Transfer Initiatives

Transferring into UMass Lowell

In recent years UMass Lowell has instituted a number of its own initiatives to foster a seamless, friendly and supportive transition for transfer students.

The Honors Program

UMass Lowell is pleased to have instituted the policy of the state-wide Commonwealth Honors Program by guaranteeing admission to UMass Lowell's Commonwealth Honors Program to those students enrolled in comparable programs at the community college level. UMass Lowell has a vibrant honors program, which provides enriched academic opportunities for students eager to test their limits. The program, which offers Honors Housing and close ties with honors faculty advisors, emphasizes research, scholarship, service learning and community engagement. Community college honors courses are automatically accepted at all levels of coursework.

The Tau Sigma Honor Society

The Tau Sigma Honor Society has dedicated to acknowledging the academic accomplishments of transfer students. This chapter has been an active force in creating new initiatives and activities designed to integrate transfer students into the UMass Lowell community. Please visit the application page to apply for the Tau Sigma Honor Society.

Research Coops & Service Learning Internships

Bridge programs have been created for academic programs across the university to offer research workshops and community coops and internships to community college students on the UMass Lowell campus, thus introducing prospective students to campus resources and faculty to ease their transition to a research university. Once accepted, students are eligible for a wide variety of research co-ops, service-learning internships, and other opportunities for community engagement. These opportunities may include paid scholarships or provide academic credit. Please visit the Career Services page on our website for more information on Research Coops and Internships.

Transfer Coordinators and Prioritized Advising

The first challenge for transfer students is to integrate prior coursework into their newly chosen degree programs. To help with this process, each academic department has identified a transfer adviser whose role is to work with prospective students to develop an academic plan that makes the best use of transfer credits, and provides the most direct path to the completion of the Baccalaureate degree. MAP students will be given prioritized advising and registration. Please contact the individual academic department to find more information on your future coursework.

Mass Transfer Program

UMass Lowell is a leader in moving ahead with the Mass Transfer Program. Currently, state community college students who graduate with a 2.5 GPA in designated programs are guaranteed admission. When fully implemented in Fall 2014, the Mass Transfer Program will insure that students receive maximum credit for courses taken. 

Transfer Registration

Once a student has been accepted to the university, UMass Lowell offers a number of programs designed to quickly bring students into the community. Day-long orientation programs for incoming transfer students, held during the summer, provide the important opportunity for students to meet with their transfer coordinator and academic adviser and to register for classes. In addition to these meetings, there are several orientation meetings set up during the first two weeks of classes especially for transfer students. Each transfer student is contacted by a student-ambassador to address any questions that may have arisen during the first month of classes. To sign up for orientation please visit orientation

Lowell Connections

Finally, UMass Lowell works with community colleges to provide the best guidance for prospective UMass Lowell students before they are admitted. The Connections Program, intended for Middlesex Community College students who plan to attend UMass Lowell, offers customized advising and guidance, visits from UMass Lowell advisers, and access to university recreational and residential facilities.