University of Massachusetts Lowell
|University of Massachusetts Lowell|
|Academic staff||1026 Full and Part-Time (2013)|
|Admin. staff||878 Full and Part-Time (2013)|
|Location||Lowell, Massachusetts, USA
|Athletics||NCAA Division I|
|Mascot||Rowdy the River Hawk|
The University of Massachusetts Lowell (also known as UMass Lowell or UML) is a public doctoral/research university in Lowell, Massachusetts, United States, and part of the University of Massachusetts system. With more than 1,100 faculty members and nearly 17,000 students, it is the largest university in the Merrimack Valley and the second-largest public institution in the state behind UMass Amherst.
The university offers more than 120 degree choices, internships, bachelor’s to master’s programs and doctoral studies in the College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; College of Health Sciences; College of Sciences; the Francis College of Engineering; the Graduate School of Education; and the Manning School of Business.
The University of Massachusetts Lowell began as the Lowell Normal School, a teaching college founded in 1894, and the Lowell Textile School, founded in 1895 to train technicians and managers for the textile industry. Over the next 75 years, both institutions extended their offerings to meet the growing needs of the region. Lowell State College and Lowell Technological Institute, as they were then known, merged in 1975 to form the University of Lowell. The campus became part of the University of Massachusetts system in 1991 and was renamed as the University of Massachusetts Lowell. 
UMass Lowell is well known for its science and engineering programs, including several "on the rise" technologies (e.g., the field of nanotechnology). It is 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 degrees in meteorology and sound recording technology. UMass Lowell has a radiation laboratory with a research reactor and Van de Graaff accelerator that provides students with real-world experience in particle physics, nuclear engineering and health physics.
The UMass Lowell doctorate of physical therapy degree program is the only DPT program offered by a public institution in Massachusetts.
UMass Lowell's Manning School of Business has a diverse curriculum in the fields of finance, marketing, management information systems, operations and more. The College of Health Sciences is a leader in fields such as work environment and clinical lab sciences, and includes the School of Nursing, elevated from a department as of June 1, 2013. The College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences includes the School of Criminology and Justice Studies, as well as signature programs including sound recording technology, music business and more.
The freshman retention rate is 78.2 percent and four-year graduation rate is 29 percent (U.S. News & World Report). Since 2007, UMass Lowell’s six-year graduation rate, the standard measurement in higher education, has increased from 44 to 54 percent. Enrollment has increased 45 percent since 2007 and the average SAT score for incoming freshmen has climbed 63 points.
U.S. News & World Report ranks UMass Lowell No. 158 on its top-tier National Universities list in the Best Colleges of 2014. First included in the top-tier group four years ago, UMass Lowell's three-year, 25-spot gain in the ranking is the second-fastest in the nation.
U.S. News & World Report named UMass Lowell No. 85 in the top 100 public universities and second among public universities in Massachusetts. UMass Lowell's Francis College of Engineering is ranked No. 140 in the country for graduate engineering programs, and No. 122 in electrical engineering and No. 85 in computer engineering.
UMass Lowell's Graduate School of Education is ranked No. 103 in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report. 
UMass Lowell's online program ranked sixth in the U.S. overall among online colleges on Guide to Online Schools’ 2013 Online College Rankings.
PayScale.com recently found that a UMass Lowell education provides the 10th best return on investment (ROI) among public universities in the U.S. The report examined 1,060 U.S. colleges and universities to determine their return on investment based on the total cost of attending and the lifetime earning potential of graduates. It ranked UMass Lowell 10th among 437 public universities and 50th out of all colleges and universities for 2013.
In June 2013, Business Insider named UMass Lowell as the "Most Underrated College in America." 
The Big Seven
The Big Seven are the main organizations on campus funded directly from the student activities fee (other registered 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 Riverhawk Marching Band
- Greek Council (student-run Governing Body of Greek Life Organizations)
UMass Lowell athletic teams compete in a variety of men's and women's sports in Division I. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, ice hockey, track and field, and soccer. Women's sports are basketball, cross country, track and field, field hockey, soccer, rowing, softball, and volleyball. The university will add men's and women's lacrosse next year. As of July 1, 2013, 14 of UMass Lowell's Division II teams moved up to Division I, joining the America East Conference. The River Hawks formerly competed in the Northeast-10 Conference at the Division II level.
The university's men's hockey team plays in the Hockey East Association and plays its home 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 field hockey team finished its season with a perfect 24-0 record. In 2013, the men's hockey team won the Hockey East regular-season and tournament championships and advanced to the NCAA Division I Championship "Frozen Four," all for the first time in the university's history.
The nickname "River Hawks" came about during the school's transition from the University of Lowell to UMass Lowell and was inspired by the campus's location along 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.
Total enrollment for the 2013-2014 academic year is 16,969. In-state enrollment represents 92 percent of undergraduates and 71 percent of graduate students. International students make up 1 percent of the undergraduate population and 14 percent of the graduate population. Students of color represent 21 percent of the total undergraduate population and 18 percent of the graduate population. The male-female ratio is 60/40 for undergraduates and 52/48 for the graduate population. The total enrollment has increased 45 percent since 2007 and UMass Lowell is now the second-largest campus in the University of Massachusetts system.
Located in the historic industrial city of Lowell, 25 miles (40 km) northwest of Boston, the campus is located on both sides of 150 acres (0.61 km2) the Merrimack River. UMass Lowell has three campus clusters: North, South and East. The university has increased student housing by more than 1,800 beds in the last four years, including opening two new, all-suites residence halls in August 2013.
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 and the venue was renamed the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell.
The university bought the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Lowell in 2009. Now called the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, the building includes student housing, year-round lodging for the public and is home to events for the university and community, a restaurant called 50 Warren that is open to the public year-round, business and cultural programs, conferences and more.
The university broke ground in June 2010 on the Mark and Elisia Saab Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center, the first new academic building built from the ground up on campus in 30 years. The building, originally called just the "Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center" or "ETIC," is located on the former site of Smith Hall (demolished in July 2010), cost $80 million to construct with funding from a variety of sources including the state, federal government, alumni and other private donors. On March 30, 2011, the university held a topping-off ceremony marking the completion of the ETIC's steel frame. The ceremony also included the opening of a time capsule that was placed in the cornerstone of Smith Hall during its 1947 construction, as well as the compilation of a new time capsule to be included in the Saab Center. The building's grand opening was on Oct. 11, 2012. The center was renamed as the Mark and Elisia Saab Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center in December 2012 in honor of the Lowell couple's generous support for the building and the university overall. 
In January 2011, the university announced that it had acquired the former St. Joseph's Hospital in Lowell for $6.3 million. The complex, renamed University Crossing, consisted of approximately 300,000 square feet (28,000 m2) of developable space. The university is constructing a new student center at the site that will include a food court, bookstore and more, and is set to open in 2014. The University Police and some administrative functions have relocated to an existing, renovated building at University Crossing. The complex is located near the university's North, South and East campuses and will serve as a central point uniting all three. 
The university broke ground in April 2011 on the new Health and Social Sciences Building on South Campus. Construction of the building was completed in spring 2013 and it officially opened with a ceremony on April 18, 2013. The 69,000-square-foot (6,400 m2) building, construction of which was funded by the state's Higher Education Bond Bill of 2008, is home to the School of Criminology and Justice Studies, School of Nursing and Department of Psychology, which include some of the university's most popular majors.
In November 2011, the university broke ground on a $16 million parking garage on North Campus. The garage is a six-story, 650-space parking facility that opened in Fall 2012. A second new garage was built on South Campus and opened for the Fall 2013 semester.
In January 2012, construction of a new residence hall on East Campus, to be named University Suites, began with the demolition of the former Institute of Plastics Innovation Building. The suite-style residence hall opened in August 2013 and houses 472 students. It also features the Hawk's Nest, a cafe that is open to the public; a multipurpose room; learning commons and other amenities. A second suite-style residence hall, Riverview Suites, also opened for the Fall 2013 semester and was constructed by a developer on private property adjacent to the university's South Campus.
In May 2012, it was announced that a new building to house the Manning School of Business will be erected in the name of alumnus John Pulichino '67 and his wife, Joy Tong, who donated $4 million for student scholarships. The new Pulichino Tong Business Building will offer students a world-class business education with top facilities, including a trading room.
- Bonnie Comley, Broadway and film producer
- Jerry Bergonzi, jazz musician
- Michael Casey, poet
- Craig Charron, former professional ice hockey player
- Christopher J. Coyne, Auxiliary Bishop of Indianapolis
- Roger W. Cressey Former U.S. National Security Council staff, president of Good Harbor Consulting Group
- Edson deCastro, President and founder, Data General Corporation
- Jeff Daw Former NHL player with the Colorado Avalanche
- Stephen Potter De Mallie Decorated U.S. Navy officer and respected textile researcher
- Tim DiFrancesco Physical therapist, strength and conditioning coach for the Los Angeles Lakers
- Mark Eshbaugh, Artist, author, musician and former professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell
- Scott Fankhouser Former NHL player with the Atlanta Thrashers
- Sean Garballey, (B.A.), member of the Mass. House of Representatives (served 2008-present)
- Ron Hainsey, NHL player with the Montreal Canadiens, Columbus Blue Jackets, Atlanta Thrashers and the Winnipeg Jets
- Harish Hande, Social entrepreneur who is expanding solar energy across India
- Ben Holmstrom NHL hockey player with the Philadelphia Flyers
- Dean Jenkins Former NHL hockey player with the Los Angeles Kings
- Greg Koehler Former NHL hockey player with the Carolina Hurricanes
- Mark Kumpel Member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic Hockey team and former NHL player with the Quebec Nordiques and the Winnipeg Jets
- Mike LaValliere Former Major League Baseball catcher
- Bernie Lynch Lowell city manager, 2006–2014
- Craig MacTavish, Former NHL player with Boston Bruins, Edmonton Oilers, St. Louis Blues, Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers and former coach of the Edmonton Oilers, where he serves as senior vice president.
- Marty Meehan, Former congressman (served 1993 - 2007) and UMass Lowell chancellor, 2007–present
- Rich Miner, Creator of Wildfire, co-founder of Android Inc., and investment partner on the Google Ventures team
- Jon Morris Former NHL player with the New Jersey Devils, San Jose Sharks and Boston Bruins
- John Ogonowski, Pilot of American Airlines Flight 11 on 9/11/2001
- John Pinette, comedian
- Dwayne Roloson, NHL player with the Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Islanders, Calgary Flames, Buffalo Sabres, Minnesota Wild and Edmonton Oilers
- Robert Silvers, Photomosaic artist
- Bob Squires, guitarist
- Thelma Todd, movie actress
- John Traphagan, Former director of the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and professor of Religious Studies
- Ben Walter Former NHL player with the Boston Bruins, New York Islanders and New Jersey Devils
- Scott Waugh Physical therapist with the Boston Bruins, Boston Red Sox and director at the Massachusetts General Hospital Sports Physical Therapy Service
- Jack Weinstein, U.S. Air Force Major General
- Shelagh Donohoe, Olympic Silver Medalist in Women's Rowing
- Eunice Alberts, opera and concert singer
- Arno Rafael Minkkinen, fine art photographer
- Andre Dubus III, bestselling author
- Robert Karasek, sociologist, ergonomist, creator of the job strain, demand/control model of occupational stress
- William Lazonick, economist and business historian who directs the Center for Industrial Competitiveness
- Richard Farrell, author, filmmaker, teacher and journalist
- Jack M. Wilson, former UMass president
- Terry Michael Chance, former guitarist for Conway Twitty
- George Chigas, Khmer scholar and author of the first English translation of The Story of Tum Teav
- University of Massachusetts Lowell Radiation Laboratory
- Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute
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