You are right to be thinking carefully about choosing a college. Maybe you have a clear destination; maybe you’re searching for one. Either way, UMass Lowell offers an outstanding college experience that will serve you well wherever you go from here.
UMass Lowell is an affordable, mid-sized, comprehensive research university that combines quality academics with personal attention. Our location — 25 miles from Boston in a culturally rich city within major industry corridors — is fertile ground for recreation, inspiration and work opportunities.
With 120 majors to choose from, you have plenty of options to explore. You have personal support from a world-class faculty for achieving whatever your goals may be or become. You develop the knowledge, skills and experience you need to succeed. You learn with purpose. When you graduate, you’ll take your place in the world, confident in what you can contribute and achieve. But it doesn’t end there because learning with purpose is the journey of a lifetime.
Meet Josiah Bote
“Mission Accomplished. The academic experiences, opportunities to excel and the support I received at UMass Lowell made me a strong candidate for medical school.”
Josiah majored in biology and took part in the honors program. He researched dry eye syndrome in a microbiology lab on campus and volunteered at nearby Lowell General Hospital. These and other experiences at UMass Lowell, including pre-med advising and support from the career counseling office, affirmed his ambition to be a doctor and helped him get into medical school. Because he knew he had years of medical school ahead of him, Josiah appreciated the fact that his undergraduate education was affordable without compromising on quality. Josiah attends UMass Medical School.
Be work ready. Learn through experience.
Graduate with experience in your field. Bridge the gap between understanding a concept and applying it. Discover the power of learning through using what you know outside the classroom in co-ops, internships, clinical experiences, research and service-learning. You work in professional settings. You address real problems. You develop real skills. These experiences are an important part of your résumé. They can also teach you as much about yourself as about the work you’ll do.
Be life ready. Go ahead and mix it up because life is interdisciplinary.
The world is not one-dimensional and neither are you. Explore varied academic interests, combine them in inventive ways or choose an interdisciplinary major or minor. But don’t stop there. UMass Lowell’s diverse community and high-energy campus life help you make connections — across disciplines, across campus, across the region. In the meantime, you discover interests and friendships that will sustain you for life.
Be world ready. Close distances and open your mind.
It’s a small world after all, and a well connected one, too. We want you to feel at home in it and inspired by it. We want you to be ready to take advantage of exciting opportunities in the global economy and to make lasting contributions to a world that sorely needs you. A global focus in the classroom and outside of it helps you develop important life skills.
Meet Krithika Manohar
“Think outside the box!” said Krithika, a transfer student majoring in math and computer science with a minor in studio art. “This principle guides artists and programmers alike.”
Krithika took summer calculus classes at UMass Lowell to fulfill requirements for her animation major at a Boston art college. She did extremely well and rediscovered her love of mathematics. With encouragement from her professor, she decided to transfer to UMass Lowell and she’s never looked back. Krithika has a computer science research position that combines all her interests. She is programming the user interface for a web-based application that translates data sets into meaningful graphs and illustrations.
High caliber, engaging and relevant: That’s academics at UMass Lowell.
UMass Lowell’s academic programs are offered through six colleges: the College of Engineering, the College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the College of Management, the College of Sciences, the School of Health and Environment and the Graduate School of Education. These cover the spectrum of learning from traditional programs like history, philosophy, biology, art and music, to unique interdisciplinary programs like sound-recording technology, global studies and robotics. Our programs are infused with opportunities for experiential learning in the laboratory, in industry and in the local and global communities. An education at UMass Lowell prepares you for exciting careers in new and upcoming areas and for advanced study in a variety of disciplines. All programs that are eligible for accreditation are accredited at the highest possible level.
UMass Lowell graduates are trusted by employers and graduate schools alike because they have been thoroughly prepared here. They’ve had opportunities to try out careers and develop and improve skills through relevant hands-on experiences on campus, in Lowell or Boston, or on the other side of the world. These include co-ops, internships, research, service-learning and clinical experiences. Many students take advantage of the Commonwealth Honors Program for high-achieving students as well as the many options for earning both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in as few as five years.
Meet Pascale Jean Jacques
“Finding the connection between what I love to learn and what I love to do helped me become a leader.”
As a freshman, Pascale was reserved. But with encouragement from other students she began attending events and eventually became an officer in a student organization. Meanwhile, classes for her community health major awakened an interest in minority women’s health issues. Now, Pascale combines her academic and extracurricular interests while running the organization SISTERS (Sisters of Integrity Striving Toward Empowerment, Respect and Success), which plans events to raise funds and awareness for the kinds of issues Pascale cares about most. Through working to empower others, she empowered herself.
Community: It all comes together here.
Find the connection between what you love to learn and what you love to do. UMass Lowell’s diverse campus life and its location in a vibrant, international downtown deliver a world of possibilities. Everything you need to find and fuel your life’s focus is here, including more than 120 student clubs and organizations, 17 varsity sports, dozens of recreational teams and activities and an inclusive community. The advantages to living on campus are many and so are the options, from traditional residence halls to apartments to a former hotel in downtown Lowell. The University has added hundreds of beds in recent years with major additions and upgrades still underway.
Lowell, like the University, is warm and welcoming. It’s the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. It’s the hometown of Beat poet Jack Kerouac and boasts one of the nation’s largest urban national parks. It’s a cultural hub where ethnic communities share their languages, art and cuisines. The renaissance that’s ongoing in Lowell is the gold standard that other communities strive to replicate.
Lowell is also a small and diverse city that provides meaningful opportunities for the University population to engage as citizens and through outreach and service. Its proximity to Boston and location within major business corridors mean lots of opportunities for co-ops and work. In addition, Lowell is within easy reach of both beaches and mountains — and right on the banks of the Merrimack River.
Is UMass Lowell right for you? Learn more at www.uml.edu.