New Buildings, Division I Athletics, More Parking Greets Over 16,000 Students
Two new residence halls, a new academic building, a new parking garage, Division 1-ready athletic fields and refreshed classrooms, labs and meeting spaces greeted new and returning students when they began moving back to campus at the end of August.
“Our commitment to building a world-class campus is yielding top-notch facilities for learning, research, athletics and student living,” says Chancellor Marty Meehan.
The transformation of the campus is attracting more students, many from around the globe and with higher academic qualifications.
This year, 2,750 new first-year and transfer students — representing more than 50 nations — will attend UMass Lowell, up from 2,614 last year. The freshman class boasts an increased average SAT score (up 63 points since 2007 to 1137) and average high school GPA (3.36, up from 3.29 just a year ago), as well as 270 new members of UMass Lowell’s Commonwealth Honors Program.
Nearly 1,000 students will live in University Suites and Riverview Suites, UMass Lowell’s fifth and sixth new buildings to open in the past year. On East Campus, the 148,000-square-foot University Suites includes 88 four- and six-bed suites, study areas, an outdoor courtyard and a café open to the public. Just off South Campus, the 172,200-square-foot Riverview Suites features 110 two- and three-bedroom apartment-suites that include full kitchens, living rooms and bathrooms, and a state-of-the-art fitness center.
The new Health and Social Sciences building, a $40 million, 69,000-square-foot building that is home to criminal justice and criminology and justice studies, nursing and psychology, opened in the spring and is now humming with classes, labs and collaborations.
UMass Lowell kicked off a new era of athletic excellence as a member of the Division I America East Conference with the 2013 field hockey home-opener against the Northwestern Wildcats on Sept. 2. The playing surface is the centerpiece of the renovated Cushing Field Complex, which has been updated for Division I standards, including new blue turf for the soccer/lacrosse field, LED scoreboards and drainage and irrigation systems.
Tucked between Mahoney Hall and the Riverview parking lot on South Campus, a new garage provides parking for 762 cars. On East Campus, the Perkins Street Parking Lot has been overhauled, with new paving and landscaping. Last year, the campus opened a parking garage on North Campus.