University of Massachusetts-Lowell

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$15,078
2.5% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$18,183
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
4.49%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
73.3%
12,660 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
18,352
66% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
63%
930 Graduates

About

University of Massachusetts-Lowell is a higher education institution located in Middlesex County, MA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at University of Massachusetts-Lowell were General Business Administration & Management (595 degrees awarded), Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Administration (204 degrees), and Mechanical Engineering (198 degrees).

In 2019, 4,733 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at University of Massachusetts-Lowell. 40.7% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 59.3% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (2,911 degrees), 6.79 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (429 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at University of Massachusetts-Lowell is $15,078, which is $−13,422 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

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Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at University of Massachusetts-Lowell is $15,078, which is $−13,422 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $18,183.

In 2019, 59% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 55% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$15,078
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at University of Massachusetts-Lowell was $15,078. The cost of tuition at University of Massachusetts-Lowell is $−13,422 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

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Average Net Price

$18,183
2019 Value
0.405%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 University of Massachusetts-Lowell had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $18,183. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of University of Massachusetts-Lowell grew by 0.405%.

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Other Student Expenses

$9,074
Room and Board
$1,200
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of Massachusetts-Lowell was of $9,074 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of room and board increased by 1.41% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

59%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
55%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

59% of undergraduate students at University of Massachusetts-Lowell received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a growth of 1.72% with respect to 2018, when 58% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
4.49%
2017 Default Rate
150
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at University of Massachusetts-Lowell was 4.49%, which represents 150 out of the 3341 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

University of Massachusetts-Lowell received 12,660 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 3.88% annual growth. Out of those 12,660 applicants, 9,286 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 73.3% acceptance rate.

There were 18,352 students enrolled at University of Massachusetts-Lowell in 2019, and 79% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

University of Massachusetts-Lowell has an overall enrollment yield of 25.7%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

73.3%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
9,286
Accepted Out of 12,660

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of University of Massachusetts-Lowell was 73.3% (9,286 admissions from 12,660 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 71.8%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants grew by 3.88%, while admissions grew by 6.08%.

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SAT Scores

79%
Submission Percentage
1,877
Scores Submitted

79% of enrolled first-time students at University of Massachusetts-Lowell in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

University of Massachusetts-Lowell has a total enrollment of 18,352 students. The full-time enrollment at University of Massachusetts-Lowell is 12,112 students and the part-time enrollment is 6,240. This means that 66% of students enrolled at University of Massachusetts-Lowell are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at University of Massachusetts-Lowell, both undergraduate and graduate, is 57.1% White, 10.8% Asian, 10.7% Hispanic or Latino, 6.21% Black or African American, 2.87% Two or More Races, 0.0926% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0436% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at University of Massachusetts-Lowell in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Male (36.4%), followed by White Female (21%) and Asian Male (7.4%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Male (23.3%), followed by White Female (20.1%) and Hispanic or Latino Male (3.2%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

66%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at University of Massachusetts-Lowell, both undergraduate and graduate, is 18,352 students. The full-time enrollment at University of Massachusetts-Lowell is 12,112 and the part-time enrollment is 6,240. This means that 66% of students enrolled at University of Massachusetts-Lowell are enrolled full-time compared with 77.6% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

83%
2019 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at University of Massachusetts-Lowell was 83%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (83%), University of Massachusetts-Lowell had a retention rate approximately the same as its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    10,483
  2. Asian
    1,976
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    1,958

The enrolled student population at University of Massachusetts-Lowell is 57.1% White, 10.8% Asian, 10.7% Hispanic or Latino, 6.21% Black or African American, 2.87% Two or More Races, 0.0926% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0436% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 50.3% White, 14.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.48% Black or African American.

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Graduates

In 2019, 885 fewer women than men received degrees from University of Massachusetts-Lowell. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at University of Massachusetts-Lowell is white (2,911 degrees awarded). There were 6.79 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (429 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at University of Massachusetts-Lowell is General Business Administration & Management (595 degrees awarded), followed by Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Administration (204 degrees) and Mechanical Engineering (198 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at University of Massachusetts-Lowell, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Engineering (891 degrees awarded), Protective Services (395 degrees), and Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (551 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of Massachusetts-Lowell are Software developers (977,761 people), Other managers (500,061 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (359,622 people), Civil engineers (277,739 people), and Mechanical engineers (206,850 people).

The most specialized majors at University of Massachusetts-Lowell are Engineering (891 degrees awarded), Protective Services (395 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (551 degrees), Math & Statistics (94 degrees), and Psychology (265 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of Massachusetts-Lowell are Surgeons, Other financial specialists, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Computer hardware engineers, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at University of Massachusetts-Lowell are Engineering (891 degrees awarded), Protective Services (395 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (551 degrees), Math & Statistics (94 degrees), and Psychology (265 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of Massachusetts-Lowell are Computer Systems Design (1,042,615 people), Elementary & secondary schools (551,581 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (468,060 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (463,318 people), and Justice, public order, & safety activities (420,493 people).

The most specialized majors at University of Massachusetts-Lowell are Engineering (891 degrees awarded), Protective Services (395 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (551 degrees), Math & Statistics (94 degrees), and Psychology (265 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by University of Massachusetts-Lowell.
Most Common
  1. 595 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 204 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 198 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at University of Massachusetts-Lowell was General Business Administration & Management with 595 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

2,809
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
1,924
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 2,809 degrees were awarded to men at University of Massachusetts-Lowell, which is 1.46 times more than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,924).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 624 degrees were awarded to men at University of Massachusetts-Lowell in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.96 times more than the 318 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 318 degrees were awarded to women at University of Massachusetts-Lowell in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.51 times less than the 624 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

39%
100% Completion Time
60%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 39% of students graduating from University of Massachusetts-Lowell completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 60% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 63% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
White Female
Highest Graduation Rate (73.3%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at University of Massachusetts-Lowell is Female and White (73.3% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 6.77% of graduates (63 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    2,911 degrees awarded
  2. Asian
    429 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    391 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at University of Massachusetts-Lowell is white (2,911 degrees awarded). There were 6.79 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (429 degrees).

4.8% of degree recipients (227 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Male
    1,745 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    1,166 degrees awarded
  3. Asian Male
    248 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at University of Massachusetts-Lowell is white male (1,745 degrees awarded). There were 1.5 times more white male recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (1,166 degrees).

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Operations

University of Massachusetts-Lowell has an endowment valued at nearly $99.9M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $10.1M (10.1%), compared to the 4.24% average return ($13.2M on $311M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2019, University of Massachusetts-Lowell had a total salary expenditure of $478M. University of Massachusetts-Lowell employs 154 Associate professors, 154 Assistant professors, and 152 Professors. Most academics at University of Massachusetts-Lowell are Male Professors (111), Male Assistant professors(88), and Female Associate professors (78).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of Massachusetts-Lowell are: Management, with 389 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 152 employees, and Service with 148 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$99.9M
2019 Endowment
8.87%
growth from 2018

University of Massachusetts-Lowell has an endowment valued at about $99.9M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of University of Massachusetts-Lowell grew 8.87% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $211M lower than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $29.7M - Federal
  2. $7.67M - State
  3. $228k - Local

As of 2019, University of Massachusetts-Lowell received $29.7M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $7.67M from state grants and contracts, and $228k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$197M
2019 Salaries
5.63%
growth from 2018

In 2019, University of Massachusetts-Lowell paid a median of $197M in salaries, which represents 41.3% of their overall expenditure ($478M) and a 5.63% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 3.5% growth from 2017 and a 1.33% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 234M (42.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$71M
Instructional Salaries
647
Number of Employees

In 2019, University of Massachusetts-Lowell paid a total of $71M to 647 employees working as instructors, which represents 36% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $71.1M (30.3%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Associate professor
Most Common Instructor
154 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
389 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at University of Massachusetts-Lowell were Associate professor with 154 employees; Assistant professor with 154 employees; and Assistant professor with 152 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of Massachusetts-Lowell were Management with 389 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 152 employees; and Service with 148 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Male Assistant professor
  3. Female Associate professor

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at University of Massachusetts-Lowell was Male Professor with 111 employees, Male Assistant professor with 88 employees, and Female Associate professor with 78 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at University of Massachusetts-Lowell.

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