College Freshman 2013-11-28T05:25:38Z
I don't have much knowledge about off-campus housing because I've been doing dorm living and haven't researched any way to live on my own.
College Freshman 2013-11-28T05:24:27Z
The only thing I really notice is that the security guards must know when people are high or drunk (as alcohol and marijuana are the two most prevalent drugs on campus), but they let them pass through with no issues. They're more worried about our safety than the decisions we've made, especially the EMS.
College Freshman 2013-11-28T05:22:24Z
I personally really like the campus dining. We have a pasta line, a sandwich line, a wrap line, a salad line, a vegetarian line, and a homestyle line, as well as various other options, such as cereal. It's good variety and good food.
College Freshman 2013-11-28T05:13:16Z
I'm not sure at all about the housing Greeks are offered and I've never been to a frat party. I've never been treated any differently for wanting to concentrate on studying instead of going to parties or rushing a sorority. Other than getting into closed parties, I'm not entirely sure what Greek life is good for.
College Freshman 2013-11-28T05:10:51Z
I'm a nursing major and we have amazing professors who are always willing to help out, so many opportunities for clinicals, and the workload is manageable. The curriculum makes it hard to stray from the required classes or to try to get ahead, but it's understandably strict. We also have a resource center that makes it easy to study for lab exams and offers tutors if you're really having trouble.
College Freshman 2013-11-28T05:10:51Z
People underestimate the academics of UML, but they truly are great. It's pretty easy to register for classes and I have only had one negative experience with a professor. The rest of my professors have been absolutely fantastic, more than enough to make up for the one bad one. The workload is completely manageable as long as you're dedicated and prepared to work. The libraries always have plenty of space for both group and individual studying.
College Freshman 2013-11-28T05:05:01Z
Permit costs are outrageous - $350 for a year. There isn't much of a need for a car on campus, but freshmen are allowed to have their cars, which is nice for going home on the weekends or for trips to the grocery store. I have personally never heard a story of ticketing or fines for parking in the lot; you need an ID to get into the lots, but a lot of students borrow other people's IDs to scan themselves in and they don't get caught without a parking pass. On South campus, there is one lot that fills up really quickly, but the others aren't bad. North and East campuses have huge parking garages so it is not an issue to find a parking spot.
College Freshman 2013-11-28T05:01:39Z
There are several interesting restaurants and coffee shops in the midst of Lowell. I'm personally a fan of Life Alive, which is a vegetarian/vegan restaurant, and Brew'd Awakening, a quaint coffee shop, but there is a lot of ethnic food around, too, including a Cambodian restaurant that has gotten very good reviews from my classmates.
College Freshman 2013-11-28T04:59:23Z
Health & Safety:
Crime on campus isn't an issue, but right off of campus, even between campuses, can be kind of scary. There have been a few issues of armed mugging and a few shots have been fired before. I make a point of it to never walk alone at night.
College Freshman 2013-11-28T04:57:49Z
I absolutely love my school, but Lowell is not a very good city. It's getting better, but it's been known for a while now as a crack city. There are a lot of abandoned buildings and crack houses, so overall the environment off campus isn't too welcoming. We've also had a few incidents with people being mugged and a few even with weapons, a few shots fired from a gun and being threatened by a knife.
College Freshman 2013-11-28T04:55:46Z
The rain and the snow can be pretty inconvenient when I want to walk to classes, especially because buses don't run between East and North campuses, which are the two I travel between the most.
College Freshman 2013-11-28T04:54:36Z
I've never noticed any students being bullied or picked on because they are any sort of minority. The campus is rather diverse. I've met people from pretty much every walk of life and we all coexist pretty peacefully.
College Freshman 2013-11-28T04:53:12Z
There are three campuses at UML - north, south, and east. The North and East campuses are close enough to each other that all of the students walk. It's only a 10 minute walk at the most. There are buses, however, that run approximately 10 minutes apart and go from either North to South or East to South. The only thing I've ever had a problem with is buses driving off before I could get on. All of the buses around campus are free. I have personally never taken my car to class because I've always taken the bus. It's much easier.
College Freshman 2013-11-28T04:49:37Z
The financial aid process is not bad at all. It's pretty easy to get around and the people working in the financial aid office are always willing to help you. The only issue I had with it is that I could have gotten a full ride if I hadn't been an out of state student. Because I am from Connecticut, however, my tuition is more expensive and I qualified for only one scholarship. I did receive the scholarship, but I would have been eligible for every single one of the scholarships if I had been an in-state student, which is extremely aggravating.
College Sophomore 2013-11-26T18:15:07Z
The financial aid process is just as cumbersome here at UML as it is at any other school. The Financial Aid Office can be either a blessing and a burden depending on who is on the desk that day. However, many students are willing to help others figure out the financial aid process. As long as you meet some upperclassmen who can point you in the right direction you'll be fine.
College Sophomore 2013-11-26T18:09:11Z
Though the school's shuttle buses can be late and at times unreliable, they are free and can even take students to certain shopping centers off campus. In addition, the school has a free bike rental program that is open for almost the entire school year. When special transportation or assistance is needed, a call to Transportation Services can almost always help.
College Freshman 2013-11-13T01:31:44Z
Very happy with my programs. Teachers and classmates are all a lot of help.
College Freshman 2013-11-13T01:31:44Z
Nursing and engineering here are very big and some of the best programs in the country. All of the other programs are very big too.
College Freshman 2013-11-13T01:26:30Z
The Tsongas Center and the baseball field are very large facilities and they are well used because sports here are a big deal. The facilities for students are great as well. There are so many places all over campus to stay active.
College Freshman 2013-11-13T01:23:26Z
Hockey is HUGE! And now that the university is completely division 1, the sports are even more of a big deal. They are all very big deals.
College Freshman 2013-11-13T01:18:28Z
The school is great for helping kids who need it.
College Freshman 2013-11-13T01:16:17Z
Everyone has a good time and goes hard but if you get in a bad situation, the university health services are always around and will come to you very fast.
College Freshman 2013-11-13T01:14:11Z
There is a perfectly balanced amount of diversity. Everyone is accepting of each other.
College Freshman 2013-11-13T01:12:31Z
It's New England.....some people love it, some people don't. You get to see the change of every season.
College Freshman 2013-11-13T01:11:38Z
Your in Lowell which has a great history and a lot of culture. It's awesome to be a part of.
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