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University of Massachusetts - Lowell Overview

Located in Lowell, Massachusetts, University of Massachusetts - Lowell is a public institution. UMass Lowell is located in a safe and convenient suburb.

What Is University of Massachusetts - Lowell Known For?

3,146 Undergraduate Awards
$38,938 Avg Cost After Aid
75% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at UMass Lowell have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 4%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The highest award offered at UMass Lowell is the doctor's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 58% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, UMass Lowell bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $53,300 a year. That's about 31% more than their peers at other schools.

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University of Massachusetts - Lowell Rankings

UMass Lowell is ranked #381 out of 2,587 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2022 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

UMass Lowell has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#181 Best Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at UMass Lowell.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Other Homeland Security Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Law Enforcement & Firefighting Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Best Physics Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#25 Best General Psychology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#32 Best Physical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#36 Best Chemistry Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#50 Best General Biology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#54 Best Psychology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#54 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards UMass Lowell has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies, Other Schools College Factual
#1 Best International Security Schools College Factual
#8 Best Criminal Justice Schools College Factual
#14 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools College Factual
#15 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Schools College Factual
#98 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Schools College Factual

Where Is University of Massachusetts - Lowell?

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Contact details for UMass Lowell are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1 University Ave, Lowell, MA 01854-5104
Phone: 978-934-4000
Website: www.uml.edu/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/umlowell
Twitter: https://twitter.com/umasslowell

How Do I Get Into UMass Lowell?

You can apply to UMass Lowell online at: https://www.uml.edu/admissions/apply/default.aspx

Admission Requirements for UMass Lowell

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into UMass Lowell?

75% Acceptance Rate
48% Of Accepted Are Women
68% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 75%, UMass Lowell may not be as selective as some schools, but you should not take admittance for granted. Be sure to submit the best application you can.

Approximately 52% of accepted students are men and 48% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 76%, and the acceptance rate for women is 74%.

Average Test Scores

About 68% of students accepted to UMass Lowell submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 570 and 650. Math scores were between 570 and 670.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Massachusetts - Lowell  ( 570 to 650 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of Massachusetts - Lowell  ( 570 to 670 )
200
800
UMass Lowell received ACT scores from 9% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 23 and 30. Math scores were between 24 and 28. Composite scores were between 23 and 29.

ACT English Scores for University of Massachusetts - Lowell  ( 23 to 30 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for University of Massachusetts - Lowell  ( 24 to 28 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for University of Massachusetts - Lowell  ( 23 to 29 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of Massachusetts - Lowell?

$38,938 Net Price
67% Take Out Loans
4.4% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UMass Lowell is $38,938. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At UMass Lowell, approximately 67% of students took out student loans averaging $7,893 a year. That adds up to $31,572 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UMass Lowell is 4.4%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University of Massachusetts - Lowell Undergraduate Student Diversity

10,637 Full-Time Undergraduates
41% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 13,813 undergraduate students at UMass Lowell, with 10,637 being full-time and 3,176 being part-time.

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There are also 4,337 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 10,637 full-time undergraduates at UMass Lowell, 59% are male and 41% are female.

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Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of Massachusetts - Lowell students is as follows.

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,395
Black or African American 766
Hispanic or Latino 1,421
White 5,934
International Students 355
Other Races/Ethnicities 766

Geographic Diversity

Massachusetts students aren't the only ones who study at University of Massachusetts - Lowell. At this time, 29 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 94 countries are represented at UMass Lowell. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, China, and Vietnam.

Online Learning at University of Massachusetts - Lowell

15,729 Took All Classes Online
17,960 Took At Least One Class Online
73.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 17,960 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at UMass Lowell has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 3rd most popular in Massachusetts for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of UMass Lowell

During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at University of Massachusetts - Lowell was $13,427 for in-state students. Out-of-state students paid $29,125. The following table shows how UMass Lowell is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Applied Mathematics #1 #3
Mechanical Engineering Technology #4 #13
Electronics Engineering Technology #10 #16
Mathematics #20 #29
Computer Science #31 #31
International Relations & National Security #31 #40
Finance & Financial Management #34 #82
General English Literature #54 #86
Information Science #55 #91
English Language & Literature #74 #106

Online Growth Rankings of UMass Lowell

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of Massachusetts - Lowell was 73.0%. This is the #502 largest growth rate of all schools that are mostly online. This refers to all students at UMass Lowell regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

University of Massachusetts - Lowell Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 0 0 612 67 275 1 955
Criminal Justice & Corrections 26 0 209 25 97 0 357
General Psychology 0 0 215 58 15 0 288
Mechanical Engineering 0 0 199 4 40 13 256
Information Science 25 28 178 0 0 0 231
Computer Science 0 0 154 0 26 9 189
General Biology 0 0 129 0 25 0 154
Electrical Engineering 0 0 106 2 38 5 151
Public Health 0 0 74 9 51 5 139
Nursing 0 0 103 0 26 7 136
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 80 0 0 32 112
Civil Engineering 0 0 88 0 19 4 111
Chemical Engineering 0 0 83 1 14 7 105
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 105 0 0 0 105
Computer Engineering 0 0 49 4 37 5 95
Polymer & Plastics Engineering 0 0 50 7 26 5 88
Mathematics 0 0 59 0 18 0 77
General English Literature 0 0 71 0 0 0 71
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 0 64 0 64
Computer Information Systems 9 0 0 0 51 0 60
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 0 40 20 0 60
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 0 39 3 12 0 54
Music 0 0 54 0 0 0 54
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 31 0 9 10 50
Educational Administration 0 0 0 0 26 22 48
Design & Applied Arts 21 0 26 0 0 0 47
International Relations & National Security 0 0 0 0 44 0 44
Political Science & Government 0 0 42 0 0 0 42
Other Engineering 0 0 0 21 17 1 39
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 0 0 37 0 37
Economics 0 0 37 0 0 0 37
Chemistry 0 0 17 0 5 12 34
Physics 0 0 20 0 8 4 32
Other Homeland Security 0 0 0 31 0 0 31
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 0 0 27 3 30
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 20 0 9 0 29
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 0 2 26 0 28
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 0 9 19 0 28
History 0 0 24 0 3 0 27
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 0 0 6 1 19 0 26
Fine & Studio Arts 0 0 24 0 0 0 24
Accounting 9 0 0 0 13 0 22
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 0 5 3 14 0 22
Electronics Engineering Technology 13 2 6 0 0 0 21
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 0 19 0 0 0 19
Nutrition Science 0 0 19 0 0 0 19
Industrial Production Technology 0 0 0 16 0 0 16
Sociology 0 0 15 0 0 0 15
General Education 0 0 0 0 0 14 14
Philosophy 0 0 13 0 0 0 13
Information Technology 0 0 0 12 0 0 12
Mechanical Engineering Technology 0 4 8 0 0 0 12
Child Development & Psychology 0 0 0 0 10 0 10
Computer Programming 8 0 0 0 0 0 8
General Business/Commerce 0 7 0 0 0 0 7
Public Administration 0 0 0 0 7 0 7
Area Studies 0 0 4 0 0 0 4
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 0 0 3 3
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
General Engineering 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Statistics 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
International Studies 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Multicultural & Diversity Studies 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Special Education 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Teaching English or French 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Civil Engineering Technology 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Environmental Control Technology 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nanotechnology 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Romance Languages 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Allied Health Professions 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Health Professions 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Applied Mathematics 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Physical Science 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Social Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 112 41 2,993 319 1,148 163 4,776

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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