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Educating for Social Impact

We're a university 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 Lesley 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.

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
of graduates complete at least one internship
Careers & Outcomes
of our 2019 graduates from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences are employed or furthering their education.
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About Lesley

We prepare students to strengthen communities and bring about justice through programs in education, counseling, the arts, and the helping professions.

Each year, 2,000 undergraduate students and 4,500 graduate students pursue degrees on campus, off-site, and online. They join our 90,000 alumni who are making an impact as mental health counselors, teachers, art therapists, writers, business leaders, social workers, visual artists, and more.

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

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