From the School

Throughout its 100-year history, the University has provided innovative programs that meet both the needs of its students for a quality education and the needs of the region for skilled leadership. Its graduates are sought after by employers and graduate schools. They are ready to contribute meaningfully in the work place, to build lives around the principles and passions they develop here, and to make a difference in communities anywhere in the world. The University is part of the five-campus University of Massachusetts system, which the London Times ranked 19 in the world based on reputation for teaching and research, and is ranked in the top 200 universities in the United States by U.S. News and World Report. UMass Lowell is located just 25 miles northwest of Boston in a culturally rich city within the region's major business corridor.

The UMass Lowell education focuses on putting the lessons of the classroom into practice. Students have multiple opportunities for co-ops, internships, service-learning activities and undergraduate research, all of which give them relevant hands-on experience. Every professional program at UMass Lowell is accredited by the most prestigious organization in its field. The University is dedicated to maintaining a community that is culturally, socially, and academically diverse and is home to more than 14,000 undergraduate and graduate, 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. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1.

As they take advantage of all that the University has to offer, UMass Lowell students are learning with purpose.

Overall

From The School

All undergraduate day applicants must have a high school diploma or a general equivalency diploma and satisfactory SAT scores. The incoming freshman class for fall 2011 had an average GPA of 3.26 and the average SAT score (combined reading and math) was 1114. Students whose high school average is below the required minimum may be considered for admission if they present SAT verbal and mathematics scores that are higher than those specified for the admission of degree candidates by the college or program to which they wish to apply.

Transfer students are considered for fallor spring-semester admissions. Transcripts of completed work must be on file prior to acceptance. Depending on the number of transfer credits and college GPA, transfer students who seek admission as matriculating day students may be asked to provide a high school record and SAT scores.

For day programs, the University admits students through early action, regular admission and transfer admission. Entering freshmen are admitted for the fall or spring semester. The early action deadline for freshman applications is December 1; the deadline for regular admission is February 15. Applicants to the nursing program are encouraged to apply by the early action deadline. The preferred deadline for transfer applications is August 15 for the fall semester and January 7 for the spring semester.

For further information, contact:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
University of Massachusetts Lowell
883 Broadway Street, Suite 110
Lowell, Massachusetts 01854-5104
United States
Phone: 978-934-3931
admissions@uml.edu

Overview

Applicants
9,394
Acceptance Rate
62%
Average HS GPA
3.43

GPA Breakdown

27%
Over 3.75
15%
3.50 - 3.74
19%
3.25 - 3.49
18%
3.00 - 3.24
21%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
510 - 600
SAT Math
540 - 640
ACT Composite
22 - 28

Deadlines


Regular
February 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

From The School


Academic Programs

UMass Lowell's academic programs, offered through six colleges, cover the spectrum of learning from traditional programs like history, philosophy, biology, art and music, to interdisciplinary programs like sound-recording technology, global studies, energy engineering and robotics. Our programs are infused with opportunities for learning through experience in research labs, industry and campus-based co-ops, internships and service to diverse communities.

The University operates on a calendar of two semesters, a three-week intersession in January, and a summer term with two sessions. Full-time undergraduates generally take five courses each semester. A minimum of 120 credits is required for baccalaureate degrees; the minimum credits required for professional degree programs are generally higher. A University general education requirement is imposed for all baccalaureate programs. Majors require 30-60 credits. Elective course options vary widely according to the degree program and major area. Professional degree program options and requirements follow specific accreditation guidelines. Maximum curricular freedom is permitted in B.A. programs. The academic climate is both serious and supportive, and requires self-motivation.

First Year Program
We want you to start off on the right foot. The First Year program provides learning communities, a freshman leadership program and an ongoing schedule of educational and recreational activities.

Commonwealth Honors Program
Students who thrive on challenge and like to achieve at a high level can add the distinction of Commonwealth Honors Program Scholar to their resumes. The program is open to students across the University. Offerings include a special first-year seminar, 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 in residence. www.uml.edu/honors

Centers for Learning
Everyone needs a little help sometime and it's available at the Centers for Learning and Academic Support Services. CLASS offers individual and group tutoring (peer tutors cover more than 70 subject areas) and help choosing your courses, editing a paper or improving your study skills. www.class.uml.edu

Career Services & Cooperative Education Center:
The Career Services & Cooperative Education Center is a resource for finding a job when you graduate and for locating internships, co-ops and part-time and summer jobs. The staff will help you identify career paths, connect with alumni in your field, polish your resume and prepare for interviews. www.uml.edu/career

International Experiences
The University is committed to helping students develop a global perspective in the belief that it 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 enables students to spend time studying in almost any country in the world during a semester, year, or summer or winter session. A growing number of formal partnerships with universities around the world reflect both the diversity of our own community and contemporary geo-politics.

Majors and Degrees Offered

Dual majors are permitted. Dual B.A./B.S. and an array of bachelor's-to-master's degree programs are available in liberal arts, science, and engineering fields. Pre-dental and premedical programs are also available.

The College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences offers baccalaureate programs in American studies, art, criminal justice, design, economics, English, environmental studies, history, liberal arts, modern languages, music business, music performance, music studies, peace and conflict studies, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology, and sound recording technology.

The College of Sciences offers baccalaureate programs in biological sciences; chemistry with an option in forensics science; computer science; environmental, earth, and atmospheric sciences (meteorology); mathematics; and physics.

The James B. Francis College of Engineering offers baccalaureate day programs in chemical, civil and environmental, electrical and computer, mechanical, and plastics engineering. Engineering programs are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET).

The School of Health and Environment offers baccalaureate day programs in clinical sciences, which is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS); community health education; environmental health; exercise physiology; medical technology; nursing, which is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC); and nutritional science.

The Manning School of Business offers baccalaureate day programs, all of which are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International in business administration (B.S.B.A.), with concentrations in accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, international business, management, management information systems, marketing, and supply chain and operations management

The University's Graduate School of Education offers widely respected master's and doctoral programs, as well as a range of initial certification courses.

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
18:1
Total Faculty
1,043
with Terminal Degree
683

596
Men
447
Women
152
Minority
28
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
100+

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
50%
Graduate in 5 years
90%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Lisa Brothers
President and CEO of Nitsch Engineering.

Bonnie Comley
Vice President of Stellar Productions International, Inc.

Roger Cressey
Senior VP, Booz Allen Hamilton; NBC News counterterrorism analyst

Robert Manning
CEO, MFS Investment Management

Martin T. Meehan
Chancellor, UMass Lowell, served 14 yrs. in US House of Representatives

Alan Solomont
US Ambassador to Spain

Roy Zuckerberg
Former General Partner/Vice Chair, Goldman Sachs (NYC)

Overview

From The School


Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Total Tuition and fees 2011-12
In-State Residents: $11,297
Out-of-State Residents: $23,736
New England Regional Program: $17,350
Total Room and Board $9,520

The University offers a wide range of merit-based scholarships in addition to financial aid.

Financial Aid

The University is committed to making higher education accessible to all qualified students and participates in federal and state programs, assisting students through grants-in-aid, loans, employment opportunities and scholarships. The amount of a student's financial aid award is determined by need, as indicated by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which should be filed by March 1. In fiscal 2011, the campus awarded $119 million in financial aid.

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 20

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,688

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,700

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,388

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$30,505

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
80%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$8,688

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Yes
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

From The School

The University's diverse and inclusive community is a supportive environment for students. Departments dedicated to residence life, health services, multicultural affairs, and student activities and leadership support a wide range of programs that help students adjust to and make the most of being in college. More than 150 student organizations, recreational sports and intercollegiate athletics teams give students the opportunity to make friends, have fun and develop leadership skills. These include the student-managed weekly newspaper, "The Connector," annual literary magazine, "The Offering," and 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, suites and a former downtown hotel. In addition to health, dining and security services, the university provides advocacy and resources for people with disabilities.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
12,986
Out of State
10%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
61

Demographics

38% female
62% male
10% are out of state
73% are full time
27% are part time

Overview

From The School


Location

The University campus comprises three campuses that cover over 100 acres on both sides of the Merrimack River. Students can walk, bike or drive between campuses or take the River Hawk Roadster, a shuttle bus system that runs continuously between the campuses and to downtown Lowell.

Lowell, a city of 110,000, has gained national attention by successfully leveraging its history, ethnic diversity and entrepreneurial spirit to create a vital urban center. The site of a unique, urban National Historical Park that honors the city as the birthplace of the industrial revolution, Lowell is also home to an acclaimed professional theater company, literary and folk festivals, and museums that include the Museum of American Textile History and the Whistler House Museum.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

The University campus comprises 100 acres on both sides of the Merrimack River and includes classroom and laboratory buildings, two libraries, a student center, two gymnasiums, three dining halls, a Center for the Performing Arts, two art galleries, and numerous residence halls. The Campus Recreation Center includes squash, racquetball and basketball courts, group fitness studios and fully equipped strength and fitness training areas. Recent renovations to libraries on the North and South campuses have created new learning commons equipped with learning technologies and areas for quiet and group study. State-of-the-art facilities include six Sound Recording Technology studios, a nursing simulation lab and a manufacturing lab where engineering and management students team up to produce microelectronic components. The ETIC, a $70 million research facility with labs, clean rooms and high bays for nano-manufacturing, opens in the fall of 2012. Under construction are a new building for programs in health and the humanities on South campus as well as a suite-style residence hall on East Campus and an a student apartment complex near South Campus.

Off-Campus Opportunities

Located 25 miles from the cultural and educational riches of Boston and Cambridge, Lowell is situated within the region's major business corridors, which provide internship and co-op opportunities for students. It is also within an hour of ocean beaches and the lakes and mountains of New Hampshire via major highways and regional train and bus service.

Student Organizations & Activities

The University campus comprises 100 acres on both sides of the Merrimack River and includes classroom and laboratory buildings, two libraries, a student center, two gymnasiums, three dining halls, a Center for the Performing Arts, two art galleries, and numerous residence halls. The Campus Recreation Center includes squash, racquetball and basketball courts, group fitness studios and fully equipped strength and fitness training areas. Recent renovations to libraries on the North and South campuses have created new learning commons equipped with learning technologies and areas for quiet and group study. State-of-the-art facilities include six Sound Recording Technology studios, a nursing simulation lab and a manufacturing lab where engineering and management students team up to produce microelectronic components. The ETIC, a $70 million research facility with labs, clean rooms and high bays for nano-manufacturing, opens in the fall of 2012. Under construction are a new building for programs in health and the humanities on South campus as well as a suite-style residence hall on East Campus and an a student apartment complex near South Campus.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
38%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus
81%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
96

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
100
Number of Honor Societies
16

Number of Social Sororities
4
Number of Religious Organizations
7

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

3% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (River Hawks)
9 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (River Hawks)
9 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

Green Rating
77

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
65

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
98

Average Number of PC's per Lab
20

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
No

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
95%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Lenovo, Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Rachel Stringer-Grimsley
Assistant Director

Address
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
220 Pawtucket Street, Suite 420
Lowell, MA 01450

Phone
(978) 934-3931

Email
umltours@uml.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
University Crossing
Campus Recreation Center
O’Leary Library Learning Commons
Saab Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center
Health and Social Science Building

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Downtown Lowell
Bellegarde Boathouse
Lowell Textile Museum
Lowell Spinners Baseball Team

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Dates and times vary

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
Other

Contact Email Address for Visit
athletics@uml.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Arrangements
Other

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Taxi, shuttle bus around campus, public bus, commuter train service from Lowell to Boston.

Local Accommodations
Inn and Conference Center at UMass Lowell
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Key Stats

9,394
Applicants
12,986
Size
62%
Acceptance Rate
1140
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists