Lesley University

Lesley University

Lesley University is a private university with campuses in Boston and Cambridge, in the state of Massachusetts. It was originally founded by Edith Lesley in 1909 as The Lesley School, and after various name changes it became Lesley University in 2001.

Lesley University offers more than 20 undergraduate majors and over 90 Adult Bachelors, Masters, Certificates of Advanced Graduate Study. The university also offers M.Ed. and Ed.S. programs at more than 150 sites in over 20 U.S. states. The various schools and colleges that fall under it are:

  • Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Lesley College
  • School of Education
  • The Art Institute of Boston

The official mascot of Lesley University is the Lynx. It is a member of the North Atlantic Conference.

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Lesley University
29 Everett St
Cambridge , MA 02138-2790
General Phone: (617) 868-9600

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Lesley Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching2,136education, curriculum and instruction, educational administration, instructional media design, special ed, early childhood special ed, school counseling, elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, ...
Therapy and Counseling294community psychology, counseling psychology, child psychology, mental and social health services
Liberal Arts275English, creative writing, liberal arts and humanities, interdisciplinary studies, social services
Photography and Commercial Art68commercial art, photography
Fine Arts56fine arts, art history and criticism
Business and Management33non-profit management, business administration
Conservation and Resource Management15environmental studies, environmental science
Family and Social Work11community organization
Media10animation and special effects, communications tech courses
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy1rehabilitation
Art Studies0art studies

Number of programs and degrees for Lesley in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree36231
Master's degree2,45627
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship62
Post-master's certificate718
Associate's degree12
Postbaccalaureate certificate112
Award of at least 2 but less than 4 academic years01

Lesley Student Body

In 2007-2008, Lesley had a total enrollment of 7,003 students (5,164 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 25%
Women 75%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 19%
Graduate 81%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 53%
Black 5%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 37%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 8%
20-21 6%
22-24 11%
25-29 21%
30-34 12%
35-39 12%
40-49 19%
50-64 11%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York11%
New Hampshire4%
Rhode Island3%
New Jersey3%
State unknown2%

Lesley Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 69 %
Part-Time 13 %

Lesley Room and Board (2007)

Lesley offers campus housing for 665 of its 5,164 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Cambridge, Massachusetts for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Massachusetts Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Lesley Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal490600
SAT Math460560
SAT Writing490590
ACT Verbal1926
ACT Math1725
ACT Composite1926

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencerequired
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT93%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT14%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Lesley Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 27,450
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 27,450
Room and board $ 12,000
Room charge $ 7,500
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,500
Books and supplies $ 700
Other expenses $ 2,590

Financial Aid:
Lesley participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 216000)

Lesley Faculty

Lesley has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year3$97,18510$103,778
Associate professorcalendar year4$85,5849$82,297
Assistant professorcalendar year4$60,53110$63,191
Instructorcalendar year1*2*
All faculty totalcalendar year12$76,91231$81,677

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year8$80,58021$74,591
Associate professoracademic year20$64,66319$62,824
Assistant professoracademic year5$48,05928$53,741
Instructoracademic year4$47,7464$48,012
All faculty totalacademic year37$64,03272$61,901

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Lesley Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball North Atlantic Conference
Track North Atlantic Conference

Lesley Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies

Education And Teaching
Computer Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Education, Other
Education/Teaching Individuals - Early Childhood Spec Ed Pgms
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
History Teacher Education
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education
Reading Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social Studies Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Subject Areas, Other

Family And Social Work
Community Organization and Advocacy

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
Creative Writing
English Language and Literature, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Social Sciences, General

Animation, Interactive Tech, Video Graphics and Special Effects
Communications Technologies/Technicians & Support Services, Other

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other

Photography And Commercial Art
Commercial and Advertising Art


Therapy And Counseling
Community Psychology
Counseling Psychology
Developmental and Child Psychology
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other

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What Sets Lesley Apart:

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Female % of student body
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% students 40 years or older
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Top 7%Lesley % students 40 years or older
Number of students
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Number of degree programs
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Top 15%Lesley Number of degree programs

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checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
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checked On-campus library
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checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
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