14,013
Students
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Avg. Financial Aid
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Admission Difficulty
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68%
Acceptance Rate
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Overview

University of Massachusetts Lowell undergraduate degree programs

The University of Massachusetts Lowell (UMass Lowell) is a public research university situated along the Merrimack River in the city of Lowell, about 25 miles from Boston and Cambridge. Its location within the region's major business corridor creates numerous internship, co-op, service learning, and research opportunities that provide students with real-world learning experience. "U.S. News and World Report" ranks UMass Lowell in its top tier of national universities. 

The University of Massachusetts Lowell is committed to excellence in teaching, research and community engagement. The university is dedicated to transformational education that fosters student success, lifelong learning and global awareness. UMass Lowell offers affordable, experience-based undergraduate and graduate academic programs taught by internationally recognized faculty who conduct research to expand the horizons of knowledge. The programs span and interconnect the disciplines of business, education, engineering, fine arts, health, humanities, sciences and social sciences. The university continues to build on its founding tradition of innovation, entrepreneurship and partnerships with industry and the community to address challenges facing the region and the world.

UMass Lowell is part of the University of Massachusetts system. It's comprised of the Francis College of Engineering; College of Fine Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences (includes the School of Criminology and Justice Studies); Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences (includes the Solomont School of Nursing); Kennedy College of Sciences; College of Education; and Manning School of Business.

Academic programs overview

UMass Lowell offers more than 120 bachelor's, 42 master's, and 36 doctoral degree programs and more than a dozen accelerated bachelor's-to-master's degree options which allow students to earn two degrees in as few as five years.

The colleges of engineering, sciences, and health sciences offer a variety of interdisciplinary programs jointly, including a bio-medical engineering and technology minor. Pre-medical, pre-law, and other pre-professional advising is available to students in all majors. Intercollegiate programs in aerospace studies, robotics, and joint military studies are also available.

The UMass academic calendar comprises two semesters, a three-week break in January, and a summer term with two sessions. Full time undergraduates typically enroll in five courses each semester. UMass Lowell also offers a wide range of programs delivered online and on campus in the evenings. Numerous opportunities for study abroad include faculty-led courses, affiliate programs, exchanges, and more than 120 partnerships with prestigious institutions in 40 countries.

College of Fine Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

The College of Fine Art, Humanities & Social Sciences at UMass Lowell offers bachelor's degree programs in a broad range of study areas within the following majors: art & design; criminal justice and criminology; english; economics; history; legal studies; liberal arts; world languages and culture; music business; music performance (instrumental and vocal); music studies; peace and conflict studies, philosophy; political science; psychology; sociology; and sound recording technology.

Kennedy College of Sciences

The Kennedy College of Sciences offers bachelor's degree programs in a variety of study areas within the curricula of the following majors: biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental science, mathematics, and physics.

James B. Francis College of Engineering

The James B. Francis College of Engineering at UMass Lowell offers nationally accredited bachelor's degree programs in biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil and environmental engineering, electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering, and plastics engineering.

Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences and Solomont School of Nursing

The Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences and Solomont School of Nursing offer nationally accredited bachelor's degree programs in a variety of study areas within clinical laboratory and nutritional sciences; community health and sustainability; exercise physiology, nursing, and public health. A BS degree completion program for registered nurses is offered through the Division of Online and Continuing Education.

Manning School of Business

The Manning School of Business at UMass Lowell offers bachelor's and bachelor-to-master's degrees in business administration, with concentrations in accounting, corporate finance, entrepreneurship, financial markets, general finance, international business, management, management information systems, marketing and supply chain management. All programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB).

College of Education

The College of Education at UMass Lowell offers widely respected master's, doctoral and initial certification courses. Undergraduates in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) majors can gain classroom experience and a teaching minor through UTeach, a national teacher-training program whose only northeast chapter is at UMass Lowell. Bachelor's-to-master's programs with initial Massachusetts teaching licensure are also available through the Fast Track to Teaching Program.

Campus community and activities

The UMass campus community supports ethnic, cultural and economic diversity. Students come from all 50 states and more than 104 countries. The 150-acre urban UMass Lowell campus is in the midst of a bold expansion, with the opening of 12 new buildings since 2010. Housing is guaranteed for freshmen and available to most returning and transfer students. University housing comprises traditional residence halls, apartments, suites, and a combined conference hall and residence center located in downtown Lowell. 

More than 250 student organizations are active on campus, including dance and sports clubs, gaming groups, leadership societies, student government and a student-run FM radio station. The campus supports 17 Division I varsity sports, which compete in the America East and Hockey East conferences. Students can take part in intramural sports, fitness classes and an outdoor adventure program through the campus recreation center. The 7,800-seat Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell hosts national concerts and events as well as the university's men's hockey team.

Small classes, respected faculty

The student-faculty ratio at UMass Lowell is 17:1. About 50% of undergraduate classes have fewer than 20 students. UMass employs more than 540 full time faculty members, and about 500 part-time faculty. Faculty members are dedicated educators and respected researchers who extend the learning experience beyond the classroom. Graduate teaching assistants also hold part-time instructional positions as discussion section leaders and laboratory teaching assistants.

Financial assistance

UMass Lowell offers financial assistance to students in the form of loans, scholarships, grants and campus employment opportunities.

Location & Contact

Address University Crossing, Suite 420
220 Pawtucket Street
Lowell, MA  01854-2874
United States
Contact Admissions Office
Email: admissions@uml.edu
Phone: 978-934-3931
Fax: 978-934-3086

Majors & Degrees

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, And Gender Studies Associate Bachelors
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Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Education Associate Bachelors
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Engineering Associate Bachelors
Bioengineering And Biomedical Engineering Checkmark
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Computer Engineering Checkmark
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Mechanical Engineering Checkmark
Nuclear Engineering Checkmark
Polymer/plastics Engineering Checkmark
Engineering Technologies/Technicians Associate Bachelors
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English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
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Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
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Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Community Health Services Counseling Checkmark
Environmental Health Checkmark
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Registered Nursing/registered Nurse Checkmark
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History Associate Bachelors
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Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Bachelors
Nutrition Sciences Checkmark
Peace Studies And Conflict Resolution Checkmark
Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
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Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
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Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Psychology Associate Bachelors
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Security And Protective Services Associate Bachelors
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Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
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Admissions

Acceptance Rate

11,113
Applied
7,636
Accepted
14,013
Enrolled
69%
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Female Admissions

4,843
Females Applied
3,271
Females Accepted
68%
Acceptance Rate
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Male Admissions

6,270
Males Applied
4,365
Males Accepted
70%
Acceptance Rate

Applying

60
Application Fee
3.55
Avg. high school GPA for freshman
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
Essay
A minimum high school GPA of 3
One recommendation
Required for some programs Other requirements may exist (see below)
Other requirements: Audition for music students, art portfolio for art majors, three additional short answer questions for No Test option

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen February 1st March 10th
Other early decision plan November 1st December 10th
Transfer August 15th Not reported Yes

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score Accepted 25th PercentileInfo icon 75th PercentileInfo icon
SAT Critical Reading 606 560 650
SAT Math 618 570 660
ACT Composite 26 24 29

Tuition & Fees

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Tuition

14,710
In-state
32,357
Out-of-state
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Fees

470
Full-time student fees
12,748
Room & board
8,400
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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan No
Tuition payment plans offered Yes
Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuition Senior Citizens
Employees

Financial Aid

15,884
Avg. Financial Aid Package
16,799
Avg. Freshman Financial Aid Package
4,256
Avg. International Student Financial Aid Package
4,350
Avg. Loan Aid
6,877
Avg. Grant Aid
9,151
Avg. Scholarship and/or Grant Aid awarded
98% Percentage of students with need who receive financial aid
89%
Avg. Percentage of Financial Need Met
44%
Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met

Student Body

14,013
Total undergrad students
4%
International Students
9%
Out-of-state students

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 10.98%
Black or African American 5.81%
White or Caucasian 60.71%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.14%
Asian 10.35%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.05%
Two or more races 2.85%
Other 4.62%

Gender

Male (61.62%)
Female (38.38%)

Campus Life

Housing

Type
College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements None
Housing options Co-ed housing
Freshman car parking
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 32%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
Spring Carnival, Family Day and Culture Shock

Student Services

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Student Organizations

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Most popular organizations:
Student Government Association, Recreational Sports Clubs, Association of Students of African Origin, WUML (radio station) and Campus Activities Programming Association

Campus Security & Safety

24-hour emergency telephone/alarm services Checkmark
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Other Campus Security & Safety:
police and security patrols

Athletics

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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Badminton Checkmark No No
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Basketball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Cheerleading Checkmark No No
Cross-country Running Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Field Hockey No No No
Football Checkmark No No
Golf Checkmark No No
Ice Hockey Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Lacrosse Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Rowing Checkmark No No
Rugby Checkmark No No
Skiing (cross-country) Checkmark No No
Skiing (downhill) Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Softball Checkmark No No
Squash Checkmark No No
Swimming And Diving Checkmark No No
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark No No
Track And Field Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Triathlon Checkmark No No
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark No No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Badminton Checkmark No No
Baseball No No No
Basketball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Cheerleading Checkmark No No
Cross-country Running Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Field Hockey Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Football Checkmark No No
Golf Checkmark No No
Ice Hockey Checkmark No No
Lacrosse Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Rowing Checkmark No No
Rugby Checkmark No No
Skiing (cross-country) Checkmark No No
Skiing (downhill) Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Softball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Squash Checkmark No No
Swimming And Diving Checkmark No No
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark No No
Track And Field Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Triathlon Checkmark No No
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark

Faculty

1,119
Total Faculty
17:1
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 616
Part-time - 503
Male - 632
Female - 487
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