EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

June 28, 2013

Report: UMass Lowell is 'most underrated college in America'


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — LOWELL – UMass Lowell is the most underrated university in the nation, according to new report.

The finding is based on a comparison of PayScale.com’s mid-career salary data and the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings of colleges and universities across the country. In developing its rankings, Business Insider considered schools that are underrated as those that are “highly ranked on salary, but aren’t given due credit on the U.S. News ranking.”

“Future income isn’t the only factor that should determine college choice, but it may be the most important one,” Business Insider states in the recent article, “The 25 Most Underrated Colleges in America.”

With an average mid-career salary of $92,400, UMass Lowell is No. 82 on PayScale’s list of more than 1,000 public and private colleges and universities nationally and is 16th among all New England institutions. Among public institutions in New England, UMass Lowell ranks second in average mid-career salary and is the only one that is a doctoral-granting university with a full range of academic programs from engineering to humanities.

Majes Community Center taking applications

LAWRENCE - The Majes Community Center is accepting applications for its summer program for children ages 6 to 14.

The program will be held July 8 to 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 96 E. Haverhill St. Activities include basketball, volleyball, arts and crafts, swimming, movies and field, table and board games.

For details call 978-989-0080.

Vacation Bible School accepting students

LAWRENCE - Communities Together, Inc., is offering its annual Vacation Bible School in Lawrence and Methuen now through August.

Formerly known as Greater Lawrence Council of Churches, Communities Together has held the summer program continuously since 1955. This program received the 1997 Ecumenical Service Award by the National Council of Churches, Washington D.C.

Here are the dates and locations: July 1 – 5, St. Patrick’s Parish Hall, 118 S. Broadway and Christ United Methodist, 207 Haverhill St.; July 8 – 12, Children’s Center, 37 Lowell St. Methuen and Ebenezer Church, 319 Haverhill St.; July 15 – 19, Primitive Methodist, 201 Haverhill St.; July 29 – Aug 2 Spanish Assembly of God, Vine Street; Aug 5 – 9, Spanish Free Methodist, 774 Essex St.; Aug 12 – 16, Our Lady of Good Counsel, St. Augustine, Ames Street, Aug 12 – 23; Third Baptist , 22 Warren St. and Aug. 19 – 23, Centro de Adoracion, 94 E. Haverhill St.

Vacation Bible School is free with materials provided by Communities Together.