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University of Massachusetts Lowell

  • Lowell, MA
    location
  • Public
    type
  • Urban
    setting
  • 39%61%
    student ratio
  • 12,734
    total students
  • $1,454 | $8,567
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • Not Reported
    fall application deadline
  • 63%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • Not
    Reported

    sat math
  • Not
    Reported

    sat reading
  • Not
    Reported

    sat writing
  • Not
    Reported

    act composite

Overview

Work Ready, Life Ready, World Ready

For more than a century, the University of Massachusetts Lowell has been preparing students for personal and professional success by helping them to become ready for work, life, and all that the world has to offer. UMass Lowell is located just 25 miles northwest of Boston in a culturally rich city within the region's major business corridor. Students have access to outstanding co-op, internship, research, and service opportunities, in addition to having access to major recreational areas. UMass Lowell is a comprehensive national research university with a mission "to enhance the intellectual, personal and cultural development of its students through excellent, affordable educational programs." UMass Lowell is dedicated to maintaining a community that is culturally, socially, and academically diverse, and is home to more than 14,000 resident and commuter students who represent more than 50 countries. It offers over 120 degree choices, more than 88 majors and 72 minors, 45 "fast track" bachelor's-to-master's degree programs, and 52 master's and doctoral programs. As they take advantage of all that the University has to offer, UMass Lowell students are learning with purpose.

Academics: High-caliber. Engaging. Relevant.

UMass Lowell's academic programs, offered through 6 colleges, cover the spectrum of learning from traditional programs like history, philosophy, biology, art and music, to unique interdisciplinary programs like sound-recording technology, global studies and robotics. Our programs are infused with opportunities for experiential learning in the laboratory, in industry and in the local and global community. An education at UMass Lowell prepares you for exciting careers in new and upcoming areas and for advanced study in a variety of disciplines. Professional programs in art, engineering, health, management, music and education are accredited at the highest possible level.

All College of Engineering programs are ABET accredited (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology). Entrance is highly competitive and the training is rigorous and hands-on. Students participate in projects that make a difference both locally and globally--such as developing electronic and mechanical devices to improve quality of life for physically impaired individuals, and designing and delivering clean water, off-grid power generation and telecommunications to remote villages in Peru. A rapidly expanding integrated co-op program connects students with local, national and global high-tech industries. Undergraduate research opportunities exist in many areas, including those focused on nanomanufacturing, biomanufacturing, assistive technology and baseball research. Students can supplement their engineering training with minors in business administration for engineers or robotics.

Expanding options in the College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences include English concentrations in journalism and professional writing, literature, creative writing and theatre arts and psychology programs that focus on autism and developmental disabilities and a new program in Peace and Conflict Studies. Graduates of the music programs can be found on stage or in the classroom and Sound Recording Technology, the nation's first audio engineering program, provides rigorous training in both music and engineering. Programs in Criminal Justice and Criminology focus on individual, community and global issues, from the causes of crime to policy solutions for homeland security. Students in the College have ample opportunity to interact with the urban communities of the Merrimack Valley in co-ops, internships and team projects.

All students in the School of Health and Environment learn to be part of an interdisciplinary health care team and gain real-world experience early in their education. In addition to taking advantage of high-caliber clinical experiences in large teaching hospitals in Boston as well as in local/regional hospitals, clinics and community settings, they learn from faculty who are outstanding clinicians and researchers as well as teachers. Programs in environmental health, medical technology, nursing and physical therapy have the highest level of accreditation possible. The school's investment in its students shines in a nearly perfect pass rate on professional licensure exams and with graduates' outstanding career options.

The College of Management offers traditional majors ranging from accounting to marketing, and all programs are accredited by the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Its location within the heart of the Massachusetts innovation economy, where technology, industry and finance intersect, allows students to study start-ups in action and to have access to Boston's financial center. The College prepares students to be globally competitive, an important outcome since 95 percent of the world's customers and the fastest-growing markets are now outside of the United States. All management programs combine theory, practice, teamwork and technology to help students develop highly marketable skills. Undergraduate research, co-ops and study abroad opportunities are strongly encouraged.

The College of Sciences offers rigorous training in both the fundamentals of scientific inquiry and in innovative thinking across a wide range disciplines, from biology, chemistry and physics to nanotechnology and photonics. Exciting programs in emerging fields include bioinformatics--the computational engine behind groundbreaking molecular research like the human genome project--and robotics, offered jointly by the Department of Computer Science and the College of Engineering. Radiological health combines physics, engineering and health sciences in studying the effects of radiation on humans and the environment. The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences offers programs that focus on climate change. Undergraduate research opportunities are readily available alongside faculty members investigating exciting frontiers in every discipline.

Students can explore the field of education while completing an undergraduate degree by enrolling in the 18-credit undergraduate minor in education. Those who wish to pursue a career in teaching may apply to the Graduate School of Education to complete the master of education degree and gain an elementary or secondary education teaching license.

Achieving More

Students who thrive on challenge and like to achieve at a high level can add the distinction of Commonwealth Honors Program Scholar to their résumés. The program is open to students across the university. Offerings include special first-year seminars, dedicated honors courses, regular courses with honors components, research opportunities, and a host of activities and events. Honors House is a dedicated residence hall with faculty members in residence.

The university offers accelerated bachelor's to master's programs in nearly 2 dozen undergraduate majors, including teaching, nursing, and chemical, electrical, and mechanical engineering. These programs may give students the opportunity to earn 2 degrees in as few as 5 years.

Qualified students can waive the Graduate Record Exams (GRE) and graduate school application fees.

Faculty and Research

The student/faculty member ratio at UMass Lowell is 14:1, and half of all classes are limited to fewer than 20 students. This translates into personal attention to students from world-class faculty members, 94 percent of whom have attained the highest degrees available in their fields. Their expertise, commitment to research, and hands-on approaches to teaching ensure that students are prepared to succeed.

As a nationally-ranked research university, UMass Lowell conducts more than $50 million in research each year. The university is known for progressive research in areas such as nanotechnology, biomanufacturing, and medical device development. UMass Lowell's emphasis on experiential learning places a premium on research opportunities for undergraduates.

Study Abroad

The university is committed to helping students develop global perspectives in the belief that developing such perspectives is an important life skill. Students have access to study, work and service opportunities in every corner of the globe. In many cases, students can use financial aid to cover some of the costs associated with studying abroad. UMass Lowell is creating partnerships for collaboration and exchange with universities around the world. The growing list of countries represented by UMass's partnerships reflects both the diversity of its own community and contemporary geo-politics. It includes Ireland, Germany, Spain, China, India, Greece, Egypt, Israel, Turkey, South Africa, and Cambodia, among others.

The University of Massachusetts Lowell enables students to spend time studying in almost any country in the world during a semester, year, or summer or winter session.

Student Life at UMass Lowell

At UMass Lowell, students make connections between what they love to learn and what they love to do, developing the principles, passions, and friendships that will define their lives. UMass Lowell's diverse campus life and its location in a vibrant, international downtown deliver a world of possibilities through student organizations, clubs, athletics, and community life. More than 150 student organizations, recreational sports and River Hawks intercollegiate sports teams give students the opportunity to make friends, have fun, and develop leadership skills. UMass Lowell students publish a weekly newspaper, "The Connector," and an annual literary magazine, "The Offering," in addition to managing a campus radio station, WUML 91.5FM.

Seventy-five percent of freshmen and a growing number of upperclassmen choose to live in university housing. Options include traditional residence halls, apartments, and a former downtown hotel. In addition to health, dining, and security services, the university provides advocacy and resources for people with disabilities.

The university's diverse and inclusive community is a supportive and welcoming environment for students. Departments that are dedicated to residence life, health services, multicultural affairs, and student activities and leadership support a wide range of programs, including social programming that help students adjust to and make the most of being in college.

Living in Lowell

The University of Massachusetts Lowell is located in the vibrant, historic city of Lowell. Students can take part in a community that offers a culturally diverse population and a flourishing arts scene with many festivals, restaurants, and entertainment options. The city is host to the Lowell Historical National Park, which commemorates the city as the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution.

Outdoor recreational activities such as white-water rafting, hiking, surfing, and skiing are available locally or within an hour's drive.


Location & Contact

1 University Avenue
Lowell, MA 01854-2881
USA

Admissions Office

Phone: 978-934-3931
Fax: 978-934-3086
Email: admissions@umi.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • American Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Entrepreneurship
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Information Science/Studies
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Health Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Civil Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Computer Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Engineering Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mechanical Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Polymer/Plastics Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering technologies
    • Civil Engineering Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Industrial Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mechanical Engineering Technologies Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Community Health Services Counseling
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Environmental Health
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Health Professions Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physical Therapy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, and protective services
    • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Nutrition Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Applied Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physical Sciences Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Fine Arts Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Performance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

63% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied9,110
    • Accepted5,824
    • Acceptance Rate63%
    • Enrolled12,734
    • Female Applicants3,858
    • Females Accepted2,267
    • Female Acceptance Rate58%
    • Male Applicants5,252
    • Males Accepted3,557
    • Male Acceptance Rate67%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
      Minimum high school GPA of 3
    • Required for Some Audition for music students
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.36
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 500 600
    • SAT Math 530 630
    • SAT Writing 480 580
    • ACT Composite 22 28
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$1,454
    • Out-of-state tuition *$8,567
    • In-district tuitionNot Reported
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$10,643.00
    • Room and board *$10,793.00
    • Room only *$7,094.00
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees, Senior Citizens

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students12,734
    • Male Student Percentage61%
    • Female Student Percentage39%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino8.96%
    • Black or African American6.06%
    • White or Caucasian66.11%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.16%
    • Asian8.55%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.02%
    • Two or more races2.22%
    • Unknown6.21%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International BreakoutNot Reported
    • Out-of-state Students9% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Coed housing , Female-only housing, Male-only housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 36%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band Yes
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities Yes
    • Local sororities Yes
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Student Government Association, Recreational Sports Club, Association of Students of African Origin, WUML (radio station), Campus Activities Programming Association
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division II
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Baseball No Division 2 Yes
    • Basketball Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Cheerleading Yes No No
    • Crew Yes No No
    • Cross-country running No Division 2 Yes
    • Fencing Yes No No
    • Field hockey No No No
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf No Division 2 No
    • Ice hockey Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Lacrosse Yes No No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rock climbing Yes No No
    • Rugby Yes No No
    • Skiing Yes No No
    • Skiing (cross-country) Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Squash Yes No No
    • Swimming Yes No No
    • Table Tennis Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Track No Division 2 Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
    • Weight Lifting Yes No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Cheerleading Yes No No
    • Crew No Division 2 No
    • Cross-country running No Division 2 Yes
    • Fencing Yes No No
    • Field hockey No Division 2 Yes
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf No No No
    • Ice hockey Yes No No
    • Lacrosse Yes No No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rock climbing Yes No No
    • Rugby Yes No No
    • Skiing Yes No No
    • Skiing (cross-country) Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Softball Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Squash Yes No No
    • Swimming Yes No No
    • Table Tennis Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Track No Division 2 Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Weight Lifting Yes No No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty1,003
    • Full-time Percentage54%
    • Part-time Percentage46%
    • Female Percentage42%
    • Male Percentage58%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio18:1 or 11,039 students to 619 faculty

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