It’s Been a Banner Year at UMass Lowell

University Rankings, Accolades Soar

University Rankings, Accolades Soar

UMass Lowell tops Business Insider’s new list of the 25 most underrated colleges in the U.S.


UMass Lowell is experiencing a period of unprecedented growth, and the world has taken notice. From hometown Lowell Sun, to industry-minded Boston Business Journal, to international publication Times Higher Education in London, UMass Lowell is receiving national and worldwide recognition.

This attention is the result of accomplishments in every aspect of the campus. Retention and graduation rates of the diverse student body are at an all-time high and graduates are succeeding in the global economy. Ground-breaking, life-changing research takes place on campus every day. Academic, research, residential and student activity facilities are growing and improving at a steady rate. Industry partnerships and an award-winning faculty and staff help sustain the growth and success. 

In another historic milestone this year, the University’s athletic teams stepped up to Division I on July 1, joining America East, a conference featuring many of UMass Lowell’s peer institutions. America East Commissioner Amy Huchthausen noted that the conference looks for members with “strong academics, competitive athletics programs and outstanding facilities,” adding that “UMass Lowell has those assets and will strengthen America East in all facets.”

A recent report by Business Insider calls UMass Lowell the most underrated university in the nation. The finding is based on a comparison of’s mid-career salary data and the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings of colleges and universities across the country. 

“Future income isn’t the only factor that should determine college choice, but it may be the most important one,” Business Insider states in the recent article, “The 25 Most Underrated Colleges in America.”

With an average mid-career salary of $92,400, UMass Lowell is No. 82 on PayScale’s list of more than 1,000 public and private colleges and universities nationally and is 16th among all New England institutions. Among public institutions in New England, UMass Lowell ranks second in average mid-career salary and is the only one that is a doctoral-granting university with a full range of academic programs from engineering to humanities.

UMass Lowell is ranked No. 170 by U.S. News & World Report, putting it in the top 100 public institutions and top 200 national universities in the U.S. of approximately 3,000 four-year colleges and universities. UMass Lowell’s ranking has climbed steadily in recent years, including jumping six spots from 2012 to 2013.