Lesley University

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29 Everett Street

Cambridge, MA 02138

Phone: (617) 868-9600
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#101 Overall Score: 40 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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Lesley University is a private institution that was founded in 1909. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,568, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 5 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Lesley University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 101. Its tuition and fees are $34,500 (2013-14).

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

Lesley is an ideal choice for those passionate about bringing constructive
change to the world. With small, inquiry-based classes, and 400-650 hours
of internships and field-experiences that begin freshman year, students
benefit from a dynamic and engaging education that prepares them to be
leaders in education, the arts, environmental science, human services and
In addition to a strong emphasis on applied liberal arts, Lesley encourages
students to explore educational opportunities throughout the University and
beyond, providing significant travel-study opportunities. The school's
commitment to activism results in a vibrant campus community that supports
numerous co-curricular activities on- and off-campus.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1909
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $156,353,512


When applying to Lesley University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early action deadline is December 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due March 1. The application fee at Lesley University is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 63.9 percent.

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

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 63.9%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by March 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Lesley University is 28:1, and the school has 72.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Lesley University include: Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities; Psychology; Visual and Performing Arts; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; and Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 76 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 28:1
4-year graduation rate 33%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 21%
Psychology 20%
Visual and Performing Arts 20%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 6%
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 6%

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Student Life

Lesley University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,568, with a gender distribution of 24.2 percent male students and 75.8 percent female students. At this school, 54 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 46 percent of students live off campus. Lesley University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 5,528
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

Lesley University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Lesley University 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 Lesley University, 2 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Lesley University.

Students who have cars on campus 2%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Lesley University, 71.5 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $13,631.

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Tuition and fees $34,500 (2013-14)
Room and board $14,000 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
Financial aid statistics

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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