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University of Massachusetts Lowell
Lowell, MA
U Massachusetts at Lowell is a public institution. Founded as a state college in 1894, it gained university status in 1959 and joined the state system in 1991. A comprehensive university, it has special expertise in applied science and technology and is deeply committed to educating students for lifelong success and conducting research and outreach activities that bring value to the region. Second largest of the UMass campuses, Lowell currently offers its 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students 90 different degree programs in the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Health Professions, and Management, as well as the Graduate School of Education. Its two campuses of 105 acres are located in Lowell, 25 miles northwest of Boston.
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Institution Type Public
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 13,639
   Women 5,208 (38.2%)
   Men 8,431 (61.8%)
Graduate Students 4,215
Entrance Difficulty Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate 60% of 11,231 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered Yes
Early Decision Offered No
Regular Admission Deadline February 1
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.58
SAT Math 601 average
550-640 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 571 average
520-620 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 26 average
24-29 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests X      
Essay   X    
Extracurricular Activities   X    
Cost of Attendance In-state: $29,006
Out-of-state: $45,574
  Tuition and Fees In-state: $14,307
Out-of-state: $30,875
  Room and Board $12,073
Average Percent of Need Met 90%
Average Freshman Award $16,108
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 565
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 7% of classes
10-19 students: 52% of classes
20-29 students: 10% of classes
30-39 students: 12% of classes
40-49 students: 15% of classes
50-99 students: 3% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes
Lowell Population 108,861
Nearest Metropolitan Area Boston
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are not guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 82% of freshmen, 38% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division I
Mascot River Hawk
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
9.5% Asian
6.3% Black/African-American
11.3% Hispanic/Latino
3.0% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
65.6% White
4.1% Unknown
International Students 3.4% from 68 countries
First-Year Students Returning 85.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 32.2%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months 60%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly 35.0%