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University of Massachusetts - Lowell Data & Information Overview

422 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
85% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is University of Massachusetts - Lowell Ranked?

#288 Best Colleges in Nation
#21 Best Colleges in MA
Criminal Justice & Corrections Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

University of Massachusetts - Lowell was awarded 422 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is criminal justice & corrections.

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Overall Quality

UMass Lowell is ranked #288 out of 2,217 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2024 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when UMass Lowell held the #491 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

UMass Lowell also holds the #21 spot on the Best Colleges in Massachusetts ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into UMass Lowell?

85% Acceptance Rate
48% Of Accepted Are Women
26% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

When it comes to admittance, University of Massachusetts - Lowell is somewhat selective. Its acceptance rate is 85%, which means you'll face some strong competition during the admissions process. Do what you can to make your application stand out.

Average Test Scores

About 26% of students accepted to UMass Lowell submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 580 and 660. Math scores were between 590 and 680.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Massachusetts - Lowell  ( 580 to 660 )

SAT Math Scores for University of Massachusetts - Lowell  ( 590 to 680 )
UMass Lowell received ACT scores from 2% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 25 and 32.

ACT Composite Scores for University of Massachusetts - Lowell  ( 25 to 32 )

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University of Massachusetts - Lowell Faculty

18 to 1 Student to Faculty
64% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1, University of Massachusetts - Lowell is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at University of Massachusetts - Lowell is 64%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  64 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Massachusetts - Lowell

82% Freshmen Retention
41% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 82% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like University of Massachusetts - Lowell enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  82 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At UMass Lowell the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 41%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  41 out of 100

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University of Massachusetts - Lowell Undergraduate Student Diversity

10,637 Full-Time Undergraduates
37.1% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
40.9% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 13,813 undergraduates at UMass Lowell with 10,637 being full-time and 3,176 being part-time.

How Much Does University of Massachusetts - Lowell Cost?

$20,079 Net Price
60% Take Out Loans
$24,252 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of UMass Lowell is $20,079. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for UMass Lowell

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$12,497 $14,124 $17,113 $22,512 $26,598

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of UMass Lowell, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At UMass Lowell, approximately 60% of students took out student loans averaging $6,063 a year. That adds up to $24,252 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UMass Lowell is 3.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do UMass Lowell Graduates Make?

$65,584 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from UMass Lowell make around $65,584 per year during the early years of their employment. That's great news for UMass Lowell students since it is 54% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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Location of University of Massachusetts - Lowell

Massachusetts State
10,637 Full-Time Undergraduates
Suburb Campus Setting
University of Massachusetts - Lowell is a public institution located in Lowell, Massachusetts. Lowell is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

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Contact details for UMass Lowell are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1 University Ave, Lowell, MA 01854
Phone: 978-934-4000

University of Massachusetts - Lowell Majors

65 Majors With Completions
3,088 Undergraduate Degrees
1,268 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 65 majors graduated from University of Massachusetts - Lowell. Of these students, 3,088 received undergraduate degrees and 1,268 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 623 $46,402
General Psychology 230 $33,235
Criminal Justice & Corrections 214 $40,247
Mechanical Engineering 214 $63,402
Information Science 203 $60,218
Computer Science 193 $73,995
General Biology 164 $39,628
Electrical Engineering 119 $69,655
Liberal Arts General Studies 103 $35,536
Civil Engineering 97 $59,999

Learn more about the majors offered at University of Massachusetts - Lowell along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at UMass Lowell

38% Take At Least One Class Online
29% Take All Classes Online

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2020-2021, 6,719 students took at least one online class at University of Massachusetts - Lowell. This is a decrease from the 17,960 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 6,719 5,042
2019-2020 17,960 15,729
2018-2019 5,831 4,064
2017-2018 5,818 4,103
2016-2017 5,943 4,101

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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