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University of Massachusetts Lowell

Lowell, Massachusetts

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University of Massachusetts Lowell overview
Location Lowell, Massachusetts
Online uml.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Large Suburban
University of Massachusetts Lowell overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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University of Massachusetts-Lowell is a public research institution established in 1894 and located in the city of Lowell, Massachusetts, just 25 miles northwest of Boston. The campus blends urban and suburban elements, featuring contemporary and historic architecture across its buildings, and provides on-campus housing options to accommodate students. UMass Lowell is known for its strong emphasis on practical experience and its diverse range of academic programs, with notable focus on engineering, health sciences, business, and criminal justice. While the university maintains a moderately selective admissions process, it attracts a substantial student body seeking a competitive education within a collaborative atmosphere. Additionally, UMass Lowell's Division I athletics, competing as the River Hawks, is particularly prominent in ice hockey.

In the most recent statistical year 12,253 prospective students applied, and 10,532 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,937 enrolled in the school.  11,374 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 5,779 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $15,462 plus fees of $720. University of Massachusetts-Lowell is ranked 406 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












University of Massachusetts-Lowell is rated within the top 41% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 6 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

University of Massachusetts Lowell overview
SAT 1170/1348
ACT 25/31
GPA 3.67

Applications Accepted

University of Massachusetts Lowell overview
Applications Due Feb 15, 2024
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $60

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Annual Cost to Attend

Massachusetts Resident Tuition

In State Costs for University of Massachusetts Lowell
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$720
Room and Board $13,930
Budget for Other Expenses$1,420
Total One Year Cost$32,732

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for University of Massachusetts Lowell
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$720
Room and Board $13,930
Budget for Other Expenses$1,420
Total One Year Cost$51,100

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$55,300 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

50% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by University of Massachusetts Lowell students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 18%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting 13%
Engineering 12%
Computer and Information Sciences 12%
Health Professions 10%

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