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UMass Lowell Navitas Global Student Success Program

Studying at UMass Lowell and Living in Lowell

Studying and learning with UMass Lowell Navitas GSSP

In your UMass Lowell Navitas Global Student Success Program (GSSP), you will have a full-time schedule, typically five courses per semester and any required laboratories. All UMass Lowell Navitas GSSP instructors will have office hours where they can meet with you and address any concerns you have about your progress in the course. The small class size and specialized instruction will help you improve your skills. Meetings with academic advisors will happen throughout the semester as well.

Student involvement

The university has over 100 clubs and organizations. Groups such as the Cricket Club, Biology Club, Math Club, Society of Environmental Scientists, Indian Student Association, Association of Students of African Origin, International Student Organization, Cambodian American Student Association, Christian Student Fellowship, Latin American Student Association, Middle Eastern Student Association, Vietnamese Student Association, and French Club to name a few. Or join their Ballroom Dancing Club and partake in their annual Dancing with the UML Stars competition. Starting an Undergraduate or Graduate Club is an easy process. If there is currently no club or organization that matches your interest, you may consider organizing a new one.

Shuttle bus

The university shuttle bus will transport you around campus seven days a week. Any activity the university has to offer is only a quick shuttle trip away. Most buildings can be accessed by walking.

All about the city of Lowell

State: Massachusetts
Population: 108,522 
Area: 14.54 Square Miles
Currency: U.S. Dollar (US$)
Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (UTC/GMT -5 hours)
Electricity: 120V
Languages: English
Religions: Over 40 religious groups including Catholic, Protestant (Baptist, Methodist, Episcopal), Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu and Greek Orthodox.
Climate: Lowell has a wonderfully diverse climate with warm summers, cold winters and a mild spring and fall. The unpredictable weather, which can change very quickly, is often a topic of polite conversation. The average low temperature is around 24°F (-4°C) and highest is around 85°F (29°C) over the year

Things to do:

Boating, hiking, skiing, ice hockey, golf, soccer, biking, white water rafting, whale watching, live music concerts, Lowell Spinners baseball games, visiting art galleries, and eight free festivals a year.

Attractions in the surrounding area: Boston’s historic Freedom Trail, Fenway Park (home to the Boston Red Sox), the White Mountains, beaches, ski resorts, and Cape Cod.

Residences: All of the residence halls offer amenities and features that will help you stay focused on academics. The residence halls are only a short walk from the classroom buildings, dining halls, Tsongas Center, LeLacheur Baseball Park, Campus Recreation Center, the University Library and more. Each room includes a bed, dresser, desk, chair, and wardrobe. Rooms are wired for high-speed internet access, standard cable television, and for local and on campus calling; however, you must purchase your own phone and television. Many of the residence halls have common TV rooms, common laundry facilities and vending machine areas. Fox Hall has common kitchens that you may use if you would like to prepare your own meals.

Academic facilities: Students who live on campus have the opportunity to spend more time in the academic rooms, computer rooms, libraries and the Centers for Learning and Academic Support Services (CLASS).

Campus dining: Campus dining at UMass Lowell is varied and distinctive. There are eight locations to choose from, including three dining halls and two restaurants, which offer everything from made-to-order dinners, salad bars, grill, deli and fast food options. The meal plan will cover meals each day for the entire week of the semester. Between semesters, special arrangements will be made.