Every year, colleges and universities across the country celebrate the accomplishments of first-generation college students. If you’re the first person in your family to attend college, this day is to celebrate you.
Making college education accessible is
top-of-mind here at UMass Lowell. We were proud to receive recognition as a First-Gen Forward Advisory
Institution by the Center for First-Generation Student Success this past
summer. And even though this honor reminds us of how far we’ve come, we know
that there is still more to do and more voices to hear.
That’s why we’re constantly striving to
develop supports and services to help students succeed.
Here are some more ways we’re supporting our
first-generation students at UMass Lowell:
The River Hawk Scholars Academypromotes academic success and fosters active campus engagement for full-time, first-year students who identify as first-generation college students
UMass Lowell has a rich tradition of welcoming and supporting first-generation college students. A number of faculty and staff on campus were first-generation students themselves and advocate for their success
The Launch! Summer Program provides incoming first-year students with a choose your own adventure approach to transitioning to university life
That’s just a sampling of many ways we’re helping our students achieve their goals in college. You should know that we’re here to help you before you’re even admitted to UMass Lowell. Join us at our regular community discussions with high school students, Empower Hour: Supporting Access, Inclusion, Diversity & Equity. We cannot stress how much we want to help students succeed in college.
Presidential Election is just days away, and many UMass Lowell students are casting
their ballots for the first time. We want to ensure that they (and you, if
you’re eligible to vote) go into the polling booths as informed voters. UMass
Lowell is a leader in political polling, and we have a lot of experts on campus
here to help voters navigate the voting process.
Here are some ways UMass Lowell students are preparing for the election:
They’re registering to attend a virtual discussion with our top political science professors, Chancellor Jacquie Moloney and UMass President Marty Meehan
They’re double checking resources we’ve shared on everything they need to help get through election day
UMass Lowell students are inquisitive and active participants in their community and country, and we’re proud to support them. We’re excited to support so many as they vote during this truly historic election.
Like many colleges and universities, UMass Lowell converted most instruction this fall to online formats. We know that switching to online learning is a cause of concern for many, but we’ve also been leaders in online education for over 25 years – so we’ve had time to get pretty good at it.
As proof, I talked with Professor Keith Mitchell about how supports his online students.
Did you know that UMass Lowell has a polling center? Like, one that collects data from people about their opinion and then analyzes the information so that the world can learn what people really think about esports or the link between sports and concussions?
Fun fact: Both of those were topics for polls and surveys conducted by the UMass Lowell Center for Public Opinion. The polls the center conducts are sent to media outlets all over the world and helps a variety of different fields gain necessary data to move their missions forward.
Don’t feel bad if you didn’t know about our polling center. Honestly, I didn’t know we had one either until about a month ago. Even after working here for a year-and-a-half, there’s so much to do and see here at UML that I’m still learning and surprised pretty often (in a good way!).
Recently, we talked about where the best places on campus to find clubs and activities were. Today, we’re going to dive into the most frequently asked questions high school students, like you, ask us about clubs.
What’s the difference between clubs, club sports and intramural sports?
It’s important to think of majors offered and scholarships as you decide if a university is a good fit for you. Obviously. But it’s as equally important to figure out how you’ll spend your time outside of class. Learning about the activities, clubs and social scene of a school is a great way to imagine how you’ll fit into a school’s culture and how you’ll spend your time.
With 275+ active clubs at UML, it’s a lot to unpack. We’ll walk you through it all.
In the next few blog posts, we’ll explain which offices on campus offer clubs and make them available to students, frequently asked questions and the digital platform we have that will help you connect with clubs.