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Reviews 366 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Being right between Harvard Square and Porter Square, there are great dining options off campus. If you live on Brattle Campus, a five minute walk from Harvard Square, there are TONS of options. Doble Campus also has a lot of options, but you may have to walk just a little bit farther, but it's all still close.

4 College Junior

Facilities: If you're living on campus, I'd highly recommend Brattle Campus. While they're a 10 or 20 minute walk from most classes (or a short shuttle or bike ride), the buildings are absolutely beautiful and the rooms are big. Brattle also has a nicer dining hall with better food, though there are a few less options. Doble Campus is not so nice in my opinion, but if you're looking for a more traditional dorm setting that's where you'll want to live.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Lesley University takes mental health very seriously. They offer 10 counseling sessions with graduate students/interns per semester. While the first time I visited the Counseling Center, my personal counselor was not a good fit, I had a great experience with my second try and ended up seeing her for all ten sessions that semester. While I wish I could have continued seeing her, I was only given those ten sessions. She did, however, give me references for people in the area that I could contact and offered to work with me to find someone else if none of them worked out. She was great and offered me a lot of support.

As for physical health, I have only had to visit Health Services a few times. They offer free condoms, HIV/STD testing, pregnancy tests, and Plan B. While I have not utilized all of those services, I know that many people have. One drawback is the requirement to make an appointment. Especially if you have a tight schedule, it can be difficult to make appointments work. You cannot, for example, walk in and ask for an Advil if you have a headache. I also have a friend who needed to acquire Plan B after a long weekend. She could not afford to get it on her own and the office is not open on weekends. She called first thing to schedule an appointment, but had a whole lot of trouble getting an appointment with them. Because there is a time limit for it to be effective after unprotected sex, she NEEDED to get it ASAP. She ended up getting them to squeeze her in, but she had to skip a class to do it. My experiences have all been pretty good. The nurse practitioners are all competent and kind, but sometimes visiting another clinic ends up being a whole lot easier if you have a tight schedule.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: There aren't many parties on campus because not many people live on campus and there is no Greek life. A lot of students, however, host parties off campus on the weekends. They're kind of hit or miss. Some nights there are 5 good parties you want to go to and some nights there are none. They aren't generally ragers. Because most students live in Cambridge, Somerville, or Allston with a lot of neighbors they can't get too big. They parties are generally fun though. There's a lot of public transportation access so you can get pretty much anywhere you want to go in the area fairly easily. Getting home can be expensive if you stay out too late and have to take a cab, but as long as you're not too far you can walk home from a lot of places, especially in Somerville or Allston. If you're into clubs, I'm told that there are quite a few options because Lesley's so close to Boston, but I've never been too interested in them.

4 College Junior

Transportation: We're near all the T stops for the bus and the subway

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5 College Junior

Academics: This is one of the best programs I could have found for what I want to do.

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5 College Junior

Academics: If you are interested in Liberal Arts or Fine Arts this is the school for you

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There's a lot to choose from

3 College Junior

Computers: It's not the best but it most definitely isn't the worst

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I received the money that I needed but the school is expensive and I still need more

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: There's so much that's available to on-campus students, but it is expensive

5 College Junior

Nightlife: There is always something to do on campus and off-campus it's Boston so there's always something to do

3 College Junior

Weather: It's New England weather. I happen to love it, but if you don't like NE weather you probably won't.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It's city living. Cambridge is expensive but the surrounding cities are better for living off-campus

2 College Junior

Parking: Parking costs so much for students. I think there should be a student discount then a regular price for the public

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College Junior

Greek Life: We don't have Greek life on campus

4 College Junior

Diversity: This school is very accepting and open of diversity

4 College Junior

Athletics: This school because of its location struggles with providing fields on campus for all of its sports but they make up for it by being able to use nice facilities of nearby schools.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Great place to be if you identify as LGBTQ and/or trans*. Diversity is widely accepted here, which is awesome. It's a pretty liberal school so a super conservative person would probably feel out of place. Also, feminism is HUGE here.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: On campus, the party scene is pitiful. No parties take place on campus, unless you count hanging in someone's dorm drinking wine out of a box and smoking weed while a pillow guards the door as a party. People go to surrounding colleges to party; Harvard is popular with the girls here for parties but guys usually aren't allowed it. Students with off-campus housing host parties occasionally but they get crowded and are generally BYO, and aren't that fun. There are lots of bars/clubs for 21+, but it's hard to find 18+ clubs. There are good all ages/18+ music venues in the area. The T runs till 1, but there are (expensive) cabs if you are going out later.

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2 College Freshman

Athletics: It's a D-III school, and there are several sports teams. However, no one really cares about sports unless you are on the team. I've never been to a game or known where they are, or seen any school spirit, which is something I personally enjoy. If you're looking for a school with a huge football stadium and tailgating, don't go here.

3 College Freshman

Majors: I started off as an art therapy major but have switched to illustration. I know a lot of people who love the program here, but personally, I didn't enjoy it much so far, and it made me realize that I didn't want to be an art therapist anymore. Some of the classes are way too earthy-crunchy and are way too metaphorical for me personally. The gen eds you are forced to take can be kind of bad. I do not feel that the courses offered for the most part are challenging enough, and my high school classes were harder than the ones I've taken here. However, there are pretty great internship opportunities here, but you have to have the motivation to pursue them, they aren't just assigned.

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3 College Freshman

Majors: It was really easy to get into my major (Art Therapy). Lesley accepts pretty much anyone if you had an average GPA/SAT scores in high school; I know a lot people here who I have no idea how they got into college based on how they perform in classes and they easily got in here. There is no portfolio necessary to be in art therapy, which is pretty different from other schools.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Boston/Cambridge is a fantastic area. Lesley is small, so there isn't much on-campus activity, especially on the weekends, but if you're willing to leave campus, you'll find fun stuff to do. The T is so convenient, and it stops at plenty of places near museums, restaurants, clubs, bars, shows, shopping, sports venues, etc. Boston has some of the biggest sports teams to see, if you are into that. There is lots of cool dining options that are super diverse, even for people who have restricted diets. It's difficult to save money because of how many cool and trendy places there are to shop at here. The atmosphere is probably the best part of living in the area.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: The classrooms are all pretty nice, all well-maintained and clean. Most classes take place on Doble or Uhall, which are a 5-10 minute walk apart. The dorms are very diverse, unlike other schools, there are houses on campus to live on that are all remodeled Victorian houses, and are a lot cozier than traditional dorms, and generally have bigger rooms. There are also suites which are like apartment-style living. Some of the dorms have specific themes, such as gender specific, quiet living, etc. The worst dorm to live in is White Hall; it is mainly all freshman and gets very loud, especially on weekends. There are many noise complaints and many people who smoke/drink in the dorms, so if you aren't into that, don't live in White if you can. It's good for people who are super social and like to be loud.


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Roxanne Griffith
Amesbury, MA
Secondary Eduction, Literature, Creative Writing
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Lesley provides a college experience that you won't be able to get anywhere else. While it is true that every school has its faults, Lesley included, overall most students would agree that—between the strong friendships, the small school size, and the knowledge gained for the future—the positives most definitely outweigh the negatives. While it isn’t the school for everyone, it is a great place for those looking to learn in an accepting, close-knit community. If you are searching for a large, boisterous, party school, however, Lesley probably isn’t going to be a good fit. But if you have an open mind and are truly committed to making a difference in the world, Lesley is well-equipped to give you the tools to do just that.

Upon graduation, students are well-prepared to enter the workforce, having the tools to prepare for other areas of post-graduation life, which is one reason Lesley is so unique. Part of this is due to the fact that Lesley is located in such a large, diverse city and has an open campus; students are really given the opportunity to become more independent and self-sufficient, which isn’t always the case at other colleges. The other part is due to the diversity of ideas and beliefs that Lesley and the Cambridge area offer, encouraging students to view the world more open-mindedly. While the University has its strengths and weaknesses, just as with any school, you won't be able to receive a more fulfilling instructional and social education than at Lesley.

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