Lesley University is made up of two undergraduate colleges: Lesley College and the Art Institute of Boston. Academically, Lesley College is most well-known for its education and human services majors. Originally known exclusively as a “teacher’s college,” Lesley College has world-renowned undergraduate and graduate programs in education. Lesley College also offers unique majors in the field of human services, including holistic psychology and expressive arts therapy, which cannot be found at most universities. Also, Lesley College prides itself in offering extensive internships for all majors, with many students beginning internships in their field of study during their freshman year. Currently, Lesley College is in the process of building up some of its weaker majors, including the business and science programs. The Art Institute of Boston, which became part of Lesley University in 1998, offers degrees in many fields, and is especially praised for its photography and animation majors. Like Lesley College, the Art Institute of Boston also prides itself in helping students find great internships in their field of choice.
In general, the professors at Lesley College and the Art Institute of Boston are high quality, and have been working in their fields for many years. However, some professors, particularly adjunct professors, while very knowledgeable about a particular subject, are not really trained as educators. While this happens at almost every university and isn’t just unique to Lesley, it can strain student-professor communication. Overall, though, most students find themselves developing great relationships with professors, who often become mentors. The workload varies depending on a student’s major and how many classes he or she chooses to take—though most students find the workload manageable.