Discover 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. 


For more than a century, the University of Massachusetts Lowell has been educating students to work in the real-world, solve real problems and help real people. The University began as the Lowell Normal School, founded in 1894 to prepare students to become teachers, 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

Degrees Offered

We offer more than 120 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, 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
  • 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
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 (2013-2014)
  Tuition & Fees Room & Board Total
In State $12,097 $11,243 $23,340
Out of state $26,146 $11,243 $37,389
Annual Graduate Tuition and Fees (2012-2013)
In State $12,039
Out of state $21,874

Financial Assistance

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

University Enrollment

Enrollment (Fall 2013 preliminary)
Undergraduate 9,832
Graduate 4,117
Continuing Education 2,960
Total 16,969
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 39/61% 49/51%
Incoming Undergraduates (Fall 2013 preliminary)
Freshmen 1,636
Transfers 1,061
Total 2,697
Freshmen Facts (Fall 2013 preliminary )
Average combined SAT score 1134
Average GPA 3.36
Percentage living on campus 83%
Percentage enrolled in learning communities 100%

Degrees Granted (May 2013)

Doctoral 110
Master's 757
Bachelor's 2,263
Associate's  and Certificates 39
Total 3,169


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


UMass Lowell Clery Statement

UMass Lowell's annual security report is available on the UMass Lowell Police Department website. This report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reporting crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by UMass Lowell; and on public property within, immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning sexual assault and other matters.