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IPEDS ID: 166513
OPE ID: 00216100
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University of Massachusetts-Lowell
1 University Ave, Lowell, Massachusetts 01854-5104
General information:  (978) 934-4000
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  Less than one year certificate
Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:  Suburb: Large
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  17,179 (12,983 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  18 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Research Universities (high research activity)
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army, Air Force)
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2014Full timePart time
Total faculty584498
Research and public service354
Total graduate assistants-377
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$1,200$1,200$1,200$1,2000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$9,520$10,282$10,794$11,2784.5%
Off Campus
Room and board$3,900$3,900$3,900$4,1005.1%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
On Campus$23,359$24,711$25,473$26,3513.4%
Off Campus$18,239$18,829$19,079$19,6733.1%
Off Campus with Family$15,839$16,429$16,679$17,0732.4%
On Campus$35,798$37,760$39,522$41,3044.5%
Off Campus$30,678$31,878$33,128$34,6264.5%
Off Campus with Family$28,278$29,478$30,728$32,0264.2%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2014-2015
In-state tuition$1,637
In-state fees$11,162
Out-of-state tuition$6,425
Out-of-state fees$11,162
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2013-2014
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid11,43688%————
Grant or scholarship aid1,20374%$9,818,796$8,162
Federal grants47029%$2,108,649$4,486
Pell grants47029%$1,934,373$4,116
Other federal grants23214%$174,276$751
State/local government grant or scholarships98461%$2,027,157$2,060
Institutional grants or scholarships96559%$5,682,990$5,889
Student loan aid1,15671%$8,242,421$7,130
Federal student loans1,14470%$6,347,393$5,548
Other student loans16010%$1,895,028$11,844
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid16,89454%$48,358,318$7,015
Pell grants3,67229%$14,588,444$3,973
Federal student loans7,31457%$53,742,879$7,348
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$13,566$15,215$15,965
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2011-20122012-20132013-2014
$0 – $30,000$8,512$9,978$10,718
$30,001 – $48,000$10,720$10,733$11,762
$48,001 – $75,000$14,465$15,001$15,009
$75,001 – $110,000$18,052$19,351$19,120
$110,001 and more$19,637$21,133$21,283
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2014
Total enrollment17,179
Undergraduate enrollment12,983
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment1,478
Graduate enrollment4,196
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 73%
Part-time: 27%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 62%
Female: 38%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 9%
Black or African American: 6%
Hispanic/Latino: 9%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 64%
Two or more races: 2%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 6%
Non-resident alien: 4%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 71%
25 and over: 29%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 85%
Out-of-state: 13%
Foreign countries: 2%
Unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2013.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 32%
Part-time: 68%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 16%
Enrolled in some distance education: 8%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 75%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 41%
Enrolled in some distance education: 53%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 6%
Undergraduate application fee (2014-2015): $60
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2014
Number of applicants9,3945,4043,990
Percent admitted62%67%56%
Percent admitted who enrolled28%31%24%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Formal demonstration of competenciesX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2014 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading510600
SAT Math540640
ACT Composite2228
ACT English2127
ACT Math2328
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 84%
Part-time students: 67%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2013 and Returned in Fall 2014
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 49 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2014.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 54%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2006]
4-year: 29%
6-year: 54%
8-year: 57%
[Began in Fall 2008]
4-year: 27%
6-year: 54%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2006 or Fall 2008
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 51%
Female: 61%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 58%
Black or African American: 51%
Hispanic/Latino: 47%
White: 56%
Two or more races: 58%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 18%
Non-resident alien: 75%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2013-2014
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramAssociateBachelorMasterDoctorUndergraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization-0----
Category total-0----
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other-----0
Biology/Biological Sciences, General-9427--4
Biomedical Sciences, General--9---
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography--1---
Category total-9437--4
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General-395d164d--30d
Business/Commerce, General4d-----
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies--12---
Management Science-----1d
Category total4d395d181d--31d
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General---1223d2d
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance-----8d
Computer Science-41d33d---
Information Science/Studies17d191d--27d-
Information Technology--4d---
System, Networking, and LAN/WAN Management/Manager-----1d
Category total17d232d37d1250d11d
Curriculum and Instruction--90d---
Educational Leadership and Administration, General--28d3--
Mathematics Teacher Education-----2
Music Teacher Education--7---
Reading Teacher Education--210--
Special Education and Teaching, Other-----0
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other---0--
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor-----9
Category total--146d3-11
Chemical Engineering-4470-0
Civil Engineering, General-5635-0-
Computer Engineering, General-11260--
Electrical and Electronics Engineering-76416-1
Engineering, General----42
Engineering, Other--2814-4
Mechanical Engineering-128340-3
Polymer/Plastics Engineering-24496-8
Category total-33922026418
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician02--0-
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician11d5d--9d-
Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians, Other--2--1
Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other----0d1d
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician----0d-
Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies/Technicians, Other5d7d----
Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology/Technician-----13d
Category total16d14d2-9d15d
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General-72d--3d-
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing----0d-
Category total-72d--3d-
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General-5----
Spanish Language and Literature-0----
Category total-5----
Health Professions and Related Programs
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist--20---
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions, Other-380--6d
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling-31----
Environmental Health-29---
Geriatric Nurse/Nursing-----0
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other-----2d
Health/Health Care Administration/Management--18d--20d
Health/Medical Physics--3--1
Nursing Education-----1
Nursing Science---1--
Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene--07-0
Physical Therapy/Therapist---35--
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing-----2
Public Health, Other-----1d
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer--0---
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other---5-8d
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse-116d42---
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other-67----
Category total-254d92d48-41d
History, General-24----
Category total-24----
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration-253d76d-40d-
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies----4d64d
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other-----16d
Category total-253d76d-44d80d
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies-106d----
Category total-106d----
Mathematics and Statistics
Applied Mathematics, General-2d----
Mathematics, General-24d19--1d
Statistics, General-----5
Category total-26d19--6d
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Nutrition Sciences-12--01
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution-311--2
Category total-1511-03
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Studies--2---
Category total--2---
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Category total-11----
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General-1498--
Physical Sciences, Other-16----
Physics, General-1873--
Physics, Other--7---
Polymer Chemistry---0--
Category total-482311--
Psychology, General-189d6--107d
Social Psychology--16---
Category total-189d22--107d
Social Sciences
Economics, General-24----
Political Science and Government, General-19----
Social Sciences, Other--11--2
Category total-6211--2
Visual and Performing Arts
Commercial and Advertising Art----6d-
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other-35----
Music Performance, General-6----
Music, General-00--0
Music, Other-48----
Category total-890-6d0
Grand total372,228879100116329
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
Educational Benefits, 2013-2014
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 374
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 63
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 38
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 17
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $7,725
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $6,369
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: $3,694
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: $3,143
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
2013-2014 Varsity Athletes
Other DivisionMenWomen
All Track Combined15894
Field Hockey24
Ice Hockey30
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education12/1/1975 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist3/11/1981 -  Accredited
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels9/29/2001 -  Accredited
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels9/29/2001 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1989 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1972 -  Accredited
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools1/1/1954 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2013 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201120122013
Illegal weapons possession200
Drug law violations211
Liquor law violations830
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201120122013
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations100
Liquor law violations420
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible522
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault631
Motor vehicle theft314
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible512
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault500
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201220112010
Default rate5.3%7.3%7.9%
Number in default152184154
Number in repayment2,8422,5091,948
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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