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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.

Institution TypePrivate
Undergraduate Students1,929
   Women1,493 (77.4%)
   Men436 (22.6%)
Graduate Students2,897


Entrance Difficulty 
Overall Admission Rate64% of 3,386 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedYes
Early Decision OfferedNo
Regular Admission DeadlineRolling
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA3.30
SAT Math470-570 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading490-600 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing490-590 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite21-26 range of middle 50%


Cost of Attendance$44,280
Tuition and Fees
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met80%
Average Freshman Award$16,718
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates


Academic Calendar SystemSemester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 students: 33% of classes
10-19 students: 45% of classes
20-29 students: 20% of classes
30-39 students: 2% of classes


Cambridge Population107,289
Nearest Metropolitan AreaBoston
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students in College Housing 86% of freshmen, 65% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division III


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 Students2.2%
First-Year Students Returning80.0%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Average 3.39 3.65 640 610 25
Low 3.10 3.33 640 610 22
High 3.70 3.96 640 610 27
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