University of Massachusetts--Lowell

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1 University Avenue

Lowell, MA 01854

Phone: (978) 934-4000
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Feb. 15
application deadline

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#158 Overall Score: 36 out of 100. National Universities

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University of Massachusetts--Lowell is a public institution that was founded in 1894. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 12,287, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 135 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Massachusetts--Lowell's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 158. Its in-state tuition and fees are $12,097 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $19,210 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

UMass Lowell, a comprehensive university with special expertise in applied science and technology, 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 over 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students nearly 90 different degree programs in the College of Fine Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences; the College of Engineering; the College of Health Sciences; the College of Sciences; the Manning School of Business; and the Graduate School of Education.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1894
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $54,347,000


When applying to University of Massachusetts--Lowell, it's important to note the application deadline is February 15, and the early action deadline is December 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due May 1. The application fee at University of Massachusetts--Lowell is $60. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 65.8 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 65.8%
Application deadline February 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by May 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Massachusetts--Lowell is 17:1, and the school has 51.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Massachusetts--Lowell include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Engineering; Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; and Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 79.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 17:1
4-year graduation rate 26%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 18%
Engineering 14%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 12%
Health Professions and Related Programs 11%
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 10%

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Student Life

University of Massachusetts--Lowell has a total undergraduate enrollment of 12,287, with a gender distribution of 60.9 percent male students and 39.1 percent female students. At this school, 34 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 66 percent of students live off campus. University of Massachusetts--Lowell is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 16,294
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

University of Massachusetts--Lowell offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. University of Massachusetts--Lowell also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of Massachusetts--Lowell, 46 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of Massachusetts--Lowell.

Students who have cars on campus 46%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of Massachusetts--Lowell, 64.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $7,715.

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In-state tuition and fees $12,097 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $19,210 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,793 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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