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Educating for Social Impact

We're a liberal arts school grounded in the human services professions.

Founded in 1909 to educate teachers, we've long been known as a university leader for education. Today, undergraduate students come to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to seek inventive answers to human problems. We educate the people—the teachers, counselors, therapists, social workers, artists, scientists, policymakers, writers, and business leaders—who change lives and affect social change. 

We’re lucky to call Cambridge, Massachusetts home. It’s one of the most dynamic environments for students in the nation. In between and all around us is the Cambridge and Boston area—a vibrant hub of internships, professional opportunity, service work, culture, and fun few other cities can match.

“We all share a hunger to go out into the world
and do something meaningful.”
Christine Evans, Professor, Division Director Humanities

Small School, Big Resources

We're a small college in a rich university environment.

Our faculty and staff are devoted to helping you develop your voice and self-understanding—the key to students making a difference in the world.

You can forge your own program combinations. Being in a university environment with two graduate schools, you’ll have opportunities to move easily into graduate programs.


Specialized Programs

Self-Designed Programs

Maybe the academic discipline you’re interested in doesn’t exist yet. With a self-designed major, you can combine studies to develop your own plan.

Double Majors

Combine your studies through any of Lesley’s 35+ undergraduate programs across the arts, education, counseling, and more.

Three-Year Degrees

Finish your bachelor’s degree requirements in three years by taking courses during our summer and January terms.

Honors Program

Join a community of highly ambitious students and gain extensive mentorship from faculty while participating in intensive projects, seminars, and cultural experiences.

Learn More About Specialized Undergraduate Programs


Graduate Study

Pursue one of our Accelerated Dual-Degree programs to earn your bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Lesley. You may also qualify for the Lesley Dividend for up to 12 credits toward
 a master’s degree at no additional cost—in other words, one free semester of graduate study.

Learn About Dual-Degree Programs

Internships & Field Experience
100%
of graduates complete at least one internship
Careers & Outcomes
95%
of our 2018 graduating class is employed or furthering their education.

Child Homelessness Initiative

We wanted to do something about child homelessness. To raise awareness and to prepare our undergraduate students who are planning to work with children and families.

Our Child Homelessness Initiative provides undergraduate students with the tools to support young homeless citizens. Because the next generation of childcare providers, teachers, counselors, and advocates will need specific knowledge and skills to work with our nation’s most vulnerable children.

Learn More About the Initiative

1,000
traditional undergraduate students enrolled
15:1
student-faculty ratio in the classroom
300
adult learners enrolled in degree completion programs