University of Massachusetts-Lowell

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$15,078
0% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$19,147
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
3.51%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
75.2%
12,970 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
18,150
65.8% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
68.8%
1,121 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 (612 degrees awarded), General Psychology (215 degrees), and Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Administration (209 degrees).

In 2020, 4,785 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at University of Massachusetts-Lowell. 43.6% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 56.4% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (2,877 degrees), 6.12 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (470 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at University of Massachusetts-Lowell is $15,078, which is $−13,551 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

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Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at University of Massachusetts-Lowell is $15,078, which is $−13,551 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $19,147.

In 2020, 63% of undergraduate students attending University of Massachusetts-Lowell received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 54% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$15,078
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at University of Massachusetts-Lowell was $15,078. The cost of tuition at University of Massachusetts-Lowell is $−13,551 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

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Average Net Price

$19,147
2020 Value
5.3%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 University of Massachusetts-Lowell had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $19,147. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of University of Massachusetts-Lowell grew by 5.3%.

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Other Student Expenses

$9,355
Room and Board
$1,200
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of Massachusetts-Lowell was of $9,355 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of room and board increased by 3.1% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

63%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
54%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

63% of undergraduate students at University of Massachusetts-Lowell received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 6.78% with respect to 2019, when 59% 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.
3.51%
2018 Default Rate
123
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at University of Massachusetts-Lowell was 3.51%, which represents 123 out of the 3509 total borrowers.

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Admissions

University of Massachusetts-Lowell received 12,970 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 2.45% annual growth. Out of those 12,970 applicants, 9,753 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 75.2% acceptance rate.

There were 18,150 students enrolled at University of Massachusetts-Lowell in 2020, and 68% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

University of Massachusetts-Lowell has an overall enrollment yield of 21.3%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

75.2%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
9,753
Accepted Out of 12,970

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of University of Massachusetts-Lowell was 75.2% (9,753 admissions from 12,970 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 73.3%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants grew by 2.45%, while admissions grew by 5.03%.

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SAT Scores

68%
Submission Percentage
1,412
Scores Submitted

68% of enrolled first-time students at University of Massachusetts-Lowell in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

University of Massachusetts-Lowell has a total enrollment of 18,150 students. The full-time enrollment at University of Massachusetts-Lowell is 11,947 students and the part-time enrollment is 6,203. This means that 65.8% 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 55.2% White, 11.3% Hispanic or Latino, 11.2% Asian, 6.64% Black or African American, 2.94% Two or More Races, 0.0826% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0441% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at University of Massachusetts-Lowell in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Male (34.5%), followed by White Female (21.3%) and Asian Male (7.95%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Male (25.3%), followed by White Female (20.2%) and Asian Male (3.89%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

65.8%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at University of Massachusetts-Lowell, both undergraduate and graduate, is 18,150 students. The full-time enrollment at University of Massachusetts-Lowell is 11,947 and the part-time enrollment is 6,203. This means that 65.8% of students enrolled at University of Massachusetts-Lowell are enrolled full-time compared with 76.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

84%
2020 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 84%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (84.5%), University of Massachusetts-Lowell had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    10,014
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    2,059
  3. Asian
    2,033

The enrolled student population at University of Massachusetts-Lowell is 55.2% White, 11.3% Hispanic or Latino, 11.2% Asian, 6.64% Black or African American, 2.94% Two or More Races, 0.0826% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0441% 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 49.8% White, 15.1% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.74% Black or African American.

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Graduates

In 2020, 613 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 (2,877 degrees awarded). There were 6.12 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (470 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at University of Massachusetts-Lowell is General Business Administration & Management (612 degrees awarded), followed by General Psychology (215 degrees) and Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Administration (209 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 (896 degrees awarded), Protective Services (388 degrees), and Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (500 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 (836,304 people), Other managers (501,734 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (344,826 people), Civil engineers (256,298 people), and Elementary & middle school teachers (205,470 people).

The most specialized majors at University of Massachusetts-Lowell are Engineering (896 degrees awarded), Protective Services (388 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (500 degrees), Psychology (301 degrees), and Math & Statistics (78 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, Physicians, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, and Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists

The most specialized majors at University of Massachusetts-Lowell are Engineering (896 degrees awarded), Protective Services (388 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (500 degrees), Psychology (301 degrees), and Math & Statistics (78 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 (974,929 people), Elementary & secondary schools (552,313 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (453,841 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (449,346 people), and Justice, public order, & safety activities (395,312 people).

The most specialized majors at University of Massachusetts-Lowell are Engineering (896 degrees awarded), Protective Services (388 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (500 degrees), Psychology (301 degrees), and Math & Statistics (78 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. 612 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 215 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 209 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at University of Massachusetts-Lowell was General Business Administration & Management with 612 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

2,699
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
2,086
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 2,699 degrees were awarded to men at University of Massachusetts-Lowell, which is 1.29 times more than the number of degrees awarded to females (2,086).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 609 degrees were awarded to men at University of Massachusetts-Lowell in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.78 times more than the 343 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 343 degrees were awarded to women at University of Massachusetts-Lowell in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.563 times less than the 609 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

38%
100% Completion Time
63%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 38% 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, 63% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 66% 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 Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Black or African American Female
Highest Graduation Rate (80%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at University of Massachusetts-Lowell is Female and Black or African American (80% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

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, 2.14% of graduates (24 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    2,877 degrees awarded
  2. Asian
    470 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    431 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at University of Massachusetts-Lowell is white (2,877 degrees awarded). There were 6.12 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (470 degrees).

5.06% of degree recipients (242 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Male
    1,624 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    1,253 degrees awarded
  3. Asian Male
    245 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at University of Massachusetts-Lowell is white male (1,624 degrees awarded). There were 1.3 times more white male recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (1,253 degrees).

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Operations

University of Massachusetts-Lowell has an endowment valued at nearly $119M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $5.76M (4.83%), compared to the 3.48% average return ($10.5M on $302M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2020, University of Massachusetts-Lowell had a total salary expenditure of $486M. University of Massachusetts-Lowell employs 157 Associate professors, 152 Assistant professors, and 148 Professors. Most academics at University of Massachusetts-Lowell are Male Professors (110), Male Assistant professors(83), and Male Associate professors (80).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of Massachusetts-Lowell are: Management, with 339 employees, Computer, Engineering, and Science, with 129 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 118 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$119M
2020 Endowment
19.3%
growth from 2019

University of Massachusetts-Lowell has an endowment valued at about $119M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of University of Massachusetts-Lowell grew 19.3% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $183M 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. $32.9M - Federal
  2. $6.83M - State
  3. $244k - Local

As of 2020, University of Massachusetts-Lowell received $32.9M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $6.83M from state grants and contracts, and $244k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$202M
2020 Salaries
2.5%
growth from 2019

In 2020, University of Massachusetts-Lowell paid a median of $202M in salaries, which represents 41.6% of their overall expenditure ($486M) and a 2.5% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 5.63% growth from 2018 and a 3.5% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 238M (43% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$69.4M
Instructional Salaries
630
Number of Employees

In 2020, University of Massachusetts-Lowell paid a total of $69.4M to 630 employees working as instructors, which represents 34.3% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $69.9M (29.4%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Associate professor
Most Common Instructor
157 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
339 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at University of Massachusetts-Lowell were Associate professor with 157 employees; Assistant professor with 152 employees; and Assistant professor with 148 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of Massachusetts-Lowell were Management with 339 employees; Computer, Engineering, and Science with 129 employees; and Office and Administrative Support with 118 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

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

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at University of Massachusetts-Lowell was Male Professor with 110 employees, Male Assistant professor with 83 employees, and Male Associate professor with 80 employees.

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

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