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All first-year applicants are evaluated using standards determined by both the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education and the university.
First-year students entering in fall 2018 had an average GPA of 3.59 and an average combined Evidence Based Reading and Math SAT score of 1239 (ACT equivalent 26). Along with all other public universities and colleges in the Massachusetts system, UMass Lowell is not using the Writing Score.
Admissions counselors and policy makers are sensitive to the factors that may result in accomplished students having a lower-than-expected GPA or SAT score. The applications of students who don’t meet the standards, but for whom UMass Lowell otherwise seems like a good match, are reviewed individually.
Applicants have the option to decide whether to have standardized test scores used in the evaluation process. Applicants should carefully read our No Test Option Frequently Asked Questions before they select this option.
Starting in your sophomore year of high school, it will be helpful to know the academic requirements of the colleges that interest you. Knowing these requirements will allow you to select and complete these required courses before you graduate from high school.
Successful UMass Lowell applicants will have completed the following college preparatory level courses by the end of senior year:
At UMass Lowell, there are several special entrance programs that provide non-traditional admission pathways to students who do not meet the standard admissions requirements.