UMass Lowell's academic programs, offered through six colleges, cover the spectrum of learning from traditional programs like history, philosophy, biology, art and music, to interdisciplinary programs like sound-recording technology, global studies, energy engineering and robotics. Our programs are infused with opportunities for learning through experience in research labs, industry and campus-based co-ops, internships and service to diverse communities.
The University operates on a calendar of two semesters, a three-week intersession in January, and a summer term with two sessions. Full-time undergraduates generally take five courses each semester. A minimum of 120 credits is required for baccalaureate degrees; the minimum credits required for professional degree programs are generally higher. A University general education requirement is imposed for all baccalaureate programs. Majors require 30-60 credits. Elective course options vary widely according to the degree program and major area. Professional degree program options and requirements follow specific accreditation guidelines. Maximum curricular freedom is permitted in B.A. programs. The academic climate is both serious and supportive, and requires self-motivation.
The University's diverse and inclusive community is a supportive environment for students. Departments dedicated to residence life, health services, multicultural affairs, and student activities and leadership support a wide range of programs that help students adjust to and make the most of being in college. More than 150 student organizations, recreational sports and intercollegiate athletics teams give students the opportunity to make friends, have fun and develop leadership skills. Seventy-five percent of freshmen and a growing number of upperclassmen choose to live in University housing. Options include traditional residence halls, apartments, suites and a former downtown hotel. In addition to health, dining and security services, the university provides advocacy and resources for people with disabilities.