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University of Massachusetts Lowell College Portrait

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Recognized for innovation and technology, UMass Lowell is a Princeton Review “Best Value College"

UMass Lowell is a nationally ranked research university with over $60 million in funded research conducted each year across six colleges and more than 40 interdisciplinary centers and institutes. The UMass Lowell River Hawks compete in the NCAA Division 1 America East conference.  UMass Lowell offers its 13,000 undergraduate and 4,000 graduate students more than 120 baccalaureate, 39 master’s, and 33 doctoral programs in disciplines that span the arts, humanities, social and natural sciences, health sciences (including nursing and physical therapy), engineering, business, and education.  UMass Lowell has the only ABET-accredited Plastics Engineering program in the United States. The NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center is one of only four nationally, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has designated UMass Lowell as a Nanomanufacturing Center of Excellence.  UMass Lowell's programs in music and in sound recording technology are outstanding signature programs. Students who complete programs in education, nursing and physical therapy pass certification tests at nearly 100% rates. Experiential learning opportunities abound for students at UMass Lowell.  Most of our baccalaureate degree programs offer multiple internship and co-op opportunities; options are also available for five-year bachelor’s to master’s programs.  UMass Lowell has also developed many new Professional Science Master’s degrees, specially designed for students interested in careers in industry.  The University is a leader in online education, offers numerous study abroad opportunities, and has a Commonwealth Honors College that offers students the chance to live in Honors House with a resident faculty mentor.  The faculty-student ratio is 1:18, and more than half of undergraduate classes have fewer than 20 students.  91% of the full-time faculty members hold the highest degree in their field.

Living in the Community

A major center of U.S. history, a rich and varied ethnic heritage, and one of the Top Spots to live in Massachusetts according to Boston Magazine

Located northwest of Boston in the historic city of Lowell, the University campus is situated on 125 acres along the Merrimack River. Lowell’s place in American history as a major center of the Industrial Revolution, its rich and varied ethnic heritage, and its current status as one of the Top Spots to live in Massachusetts according to Boston Magazine make Lowell an exciting place to live and to study. It is the only urban area in the country to be designated a National Historic Park. It was the home of James McNeil Whistler and Jack Kerouac and the University’s annual Folk Festival draws visitors from around the world. UMass Lowell has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as a “community-engaged" campus.