A leader in the human arts
At Lesley University, our undergraduate and graduate academic programs live at the intersection of education, mental health counseling, mindfulness, and the visual arts—what we call the human arts.
Our President is Janet L. Steinmayer.
Our programs are offered through four Schools:
- College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Home to our 25+ undergraduate liberal arts majors, and graduate program in management
- College of Art & Design
Home to our undergraduate and graduate art & design programs, including 8 BFAs and 2 MFAs
- Graduate School of Education
Home to all of our 60+ graduate teacher preparation programs
- Graduate School of Arts & Social Sciences
Home to our graduate programs in mental health counseling, expressive therapies, mindfulness, creative writing (MFA), international higher education, and social work (MSW)
Lesley is also home to the Threshold Program, a non-degree independent living program for young adults with learning differences.
Where Our Undergraduates Come From
We're well represented by students from the Northeast, with a mix of students from other regions and from abroad. In the 2018–2019 school year, 68% of our students were from Massachusetts, 6% from Connecticut, 4% from New York, 5% from New Hampshire, 2% from Maine, and 2% from Rhode Island. Students from California made up 3% of the student body, and 6% came from other states. Our international students made up 3% of the student body.
What They Study
We have 35+ undergraduate majors and 45+ minor in these academic areas:
- Art & Design
- Psychology and Applied Therapies
- Business Management
- Social Sciences
- Natural Sciences and Mathematics
NCAA Division III Athletics Teams
Student to Faculty Classroom Ratio
The amount of traditional-age undergraduates who live on our Cambridge campus.
Of our first-time undergraduate students receive financial aid.
Where Our Graduate Students Come From
Our renowned graduate programs attract students from all over the Northeast (81%), other states (16%), and abroad (3%).
What They Study
Top Graduate Programs by Enrollment
(Elementary Education, Special Education)
- Clinical Mental Health Counseling
- Expressive Therapies
(Art, Music, Dance, Drama, and Expressive Arts)
- Counseling and Psychology
The number of Graduate School of Education alumni.
The number of Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences alumni.
Faculty & Staff
The strength of Lesley is in its people. The hardworking people who teach, staff, serve, and make this place run smoothly. We have 533 employees, including 362 staff and administrators and 171 core faculty. Among the core faculty:
- 44 hold the rank of professor
- 64 hold the rank of associate professor
- 48 hold the rank of assistant professor
- 15 are instructors
That's the number of service hours our students performed for non-profits and other organizations in 2018-2019.
Is how many Lesley alumni are living in all 50 states and in 84 countries around the world.