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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    B+
UMass - Lowell is an above-average public university located in Lowell, Massachusetts in the Boston Area. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 10,495 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the UMass - Lowell acceptance rate is 69%. Popular majors include Business, Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration, and Information Science. Graduating 60% of students, UMass - Lowell alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $41,600.
About University of Massachusetts - Lowell...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
America East Conference
Address
1 University Ave
Lowell, MA 01854
Branch of
UMass System
Website
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University of Massachusetts - Lowell Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
69%
Application Deadline
February 1
SAT Range
1130-1310
ACT Range
24-29
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$18,375/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$9,817/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
91%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
17:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
78%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.65 responses
69%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.75 responses
54%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.76 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
10,495Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
3,517
Undergrads Over 25
11%
Pell Grant
26%
Varsity Athletes
4%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 54 responses
Report
  • Variety
    41%
  • Unique
    28%
  • Rowdy
    13%
  • White
    9%
  • Practical
    6%
  • Diverse
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
54%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.97 responses
Poll
63%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.113 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 57 responses
Report
  • AWESOME!
    32%
  • Very challenging (in a good way)
    21%
  • Interesting
    19%
  • Growing
    14%
  • Responsible
    9%
  • Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
    4%
  • New wave
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$53,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
60%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
82%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.51 responses
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The University of Massachusetts is one of the most welcoming environments I've been in. Every professor is extremely helpful and wants the best for their students. Since the school is not too big, the class sizes are intimate enough for a student to receive the special attention that they deserve. The University is D1 in athletics so sports are highly respected on and around campus! The only thing that I wish to see more at UMass Lowell is diversity. It is a predominantly white campus even though the city of Lowell is predominantly Hispanic and Cambodian. However, there are many diverse clubs and organizations.
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As a current Junior at UML, I can say that I have appreciated the options for community exposure and networking opportunities. I can also say that I appreciate the accessibility to technologies. I would like to see more options for quiet, limited distraction, study spaces (these are almost non-existent on South Campus) and more healthy food options for the commuter students (dining area for students with meal plans seems to be pretty good). Parking passes are ridiculously overpriced and limited in actual parking options for students prior to their Junior year status. Overall, the classes have been adequately challenging so the quality of the actual education is not in question, merely the presence of various administrative hurdles and the above concerns.
I am so happy that I chose to attend UMass Lowell. While it is extremely affordable, it also provides the same rigorous and challenging academics that many highly ranked universities offer. There are limitless opportunities to be involved on campus from joining clubs, intramural sports, and even hosting your own events on campus for other students to attend. Most of my classes are fairly engaging and are reasonably challenging. Another great part of UMass Lowell are the free resources that the school offers, like free resume workshops, tutoring centers, and career fairs. It is amazing how they provide so much information for students that most people probably did not know that they needed. Needless to say, I absolutely love UML.