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UMass Amherst, Lowell enroll largest-ever entering classes

A student walked past the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst.
A student walked past the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst.Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff/Globe staff

The University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the University of Massachusetts Lowell are enrolling record-breaking numbers of students this school year, the universities said.

UMass Amherst’s class of 2023 will enroll 5,800 students, which is an increase of 800 from last year, the university said in a statement. UMass Lowell is set to welcome 2,380 freshmen, up by almost 300 from the previous year, the university said in a statement.

“We just didn’t experience the amount of cancellations we normally experience when they put a deposit down and they don’t follow through and enroll,” said Mary Dettloff, a spokeswoman for UMass Amherst.


Dettloff said fewer students canceled their enrollment this year because the university, which is rising in college rankings, is more affordable than Massachusetts private schools.

UMass Lowell’s enrollment was 11,600 in 2007, said Christine Gillette, a university spokeswoman. The university will have more than 11,500 undergraduate students this year.

“UMass Lowell has seen a tremendous upward trend in enrollment going back more than a decade, with an increase of more than 50 percent. We attribute this to factors including growing student success rates, quality of the education students receive and excellent return on investment,” Gillette said.

Almost 75 percent of UMass Amherst’s new students come from Massachusetts, and about 8 percent are international, the statement said. The university received 42,110 applications, and enrolled students averaged a 1292/1600 SAT score and a 3.9 grade point average. About 33 percent of enrolling students identified as African, Latino, Hispanic, Asian, Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, or Native American.

UMass Amherst has about 22,700 undergraduate students, the university said.

UMass Lowell’s incoming freshmen had an average GPA of 3.6 and a 1232/1600 SAT score, Gillette said. More than 15,500 students applied to the university. About 37 percent of the freshmen are students of color, and more than 75 percent of students are from Massachusetts.


UMass Amherst and Lowell are each enrolling about 1,000 transfer students, the universities said.

“Our students arrive with a remarkable variety of experiences and perspectives, and their selection of UMass Amherst shows that our flagship campus is a destination of choice,” said Kumble Subbaswamy, the university’s chancellor.

This is UMass Amherst’s 152nd entering class and UMass Lowell’s 125th, the universities said.

UMass Amherst students start classes Tuesday, and UMass Lowell begins classes Wednesday, according to the universities’ websites.

In-state tuition is $16,389 at UMass Amherst and $15,648 at UMass Lowell for the 2019-20 school year, according to the universities’ websites. Out-of-state tuition at UMass Amherst is $35,710, while UMass Lowell’s is $33,574.

UMass Dartmouth’s new freshman class will not be the largest in the university’s history, said John Hoey, a school spokesman.

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