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The University of Massachusetts Lowell (UMass Lowell) is a doctoral-level public research university ranked in the top tier of U.S. News & World Report's national universities. Founded in 1894, the university is built on a tradition of innovation and entrepreneurship. Extensive partnerships with industry and community advance research, provide public service, and enrich the student experience. UMass Lowell graduates are ready to contribute meaningfully in the workplace, build lives around the principles and passions they develop in college, and make a difference in the world.

The university is part of the University of Massachusetts system and comprises the Francis College of Engineering; the College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (includes the School of Criminology and Justice Studies); the College of Health Sciences (includes the School of Nursing); the Kennedy College of Sciences; the Graduate School of Education; the Manning School of Business; and the Honors College. Together, the colleges offer more than 120 bachelor’s, 40 master’s and 30 doctoral degrees, and a number of certificate programs. All programs are accredited at the highest levels and incorporate vigorous hands-on learning and personalized attention. Students in all undergraduate disciplines who participate in the Honors College and complete the program requirements graduate with a Commonwealth Honors designation on their degrees.

UMass Lowell maintains a student-faculty ratio of 18:1 and focuses on putting the lessons of the classroom into practice in real-world settings through co-ops, internships, service learning, and research. Approximately 50 percent of undergraduate classes have fewer than 20 students. A growing number of interdisciplinary programs, such as the biomedical engineering and technology minor offered jointly by the colleges of Engineering, Sciences, and Health Sciences, reflect emerging fields in the global economy. Dozens of accelerated bachelor’s-to-master’s programs allow students to earn two degrees in as few as five years. All academic programs are accredited and meet the most rigorous board standards in higher education.

All first-year students belong to academic learning communities. Optional Living-Learning Communities in the residence halls include: honors, art, music, women in science and engineering, pre-med, business innovation, health professions, DifferenceMakers, criminal justice, creative arts, veterans, and more. The Centers for Learning offer tutoring and academic support programs. The Career Services and Cooperative Education Center helps students prepare for the transition to the working world. The DifferenceMaker program encourages student teams to address real-world problems through entrepreneurial action and sponsors the annual $25,000 Idea Challenge pitch contest.

To be considered for admission to undergraduate day programs, applicants must have a high school or a general equivalency diploma. Applicants have two application choices: the first is to apply with ACT and/or SAT scores; the second is to apply test-optional. Test-optional applicants need to answer additional supplemental application questions. Admissions standards vary by program. Last year’s incoming freshmen had an average GPA of 3.59 and SAT scores of 1171 (reading and math).

Transfer students are considered for fall or 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.

Special-entrance programs that provide nontraditional admissions pathways for international students are available.

UMass Lowell admits students through early action, regular admission, and transfer admission. Entering freshmen are admitted for the fall or spring semesters. The early action deadline for freshmen is November 1; the regular admission deadline is February 1. Applicants to the School of Nursing must apply by the early action deadline. The preferred deadline for transfer applications is August 15 for the fall and January 7 for the spring. Applicants can apply using the Common Application or the UMass Lowell application; both require an essay and a letter of recommendation. Both applications are available online at


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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 2016 had an average GPA of 3.59 and the average SAT score (combined reading and math) was 1171. 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 fall or 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 November 1; the deadline for regular admission is February 1. Applicants to the nursing program must 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
University Crossing
Suite 420, 220 Pawtucket Street
Lowell, Massachusetts 01854
United States
Phone: 978-934-3931


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
520 - 620
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
550 - 640
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
500 - 590

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
24 - 29

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted


Early Action — November 1

Regular — February 1

Other Admission Factors


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Academic GPA

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Academic Programs

The university calendar includes 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. Qualified students in all majors are invited to join the Honors College. The academic climate is serious, competitive, and requires self-motivation.

Dual majors are permitted. Dual B.A./B.S. degrees and bachelor’s-to-master’s degree programs (indicated with an asterisk in the lists below) are available in all fields. Pre-medical, pre-law and other pre-professional advising is available to interested students in all majors. Many of the majors offered have additional program options available, as noted in parentheses below.

Majors and Degrees Offered

The College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences offers baccalaureate programs in: American studies; criminal justice and criminology* (corrections, homeland security, information technology, police, violence), economics*, English (creative writing, journalism and professional writing, literature, theatre arts), fine arts (animation, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, graphic design, web design, interactive media), history, legal studies, liberal arts (art history, Asian studies, comparative arts, cultural studies, economics, education, English/literature, environment and society, environmental studies, gender studies, history, languages, legal studies, music, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology, theatre arts, writing), modern languages (French, Spanish, French/Spanish, Italian/Spanish), music business, music performance (instrumental, vocal), music studies (instrumental, vocal), peace and conflict studies*, philosophy (communication and critical thinking), political science, psychology*, sociology, and sound recording technology*.

The Kennedy College of Sciences offers baccalaureate programs in: biology* (bioinformatics, biotechnology, ecology), chemistry (cheminformatics, forensics), computer science* (bioinformatics/cheminformatics), environmental science (atmospheric science [meteorology], environmental studies, geoscience), mathematics* (applied computational mathematics, bioinformatics, business applications, computer science, probability and statistics, teaching), and physics* (general, optics, radiological health).

The James B. Francis College of Engineering offers baccalaureate programs in: biomedical engineering, chemical engineering* (biological engineering, computer-aided process design and controls, engineered materials, nanomaterials engineering, nuclear engineering, paper engineering), civil and environmental engineering*, electrical and computer engineering*, mechanical engineering*, and plastics engineering*. Engineering programs are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.

The College of Health Sciences and School of Nursing offer baccalaureate programs in: clinical laboratory and nutritional sciences (clinical laboratory sciences, clinical science, medical laboratory science, nutritional science), community health and sustainability (community health, environmental health), exercise physiology, nursing, and public health. A B.S. degree-completion program for RNs is offered through the Division of Online and Continuing Education. Accreditation is by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

The Manning School of Business offers baccalaureate programs in: business administration* (accounting, corporate finance, entrepreneurship, financial markets, general finance, international business, management, management information systems, marketing, and supply chain/operations management). A one-year M.B.A. is available as a bachelor’s-to-master’s program. All programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International.

The university’s Graduate School of Education offers widely respected master’s and doctoral programs as well as a range of initial certification courses. Undergraduates in STEM majors who are considering teaching can get 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 teacher licensure are also available through the Fast Track to Teaching program.

The Division of Online and Continuing Education offers a wide range of programs that are delivered online and on campus in the evening. Intercollegiate programs in aerospace studies, robotics, and joint military studies are available

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
50 - 99

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • American/United States Studies/Civilization

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Commerce, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science
  • Information Science/Studies

  • Engineering

  • Biomedical/Medical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Polymer/Plastics Engineering

  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians

  • Civil Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Industrial Technology/Technician
  • Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies/Technicians, Other

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions, Other
  • Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling
  • Environmental Health
  • Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Nutrition Sciences
  • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Meteorology
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

  • Social Sciences

  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music, General
  • Music, Other


Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate
Terminal Associate
Transfer Associate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

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
President of University of Mass, 14 yrs. in US House of Representatives

Alan Solomont
US Ambassador to Spain

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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes


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Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

The annual costs for 2016–17 for full-time undergraduate residents of Massachusetts were $14,307 per year; for nonresidents of Massachusetts, they were $30,875 per year. Room and board charges were $12,073 per year. Books and supplies are estimated at $400 to $800, depending on program. Quoted rates are subject to change.

The majority of freshmen choose to live in university housing, which includes traditional residence halls, apartments, suites, townhomes, and a combined conference center/residence hall located downtown. Housing is guaranteed for freshmen and available to most returning and transfer students who want it.

The campus features nearly twenty eateries, including Crossroads Café, Sal’s Pizza, Starbucks, Subway, Red Mango, and traditional dining halls. The vibrant campus life includes supporting eighteen Division I athletics teams, which compete in the America East and Hockey East Conferences. The Campus Recreation Center runs intramural sports, fitness classes, and an outdoor adventure program. The 7,800-seat Tsongas Center is a popular venue for national acts.

Financial Aid

UMass Lowell is committed to making higher education accessible to all qualified students. The university participates in federal and state programs, assisting students through grants-in-aid, loans, employment opportunities, and scholarships. The amount of a 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. The university awards a growing number of merit-based scholarships. More than $160 million in financial aid was awarded to students in the 2015–16 academic year, meeting approximately 90 percent of need.


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Jan 1

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

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

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

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

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender


From The School

The campus community is ethnically, culturally, and economically diverse; students come from 50 states and over 100 countries. Thirty-two percent of undergraduates identify as students of color. More than 200 active student organizations include a marching band, a weekly newspaper, and an FM radio station. Leadership opportunities are provided through the Student Government Association, the Residence Hall Association and a variety of other student-run organizations. Students also participate in the disciplinary system and in most university committees.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



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


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The university is clustered along the Merrimack River in Lowell, a city of 110,000 that 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, Lowell is home to an acclaimed professional theater company, literary and folk festivals, and numerous restaurants and museums. Lowell is located 25 miles from Boston and Cambridge and within the region’s major business corridors, which provide internship and co-op opportunities for students. It is also within easy reach of major outdoor recreational areas via major highways and regional train and bus service.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

The campus is in the midst of a bold expansion. Twelve new facilities have opened in the last six years, including the Mark and Elisia Saab Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center, the Health and Social Sciences Building, the Pulichino Tong Business Center, two suite-style residence halls, the McGauvran Student Center, and the Perkins Complex townhomes. A new writing center, a television studio, and a 14,500-square-foot anatomy and physiology lab opened three years ago. University Crossing, the hub of student services and activities, opened in summer 2014 and connects the university’s three campuses to the downtown business and cultural district. Both libraries feature new learning commons with areas for quiet and group study as well as Starbucks cafés.

Off-Campus Opportunities

Extensive opportunities for study abroad with credit include faculty-led courses, affiliate programs, exchanges, and more than 120 partnerships with prestigious institutions in 40 countries. Recent faculty-led courses include seminars on health care in Peru; Cuban culture and history in Havana; crime, law, and asset protection in Hong Kong and Macau; migration in Prague; and innovation and entrepreneurship in India. Numerous service-learning and research opportunities as well as co-ops and internships occur with our partners located throughout the region and worldwide.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division
Division I

3% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (River Hawks)
8 Sports

Cross Country
Ice Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (River Hawks)
9 Sports

Cross Country
Field Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

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


School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share

Car Sharing Program

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2017.

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:

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:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Dell, Apple, Verizon

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

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

Campus Visits Contact

Michelle Tang
Visit Center Coordinator

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

(978) 934-3931


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

Information Sessions

Dates and times vary

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Students should contact academic department to schedule a visit.

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available



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

Driving Instructions to Campus
UMass Lowell is located in Lowell, Mass., 45-minutes north of Boston, at the intersections of Routes 495, 93, and 3.

Local Accommodations
Inn and Conference Center at UMass Lowell

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