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Students at UMass Lowell are all about comfort and relaxation. Sweatpants and sweatshirts mixed with comfy Ugz boots are as common on campus as ball point pens. In my opinion, this leads to a happier environment. "How could you not be in a good mood wearing so much soft, warm clothing?" Students are all in high spirits here, save for the obvious dark times that are finals. The dining hall is a buffet of every type of student. Thin computer savy types with long hair and baggy jeans sit inches from the UMass Lowell baseball players that have shoulders larger than my Buick. But this isn't high school, and that jock nerd stereotype nonsense is a thing reserved for cheesy 80's movies. I've been asked to sit with a group of students just because they liked my band T shirt. Another time, I was playing a portable video game system after my meal and was handed a vivid flyer for a video game night on our campus. By the way, guess who was there. Some of those same football players I mentioned earlier. The student community here at Lowell is one of the best I've ever seen, and compared to some of the horror stories I've heard about other colleges, I consider myself lucky. I truly can't think of anyone who wouldn't be welcomed here. Like I said before, we have punks, geeks, rich girls who look like they got off the last plane from Jersey, quiet foreign students from every corner of the world, and the normal everyday Lowell guys who just want to suck down a Dunkin Donut's coffee and hammer out that Civil War final so they can go to their day job.

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There are many different types of groups on campus for people to get involved in and there's a place for everyone. The campus is so diverse I can't really see anyone feeling out of place. Everyone seems to find their own little place on campus where they fit in. The campus has its cliques. You don't really see different types of people hanging out with each other. The music students tend to stick with the music students and the engineering students tend to stick with the engineering students. Most of the time this happens simply due to similar interests. At class most students wear comfortable clothes. You see a lot of people in sweatpants and t-shirts. Some girls also wear dresses and some guys wear dress pants. For the most part though students wear the typical t-shirt and jeans ensemble. Most of the students at UMass Lowell are from Massachusetts or New Hampshire. There's a wide range of financial backgrounds that students come from. I hear about some students struggling to pay for college, while others are wealthy and have no problem with it.

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The students seem to be very diverse. We do live in Massachusetts after all and as a liberal state I get the impression that concerted efforts are taken to diversify the population of the student body. This does not greatly affect the overall quality of the students -- from what I can tell good and bad students come in all forms. The students from minority backgrounds tend to hang out together but still mix with the other students significantly. There does not seem to be much in the way of racial conflict or meanness of spirit here towards kids that are 'different' from themselves. Everyone tends to be very friendly towards one another. The attire of students is less based on ethnicity as it is based on the fads of the day. Colorful Nikes and pants that hang down are 'cool'. Few students dress up for a day in class. I myself dress casually in jeans and a tshirt or sweatshirt usually. I feel that most kids at the school have liberal sensibilities. Again, welcome to Massachusetts.

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UMass Lowell might be one of the diverse schools out there. I think there are groups for everything ranging from political groups, to LGBT groups. Everyone at this school is accepted and respected. It is impossible to feel out of place, there is someone for everyone here. A lot of the students are from Lowell or surrounding cities. There are students of every race, religion, sexual orientation, finical background and ethnicity. There are some students who are extremely motivated for the future and some who are not. There are students who are very religious and some who are not at all. No matter what one's beliefs are they will be respected. People of all backgrounds associate with each other. It is very rare for one to feel bullied or picked on because of their beliefs. The school is very diverse and it is a great place to experience other cultures.

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Starting answering!I have a particularly special take on the students at UMass Lowell, as I recently won election for student trustee to represent the Lowell campus on the UMass Board of Trustees. During my campaign, I got to take a close up look at the many faces that comprise UML: black, white, Latino, Asian, straight, gay, rich, poor, and all the folks in between. I remain truly in awe of the diversity at my school: it is a more accurate reflection of what our country is than many other private universities, and I think of it as a great source of our strength as a college as well as a community. I’m hard pressed to think of any kind of student who would feel out of place at UML considering the student clubs and organizations on our campus that offer both a wide variety and vibrant student life.

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UMass Lowell is composed of a diverse student population. You will find students from all religious walks and races. There are Muslims, Christians, agnostics, atheists, Jews, all co-existing on one campus. The University also hosts different foreign exchanges, opening its doors to students from all over the world. The students range from all different financial backgrounds, from those on the bottom of the economic totem pole to the very top. Most students are very proud of their school and wear it on their sleeves, walking around campus in their UMass Lowell sweatshirts and tees. But there is still room for the fashion forward, especially those on the Liberal Arts campus. Goths, gossip girls, and geeks all strut their stuff.

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The students at UML are so vastly different that it is difficult to describe them as a whole. I've met very religious people, I've met atheists. I've met engineers in suits and ties with crewcuts and I've met music majors with facial piercings, pink hair and tattered clothing. I believe it would be difficult to not find someone who is interested in what you are interested in. The majority of students seem to come from neighboring towns and cities less than an hour and a half away. I myself, am from Beverly, which is about 45 minutes from Lowell. There is a plethora of clubs, groups, and teams to join on campus. Whether you are a hockey jock or a computer geek, you'll find a group of students with a club perfect for you.

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The students at Umass Lowell are very diverse, however there are no cliques, the tables in the dining hall are just as likely to be filled with jocks as they are with nerds and you will often find them sitting together. In the universe of movies every college must have groups of jocks and nerds and artists, and they all hate each other. At Umass Lowell no one really cares. The closest thing you will find to a divide is between the people here for a degree and the people who are genuinely interested in their academics, but this is mainly due to scheduling conflicts. The truth is that it doesn't matter what your interests are because you will make friends with anyone and everyone.

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Coming from a place where Hispanic roots ruled, UMASS Lowell has more diversity than I ever imagined. The clubs range from video games to bible study to straight-gay alliance. I have attended multiple events, even if the subject did not relate directly to me, and have always had a blast. In my opinion, no one would feel out of place in UMASS Lowell. It is so easy to make friends. All you have to do is smile. Personally, my friends consist of Hispanics, an Irish, Asians, and African Americans. When we get together, we like to talk about our upbringings and compare our cultural experiences.

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There are many different types of student at UMASS Lowell. I don't think anyone would feel out of place at this University because there are students from all over the world with all different styles. Most students wear casual clothes to class, like jeans or sweatpants. However, there are some who dress quite nice for class, it really varies depending on age and courses they're taking. People from different backgrounds, with different religions, from different social classes go to this school. There are so many unique students and I see a vast array of students while on campus.

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