We’re the university of big ideas and small class sizes. You’ll discover opportunities to work closely with faculty who know your name. Test out your ideas and gain hands-on experience outside the classroom. And create lifelong connections with people who, like you, are going places, taking risks, and preparing for the future.
Lesley University combines an intensely creative environment with the practical experience you need to succeed. Every academic program combines classroom learning with internships. Depending on your major, you'll graduate with more than 300 hours of professional experience, and build both your resume and professional contacts.
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 2015–2016 school year, 66 percent of our students were from Massachusetts, 5 percent from Connecticut, 4 percent from New York, 4 percent from New Hampshire and 3 percent from Maine. Students from California made up 2 percent of the student body, and 12 percent came from other states. Our international students made up 3 percent of the student body.
What They Study
Top Undergraduate Academic Programs by Enrollment
- Business Management
- Psychology and Applied Therapies
- Social Sciences
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.
We offer highly regarded master's degree programs on campus, off campus, and in low-residency and cohort formats. As a graduate student, you'll gain the professional experience you need to establish or expand your career through field experience, rigorous coursework, and collaborative learning.
Where Our Graduate Students Come From
Our renowned graduate programs attract students from all over the Northeast (71 percent), other states (26 percent) and abroad (2 percent).
What They Study
Top Graduate Programs by Enrollment
(Elementary Education, Special Education, Creative Arts and Learning, Teaching Through the Arts)
- 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 548 employees, including 367 staff and administrators and 181 core faculty. Among the core faculty:
- 40 hold the rank of professor
- 58 hold the rank of associate professor
- 64 hold the rank of assistant professor
- 19 are instructors
Lesley students have a well-earned reputation for caring about the community. In 2016, 305 students performed 8,396 hours of community service for nonprofits and other organizations.
Our alumni carry Lesley's educational excellence out into the world. We have about 86,500 alumni living in all 50 states and in 84 countries around the world.
Top Countries for International Alumni
- United Kingdom