Lasell College

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1844 Commonwealth Avenue

Newton, MA 02466

Phone: (617) 243-2000
2013-2014 Tuition
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#25 Overall Score: 35 out of 100. Regional Colleges (North)

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Lasell College is a private institution that was founded in 1851. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,655, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 53 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Lasell College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (North), 25. Its tuition and fees are $30,000 (2013-14).

Located less than 10 miles from Boston, Lasell College provides its students a small, residential atmosphere near internship opportunities, extracurricular options and weekend activities. About 80 percent of students live on Lasell's campus in Newton, Massachusetts, in traditional dormitories, suites and Victorian houses. The Lasell College campus is also close to public transportation, making it relatively easy for commuter students to get to school. It's also easy for commuter students to get involved – the school's more than 50 student clubs and organizations hold midday meetings during "common hours" on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The Lasell Lasers compete in the NCAA Division III in several athletic conferences, including the Eastern College Athletic Conference and the Great Northeast Athletic Conference. At the end of each school year, students march in the Torchlight Parade, a ceremonious passing of Lasell torches from graduating students to rising seniors.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

An innovator in education for over 160 years, Lasell College is a comprehensive coeducational college offering professionally oriented bachelor's and master's degree programs. Our 53-acre campus is located in suburban Newton, Massachusetts-within eight miles of downtown Boston at the heart of the Route 128 high-tech corridor. We are known for helping students make the connection between classroom lessons and real life through hands-on activities such as internships, practicum, service learning, and meaningful projects.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1851
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $28,878,282


When applying to Lasell College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early action deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due September 1. The application fee at Lasell College is $40. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 70 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 70.0%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by September 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Lasell College is 14:1, and the school has 66.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Lasell College include: Fashion Merchandising; Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other; Communication and Media Studies; Fashion/Apparel Design; and Hospitality Administration/Management, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 69.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 14:1
4-year graduation rate 37%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Fashion Merchandising 13%
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 10%
Communication and Media Studies 9%
Fashion/Apparel Design 8%
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 7%

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Student Life

Lasell College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,655, with a gender distribution of 36 percent male students and 64 percent female students. At this school, 78 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 23 percent of students live off campus. Lasell College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,980
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Lasell College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Lasell College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Lasell College, 32 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Lasell College.

Students who have cars on campus 32%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Lasell College, 82.7 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $17,672.

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Tuition and fees $30,000 (2013-14)
Room and board $12,500 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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