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Lesley University
Cambridge, MA
Lesley was founded in 1909 as a teacher-training school. While still best known for its teacher education programs, Lesley has maintained a consistent focus on a select group of disciplines which embody its mission: education, human services, management, and the arts. Its schools include: Lesley College (for undergraduates), Art Institute of Boston at Lesley, Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences, and School of Education. Lesley College has been coeducational since 2005. The five-acre campus is located in Cambridge, close to to Harvard Square.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 1,929
   Women 1,493 (77.4%)
   Men 436 (22.6%)
Graduate Students 2,897
Entrance Difficulty  
Overall Admission Rate 64% of 3,386 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered Yes
Early Decision Offered No
Regular Admission Deadline Rolling
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.30
SAT Math 470-570 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 490-600 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 21-26 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests   X    
Essay   X    
Extracurricular Activities   X    
Cost of Attendance $44,280
  Tuition and Fees $26,250
  Room and Board $15,300
Average Percent of Need Met 80%
Average Freshman Award $16,718
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 84
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 33% of classes
10-19 students: 45% of classes
20-29 students: 20% of classes
30-39 students: 2% of classes
Cambridge Population 107,289
Nearest Metropolitan Area Boston
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students in College Housing 86% of freshmen, 65% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division III
Mascot Lynx
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
4.4% Asian
7.1% Black/African-American
12.7% Hispanic/Latino
4.4% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
65.2% White
5.9% Unknown
International Students 2.2%
First-Year Students Returning 80.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 42.8%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly Not reported