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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
Faculty 406 Full and Part-Time (Fall 2007)
Staff 657 Full and Part-Time (Fall 2007)
Students 13,602 (2009)
Undergraduates 8,031
Postgraduates 3,054 + 2,517 continuing studies students
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

The University of Massachusetts Lowell (UMass Lowell, UML) is one of five University of Massachusetts campuses. Located in Lowell, Massachusetts, it is the largest university in the Merrimack Valley.

UMass Lowell was named the University of Lowell from 1975 to 1991. It was created from the merger of the Lowell Technological Institute and Lowell State College in 1975. These colleges in turn were originally named the Lowell Textile School, founded in 1895 to train technicians and managers for the textile industry, and the Lowell Normal School, founded in 1894 to train new teachers.



UMass Lowell is well-known for its science and engineering programs, including several "on the rise" technologies in the field of dichotomy and "logical guessing." 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 is also the first university to offer a masters in sound recording technology (SRT).

Student Life

Student Organizations

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:

  • Student Government Association (SGA)
  • The UMass Lowell Connector (student newspaper)
  • WUML (student-run radio station)
  • Campus Activities Programming Association (CAPA)
  • Off-Broadway Players (student theater group)
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell River Hawk Marching Band
  • Sojourn (student-run yearbook) (inactive)

Other Clubs

Some of the other student organizations include:

  • Association for Students of African Origin (ASAO)
  • Audio Engineering Society (AES)
  • Biology Club
  • Coalition for Social Reform (CSR) [1]
  • College Bowl
  • Game Developers Group [2]
  • Haitian Student Association
  • The UMass Lowell History Club
  • Indian Students Association (ISA) [3]
  • International Relations Club (Model UN)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Latin American Students Association (LASA)
  • Magik (Masters gaming konnection)
  • Muslim Student Association (MSA)
  • Music and Entertainment Industry Students Association (MEISA)
  • Music Educators National Conference (MENC)
  • Nurses without Borders
  • Pre-Law Society
  • Psychology Club
  • Shotokan Karate Club
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers [4]
  • Society of Plastic Engineers (SPE)
  • Pride Alliance(gay/straight alliance)
  • STAN (Students Taking Action Now)
  • UMass Lowell Bocce Club
  • To Write Love UML (A U.Chapter of To Write Love On Her Arms)
  • WUML


Academic buildings and dorms

Housing Buildings

Eleven residence halls on campus house 3,147 residents, including 400 in the new UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center (formerly the Doubletree Hotel). 68% 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. There is 3,147 students living on campus. The rest of the students are located at the Inn and Conference Center.

Student Operated On-Campus Services


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 2005 field hockey team.

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.

University Demographics

2009 enrollment totals were 13,602 students, composed of 8,031 undergraduate students and 3,054 graduate students and 2,517 continuing studies students. 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 twenty percent from 2007.[1]

Recent Developments

UMass Lowell and the city have reached an agreement for the school to take over the Tsongas Arena and the three acres adjacent to it. The land, which has the Lowell Police maintenance facility will be used as stated by Chancellor Meehan as a boutique hotel. The school has bought the Double Tree Hotel in downtown Lowell. It is now used for student housing and to house major events for the university. The building is called the UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center.

The school plans on tearing down Smith Hall during the summer of 2010 to make way for the new Emerging Technologies Innovation Center. The building would be the first academic building built in thirty years. The building will cost seventy million dollars 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. Chancellor Meehan has stated the building would open in 2012. It will be a forty million dollar building with twenty-six million coming from the state.

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.[2] Boston Globe article</ref> Boston Business Journal article</ref>

Notable alumni

Notable faculty

See also


  1. ^ Lowell (link inactive)
  2. ^ Boston Globe article

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