UMass Lowell: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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The University of Massachusetts Lowell is a public research university with an acceptance rate of 73%. One of the schools in the five-campus University of Massachusetts system, UMass Lowell is located less than an hour from Boston. UMass Lowell has a student / faculty ratio of 17-to-1 and more than 86 undergraduate majors including programs in business administration, computer science, criminal justice, and electrical engineering. Students are involved in an array of extracurricular activities on campus through more than 250 clubs and organizations. The UMass Lowell River Hawks compete in the NCAA Division I America East Conference with the exception of men’s hockey, which competes in the Division I Hockey East Conference.

Considering applying to the University of Massachusetts Lowell? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, UMass Lowell had an acceptance rate of 73%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 73 students were admitted, making UMass Lowell's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2018-19)
Number of Applicants 12,586
Percent Admitted 73%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 26%

SAT Scores and Requirements

The University of Massachusetts Lowell has a test-optional standardized testing policy. Applicants to UMass Lowell may submit SAT or ACT scores to the school, but they are not required for most applicants. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 79% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 570 650
Math 580 670
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of UMass Lowell's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to UMass Lowell scored between 570 and 650, while 25% scored below 570 and 25% scored above 650. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 580 and 670, while 25% scored below 580 and 25% scored above 670. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1320 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at UMass Lowell.

Requirements

UMass Lowell does not require SAT scores for admission for most applicants. For students who choose to submit scores, note that the University of Massachusetts Lowell participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates. UMass Lowell does not require the optional SAT writing section or SAT Subject test scores.

Note that test-optional applicants should have a high school GPA of 3.25 or higher and evidence of academic success in rigorous coursework. Applicants who choose not to provide test scores will be required to submit an additional short essay.

ACT Scores and Requirements

The University of Massachusetts Lowell has a test-optional standardized testing policy. Applicants to UMass Lowell may submit SAT or ACT scores to the school, but they are not required for most applicants. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 9% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 22 29
Math 24 29
Composite 24 29

This admissions data tells us that most of UMass Lowell's admitted students fall within the top 26% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to UMass Lowell received a composite ACT score between 24 and 29, while 25% scored above 29 and 25% scored below 24.

Requirements

UMass Lowell does not require ACT scores for admission for most applicants. For students who choose to submit scores, note that UMass Lowell does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. UMass Lowell does not require the optional ACT writing section.

Note that test-optional applicants should have a high school GPA of 3.25 or higher and evidence of academic success in rigorous coursework. Applicants who choose not to provide test scores will be required to submit an additional short essay.

GPA

In 2019, the average high school GPA of University of Massachusetts Lowell's incoming freshmen class was 3.6, and over 38% of incoming students had average GPAs of 3.75 and above. These results suggest that most successful applicants to UMass Lowell have primarily A grades.

Admissions Chances

The University of Massachusetts Lowell, which accepts fewer than three-quarters of applicants, has a somewhat selective admissions pool with above average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs. However, UMass Lowell also has a holistic admissions process and is test optional, and admissions decisions are based on more than numbers. A strong application essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. Note that music majors are required to complete an in-person audition, and art and design students must submit a portfolio. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and scores are outside UMass Lowell's average range.

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All admissions data has been sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and University of Massachusetts Lowell Undergraduate Admissions Office.