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:

Lesley is also home to the Threshold Program, a non-degree independent living program for young adults with learning differences.

Total undergraduate enrollment in 2018–2019
College of Art and Design enrollment
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences enrollment

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
  • Education
  • Psychology and Applied Therapies
  • Business Management
  • Social Sciences
  • Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • Humanities
Total graduate enrollment in 2018-2019
Graduate School of Education enrollment
Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences enrollment

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

  • Education
    (Elementary Education, Special Education)
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Expressive Therapies
    (Art, Music, Dance, Drama, and Expressive Arts) 
  • Counseling and Psychology


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 479 employees, including 309 staff and administrators and 170 core faculty. Among the core faculty:

  • 46 hold the rank of professor
  • 53 hold the rank of associate professor
  • 43 hold the rank of assistant professor
  • 28 are instructors


During the 2020-2021 academic year, students contributed 2,544 hours to civic and community engagement efforts through the Office of Community Service.


Is how many Lesley alumni are living in all 50 states and in 84 countries around the world.


    $194.1 million
    Lesley University's endowment as of January 30, 2020
    $107.7 million
    Our operating budget for fiscal year 2019
    $4.6 million
    In contributions from alumni, parents, foundations, and other supporters