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About 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. 

Be part of a vibrant community

UMass Lowell students enjoy an active and vibrant campus life.
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Over 100 Years of Innovation

For more than a century, UMass Lowell has been preparing students to work in the real-world, solve real problems and help real people. The university began as the Lowell Normal School, a teaching college founded in 1894, 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.

National Rankings

Research on the Rise

  • UMass Lowell is among the top 200 research universities in the U.S. (U.S. News & World Report)
  • Total research and development expenditures total more than $84 million
  • Ranked 13th in the U.S. for intellectual property generated

Degrees Offered

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