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UMass Lowell is a national research university committed to preparing students for work in the real world— solving real problems and helping real people— by providing an affordable, high-quality education.

Who We Are

Located on a high-energy campus in the heart of a global community, the university offers more than 17,000 students bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in six colleges. Our students are more successful than ever thanks to accredited programs, a focus on hands-on learning, and personal attention from accomplished faculty and dedicated staff. 

Whether you’re pursuing a career path or still searching for one, UMass Lowell is the ideal place to discover and achieve your purpose. Our graduates are wanted and trusted by employers and graduate schools alike. 

With an education from UMass Lowell you will be ready to take on the world.

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.

Annual Tuition and Fees (2016 - 2017)

Tuition & Fees Room & Board Total
Undergraduate: In State $14,307 $12,073 $26,380
Undergraduate: Out of state $30,875 $12,073 $42,948
Undergraduate: New England Regional & Proximity $24,489 $12,073 $36,562
Graduate: In State* $14,679
Graduate: Out of State* $26,228
Graduate: New England Regional & Proximity $22,259

*These graduate charges are based on a full-time, 9 credits per semester.

University Enrollment (as of Fall 2014)

Undergraduate 10,154
Graduate 4,198
Continuing Education 2,832
Total 17,184
  Undergraduate Graduate
In-state students 87.6% 79%
Out of state & international students 12.5% 20.9%
Students of Color 29.2% 22.4%
Females/Males 37.1/62.9% 45.3/54.7%
Incoming Freshmen 1,639
Incoming Transfers 1,208
Total 2,847

Degrees Granted (May 2016)

Doctoral 139
Master's 1,020
Bachelor's 2,509
Associate's and Certificates 52
Total 3,720


Living alumni 91,000
Massachusetts residents 52,400

Faculty & Staff

The university is one of the largest employers in the region.

Faculty 1,112
Staff 1,080


UMass Lowell Clery Statement

UMass Lowell's annual security report is available on the UMass Lowell Police Department website. This report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reporting crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by UMass Lowell; and on public property within, immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning sexual assault and other matters.