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University of Massachusetts-Lowell Admission Requirements

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Chances of getting into University of Massachusetts Lowell

Admissions

Acceptance Rate 
75%
Admission Difficulty for University of Massachusetts Lowell
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Difficult 
Applicant Competition Very Low 
How hard is it to get into University of Massachusetts-Lowell and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at University of Massachusetts-Lowell is 75%.  It ranks #38 in Massachusetts for lowest rate of acceptance. University of Massachusetts Lowell is an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission requirements. Last year, 9,753 out of 12,970 applicants were admitted.

The school has difficult admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 33 percent (SAT 1140/1320 ACT 23/29). University of Massachusetts Lowell typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.66. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 21% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The University of Massachusetts-Lowell application fee is $60 and applications are due by Feb 15.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. University of Massachusetts Lowell is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.

University of Massachusetts-Lowell SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1140-1320
Applicants Submitting SAT 
78%
SAT Scores for University of Massachusetts Lowell
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 570
SAT Math 25th 570
SAT Composite 25th 1140
SAT Scores for University of Massachusetts Lowell
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 650
SAT Math 75th 670
SAT Composite 75th 1320
Average SAT Score 1230

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to University of Massachusetts Lowell?

University of Massachusetts Lowell typically prefers applicants to be in the top 34 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1140 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1050. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1230 out of 1600. University of Massachusetts-Lowell ranks #20 in Massachusetts and #196 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 78 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of Massachusetts Lowell admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1320 and Above Good >85%
1230 to 1320 Avg + 75%-85%
1140 to 1230 Avg - 61%-75%
1050 to 1140 Reach 45%-61%
Less than 1050 Low <45%
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University of Massachusetts-Lowell ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
23-29 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
12%
ACT Scores for University of Massachusetts Lowell
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 23
ACT Math 25th 24
ACT Composite 25th 23
ACT Scores for University of Massachusetts Lowell
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 30
ACT Math 75th 28
ACT Composite 75th 29
Average ACT Score 26

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into University of Massachusetts-Lowell?

Admission data indicates that University of Massachusetts-Lowell regularly accepts students with ACT's of 23 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 32 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 20 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 26 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 29 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #21 in Massachusetts and #228 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 12 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of Massachusetts Lowell admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
29 and Above Good >85%
26 to 29 Avg + 75%-85%
23 to 26 Avg - 61%-75%
20 to 23 Reach 45%-61%
Less than 20 Low <45%
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University of Massachusetts-Lowell GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.66
Typical High School Grades 
B+

What GPA do you need to get into University of Massachusetts Lowell?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into University of Massachusetts-Lowell. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of Massachusetts Lowell was 3.66 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #22 in Massachusetts for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.66 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as University of Massachusetts-Lowell accepts 75% of all applicants.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted University of Massachusetts Lowell students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 26.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 18.0% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 18.0% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 17.0% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 13.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 8.0% Low
2.00 to 2.49 0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

54% of University of Massachusetts Lowell freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted University of Massachusetts Lowell students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 25%
Top 25% of class 54%
Top 50% of class 88%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

University of Massachusetts Lowell admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 6,251 6,719 12,970
Accepted 4,640 5,113 9,753
Acceptance Rate 74% 76% 75%
Enrolled 850 1,232 2,082
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 18% 24% 21%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Feb 15, 2022
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were due on Feb 15, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to University of Massachusetts Lowell is $60.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of Massachusetts Lowell and what student information is used for admission decisions?

University of Massachusetts Lowell Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Required

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at University of Massachusetts Lowell
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=166513 IPEDS survey data for University of Massachusetts Lowell.

FAQs

Does University of Massachusetts Lowell prefer SAT or ACT?

78% of students submit their SAT scores to University of Massachusetts-Lowell. 12% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into University of Massachusetts Lowell?

75% of those who apply are granted admission to University of Massachusetts-Lowell. Admission competition is and the college has difficult admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for University of Massachusetts Lowell?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1140 and 1320. 78% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for University of Massachusetts Lowell?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 23 and 29. 12% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.