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UMass Lowell Improves Standings in ‘Best Colleges’ Rankings

U.S. News & World Report 2013 Lists Released as University’s Enrollment Increases


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Sept. 25, 2012

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UMass Lowell Improves Standings in ‘Best Colleges’ Rankings 
U.S. News & World Report 2013 Lists Released as University’s Enrollment Increases

LOWELL – The University of Massachusetts Lowell is among the nation’s top colleges and universities for students who want to maximize their potential as scholars and community leaders, according to new rankings by U.S. News & World Report.  

The recently released Best Colleges 2013 edition ranks the university at No. 170 – up seven places over last year – on its Best National Universities list. Among public universities nationwide, UMass Lowell is ranked within the top 100. This is the third year UMass Lowell has been named a top-tier national university, climbing in rank each year. U.S. News & World Report also named UMass Lowell as a best bet for college-bound students who possess a strong work ethic, are engaged in their communities and who have maintained a solid “B” academic average in high school. This is the first year the UMass Lowell has made this list. 

These rankings underscore the university’s gains in enrollment, the academic strengths of its students and retention rate over the last five years. For the first time in the university’s history, UMass Lowell’s enrollment is more than 16,000 students – up nearly 1,000 students from the same time last year – with increases in new students as well as those continuing their education. Enrollment at the university has grown 46 percent in the last five years. Joining the student body, which now represents 53 countries around the world, are approximately 1,500 first-year students and 1,145 transfers. This year’s freshmen, 83 percent of whom live on campus, have an average SAT score of 1127, an increase of 57 points over six years. Eighty percent of UMass Lowell freshmen continue on to their sophomore year. 

“The depth and breadth of UMass Lowell’s programs, the expertise and commitment of its faculty and staff and the vitality of the campus make it an ideal fit for students ready to challenge themselves and take their place in the greater community,” said Chancellor Marty Meehan. “The latest U.S. News & World Report rankings affirm the university as both a competitive and inclusive environment that welcomes students of diverse experiences and backgrounds.”

The U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2013 report provides information on more than 1,800 of the country’s colleges and universities. The approximately 300 institutions included in the Best National Universities list offer a full range of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs as well as produce groundbreaking research. 

Academic and faculty excellence, student selectivity, retention and graduation rates, financial resources per student and alumni giving were all factors weighed in determining an institution’s place on the list, according to the report. 

National universities eligible for inclusion on the “A+ Schools for B Students” list had to be among the top three-quarters of their peer group in 2013 Best Colleges rankings and freshmen retention rates for institutions on the list had to be 75 percent or greater. For more information, visit

These strides are being realized on a transformed UMass Lowell campus. Building on the university’s strengths in faculty and research, new academic buildings, residence halls and student centers now under construction will help ready students for the life and work opportunities of the next generation. 

UMass Lowell is a comprehensive, national research university located on a high-energy campus in the heart of a global community. The university offers its more than 16,000 students bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in business, education, engineering, fine arts, health and environment, humanities, sciences and social sciences. UMass Lowell delivers high-quality educational programs, vigorous 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.