University of Massachusetts Lowell

University of Massachusetts Lowell


UMass Lowell is a comprehensive, public, national research university. Its 142-acre campus is located along the banks of the Merrimack River in the culturally rich city of Lowell, 25 miles north of Boston. We are committed to preparing students for work in the real world by providing an affordable, high-quality education. Our students are more successful than ever thanks to accredited programs, a focus on hands-on learning and personal attention from accomplished faculty and dedicated staff.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Scholarship & Financial Aid Scholarships

Scholarships are gift aid offered to students that does not need to be repaid. Most scholarships are awarded to students based on merit, financial need or both. Although not required for all scholarships, we recommend that all students fill out the FAFSA. The specific amounts and number of scholarships offered to students are based on available funding each year. UMass Lowell does not use separate applications for the selection of most merit and need-based scholarships. Learn more about Scholarships

First-Year Experience & Transition Strategies for Success

Strategies for Success is designed to prepare incoming first year students for college success. The program will enable students to develop academic skills and the motivation needed for effective learning. Program highlights include faculty led classroom experiences, a session with current UMass Lowell students, study skills enrichment, college transition techniques, a goal setting session and more. Choose from one of three track options: Find Your Hidden Potential, Conquer College Challenges or Make Connections in Class and Beyond. Learn more about Strategies for Success

First-Year Experience & Transition Centers for Learning and Academic Support Services (CLASS)

Our mission is to enhance the educational experience by easing the transition into UMass Lowell. We create a climate of collegiality, a sense of community and collaboration among students, faculty and staff in an environment that fosters and encourages creativity, growing independence and academic success. Learn more about Centers for Learning and Academic Support Services (CLASS)

Scholars & Leadership DifferenceMaker

Do you want to help shape the future? Do you thrive in a supportive or collaborative environment? If so, get involved! The DifferenceMaker program sponsors workshops and holds contests that award money to the best projects, helping students fund their ideas as they learn how to solve problems through innovative and entrepreneurial action. DifferenceMakers come from all majors and the program provides various resources such as training, alumni mentoring, faculty advising and funding to help students pursue their ideas. Learn more about DifferenceMaker

Academic Courses & Service Learning Co-ops and Internships

Want to test drive a job? UMass Lowell’s partnerships with key employers provide improved quality and depth of education and experience through meaningful, sometimes even paid, work in a real-world environment. Internships are available for students in any major and can lead to full-time employment after graduation. We hear it all the time: Employers love UMass Lowell students. Learn more about Co-ops and Internships

Academic Courses & Service Learning Service Learning

Service learning gives students the opportunity to work with community organizations, tackling real life issues and gaining course credit in the process. Projects range from developing a business plan for a local not-for-profit, working with foster children to creating energy solutions for a village in Peru. Learn more about Service Learning

Student Diversity

  • 10,457
  • 62/38
  • 28%
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 9%
  • 6%
    Black or African American
  • 10%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 63%
  • 3%
    Two or more races
  • 5%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 4%

Student Success

  • 86%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 54%
    Six-year graduation
  • 54%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 82%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 35%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 565
    Full-time faculty
  • 133
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 17:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Business Administration and Management, Criminal Justice/Safety Studies, Psychology, Computer and Information Sciences, Engineering

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA), Association of Students of African Origin (ASAO), Cambodian American Student Association (CASA), Haitian American Student Association (HASA), International Student Club (ISC), Latin American Student Association (LASA), Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SPHE), Southeast Asian Student Association (SASA), Vietnamese Student Association (VSA), Student Association of Chinese Americans (SACA)


Cost of Attendance

  • $30,875
  • $14,307
    In-state Tuition
  • n/a
    Required Fees
  • $12,073
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $164,000,000
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $14,892
    Average aid package
  • $28,482
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 26%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 65%
    Students with financial need
  • 95%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 91%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 49%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 10,638
    # of applicants
  • 57%
  • 3.54
    Average HS GPA
  • 26
    ACT Composite
  • 520—620
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 550—650
    SAT Math
  • 500—600
    SAT Writing
  • yes
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 2/1
    Regular application closing date
  • $60
    Application Fee
  • $60
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • yes
    Early decision plan
  • n/a
    Early decision application closing date
  • yes
    Early action plan
  • 11/1
    Early action application closing date