About UMass Lowell


UMass Lowell is a national research university located on a high-energy campus in the heart of a global community. The campus offers its 17,000 students bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in business, engineering, education, fine arts, health sciences, humanities, liberal arts, sciences and social sciences. UMass Lowell delivers high-quality educational programs, hands-on learning and personal attention from leading faculty and staff, all of which prepare graduates to be ready for work, for life and for all the world offers. 

Be part of a vibrant community

UMass Lowell students enjoy an active and vibrant campus life.

Organizations on campus that will be of special interest to international students include:

Learn more about what the city of Lowell and the region has to offer.

History of UMass Lowell

For more than a century, UMass Lowell has been preparing students to work in the real-world, solve real problems and help real people. The University began as the Lowell Normal School, a teaching college founded in 1894, and the Lowell Textile School, founded in 1895 to train technicians and managers for the textile industry. Over the next 75 years, both institutions extended their offerings to meet the growing needs of the region. Lowell State and Lowell Tech, as they were then known, merged in 1975 to form the University of Lowell. The campus became part of the University of Massachusetts system in 1991.


Chancellor Marty Meehan is the second chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Lowell and the 14th leader of the institution and its predecessor schools, founded in the 1890's. He assumed the chancellorship on July 1, 2007. For a full biography, visit the Chancellor's website.

National Ranking

  • U.S. News & World Report ranks UMass Lowell No. 156 in the National Universities Rankings, and its 27-spot climb over four years from No. 183 is tied for the second-fastest in the nation.
  • UMass Lowell is ranked among the top 85 public universities in the country by U.S News & World Report. 
  • UMass Lowell was named a top-tier national university for the first time by U.S. News & World Report in 2009. In the 2015 National Universities rankings, UMass Lowell is one of only six institutions to advance in the standings every year since 2010.
  • Forbes ranks UMass Lowell as one of the top 650 undergraduate institutions in the country.
  • PayScale ranks UMass Lowell 16th of 437 public colleges and universities in the U.S. for graduates’ return on investment (ROI) and 59th nationally among public and private institutions. 
  • With an average mid-career salary of $95,100, UMass Lowell is the top-ranked public research institution in New England for salary potential in PayScale’s 2014 College Salary Report.
  • AffordableCollegesOnline named UMass Lowell 10th best public institution in the nation on its Million Dollar Return on Investment list.
  • BusinessInsider.com called UMass Lowell the "Most Underrated College in America."
  • Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching: Community Engagement Classification - Curricular Engagement and Outreach & Partnerships
  • President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, four years
  • UMass Lowell was named to Military Times "Best for Vets" 2014 College rankings.
  • UMass Lowell is ranked among the top Military Friendly Schools in the nation by Victory Media, indicating the campus is among the top 20 percent for military students’ experience.
  • UMass Lowell was ranked number 11 of "The 20 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in Psychology" by TheBestSchools.org.
  • Times of London ranks the UMass system among the top 200 universities in the world.

Degrees Offered

We offer 100 undergraduate, 39 master's and 33 doctoral degree programs in six colleges:

Athletics at UMass Lowell

Whether you want to hit the field or cheer from the sidelines, UMass Lowell has it all when it comes to sports. UMass Lowell announced on February 14, 2013 that it would be moving to Division I in all sports and joining the America East Conference. The River Hawks began competing in 14 sports in Division I in the 2013-14 academic year, and 18 in 2014-2015, but will not be eligible for postseason play while it completes the four-year NCAA reclassification from Division II to Division I. The River Hawks will be full Division I members of America East in 2017-18.

Here are just a few highlights from our exciting intramural program:

  • Our NCAA Division I hockey team will continue to play in the Hockey East Association competing with national powerhouse programs like Boston College, Boston University and University of New Hampshire
  • The River Hawks have won 15 NCAA Championships in school history
  • UMass Lowell won its second consecutive Hockey East tournament championship in March 2014. River Hawk goalie Connor Hellebuyck became the only player to earn the tournament MVP honor twice, capturing it in both 2013 and 2014.
  • In April 2013, UMass Lowell’s men’s ice hockey team reached the NCAA Division I Championship, the Frozen Four, for the first time in university history.
  • Our men's cross country team has been the NCAA East Regional Champion 9 of the last 11 years
  • Most recently, our field hockey team won their second NCAA DII National Championship
  • UMass Lowell ranks No. 12 in the NCAA for annual hockey attendance and averages more than 5,000 fans per game.

Since 2000, the River Hawks have:

  • made 104 NCAA post-season appearances, 
  • won two team national championships, 
  • had two individual national championships,
  • had a pair of national players of the year and one Olympian, 
  • won 59 conference championships, 
  • had 214 All-Americans and 32 Academic All-Americans.

Tuition and Fees

Annual Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2014-2015)
  Tuition & Fees Room & Board Total
In State $12,447 $11,278 $23,725
Out of state $27,400 $11,278 $38,678
Annual Graduate Tuition and Fees (2014-2015)
In State $12,799
Out of state $22,978

Financial Assistance

In the 2012-13 school year, we awarded more than $139 million in financial aid.

An average of $12,300 was awarded per student and an average of 92 percent of financial need was met. The average need-based scholarship and grant award for full-time undergraduates was $7,604.

University Enrollment

Enrollment (Fall 2013 preliminary)
Undergraduate 9,804
Graduate 4,198
Continuing Education 2,960
Total 16,932
Percentage of:
  Undergraduate Graduate
In-state students 90.5% 65.1%
Out of state and international students 9.5% 34.9%
Students of Color 28.6% 21.3%
Females/Males 38/62% 46.6/53%
Incoming Undergraduates (Fall 2014 preliminary)
Freshmen 1,672
Transfers 1,200
Total 2,872
Freshmen Facts (Fall 2014 preliminary )
Average combined SAT score 1150
Average GPA 3.43
Percentage living on campus 83%
Percentage enrolled in learning communities 100%

Degrees Granted (May 2014)

Doctoral 100
Master's 863
Bachelor's 2,455
Associate's and Certificates
Total 3,478


Living alumni 80,282
Massachusetts residents 49,733

Faculty & Staff

The University is one of the largest employers in the region.

Faculty 1,026
Staff 878