University of Massachusetts Lowell: Narrative Description

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State-supported, university, coed. Part of University of Massachusetts. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1894. Setting: 100-acre urban campus with easy access to Boston. Endowment: $15.3 million. Research spending 2003-04: $24.5 million. Total enrollment: 11,089. Faculty: (361 full-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 3,935 applied, 66% were admitted. 13% from top 10% of their high school class, 26% from top quarter, 40% from top half. Full-time: 5,805 students, 42% women, 58% men. Part-time: 2,857 students, 38% women, 62% men. Students come from 30 states and territories, 12 other countries, 10% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 5% Hispanic, 4% black, 8% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 13% 25 or older, 40% live on campus, 9% transferred in. Retention: 75% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; engineering/engineering technologies; protective services/public administration. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Northeast Consortium of Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts. Study abroad program. ROTC: Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 3.0 high school GPA, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $20. State resident tuition: $1454 full-time, $60.58 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $8567 full-time, $356.96 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $6437 full-time, $279.87 per credit part-time. College room and board: $6011. College room only: $3567. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Full-time required fee for out of state students: $8084.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 100 open to all. Major annual events: Spring Carnival, Family Day, Culture Fest. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 2,175 college housing spaces available; 2,080 were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. O'Leary Library plus 2 others with 549,243 books, 534,974 microform titles, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $4.1 million. 4,000 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

in the metropolitan area, the cotton and woolen plants once caused city to be known as "the spindle city." Today, textile manufacture has been de-emphasized and industry is diversified with electronics paramount. Lowell is the home of the only federal Urban National Park. Part-time employment available for students. Commercial air, rail, and bus service is easily accessible. Community has public library, churches of all denominations, YMCA, YWCA, art gallery, and hospitals. All sports facilities are available as well as beaches, theatres, and famous ski area within a short distance.

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