The University of Massachusetts Lowell will open its first satellite campus in Haverhill, which will allow for an easier commute for the 2,000-plus students who hail from that area, the university announced Monday
“The university is excited to be initiating this project. We hope this will be the beginning of a long-term partnership with Haverhill that will bring economic vitality to the city,” said Chancellor Marty Meehan in a statement.
While a location in Haverhill has not been chosen, the university plans to make that selection within three months and hopes to open the new campus in the fall of next year.
The university is looking for a location with about 10,000 square feet in the city’s downtown close to main transportation systems, including the Amtrak Downeaster, which stops at the downtown train station.
“UMass Lowell’s presence in Haverhill will offer tremendous opportunities to the city’s residents and its business community,” said State Representative Brian Dempsey, a Haverhill Democrat, in the statement.
Dempsey is a UMass Lowell alumnus and House Ways and Means chairman who held talks over the past several months about installing a satellite campus in Haverhill with Meehan and other university officials.
Haverhill is already home to Northern Essex Community College, and university officials said many students at NECC go on to continue their studies at UMass Lowell.
“Having UMass Lowell located in downtown Haverhill will be a wonderful benefit for NECC graduates, who will no longer need to commute to Lowell to pursue their bachelor’s degrees,” said Lane Glenn, president of Northern Essex Community College in the statement. “It will allow Northern Essex to grow its already very strong relationship with the university.”
The satellite campus will be overseen by the university’s Division of Online and Continuing Education, which will offer hybrid programs, known as “blended learning,” that combine online and in-person instruction as well as traditional classroom courses.
The school’s budget for the next year includes funding for the satellite campus’s location, according to the statement.
Students at the satellite campus will be able to enroll in a single course or pursue a degree. More details on which programs will be offered are still being determined, the university said.