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Undergraduate Admissions Policies

Admissions Policies for Traditional Students

Graduating High School Seniors and High School Graduates

Graduating high school seniors and high school graduates who wish to be admitted to the university as matriculating students must complete the following steps:

  1. file an official application form with the University of Massachusetts Lowell prior to November 1 for Early Action and February 1 for Regular Decision;
  2. request high school principals or guidance directors to forward to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions transcripts of secondary school grades;
  3. if necessary arrange to take either the  College Entrance Examination Board Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or ACT exam.

Detailed information concerning the College Entrance Examination Board tests and the dates throughout the year on which they are administered may be secured from guidance counselors, or the Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey 08540. Special information is provided in the following sections concerning required aptitude examinations for applicants to music programs, portfolio requirements for art majors and for satisfaction of department language requirements through the Foreign Language Achievement Tests of the College Entrance Examination Board.

The responsibility for having all credentials forwarded to the University of Massachusetts Lowell rests solely with the applicant.

Admission Requirements for Graduating High School Seniors and High School Graduates

The general expectation is that applicants will present course work, which has been taken within college preparatory curricula. However, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will evaluate the academic units of vocational technical school (Chapter 74) graduates to determine their relevance for University curricula. The ultimate judgment concerning such equivalency rests solely with the University of Massachusetts Lowell. The following pages specify prescribed high school unit requirements and other qualitative requirements for the admission of freshmen students. Applicants must satisfactorily complete prescribed units prior to enrollment. Table 1 specifies the high school unit distribution which is required for general University admission consideration.

Prescribed High School Unit Requirements

Table 1: General University Admission

Subject Required Units
English 4 courses
Mathematics 4 courses (Algebra I & II, Geometry or Trigonometry, Precalculus or Calculus or comparable coursework)
Sciences 3 courses (including 3 courses with laboratory work)
Social Sciences 2 courses (including 1 course in U.S. History)
Foreign Languages 2 courses (in a single language)
Electives 2 courses (from the above subjects or from the Arts and Humanities or Computer Sciences)
Minimum Prescribed Units  17 

Qualitative Requirements for the Admission of Freshman Students

All freshman applicants are evaluated using standards determined by both the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education and the University. Emphasis is placed upon the rigor of the high school course selection as well as scores on standardized tests (if applicable); letters of recommendation, essays and extracurricular activities are also considered during the evaluation of applications.

Entering freshmen in Fall 2018 had an average GPA 3.59 and an average combined Evidence Based Reading and Math Score of 1239 (ACT equivalent 26).

Music Aptitude and Proficiency Examinations, College of Fine Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Students who wish to apply for music programs are required to demonstrate vocal or instrumental ability in a performance audition with a member of the faculty of the College of Fine Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences. In addition to prepared audition materials, applicants will take a diagnostic theory exam. This exam will not be factored into acceptance into the major. Performance auditions and theory testing are scheduled throughout the spring semester. Applicants will be invited to take these special music tests at the university when all credentials have been evaluated by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the applicant has applied to the university.

Art Portfolio Requirements, College of Fine Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Students who wish to apply for the university’s art and design programs are required to demonstrate a student’s independent thought and the diversity of their experience in visual arts. The portfolio should consist of 10 original works of art. The portfolio must be submitted through Slideroom as part of an applicant’s supporting document.