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Welcome from the Provost of UMass Lowell

University of Massachusetts Lowell (UMass Lowell) is a global campus in a global city. Founded in the early days of the American Industrial Revolution, the City of Lowell has always attracted people from every corner of the world – first to build its canals and mills, then to provide banking, retail, cultural, education and other professional services to the growing city. In recent decades, people have arrived here to work in the new technologies, from microelectronics to biotechnology and nanomanufacturing. They have found a city that not only innovates, but offers a rich cultural life. Nearby are the big city offerings of Boston as well as coastal towns and beaches and mountains to the west and north.

UMass Lowell has been a vital member of the community for nearly 120 years, educating the engineers, scientists, managers, teachers, artists and health professionals who help make this region a good place to live, work and learn.

At UMass Lowell, we offer an education that is rigorous, relevant and engaging. It starts with Learning Communities – small groups of students with similar majors who share core classes and living quarters. This enables them to stay better connected with each other and with professors in their area of interest.

Interdisciplinary learning prepares students to address challenges in industry and in society and is the focus of learning here at UMass Lowell. Interdisciplinary majors include robotics and forensics; students are also encouraged to customize their own combination of a major and minor uniquely suited to their interest.

Experiential learning through paid co-ops in industry and business and service learning projects are valuable components of education here. Lowell is home to an urban national park that focuses on the lively historical, social, environmental and technology history of the city and provides more opportunity for a multifaceted learning experience outside the classroom.

The Professional Sciences Master’s Degrees at UMass Lowell are geared for those seeking advancement in industry and business. They combine disciplinary training in science or engineering with management or communications. It is also possible for students to enroll in graduate classes during their senior year and earn a master’s degree in as little as one year.

Why come to UMass Lowell? We offer many academic programs that prepare you for the world and industry; we focus keenly on student success; you can enjoy a robust campus and community life; and we are affordable.

I hope to welcome you to campus. Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions.

Ahmed Abdelal, PhD