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.

Undergraduate Programs

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.

Total undergraduate enrollment in 2017–2018
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 2017–2018 school year, 68 percent of our students were from Massachusetts, 6 percent from Connecticut, 4 percent from New York, 5 percent from New Hampshire, 2 percent from Maine, and 2 percent from Rhode Island. Students from California made up 3 percent of the student body, and 6 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
  • Education
  • Design
  • Illustration
  • Photography
  • Psychology and Applied Therapies
  • Social Sciences

Graduate Programs

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.

Total graduate enrollment in 2017-2018
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 percent), other states (16 percent) and abroad (3 percent).

What They Study

Top Graduate Programs by Enrollment

  • Education
    (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


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

Community Service

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.

Global Alumni

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

  • Israel
  • Canada
  • Japan
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • Brazil
  • Mexico
    $188.8 million
    Lesley University's endowment as of June 30, 2018
    $114.6 million
    Our operating budget for fiscal year 2016
    $4.6 million
    In contributions from alumni, parents, foundations, and other supporters