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Reviews 348 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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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.

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, especially Transitions Seminar, which is the most BS class that tries to teach you basic life skills everyone already knows. I felt as though I was being treated like a child in that class. 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.

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.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Cars on campus are not allowed unless you commute. There is extremely limited parking space, so the lots go for visitors and commuters. However, cars on campus aren't necessary since the Harvard Square T is a 5 minute walk from Doble and even closer from Brattle, and the Porter Square T is a minute from UHall. The T is extremely convenient and can get you to all sorts of fun places, and is pretty easy to navigate. The bus is also available and equally convenient. Taxis are around but they tend to be very expensive.

3 College Freshman

Computers: There are several labs on Doble Campus as well as in UHall and the library is on Brattle, so there is good access to the computers, which are all Macs. Two of the labs on Doble are open 24 hours, so they can be very convenient especially towards midterms/finals. You have to pay to print, so many people bring their own printers. A certain amount of credits in in your tuition, but they can run out fast depending on how many papers you have to write. The wireless access can be pretty awful sometimes, there has been situations where it has been down on and off for days which can be stressful. However if you address the issue with IT they (sometimes) can fix it. There are enough computers that you don't need a laptop, but it is nice to have so that you can work on homework in your own room instead of in the labs.

3 College Student

Drug Safety: Not too bad. Marijuana and weed is about it

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5 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Cambridge/Boston is one of the best places you can live. Everything adn everything yuo want to do is right in front of you

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3 College Student

Campus Housing: Besides White Hall( which honestly isnt even that bad), the hosuing is fabulous! It basically feels like you are living in an elegant fancy home which is fabulous!

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3 College Student

Athletics: Sports are very recgonized. But the sports players mainly stick with themselves which is beyond annoying. Mainly the soccer guys and girls. Actually just them..

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5 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Being in Harvard square is the best thing possible. Every type of resturant you could desire! Except Cambridge does not allow fast food chains, so you wont find any of those nearby ): And there is also an app called Foodler that has every resturant around Boston and Cambridge that delivers! So if you had a rough night and feel like some wings at 3am, Foodler is your best friend!

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3 College Student

Transportation: The shuttles can be the wrost things that have ver happened. I used to stand and wait for the shuttle during the winter, and it would come and then BE FULLLLLLLLLLLL. So annoying we pay 60 million for this school and I cant even get a ride to University hall which is 15 minutes away,

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4 College Student

Health & Safety: Nothing major ever happens on campus, its always around Cambridge that yo hear of scary things happening.

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3 College Student

Weather: It New England! Nice fall weather, reallly cold and snowy winter! But its all beautiful

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4 College Freshman

Majors: Lesley specializes and focuses mainly on education and art therapy majors (plus several art majors at the College of Art and Design, formerly known as Art Institute of Boston), but there are many new majors being created here. The school also offers a variety of significant majors covering a ton of ground.

5 College Freshman

Majors: Lesley is absolutely the best school to go to for education. They get you started your first year with actually going to field experiences and take their education courses extremely seriously. It's a really great program, and you truly will not find a better education program than at Lesley.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The campus security is not too strict; this can be good and bad. There are rarely incidents that require campus security involvement, so they are mostly lenient but respond to noise complaints seriously.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There are many great places to live and a few not so great places to live.

3 College Freshman

Weather: This is Boston: there is often bad weather, especially during the winter. It doesn't really affect campus experience because the staff is very keen on keeping the campus well maintained, and the walk to our other campuses is fairly smooth in poor weather conditions.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: MBTA is pretty effective at getting you where you need to go.

4 College Freshman

Computers: The computer labs are equipped with numerous high-quality Macs that allow for both Mac and PC software.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: We are not known for our sports, but many sports teams are greatly improving over the years and are on the rise.


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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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