patterns
- University Credit Union terminal entries; lab terminal, What is going on?
- University Credit Union terminal entries; lab terminal, Continuing the research
- University Credit Union terminal entries; lab terminal, Time to leave
- Deacon: "A very long time ago, Mass State was one of the big players in the Commonwealth. Without them we'd have lost the Battle of Charles River. Look at it now..."
(Deacon's dialogue) Note: These lines are spoken just inside the gate.
- Deacon: " "
The Sole Survivor: "Were you really that bad?"
Deacon: " "
The Sole Survivor: "You trying to sell me another of your lies? Really?"
Deacon: " "
The Sole Survivor: "We all make mistakes when we're young."
Deacon: " "
Deacon: " "
- The Sole Survivor: "Sounds like karma sucker punched you."
Deacon: "That she most certainly did. I don't remember much clearly after that. I know I killed most of the Claws. I must've made a big impression."
- A razorgrain field grows in the central square.
- University Point terminal entries; mayor's terminal, Town Council Logs, 2285.7.1
- Sedgwick Hall terminal entries; Gerald's terminal, She actually did it
- Sedgwick Hall terminal entries; Jacq's terminal, Good find
- Sedgwick Hall terminal entries; Jacq's terminal, Score!
- Sedgwick Hall terminal entries; Jacq's terminal, Today is terrible!!!
- University Point council meeting
- University Point terminal entries; Mayor's terminal, [GSpencer]- Jacqueline
- University Point terminal entries; Mayor's terminal, [MCole] - The Institute!?
- University Point terminal entries; Mayor's terminal, [MLawson] - Giving up our kids?
- University Point terminal entries; Mayor's terminal, [CCole] - Sorry about Martha
- Sedgwick Hall terminal entries; Jacq's terminal, [GSpencer]- No More Scavenging
- Sedgwick Hall terminal entries; Jacq's terminal, [POwens] - You stupid girl
- Sedgwick Hall terminal entries; Gerald's terminal, I don't know what to do
- Sedgwick Hall terminal entries; Gerald's Terminal, [BStrickland] - Keep Jaqcueline inside
- Sedgwick Hall terminal entries; Gerald's terminal, [SCooper] - Get out while you can
- Jacq's note
- Fallout 4 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide Collector's Edition pp.518-519: "[18.09] UNIVERSITY POINT
This once-thriving settlement was built into the ruins of the old university. Approximately one year before current events, synths from the Institute wiped this trading post off the map after a disagreement regarding classified research. An explosion in the service tunnels under Sedgwick Hall killed many, released a large amount of radioactive material, and caused the building to partly collapse."
(Fallout 4 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide Map)
- Preston Garvey: " "
(Preston Garvey's dialogue)
- Diamond City security: "I'm tellin' ya, it ain't just a story. University Point? That settlement on the coast? Wiped out. By synths."
(Diamond City security's dialogue)