The Goler Fellows Program at UMass Lowell is named for Dr. Patricia A. Goler, the distinguished educator, historian and civil rights leader, who served the UMass Lowell community for thirty years and the Commonwealth even longer. Students admitted to UMass Lowell through the Goler Program represent the next class of leaders. The Goler Fellows Program supports qualified students throughout Massachusetts who are seeking to secure their future through higher education.
Each year this program provides a structured plan of studies for first-year students who are the first in their families to attend college and/or whose family earnings are less than 150% of the statewide poverty level. Eligible students must have earned a high school grade point average of at least 2.5 and a minimum combined SAT (reading and math) score of 850.
Academic support for entering Goler freshmen includes:
- a one-day academic readiness program in August
- regular contact with Centers for Learning professional staff members throughout the freshman year
- extensive tutoring and advising support
- mid-term "outreach" with individual counseling
Advising and tutoring support are available for all Goler students throughout their years at UML. The retention rate of freshman Goler students is typically higher than that of the rest of the University’s first-year student population.