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Contact an Admissions Counselor

We know you are comparing lots of different colleges. We’re here to make that process as easy as possible. Our admissions counselors are a great resource throughout your entire college search process. 

Contact us with any questions you may have about Lesley—our programs, the culture, or what makes us stand out. Talk to us about what you’re looking for, and we can help you decide if Lesley’s a good fit. Call, email, text, or set up a one-on-one meeting with us in Cambridge. Have questions about your application to Lesley? We can help with that, too. Ask us about deadlines or requirements, and get advice on how to make your application stand out.

Travel Schedule

Throughout the year, Admissions Counselors will be traveling around the country to offer opportunities for students to meet with them one-on-one or in small groups, as well. See our counselors' schedule here.

UPDATE: DUE TO THE ONGOING SITUATION WITH COVID-19, THE TRAVEL SCHEDULE FOR ADMISSIONS COUNSELORS IS CURRENTLY SUSPENDED. WE WILL RE-EVALUATE THIS AS THE SITUATION CHANGES.

 

Find Your Counselor

Each counselor works with areas of the United States and internationally. Click "read more" under their bios to see who your counselor is. Counselors are available for virtual or phone one-on-one meetings, interviews, and accepted student meetings. Our BFA Specialists are also available for virtual portfolio reviews.

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Deb Kocar, Director of Admissions

Deb Kocar oversees everything undergraduate admissions, and leads a dedicated team of counselors and staff.

“Lesley is an amazing place. I have the privilege of working with students who question the world as they know it, and faculty and staff who challenge them to seek new paths.”

Email Deb: dkocar@lesley.edu

Schedule a time to connect with Deb.

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Mike McCarthy, Associate Director of Admissions and BFA Specialist

Area of focus at Lesley: First-year students applying to the College of Art and Design and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

“My favorite aspect of working at Lesley is the students.”

Email Mike: mmccart1@lesley.edu; Call or Text Mike: 617.431.1284

Schedule a time to connect with Mike.

Read more to see if Mike is your counselor.

Regions:

  • Connecticut (College of Art and Design)
  • Mid-Atlantic States (College of Art and Design)
  • South Shore Massachusetts (College of Art and Design)
  • New Jersey (College of Art and Design)
  • New York (College of Art and Design)
  • Southern States (College of Art and Design)
  • Western States
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Erik Gullard, Senior Assistant Director of Admissions and BFA Specialist

Area of focus at Lesley: First-year students applying to the College of Art and Design and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

“Lesley offers students the opportunity to explore and I love when students have their ‘aha’ moment and realize their passion.”

Email Erik: egullard@lesley.edu; Call or Text Erik: 617.326.5217

Schedule a time to connect with Erik

Read more to see if Erik is your counselor.

Regions:

  • Central and Western Massachusetts (College of Art and Design)
  • North Shore Massachusetts (College of Art and Design)
  • Maine 
  • New Hampshire
  • Rhode Island (College of Art and Design)
  • Vermont 
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Rocky Cotard, Assistant Director of Admissions, Urban Scholars Initiative Specialist, and BFA Specialist

Area of Focus at Lesley: First-year students applying to the College of Art and Design and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

"I think Lesley is an opportune place for students seeking to engage with the world critically on a social level, artistic level and scholarly level."

Email Rocky: rcotard@lesley.edu; Call or Text Rocky: 617.553.9251

Schedule a time to connect with Rocky.

Read more to see if Rocky is your counselor. 

Regions:

  • Metro Boston
  • Rhode Island (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) 
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Laura Davis, Assistant Director of Admissions

Area of focus at Lesley: First-year students applying to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

“Lesley students are doers, and they don’t take no for an answer. A ‘no’ here is a chance to try something new or explore a different path. The ability to turn a challenge into an opportunity is what makes Lesley students stand out from the crowd, and what gives me great joy in working with them.”

Email Laura: ldavis26@lesley.edu; Call or Text Laura: 617.934.4099

Schedule a time to connect with Laura.

Read more to see if Laura is your counselor.

Regions: 

  • South Shore Massachusetts (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)
  • Central and Western Massachusetts (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) 
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Melissa Essman, Associate Director, Regional Recruitment

Area of focus at Lesley: First-year students applying to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

“What I love about Lesley students is their willingness to always want to do better. Be it pushing themselves to succeed in their area of study, tackling and mastering something new, or acting as a force for good in the world around them, each student I have encountered has seized the opportunity to leave a positive impact on the Lesley community and beyond, each in their own, unique way.”

Email Melissa: messman@lesley.edu; Call or Text Melissa: 617.765.1118

Schedule a time to connect with Melissa.

Read more to see if Melissa is your counselor.

Regions:

  • Connecticut (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)
  • Midwest States (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)
  • New Jersey (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)
  • Southern States (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) 
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Lesley Ells, Assistant Director of Admissions

Areas of Focus at Lesley: First-year students applying to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

"Lesley is an excellent place to understand the world while also learning and exploring new cultures in this local-global nexus!"

Email Lesley: lells@lesley.edu Call or Text Lesley: 617.917.2018

Schedule a time to connect with Lesley.

Read more to see what region Lesley covers.

Region:

  • North Shore (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) 
  • New York (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) 
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Nancy Brown Wentzell, Associate Director of Admissions

Area of focus at Lesley: Transfer students and applicants to adult degree completion programs.

“I enjoy helping students who have attended other colleges determine if Lesley is the best fit for them now.”

Email Nancy: wentzell@lesley.edu; Call or Text Nancy: 617.639.1984

Schedule a time to connect with Nancy.

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Ashley Murray, Assistant Director of Admissions

Areas of Focus at Lesley: Transfer students and applicants to adult degree completion programs.

"As a transfer student and Lesley graduate, I love showing students how Lesley respects their prior learning and can take their education to the next level."

Email Ashley: amurray6@lesley.edu Call or Text Ashley: 617.349.8835

Schedule a time to connect with Ashley.

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Bradi Hajjar, Director of International Recruitment and Student Success

Area of focus at Lesley: International applicants, and students once they arrive in the U.S.

“At Lesley, there’s a supportive and welcoming community that you’ll feel from your first step on campus.”

Email Bradi: bhajjar@lesley.edu

Read more to see if Bradi is your counselor.

Region:

  • International
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