Who We Are

Located on a high-energy campus in the heart of a global community, the university offers more than 18,000 students bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in five 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. 

Be Part of a Vibrant Community

UMass Lowell students enjoy an active and vibrant campus life. Organizations on campus that will be of special interest to international students include:
Learn more about what the city of Lowell and the region has to offer.

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.

Predecessor Institutions

  • University of Massachusetts Lowell: 1991-Present
  • University of Lowell: 1975-1991
  • Lowell State College: 1968-1975
  • Massachusetts State College at Lowell: 1960-1968
  • Lowell Technological Institute: 1953-1975
  • State Teachers College at Lowell: 1932-1960
  • Lowell Textile Institute: 1928-1953
  • Lowell Textile School: 1895-1928
  • Massachusetts State Normal School at Lowell: 1894-1932

National Rankings

  • 84
    Public University Ranking (U.S. News & World Report)
  • $116,100
    Average mid-career salary of our graduates
  • 1

    ranking in lifetime ROI among public research universities in Massachusetts

  • 159
    National University Ranking (U.S. News & World Report)

Research on the Rise

  • UMass Lowell is among the top 200 research universities in the U.S. (U.S. News & World Report)
  • Total research and development expenditures total more than $92 million