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How to Apply

Apply for your bachelor's degree as a first-year freshman international student.

Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines

Complete your online application form and send us your materials by these deadlines.

You’ll find out if you’ve been accepted 2–3 weeks after you send us your completed application and materials.

  • Early Action Deadline

    December 1 (Fall/September start)

    If you want to find out early if you’ve been accepted, apply by December 1 and we’ll let you know if you’re in by January 1.

  • Regular Admission

    Preferred Deadlines

    • Fall/September Start: We have moved to a “rolling admissions” process. We will continue to accept applications through July.

    • Spring/January Start: December 1

Prerequisites

Prerequisites

High School Curriculum and GPA Requirements for International Students

We’re looking for students with a strong academic background. Students who’ve been accepted here have a 3.1 average grade point average (GPA), and have taken this required high school coursework:

  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years of math, including Algebra II
  • 3 years of science, including 2 or more lab courses
  • 3 years of social sciences

We strongly recommend that you take a fourth year of math, science, and social science, and at least 2 years of a foreign language.

Application Form

Application Form

Create a profile, write your college essay, and list your education and activities in the Common Application. Use the Common Application to send us your letters of recommendation and transcripts.

Start in Fall 2020

Apply online as a first-year student.

Submit Documents

Submit Documents

In addition to your online application, you'll need to submit the following supporting materials.

Official Transcripts

Have your guidance counselor or principal send us your official high-school transcript. We’ll need original documents. If your transcript is not in English, provide a notarized translation of it.

If you did not complete high school, but took the GED or HiSET instead, submit an official copy of your test results to show you passed.

If you earned any college credits during high school, send us official transcripts for that coursework as well.

Your official, final transcript needs to arrive at our Undergraduate Admissions Office unopened and have:

  • Your date of graduation
  • School official’s signature
  • Seal affixed to the envelope

We also accept electronic transcripts through secure sites such as:

Common Application Final Report

Have your high-school guidance counselor fill out and send us the Common Application Final Report (PDF) when your final grades are available. The guidance counselor will attach your final transcript to the form and mail it to our Undergraduate Admissions Office.

Letter of Recommendation

You’ll need 1 letter of recommendation from a teacher to support your application.

Standardized Test Scores

We are now SAT Optional.

We know that a standardized test can't sum up your accomplishments and abilities. That's why we don't require SAT or ACT scores when you apply. The SAT or ACT tests are now optional for all students.

Instead, we'll focus on the strength of your application, including your essay and activities, and portfolio for students applying to the College of Art and Design.

Learn how to submit your SAT or ACT scores, Advanced Placement (AP) test scores, or International Baccalaureate.

SAT or ACT Scores

Have your official SAT and ACT score reports sent to our undergraduate admissions office. The College Board can submit your SAT scores electronically, using code 3483. ACT can submit an official paper report, using code 1850.

Advanced Placement (AP) Test Scores

If you’ve taken any Advanced Placement (AP) tests, have your score reports sent to our Undergraduate Admissions Office.

You’ll get college-level credit if you got a score of 4 or higher in the College Entrance Examination Board’s (CEEB) AP program examination, for most subject tests. You’ll get credit for AP Studio Art or AP Drawing with a score of 3 or higher.

International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate curriculum is a challenging program of study. We take this rigor into account when reviewing your application for admission.

Have your official IB results sent to our Undergraduate Admissions Office.

If you complete the full IB Diploma with scores of 24–29, you will receive 18 college-level credits, which is equivalent to one semester of coursework. You'll be eligible for sophomore standing (30 credits) for Diploma scores of 30–45.

If you’re not pursuing the full Diploma, but you’re taking IB courses, you may receive 3 college-level credits for each Higher Level IB examination with a score of 4 or better. If you get a score of 5 or higher, you may receive 6 college-level credits.

English Language Proficiency

We want you to be successful in your program. If your native language is not English, we require that you provide proof of your English proficiency.

You can show your proficiency in one of these ways:

Option 1

Duolingo English Test

  • We require a minimum score of 105 on this test.

Option 2

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

  • Minimum score of 80 on the Internet test.
  • Submit your score. Use Lesley University’s CEEB code: 3483.

Option 3

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

  • A score of 6.5 or higher
  • Contact the center where you took the test. Request that they send your official Test Report Form to Lesley University.

Option 4

Official Cambridge English Exam

  • C1 Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English)
  • C2 Proficiency (Certificate of Proficiency in English)

Option 5

English as a Second Language (ESL) Program Partnerships

We have partnered with several language schools to help you meet the English requirement. Complete the curriculum at one of the schools, at the specified level.

Then, get a letter from the program coordinator or teacher. The letter should explain that your English is proficient for college-level study.

Here are our partner schools and levels we require:

Option 6

English Language Requirement Waiver

If English is not your native language, but you’ve graduated from a school or program that was taught in English, you may qualify to have the language requirement waived.

If it’s not noted on your transcript, request a letter from your high school, college, or university stating your language of instruction was English.

Application Status

Application Status

Activate your online account and review your status.

We’re so happy you’ve chosen to apply to Lesley University.

Soon, we'll assign you a Lesley University Online System (LOIS) account. When that happens, you'll be able to review the receipt of your admission application materials and financial aid documents.

  • Activate Account

    Visit the Electronic Account Self-Service Portal.

    You have to complete these 2 steps before you can log into your account.

    1. Click “Change my Password” to change your default password.
    2. Click “Create/Edit Profile” to create a user profile.

    Account Issues

    If you have password problems, visit the Self-Service Portal and choose "Reset my Password.”

    If you have any difficulty using your LOIS account, contact Information Technology at 617.349.8770 or it@lesley.edu.

  • Review Status

    To access your account, click on the "Log In" tab and enter your username and password.

    To view the receipt of your application and financial aid documents and materials:

    1. Log into LOIS.
    2. Click on the Log In tab.
    3. Enter your username and password.
    4. Select the "Students" link.
    5. Select "My Documents" under "Communication.”
    6. View the status of your application materials. "Received" or "waived" means that an individual requirement was completed.

Contact Admissions

Contact Admissions