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University of Massachusetts - Lowell Overview

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

What Is University of Massachusetts - Lowell Known For?

3,074 Undergraduate Awards
$38,737 Avg Cost After Aid
69% Acceptance Rate
  • The highest award offered at UMass Lowell is the doctor's degree.
  • In 2017-2018, 59% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from UMass Lowell with a bachelor's degree make about $53,300 a year. That's 31% more than those who graduate from other schools.

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University of Massachusetts - Lowell Rankings

UMass Lowell landed the #365 spot in our 2021 ranking of best colleges. We analyzed 2,320 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

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
#26 Most Popular Online Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#57 Most Popular Online Bachelor’s 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 Chemical Engineering Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Other Homeland Security Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Computer & Information Sciences Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Best Information Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#21 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#22 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#27 Best General Biology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#46 Best General Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#59 Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#123 Best Business Administration & Management 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
#5 Best Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections College Factual
#5 Best Colleges for Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science College Factual
#10 Best Computer Science Associate’s Degree Schools Computer Science Degree
#11 Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting College Factual
#57 Best Colleges for General Biology College Factual
#105 Best Colleges for Psychology College Factual

Where Is University of Massachusetts - Lowell?

Location of University of Massachusetts - Lowell

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?

69% Acceptance Rate
43% Of Accepted Are Women
83% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at UMass Lowell is 69%, which is a sign that the school is fairly selective. While it may not be as hard to get into as other colleges, you should not take admission for granted.

Approximately 57% of accepted students are men and 43% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 70%, and the acceptance rate for women is 68%.

Average Test Scores

About 83% 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 560 and 650. Math scores were between 570 and 660.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Massachusetts - Lowell  ( 560 to 650 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of Massachusetts - Lowell  ( 570 to 660 )
200
800
UMass Lowell received ACT scores from 14% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 22 and 29. Math scores were between 24 and 28. Composite scores were between 24 and 29.

ACT English Scores for University of Massachusetts - Lowell  ( 22 to 29 )
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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  ( 24 to 29 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of Massachusetts - Lowell?

$38,737 Net Price
70% Take Out Loans
5.2% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UMass Lowell is $38,737. 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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At UMass Lowell, approximately 70% of students took out student loans averaging $7,604 a year. That adds up to $30,416 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UMass Lowell is 5.2%. 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

10,651 Full-Time Undergraduates
38% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 14,004 undergraduate students at UMass Lowell, with 10,651 being full-time and 3,353 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  UMass Lowell

There are also 4,238 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 10,651 full-time undergraduates at UMass Lowell, 62% are male and 38% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  UMass Lowell

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of UMass Lowell Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,278
Black or African American 646
Hispanic or Latino 1,236
White 6,301
International Students 482
Other Races/Ethnicities 708

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

4,103 Took All Classes Online
5,818 Took At Least One Class Online
1.6% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 11 bachelor’s degree and 11 master’s degree programs available online at UMass Lowell. In 2017-2018, 5,818 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 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of UMass Lowell

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of Massachusetts - Lowell was 1.6%. This is the #1,929 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at UMass Lowell regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of UMass Lowell majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Accounting 11%
Business Administration & Management 8%
Business, Management & Marketing 10%
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 17%
Computer & Information Sciences 4%
Computer Information Systems 17%
Curriculum & Instruction 25%
Education 30%
Educational Administration 62%
Electronics Engineering Technology 40%
Engineering 2%
Engineering-Related Fields 62%
Finance & Financial Management 33%
Health Professions 10%
Information Science 4%
International Relations & National Security 50%
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 75%
Mathematics 30%
Mathematics & Statistics 31%
Mechanical Engineering Technology 33%
Nursing 19%
Social Sciences 12%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 8%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at UMass Lowell ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at UMass Lowell.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Polymer & Plastics Engineering #1
Mechanical Engineering Technology #7
Applied Mathematics #11
International Relations & National Security #15
Other Homeland Security #19
Electronics Engineering Technology #23
Industrial Production Technology #24
General Engineering #30
Mathematics #32
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science #34
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods #35
Engineering-Related Fields #46
Mathematics & Statistics #48
Design & Applied Arts #48
Information Science #50
General English Literature #51
Computer Programming #63
Finance & Financial Management #68
Visual & Performing Arts #99
English Language & Literature #101
Engineering #103
Information Technology #108
Curriculum & Instruction #123
General Psychology #134
Engineering Technologies #151
General Business/Commerce #162
Computer Information Systems #163
Teacher Education Subject Specific #181
Social Sciences #183
Psychology #188
Educational Administration #230
Accounting #256
Health & Medical Administrative Services #298
Computer & Information Sciences #365
Criminal Justice & Corrections #368
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #419
Nursing #430
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #484
Liberal Arts General Studies #484

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 0 595 49 298 1 943
Criminal Justice & Corrections 25 0 204 66 77 3 375
Information Science 29 39 194 0 0 0 262
General Psychology 0 0 177 70 11 0 258
Mechanical Engineering 0 0 198 1 33 6 238
Computer Science 0 0 130 0 49 9 188
General Biology 0 0 137 2 20 0 159
Public Health 0 0 93 7 46 4 150
Electrical Engineering 0 0 97 0 34 6 137
Nursing 0 0 98 0 26 7 131
Civil Engineering 0 0 97 0 27 2 126
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 81 0 0 36 117
Polymer & Plastics Engineering 0 0 61 8 30 9 108
Chemical Engineering 0 0 90 4 13 0 107
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 94 0 0 0 94
Mathematics 0 0 74 0 18 0 92
Computer Engineering 0 0 41 5 39 2 87
Computer Information Systems 28 0 0 0 48 0 76
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 0 76 0 76
Music 0 0 69 0 0 0 69
General English Literature 3 0 65 0 0 0 68
International Relations & National Security 0 0 0 0 50 0 50
Other Engineering 0 0 0 25 19 5 49
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 0 30 7 9 0 46
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 0 24 22 0 46
Educational Administration 0 0 0 0 24 21 45
Fine & Studio Arts 0 0 40 0 0 0 40
Accounting 9 0 0 0 29 0 38
Economics 0 0 38 0 0 0 38
Physics 0 0 16 0 9 11 36
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 1 0 19 14 34
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 32 0 2 0 34
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 0 8 24 0 32
Political Science & Government 0 0 32 0 0 0 32
Chemistry 0 0 14 0 8 8 30
History 0 0 26 0 3 0 29
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 0 0 22 3 25
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 0 0 24 0 24
Mechanical Engineering Technology 0 5 19 0 0 0 24
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 0 2 19 0 21
Other Homeland Security 0 0 0 20 0 0 20
Information Technology 0 0 0 18 0 0 18
Industrial Production Technology 0 0 0 17 0 0 17
Nutrition Science 0 0 17 0 0 0 17
Sociology 0 0 17 0 0 0 17
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 0 0 0 12 0 12
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 0 0 6 0 6 0 12
Philosophy 0 0 11 0 0 0 11
Public Administration 0 0 0 0 10 0 10
Design & Applied Arts 10 0 0 0 0 0 10
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 0 9 0 0 0 9
Computer Programming 7 0 0 0 0 0 7
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 0 0 6 0 6
Child Development & Psychology 0 0 0 0 6 0 6
General Business/Commerce 0 5 0 0 0 0 5
Electronics Engineering Technology 2 1 2 0 0 0 5
General Engineering 5 0 0 0 0 0 5
General Education 0 0 0 0 0 3 3
International Studies 0 0 0 0 0 3 3
Environmental Control Technology 0 0 0 0 2 0 2
Statistics 0 0 0 2 0 0 2
Area Studies 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 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
Nanotechnology 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Writing Studies 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
Multicultural & Diversity Studies 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 118 50 2,906 335 1,170 154 4,733

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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