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UMass Lowell tops 10,000 undergraduates for first time

The University of Massachusetts Lowell will have more than 10,000 undergraduate students this year for the first time as it continues expansion efforts.

Its goal is to have 12,000 undergraduates by 2018. ...

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The University of Massachusetts Lowell will have more than 10,000 undergraduate students this year for the first time as it continues expansion efforts.

Its goal is to have 12,000 undergraduates by 2018.

Overall, the university says it will have more 17,000 students, including graduate level, enrolled this fall, an increase of nearly 50 percent since 2007.

The University of New Hampshire in Durham, the biggest campus in the state, has about 12,500 undergraduates and almost 15,000 students overall. Dartmouth College in Hanover has about 4,300 undergraduates and 2,000 graduate students.

UMass Lowell has been on a growth tear in recent years, opening a half-dozen major buildings, including the $80 million Emerging Technologies and Information Center; a $95 million, 230,000-square-foot complex for student life; and two residence halls holding almost 1,000 students. It broke ground this year on a $40 million business school expansion.

It also has moved up to Division I athletics in most sports.

About 7 percent of its students are from Greater Nashua, and slightly under 2 percent from Nashua itself.

– DAVID BROOKS