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University of Massachusetts-Lowell

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In 1985 the Lowell Textile School was founded, which would later become the Lowell Technological Institute. In 1894 the Lowell Normal School was founded, which itself would later become Lowell State College. In 1975 these two schools merged to form the University of Lowell. In 1991 the University was to become the University of Massachusetts Lowell, one of five University of Massachusetts campuses, located in Lowell, Massachusetts. Today the University of Massachusetts Lowell and its nearly 12,000 students work towards professional certificates, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in areas of study across over 80 majors, 72 minors, and 32 five-year bachelor’s/master’s programs.

Among the most well-known programs at the University of Massachusetts Lowell are the science and engineering programs. Other University highlights include its bachelor’s degree in plastics engineering, the degree-granting program in meteorology, the master’s program in energy engineering, the nanotechnology program, the criminal justice master’s program, it VLSI graduate program, and the Work Environment Department in the School of Health and Environment. A unique feature offered to area high school students is the TEAMS Academy, where various career paths can be explored. Courses are designed to challenge academically advanced students in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math.

In the historic city of Lowell, Massachusetts, students studying on the rolling 125 acre campus are a mere 25 miles from Boston. Set alongside the Merrimack River, Lowell is the birthplace of Bette Davis, and Jack Kerouac (and his burial place for that matter). The Lowell National Historical Park celebrates the City’s early manufacturing and immigrant roots, and the Vandenberg Esplanade gives locals a place to exercise and enjoy the Merrimack. Anything but a sleepy town, Lowell is home to the Bay State Marathon, the Lowell Folk Festival, the Lowell Southeast Asian Water Festival, Winterfest and the Massachusetts Poetry Festival.

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All students at the University of Massachusetts Lowell follow the same basic steps while applying, however freshmen, transfers, readmits, and international students will all have slightly different application requirements to complete. Prospective students should take care to follow the instruction as spelled out on the website.

Applications can be downloaded, or requested in writing from the University. All subsequent communications after submitting an application will be in writing. Admissions are accepted on a rolling basis.

In order to be a successful applicant at the University, the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education has mandated that the candidate enter with a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Applicants must also have completed the SAT exams with a combined score of 960 as the minimum, although the average accepted student will have higher scores on both counts, the GPA and SAT. Some cases will, however, be reviewed on an individual basis.

If applying for majors like nursing, exercise physiology, community health education, engineering and sound recording technology, be prepared for a more competitive admissions process.

Incoming freshmen will take Department of Higher Education mandated assessment tests in the areas of math and reading in order to best place students in first-year courses. Exceptions are made in some cases, including student who have scored at least a “three” on AP English and/or Calculus exams.

For students who may benefit from a non-traditional admissions program with the possibility of reduced costs, there are several special entrance programs, including the New England Regional Program, the Connections Program, the Joint Admissions Program, the Patricia A Goler Fellows Program and the Proximity Regional Rate Program for residents of Southern New Hampshire.

Financial Aid

The University of Massachusetts Lowell recommends students begin the process of seeking financial aid by reviewing the information available on the Office of Financial Aid website. All students seeking financial aid must file the FAFSA upon application to the University, keeping in mind the University’s official priority deadline is the 1st of March. A list of scholarships is also available, and can be accessed via the University of Massachusetts Lowell Office of Financial Aid website.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3156th for the average student loan amount.
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The majority of students at the University of Massachusetts Lowell are undergraduate students, although there are well over 2,000 graduate students at the University for any given year. Over 90% of undergraduate students and over 70% of graduate students are in-state residents. The campus has a relatively low international student population, but strives to provide culturally, socially and academically diverse opportunities through the Council on Diversity and Pluralism, the Center for Family, Work and Community, the Center for Women and Work and the Roots Project.

The University of Massachusetts Lowell campus is split into four, the North, South, East and West campuses. On-call escort buses, complete with DVD players, are now being utilized on campus to help transport students from one area of campus to another. Bicycles, helmets and locks are also available for borrow through the campus Rec-Cycle program. With over 100 clubs and student organizations students are sure to find exactly the group they’re looking for on campus. If not, students are encouraged to start up their own. Students can join up with the Alternative Spring Break Service Club, the American Nuclear Society, Conscious Alliance, Global Medical Brigades, the Student Veteran’s Association, and many more. For those seeking spirituality the University’s Campus Ministry Association maintains a website with info on campus worship, or can help students find a place of worship in the surrounding area.

The University of Massachusetts Lowell offers on-campus housing in 10 separate residence halls, with nearly 3,000 residents. Living-Learning residential Communities are an offered campus housing option where students with common interests are able to live, work and play in a single setting. Living on campus is a great way for students to take advantage of campus facilities like the Campus Recreation Center, O’Leary and Lydon Libraries, various campus computer labs, the University Art Gallery, and the many campus dining halls. For convenience, shuttle buses are available to and from residence halls to and from the various other parts of campus during the week. For off-campus University housing students can choose from the East Meadow Lane (21+ and graduate students), or the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center (once the Doubletree Hotel).

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The University of Massachusetts Lowell River Hawks teams compete in Division II sports including men’s baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, ice hockey, track and field and soccer. Women’s sports include basketball, cross country, track and field, field hockey, soccer, rowing, softball and volleyball. An exception is the men’s hockey team, which competes in Division I. Champion athletic UMass Lowell teams are the 1988 men’s basketball, 1991 men’s cross country, and the 2005 field hockey teams. The men’s ice hockey team has also won the national championship three times.

A fun University of Massachusetts sports fact? The UMass Lowell Baseball Research Center doubles as the official certification center for Major League Baseball, National Collegiate Athletic Association and National Federation of High Schools equipment.

Information Summary

Ranks 22nd in Massachusetts and 377th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 16 0.10
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 6 0.04
Robbery 3 0.02
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 27 0.17
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 4 0.03
Arrest 7 0.05

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 588 0.55
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 3 0.00
Forcible Rape 36 0.03
Robbery 168 0.16
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 914 0.85
Larceny 1,941 1.81
Vehicle theft 246 0.23

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Lowell, MA 01854-5104
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population26,787 (26,787 urban / N/A rural)
Households9,067 (2.63 people per house)
Median Household Income$35,371
Families5,567 (3.33 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (high research activity)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduateSTEM dominant
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2503

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 692nd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $1,454 $1,454 $8,567
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $10,643 $10,643 $17,579
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $504 $504 $1,089
FT Graduate Tuition $1,637 $1,637 $6,425
FT Graduate Required Fees $10,402 $10,402 $15,449
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $669 $669 $1,215
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $24,961 $24,961 $39,010
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $19,079 $19,079 $33,128
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $16,679 $16,679 $30,728

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Pharmacology Degree — Tuition $1,637 $6,425
Pharmacology Degree — Required Fees $10,402 $15,449

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $11,297 $11,847 $11,297 $11,847 $23,736 $24,896
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $9,520 $10,282
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,342 $1,382
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $3,900(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $1,842 $1,882
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,342 $3,382

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$60
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 9,126 (5,260 male / 3,865 female)
Admitted 5,838 (3,565 male / 2,272 female)
Admission rate 64%
First-time Enrollment 1,648 (1,055 male / 593 female)
FT Enrollment 1,624 (1,040 male / 584 female)
PT Enrollment 24 (15 male / 9 female)
Total Enrollment16,932

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference America East
NCAA Baseball Conference America East
NCAA Track & Field Conference America East

ACT Test Admission

245th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 11%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 27
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 23 / 28
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 28

SAT Test Admission

347th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 96%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 500 / 600
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 530 / 630
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1030 / 1230

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity3,713
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$7,094
Board Fee$4,149

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 201st for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $101,667 ($108,331 male / $87,169 female)
Number of FT Faculty 541 (316 male / 225 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,003
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $16,274,000

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