Join us for Fall Open House - Oct. 15 and Nov. 18
This event will feature programming for our undergraduate, graduate, and Threshold programs. A vibrant campus community and access to endless opportunities—Lesley has it all. It's where student cohorts become lifelong catalysts, solving for today's complexities with full hearts and open minds.

Overcoming Barriers with Urban Scholars

Closing the education gap isn't just about individuals. By empowering extraordinary students we transform our world.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statisticscollege grads earn 84% more than high school grads. However, high costs put college out of reach for many. 

At Lesley, we know potential isn't defined by socioeconomic status. That's why Urban Scholars Initiative (USI) provides tuition assistancetutoringmentoring, as well as book and supply stipends, to support students' financial, academic, and emotional needs.

Benefits Eligibility & Requirements
Learn more about benefits including 50% tuition discount, book stipend, additional scholarships, etc. Find out about requirements such as: demonstrating financial need, meeting admissions requirements, etc.
View full benefits list View eligibility and requirements

To maintain a tight-knit, supportive community, space is limited to 20 on a first-come, first-serve basis. Apply today. 

Urban Scholars works hand-in-hand with eligible students to ease financial pressures, allowing you to focus on your education and realize your full potential.

Mark Your Calendars

Lesley University’s Urban Scholars Initiative (USI) is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its inaugural student cohort on October 13, 2023 at 12:45 pm in the Washburn Auditorium!

A program designed through the lens of equity, USI has pioneered the framework for college access and transitional success for students pursuing higher education throughout Greater Boston. Beginning with a class of 5 students, over the past decade, over 100 graduates have earned their bachelor’s degree.

Please join us as we commemorate this milestone event during Family and Friends Weekend 2023!

Green and white circle that reads "10th YEAR ANNIVERSARY - LESLEY USI URBAN SCHOLARS INITIATIVE"
After my time at Lesley University and USI, I accepted a position with College Advising Corps-Boston University. I am currently working as a college and career adviser at Somerville High School... I owe it to the people that supported me through USI that instilled a passion for me to want to work with underserved youth since I was one myself.
Dewayne Green ’21, College and Career Advisor

Our programming is based on three pillars of success:

  1. Social and Emotional Intelligence - challenging students to discover ther purpose and inner strength. 
  2. Career Exploration - encouraging students to explore their passions as well as identify career paths.
  3. Community Building - connecting students with like minds and shared experiences.

Since 2013, over 200 students have participated, with a first year retention of over 80%. All of our graduates are the first in their families to attend college!

Contact the Urban Scholars Initiative (USI)