University of Massachusetts-Lowell (UMass)

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UMass can be found in Lowell, MA, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. There are around nineteen thousand students enrolled per year at UMass.

Students can report either the ACT or SAT exam scores at UMass. A score in the range of 1150 to 1320 on the SAT exam, or 24 to 29 on the ACT exam is among the 25th - 75th percentile range among accepted students. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the UMass average GPA ranges from 3.35 to 3.57 for accepted students. University of Massachusetts-Lowell accepts approximately 70% of applicants each year. Of those that are admitted, nearly 26% of students enrolled. Based on historical acceptance rate data, the projected UMass acceptance rate 2021 is estimated to be 66%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall UMass Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for University of Massachusetts-Lowell was reported as 73.3% in Fall 2020 with over 12,700 applications submitted to UMass. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • UMass ACT Scores: 24 - 29
  • UMass Average GPA: 3.35 - 3.57

How Hard Is It to Get into University of Massachusetts-Lowell?

Applicant Selectivity: High

University of Massachusetts-Lowell has a very competitive selection process for applicants, where most students accepted have a higher than average high school GPA and scored in the top percentiles on standardized tests like the SAT or ACT exam.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2024 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2024-2025 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for University of Massachusetts-Lowell has been getting much higher in the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 60.6%
  • 2017-2018: 68.8%
  • 2018-2019: 71.8%
  • 2019-2020: 73.3%
  • Projected UMass Acceptance Rate 2024-2025: 65.5%

How Does UMass Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for UMass is twenty-nine percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Merrimack College81.9%
Bentley University46.7%
Tufts University15.0%
Brandeis University29.9%
Boston College27.2%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to UMass (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading570 - 650
Math580 - 670
Total Score1150 - 1320
ACT®Score Range
English22 - 29
Math24 - 29
Composite Score24 - 29
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