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Next Steps

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1. Activate your UMass Lowell student email account

One to two days after submitting your enrollment deposit, you will receive information for your student email account and SiS, our online student information system. Check your personal email for more information, and please note, it can take up to two days to receive this information.

2. Apply for campus housing

We will support and house our students who wish to live on campus while following the directives of Governor Baker and the guidelines that best promote the health and safety of our community.

  • After submitting an enrollment deposit and receiving email credentials, all full- and part-time matriculated students may apply for campus housing. You will receive an email at your personal email address to alert you when registration opens. You should maintain an active email address with our office, you can make updates anytime to your email address.
  • Process: During the online housing application process, you will apply for on-campus housing, review the housing contract, choose a meal plan and select a living-learning community (if desired). In some cases, space is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, so don’t delay!
  • Learn about campus housing, including our themed Living-Learning Communities.
  • The Office of Residence Life is available to answer your questions about housing via email:

3. Explore our campus online or register to join us for campus events.

4. Sign up for first-year orientation or transfer registration.

  • You will receive an email invitation as soon as orientation/registration opens. It is important you maintain an active personal email with us, update this information anytime online.
  • First-year orientation and transfer registration are required before you may enroll in courses for the upcoming semester.
  • First-year orientation provides you with all of the information you need to prepare for your start at UMass Lowell.
  • Transfer registration can be completed one of two ways:
    • The two-step Transfer Accelerated Registration Program, which minimizes the amount of time needed on campus to prepare for the start of the semester
    • An on-campus Transfer Registration Day, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • International Students are required to complete the International Orientation Session before the semester starts.

5. Complete your placement testing prior to orientation. The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education requires all public institutions to assess the skills of incoming first-year students in both math and English. Placement testing is available online for all students. Links to your required placement testing will be sent to you prior to orientation.

6. Follow us on our social media channels for news, events, updates and a glimpse of the UMass Lowell experience.

  • Honors College. If you were invited to the honors college register to opt in to the program.
  • River Hawks Scholars Academy. If you were invited to the RHSA, you will need to opt in to the program, you can review the program and your options at the RHSA accepted students site.
  • File your FAFSA, more information can be found through The Solution Center.
  • Health/Immunization Records. Make sure your health records are up-to-date and submit the required documents prior to arriving on campus at the Health Services Patient Portal.
  • Music. All students in all majors may participate in UMass Lowell’s 40+ Music Ensembles. To receive more information about the Marching Band, Pep Bands and many others, please complete the Music Ensemble Participation form.
  • Submit all final, official transcripts. Please submit your final transcripts to UMass Lowell’s Undergraduate Admissions Office. Transfer credit cannot be completed until these final, official transcripts have been received.
  • Submit all Transfer College Reports (for student conduct) for your previous four-year institutions, where requested on your checklist.
  • Find your Transfer Advisor. As a transfer student you have an assigned transfer advisor according to your major. The transfer advisor will work with you to develop an academic plan that makes the best use of transfer credits and provides the most direct path to degree completion. Sign up for Transfer Registration for more information.
  • Register to join the UMass Lowell Marching Band - UMass Lowell’s music ensembles are open to all students at the university.

The University of Massachusetts Lowell will need additional documentation indicating that you have readily available finances towards one year’s academic and living costs and that this funding will continue to be available for the duration of your degree program. It is urgent that you submit the required documentation as soon as possible, as obtaining a student visa may be a lengthy process. Please note that acceptance of international students, currently in visa categories that do not permit study, is contingent upon proof of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration authorization of change to F-1 or J-1 student status by the first day of classes.

If you require F-1 or J-1 student status to study at UMass Lowell, contact the International Students & Scholars Office (ISSO) by email at: or by phone at: 978-934-2383. Students in need of visa document issuance must contact the ISSO upon admission to the university.

Students currently in the U.S. should initiate the transfer of their SEVIS record as early as possible by contacting their current U.S. institution. Additional documentation is required for F-1 transfer in students. An international student who has failed to maintain valid F-1 (student) status prior to the issuance of their first Form I-20 from UMass Lowell will be required to apply for Reinstatement through Travel. UMass Lowell does not support reinstatement from within the U.S. for incoming/new students. Please direct any questions regarding your immigration status to the International Students and Scholars Office by email at:&

Visit the ISSO website for important pre-arrival information. Accepted international applicants will be notified of their acceptance by the dates below—and must submit a visa document application to ISSO no more than five to seven days later.

International Students are required to complete the International Orientation Session before the semester starts. 

ISSO Deadlines

  • Fall semester: August 2
  • Spring semester: December 12