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University of Massachusetts Lowell
Established 1975 after merger of the Lowell Technological Institute and Lowell State College
Type Public
Chancellor Marty Meehan
President Jack M. Wilson
Provost Ahmed Abdelal
Academic staff 737 Full and Part-Time (Fall 2009)
Admin. staff 740 Full and Part-Time (Fall 2009)
Students 14,727 (2010)
Location Lowell, Massachusetts, USA
42°38′34″N 71°20′04″W / 42.642716°N 71.334530°W / 42.642716; -71.334530Coordinates: 42°38′34″N 71°20′04″W / 42.642716°N 71.334530°W / 42.642716; -71.334530
Campus Urban
150 acres
Colors Persian Red     
Pigment Blue    
Nickname River Hawks
Mascot Rowdy the River Hawk
Website www.uml.edu

The University of Massachusetts Lowell (also known as UMass Lowell or UML) is a public university in Lowell, Massachusetts, and part of the University of Massachusetts system. With over 737 faculty members and over 14,000 students, it is the largest university in the Merrimack Valley, the third largest state institution behind UMass Amherst and UMass Boston.

The university offers more than 120 degree choices, internships, bachelor’s to master’s programs and doctoral studies in the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management, the School of Health and Environment, and the Graduate School of Education.

UML's men's hockey program has produced numerous professional players for the National Hockey League.


[edit] Founding

The University of Lowell was formed by the 1975 merger of Lowell Technological Institute and Lowell State College. Their respective campuses became the North Campus and South Campus of the new institution, which was merged into the University of Massachusetts system in 1991 and renamed as the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

The two original colleges had grown from humble beginnings as the Lowell Textile School, founded in 1895 to train technicians and managers for the textile industry, and the Lowell Normal School, founded in 1894 as a teacher-training college.[1]

[edit] Academics

UMass Lowell is well-known for its science and engineering programs, including several "on the rise" technologies (e.g., the field of nanotechnology). It was the first university in the United States to offer a bachelor's degree in plastics engineering, and it is one of a few public universities in the United States to offer a degree in meteorology. UMass Lowell has a radiation laboratory with a research reactor and Van De Graff accelerator that provides students with real-world experience in particle physics, nuclear engineering and health physics. UMass Lowell is also the first university to offer a master's degree in sound recording technology (SRT). The university also boasts a baseball research center that is the official baseball bat testing center for Major League Baseball.

UMass Lowell College of Management has a diverse cirriculum in the fields of financial services, utilities, marketing, management information systems, manufacturing, operations, aviation and more.

[edit] Rankings

The University of Massachusetts system was ranked 56th in the world by the Times of London 2010 World University Rankings.[2]

UMass Lowell specifically was ranked 183rd on the Tier 1 National University Ranking of the Best Colleges of 2011 by the US News and World Report.[3] UMass Amherst was ranked 99th, and UMass Boston and Dartmouth did not make the list.[4]

In the same report, UMass Lowell ranked 101st in the Top Public National Universities Ranking, and is the 2nd best public university in Massachusetts, behind UMass Amherst. [5]

[edit] Student life

[edit] Student organizations

[edit] The Big Seven

The Big Seven are the main organizations on campus funded directly from the student activities fee. Generally, they are the largest and most well-funded organizations on campus; other student organizations have budgets granted through the Student Government Association. They are:

[edit] Other Clubs

Some of the other student organizations include:

[edit] Fraternity and Sorority Life

Although fraternities and sororities have not been officially recognized by college administration since the 1980s, nine groups have maintained chapters on the UMass Lowell campus.

[edit] Building

[edit] Academic buildings and dorms

East Campus

North Campus

South Campus

Off Campus


[edit] Housing Buildings

University housing, including ten residence halls on campus, is home to 3,147 students, including 400 in the new UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center (formerly the Doubletree Hotel), which opened in September 2009. Sixty-eight percent of the freshmen class live in university housing according to the official web site. In addition, the university owns two apartment complexes located at East Meadow Lane, which houses graduates, students with families, and 21+ undergraduates.

East Campus

North Campus

South Campus

Off Campus Apartments

  • 49 East Meadow Lane
  • 61 East Meadow Lane


  • UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center

[edit] Student Operated On-Campus Services

[edit] Sports

Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell
LeLacheur Park, with the Merrimack River in the background, taken from the top of Fox Hall

UMass Lowell athletic teams compete in a variety of sports. Men and women compete in Division II, with the exception of men's hockey, which competes in Division I. The men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, ice hockey, track and field, and soccer. The women's sports are basketball, cross country, track and field, field hockey, soccer, rowing, softball, and volleyball. The university's men's hockey team plays in the Hockey East conference, and play their games at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell. Past champions include the 1988 men's basketball team, the 1991 men's cross country team, the ice hockey team (three times), and the field hockey team twice (2005, 2010). The 2010 team finished a perfect 24-0. The nickname "River Hawks" came about during the school's transition into UMass Lowell, and was inspired by the campus's location by the Merrimack River. The University of Lowell's nickname was the Chiefs, which was abandoned in favor of the current name. A campus-wide poll was conducted for student input and final candidates included the Ospreys and the Raging Rapids, according to the Connector student newspaper.

[edit] University Demographics

Total enrollment for 2010 is 14,727 up over 1,100 students from 2009. In-state enrollment totals 92% of undergraduates and 71% of graduate students. International students are 1% of the undergraduate population and 14% of the graduate population. Students of color are 21% of the total undergraduate population and 18% of the graduate population. The male-female ratio is 60%/40% for undergraduates and 52%/48% for the graduate population. The total enrollment is up by more than 20 percent from 2007.[6]

Located in the historic industrial city of Lowell, 25 miles (40 km) northwest of Boston, the campus spans 150 acres (0.61 km2) along the Merrimack River. UMass Lowell has three campus clusters – North, South and East. Of the 14,727 students at UMass Lowell, a large portion are commuter students.

[edit] Recent developments

UMass Lowell and the city reached an agreement in 2009 for the school to acquire the Tsongas Arena and the 3 acres (12,000 m2) of land adjacent to it. The transfer was finalized in February 2010. The university bought the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Lowell in 2009. It is now used for student housing and to house major events for the university, as well as business and cultural events, conferences and more. The building is called the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center.

The university broke ground in June 2010 on the new Emerging Technologies Innovation Center, the first new academic building built on campus in 30 years. The building, which will be located on the former site of Smith Hall (demolished in July 2010), will cost $70 million with half of the funding coming from the state. There is also an academic building being planned for UMass Lowell's South Campus. It will house disciplines from humanities and the social sciences. The groundbreaking is scheduled for fall of 2010. It will be a $40 million building with $26 million coming from the state. The university is planning on building a parking deck on South Campus and a 600 space garage on North Campus.

In July 2009, the Massachusetts legislature eliminated from the Commonwealth's 2010 budget over $1 million in funding for the state's Toxic Use Reduction Institute, based on the UMass Lowell campus. In October 2009, it was announced that the university had secured federal stimulus funds that would enable the institute open through the end of the fiscal year on June 30, 2010.[7][8][9]

[edit] Notable alumni

[edit] Notable faculty

[edit] See also

[edit] References

http://www.uml.edu/media/PressReleases/House_Donated.html http://www.lowellsun.com/local/ci_16572229

[edit] External links

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