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Academics

A "forward-thinking and creative school," Lesley College at Lesley University lives up to its motto, "Let's wake up the world." Here, students, faculty, and staff are "socially and environmentally conscious" and dedicated to "helping others through different therapies and education." Lesley operates top-rated programs in counseling, psychology, business, and therapy, as well as "one of the best education programs, not only in New England, but in the country." With a strong focus on experiential learning, Lesley students have "the ability to complete multiple internships throughout [the] college experience." Within the curriculum, students also participate in real-world projects, or practicums, which "provide insight on a profession and are extremely hands-on." These practical experiences, in conjunction with the school's excellent career center, contribute to the "incredibly high job-placement rate among graduates." In the classroom, "Professors lecture but also allow adequate time for discussion for students to debate issues and speak more about them." A student adds, "Many of the professors at Lesley are deeply devoted to the material they teach and always come up with new ways to deliver that material." The "small classes and the ability to establish relationships with professors and staff" are key to the Lesley experience. On the flip side, students acknowledge that, "We don't have as many classes offered as a larger university might."

Student Body

A haven for future teachers, activists, and socially responsible citizens, "Open-minded, artistic, and seemingly liberal would be good descriptions of the students here at Lesley." A single-sex college until 2005, Lesley is predominantly female, and "there are few minorities" on campus. However, everyone finds a niche, and "no matter who you are or what you're like, you're going to find a group of friends who accept you for who you are." A current student agrees, "Students come in all shapes, sizes, sexual orientations, religions, and hair colors, and it's a great community because of that." Some Lesley students even claim that, "No one would ever feel uncomfortable just sitting down at random table at lunch and striking up a conversation with someone they have never met." Leftist thought and activism are prevalent, and "Clubs and activities for community service, women, victims of abuse, lesbians, gays, bisexual, etc. are so common, that it is an obvious part of the student community."

Campus Life

On the Lesley campus, "There is always some activity going on, whether it be a movie, open-mic night, or roller skating." Although a large percentage of the student body lives off campus, most "Students here are also very involved in the Lesley community." In general, "Community service, arts, and political and activism organizations are much more popular" than sports, though the school's athletics organizations have become stronger during the past few years. The campus benefits from tranquility of suburban Cambridge, a "nice quiet area" where "The parks around here and the view of the Charles River are absolutely beautiful." At the same time, "Harvard Square offers a variety of restaurants and stores only a short walk away, and taking the red line down into Boston provides access to one of the greatest cities on the planet." Students note, "On occasion there will be a free students night at a museum, aquarium, or theater, and all students from around the Boston area will attend." In addition, "Through Campus Activities, we are always receiving discounted tickets to sports events, shows, and movies." On the weekends, many students go home or "travel to BU or other neighboring schools for parties or to see friends."

Overview

Applicants
3,115
Acceptance Rate
69%
Average HS GPA
3.31

GPA Breakdown

23%
Over 3.75
16%
3.50 - 3.74
18%
3.25 - 3.49
16%
3.00 - 3.24
23%
2.50 - 2.99
4%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
490 - 600
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
460 - 570
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
21 - 25

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing required

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with Essay component recommended

Deadlines

Early Action — December 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Non-Academic

Interview

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
9:1
Total Faculty
243
with Terminal Degree
101

135
Women
108
Men

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Business/Commerce, General.
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Education, General.
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education.
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching.
  • Secondary Education and Teaching.
  • Social Studies Teacher Education.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES/HUMAN SCIENCES.

  • Child Care and Support Services Management.
  • Child Development.
  • Human Development and Family Studies, General.

  • HISTORY.

  • American History (United States).
  • History, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Counseling Psychology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Lynette Correia
Top 100 influential individuals in Massachusetts' Hispanic community

Rena Patel, '07
Awarded Rotary Foundation Academic Year Ambassadorial Scholarship - India

Pamela Tanner Boll, '08
Documentary Film Maker: "Born into Brothels", "Who Does She Think She Is"

Erik Weihenmayer, ' 93
Author: "Touch the Top of the World", "Further than the Eye Can See"

Kitty Dukakis, '63
Activist and wife of form Massachusetts governor

Louise Pascale, '89
Musician and author: "Children's Songs from Afghanistan"

Caroll Spinney, '58
Originator of Sesame Street characters Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,614

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,550

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,542

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
75%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$2,300

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$17,174

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$25,500
Required Fees
$2,508
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$7,001,575

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
$15,300
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,521
Foreign Countries Represented
30

Demographics

4.23%
Asian
4.16%
African-American
10.30%
Hispanic
70.52%
Caucasian
5.01%
Unknown
1.69%
International

75% female
25% male
57% are out of state
90% are full time
10% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
60%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
83%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
25
Number of Honor Societies
2

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
2

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Lynx)
5 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Soccer
Tennis
Volleyball
Women's Sports (Lynx)
7 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Volleyball

Student Services


Sustainability


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Harvard, Apple & HP

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Deb Kocar
Director of Admissions

Address
Office of Admissions
29 Everett Stree
Cambridge, MA 02138

Phone
617-349-8800

Email
lcadmissions@lesley.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Student Center
Ludke Library
Porter Exchange Building
Stebbins Fitness Room
Kresge Center for Teaching Resources

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Harvard Square
Museum of Fine Arts
Fanueil Hall
Fenway Park
Museum of Science
Boston and Cambridge are alive with historical sites, museums of all kinds, musical performances, dance, drama, various cultural attractions, not to mention shopping and dining of all kinds!

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Overnight stays only offered Sunday - Th

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Lesley is easily accessible by all forms of public transportation, subway, bus, train and taxi. The closest airport is Logan International in Boston.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Lesley University is located off Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge between Harvard and Porter Squares. The campus is next to Harvard Law School. For driving directions from various highways please visit www.lesley.edu/dir.html

Local Accommodations
A variety of hotels and inns are available in the area of Harvard Square. They include the Sheraton Commander Hotel, Inn at Harvard (Doubletree), Charles Hotel, Cambridge House and the Mary Prentiss Inn.


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