University of Massachusetts-Lowell campus
University of Massachusetts-Lowell campus
University of Massachusetts-Lowell campus
University of Massachusetts-Lowell campus
University of Massachusetts-Lowell campus
University of Massachusetts-Lowell campus
University of Massachusetts-Lowell campus
University of Massachusetts-Lowell campus
University of Massachusetts-Lowell campus
University of Massachusetts-Lowell campus
University of Massachusetts-Lowell campus
University of Massachusetts-Lowell campus
University of Massachusetts-Lowell campus
University of Massachusetts-Lowell campus

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.


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 2016 had an average GPA of 3.53 and the average SAT score (combined reading and math) was 1173. 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 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


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

Test Scores

Learn about new SAT scores and college admission here
SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
520 - 620
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
550 - 650
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
500 - 600
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
23 - 29

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted


Early Action
November 15

February 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


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.

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.

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.

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

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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

Graduation Rates

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


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

Colleges that Create Futures


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Total Tuition and fees 2016-17
In-State Residents: $14,307
Out-of-State Residents: $30,875
New England Regional Program: $24,489
Total Room and Board: $12,073

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-inaid, 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.


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 21

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 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
Foreign Countries Represented



38% female
62% male
9% are out of state
73% are full time
27% are part time


From The School


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.

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)
9 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

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share

Car Sharing Program

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

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

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 February, 2016.

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

Rachel Stringer-Grimsley
Assistant Director

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.

Local Accommodations
Inn and Conference Center at UMass Lowell

Rankings & Lists

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