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Lesley University Overview

Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Lesley University is a private not-for-profit institution. The location of Lesley is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

What Is Lesley University Known For?

491 Undergraduate Awards
$42,669 Avg Cost After Aid
73% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at Lesley may have an easier time interacting with their teachers since the student to faculty ratio at the school is 10 to 1.
  • The 3% student loan default rate at Lesley is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at Lesley.
  • In 2017-2018, 23% of the faculty were full-time.

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Lesley University Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Lesley.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best General Visual & Performing Arts Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Lesley has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#10 Best Psychology Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual
#63 Best Colleges for Psychology College Factual
#77 Best Psychology Colleges for Veterans College Factual

Where Is Lesley University?

Location of Lesley University

Contact details for Lesley are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 29 Everett St, Cambridge, MA 02138-2790
Phone: 617-868-9600
Website: www.lesley.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LesleyUniversity
Twitter: https://twitter.com/lesley_u

How Do I Get Into Lesley?

You can apply to Lesley online at: www.lesley.edu/admissions-aid/how-to-apply

Admission Requirements for Lesley

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Lesley?

73% Acceptance Rate
80% Of Accepted Are Women
78% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Lesley University is 73%. This means that is not quite as selective as some schools, but you'll still need to submit a good application if you want to be considered by the admissions department.

Approximately 20% of accepted students are men and 80% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 62%, and the acceptance rate for women is 76%.

Average Test Scores

About 78% of students accepted to Lesley submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 530 and 630. Math scores were between 490 and 580.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Lesley University  ( 530 to 630 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Lesley University  ( 490 to 580 )
200
800
Lesley received ACT scores from 16% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 21 and 28. Math scores were between 18 and 24. Composite scores were between 20 and 27.

ACT English Scores for Lesley University  ( 21 to 28 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Lesley University  ( 18 to 24 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Lesley University  ( 20 to 27 )
1
36

Can I Afford Lesley University?

$42,669 Net Price
85% Take Out Loans
3.0% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Lesley is $42,669. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Lesley, approximately 85% of students took out student loans averaging $10,234 a year. That adds up to $40,936 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Lesley is 3.0%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Lesley University Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,700 Full-Time Undergraduates
79% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,208 undergraduate students at Lesley, with 1,700 being full-time and 508 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Lesley

There are also 2,630 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,700 full-time undergraduates at Lesley, 21% are male and 79% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Lesley

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Lesley University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Lesley Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 84
Black or African American 110
Hispanic or Latino 245
White 1,052
International Students 83
Other Races/Ethnicities 126

Geographic Diversity

Massachusetts students aren't the only ones who study at Lesley University. At this time, 27 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 45 countries are represented at Lesley. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, South Korea, and Japan.

Online Learning at Lesley University

510 Took All Classes Online
971 Took At Least One Class Online
12.5% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 11 bachelor’s degree and 9 master’s degree programs available online at Lesley. In 2017-2018, 971 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Lesley has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 12th most popular in Massachusetts for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Lesley

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Lesley University was 12.5%. This is the #1,176 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Lesley regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Lesley majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Administration & Management 24%
Business, Management & Marketing 24%
Design & Applied Arts 41%
General Education 31%
Human Services 50%
Public Administration & Social Service 17%
Visual & Performing Arts 23%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Lesley ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Lesley.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Mathematics #12
Mathematics & Statistics #20
General Education #59
Curriculum & Instruction #61
General Psychology #68
Teacher Education Subject Specific #87
Psychology #98
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #184
Liberal Arts General Studies #184
Education #309
Business Administration & Management #373
Business, Management & Marketing #463

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Lesley University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Mental & Social Health Services 0 8 1 200 11 220
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 15 0 163 0 178
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 0 118 0 118
Other Education 0 0 3 77 0 80
Special Education 0 0 0 72 0 72
General Education 0 0 0 48 23 71
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 71 0 0 0 71
Design & Applied Arts 0 68 0 0 0 68
Business Administration & Management 0 43 0 11 0 54
General Psychology 0 51 0 0 0 51
Writing Studies 0 7 0 36 0 43
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 38 0 4 0 42
Fine & Studio Arts 0 19 0 19 0 38
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 34 0 0 0 34
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 1 24 0 25
General Visual & Performing Arts 2 19 0 0 0 21
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 12 0 7 0 19
General English Literature 0 18 0 0 0 18
Multicultural & Diversity Studies 0 0 0 18 0 18
Human Development & Family Studies 0 13 0 0 0 13
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 13 0 13
International Studies 0 12 0 0 0 12
Human Services 0 12 0 0 0 12
History 0 10 0 0 0 10
Mathematics 0 5 0 5 0 10
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 9 0 9
Political Science & Government 0 9 0 0 0 9
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 0 8 0 8
Sociology 0 8 0 0 0 8
Student Counseling 0 0 0 7 0 7
General Biology 0 6 0 0 0 6
Child Development & Psychology 0 6 0 0 0 6
Natural Resources Conservation 0 4 0 0 0 4
General Social Sciences 0 1 0 0 0 1
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
Graphic Communications 0 0 0 0 0 0
Community Organization & Advocacy 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 2 489 5 839 34 1,369

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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