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COVID-19 Admissions Update

Updates from UMass Lowell's Admissions Team

As we all try to manage the COVID-19 pandemic as it unfolds, we want you to know that along with our own students, the health and well-being of you and your family is our main priority. As we work to cancel on-campus events and tours, we are also looking to the next few months and trying to plan for an untraditional admission cycle. 

Our counselors are available to talk during Admissions hours: Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at admissions@uml.edu or via phone at 978-934-3931.

Prospective Students

How can I visit campus?

The university has canceled all on-campus activities until further notice. We have moved all Undergraduate Admissions events, group sessions and tours online. Please refrain from visiting campus on your own during this time, instead you may visit our virtual tour

Or choose to have a campus tour leader walk you through our virtual tour, share their experiences at UML and answer any questions you may have. In addition to our standard virtual tour, we are offering a guided virtual tour (led by current students). 

To learn more about our undergraduate programs, admission standards and requirements, as well as the application process, you can also register for a virtual information session.

Explore all of these opportunities to get to know campus on the tours page of our admissions website

What is the best way to get in touch with undergraduate admissions?

There are several options for communicating with our team:

When is the enrollment deposit due for accepted students?

We will continue to accept enrollment deposits for first-year students based on the capacity within individual programs. Admitted students do not need to provide any additional requirements, supplements or explanations to take advantage of this deposit extension. Additionally, we understand that some families may be financially impacted because of the pandemic. If you or your family is facing any extenuating financial circumstances, please contact us so we can work out an individual plan to help you successfully enroll at UMass Lowell.

My SAT, ACT and AP may be rescheduled, will that affect my application to UML?

We know that a number of AP, ACT and SAT exams are scheduled in the following weeks and months. We are closely monitoring this situation and will look to ACT and College Board for more information on how to proceed. We can assure you that you will not be negatively impacted. Also, please remember that UMass Lowell is a test optional institution. Like most of you, we are building new plans as information is brought to our attention. Each day is different than the last. One thing I know for sure is that UMass Lowell wants to work with you, hear from you and help you get through this challenge with as much guidance and relief as we can provide.

An admissions counselor is available if you have questions: 

What if my semester grades/final transcripts are affected?

Incoming First-Year Students: We understand your transcripts may be affected as a result of schools moving to online instruction. We will not penalize students for discrepancies in transcripts related to COVID-19. Seniors who are in good academic standing and graduate will still be admitted to UML. Future applicants/underclassmen whose semester grades are affected will not be penalized for pass/fail grades, assuming the student receives a passing grade.

Incoming Transfer Students: The UMass Lowell Faculty Senate has agreed to extend the following policy to any transfer student to UMass Lowell. Furthermore, any grade of “P” achieved this semester will be accepted for transfer credit for the applicable course. 

Temporary policies will allow UMass Lowell students to elect “Pass/No Credit” (commonly referred to as Pass/Fail) grading this semester for any course. A grade of “P” achieved this semester is deemed sufficient for any subsequent course requiring a grade of C- or better.

Can I still apply to UMass Lowell?

Yes. We will continue to accept applications for Fall 2020 through July 1, 2020 for all first-year students. The application deadline for transfer students is August 15.* The international student deadline is August 2. Apply to UMass Lowell
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*Priority deadline. We will consider completed applications after this date.

Are there changes to application requirements?

While UMass Lowell is still accepting applications through June 1, 2020, some students will need to demonstrate English proficiency in order to be considered for admission. If English is not your first language, you have been identified as an English Language Learner, or if the language of instruction at your school is not English, UMass Lowell requires you to demonstrate English proficiency through one of the following approved tests. These tests are confirmed to be available to students currently learning remotely:

  • TOEFL (79 required for first-year and transfer applicants)
  • Duolingo (105 required for first-year applicants, 100 required for transfer applicants) 
  • IELTS (6.5 required for first-year applicants. 6.0 required for transfer applicants)
  • Pearson Versant
Will UMass Lowell still host First-year Orientation and Transfer Registration?

We have transitioned our First-Year Orientation and Transfer Registration sessions to a completely virtual platform for our May – August programs to ensure the well-being of our incoming students, our current students and our campus partners. Through this virtual experience, we will ensure that you connect with an academic advisor, become familiar with our campus, secure your classes for the fall semester and feel confident about your choice to become a River Hawk!