The University of Massachusetts Lowell, a nationally recognized doctoral research university, is the fastest-growing of the five campuses. Since 2007, UMass Lowell has achieved enrollment growth of 45 percent while simultaneously increasing the academic qualifications and diversity of its student body. National recognition of the campus is on the rise. UMass Lowell’s three-year, 25-spot gain in the U.S. News & World Report national universities rankings is the second-fastest in the nation.

UMass Lowell programs support workforce and economic development through innovation, entrepreneurship and public-private partnerships. The university prepares its over 17,000 students to be work ready, life ready and world ready, emphasizing experiential learning through cooperative education, service and research. It offers 120 bachelor’s, 42 master’s and 36 doctoral degrees in business, education, engineering, fine arts, health, humanities, sciences and social sciences.

UMass Lowell is recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as a “high research university.” Annual research expenditures exceed $70 million, with a major emphasis on nanomanufacturing, robotics, biomanufacturing and wind energy. The university has emphasized inter-campus and inter-disciplinary Ph.D. programs and has cultivated external partnerships to provide opportunities for research by faculty and students.

UMass Lowell’s alumni earn the top starting and mid-career salaries of graduates of New England’s public research universities and receive the 10th best return on education investment among all public institutions in the nation, according to a report released by PayScale Inc.

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll has recognized the campus’s engagement for each of the last four years, including twice “With Distinction.” All of UMass Lowell’s sports programs compete in Division I. To support its growth, the campus opened 12 new buildings in the past six years.