UMass Lowell Admissions

The Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell
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With an acceptance rate of 57%, the University of Massachusetts at Lowell is a selective public university. The great majority of admitted students have grades and standardized test scores that are above average. Applicants can use either the UMass Lowell Application or the Common Application. All applicants must submit SAT/ACT scores, a personal essay, and a letter of recommendation. Music majors need to audition, and Art & Design students must submit a portfolio.

Admissions Data (2016)

  • UMass Lowell Acceptance Rate: 61%
  • Test Scores: 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 520 / 620
    • SAT Math: 550 / 640
    • ACT Composite: 24 / 29
    • ACT English: 23 / 29
    • ACT Math: 24 / 28

UMass Lowell Description

The University of Massachusetts Lowell is a public university located in Lowell, Massachusetts and the third-largest member of the UMass system. The 125-acre urban campus is situated along the Merrimack River across the water from downtown Lowell, less than an hour outside of Boston, and just 30 miles south of Manchester, New Hampshire.

UMass Lowell has a student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1, and the university offers more than 120 undergraduate, 32 master’s, and 20 doctoral degree programs. These include popular undergraduate programs in business administration, information science, criminal justice, and electrical engineering as well as graduate programs in criminal justice, educational curriculum and instruction, plastics engineering, and psychology. Students are involved in an array of extracurricular activities on campus including more than 100 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.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 17,849 (13,637 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 62% male / 38% female
  • 73% full-time

Costs (2016 to 2017)

  • Tuition and Fees: $14,307 (in-state); $30,875 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,200
  • Room and Board: $12,073
  • Other Expenses: $1,422
  • Total Cost: $29,002 (in-state); $45,570 (out-of-state)

UMass Lowell Financial Aid (2015 to 2016)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 89%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 76%
    • Loans: 66%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $8,927
    • Loans: $7,222

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Electrical Engineering, Information Technology, Liberal Arts, Nursing, Psychology.

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 85%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 32%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 56%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Basketball, Baseball, Golf, Ice Hockey, Soccer, Track and Field, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Field Hockey, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball, Track and Field, Cross Country

UMass Lowell Mission Statement

The University of Massachusetts Lowell is a comprehensive, public institution committed to excellence in teaching, research and community engagement. We strive to transform students to succeed in college, as lifelong learners and as informed citizens in a global environment. UMass Lowell offers affordable, experience-based undergraduate and graduate academic programs taught by internationally recognized faculty who conduct research to expand the horizons of knowledge. The programs span and interconnect the disciplines of business, education, engineering, fine arts, health and environment, humanities, sciences and social sciences. The University continues to build on its founding tradition of innovation, entrepreneurship and partnerships with industry and the community to address challenges facing the region and the world.