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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I love my major! Expressive Arts Therapy is wonderful because alot of students are in the same boat as you!

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: You have alot of work to do and the classes are difficult and your classes will really challenge you!

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Average. There are some good classes and professors, but it's not worth the tuition.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: At Lesley it was not good to be biology, which is why I'm transferring.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: What is offered is fantastic. Don't go here for anything other than Education, psychology, art therapy, or history.

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  • 285th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 408th
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 626th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 640th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 704th
    Smartest Professors

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Roxanne Griffith
Amesbury, MA
Secondary Eduction, Literature, Creative Writing
Grad Year
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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.

Facts & Statistics

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Programs/Majors Offered
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Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 71%
  • 20 to 49 students: 29%
  • 50 or more students: 0%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): Yes
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Computer Teacher Education: 6%
  • Education, Other: 10%
  • Mental Health Counseling: 3%
  • Special Education and Teaching: 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Professional practicum and internships
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Student-designed major
  • Studio courses
Online Courses
Lesley's online classes are designed to give students the same collaborative spirit that regular classes do. There are courses offered in the fields of education, psychology, science, and many other areas.
Best Places to Study
  • Information Commons
  • Mollye Lichter Lab
  • Sherrill Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Be open to new ways of thinking.
  • Join a club or organization.
  • Take advantage of every opportunity.
  • Try new things.
Did You Know?
Lesley University is composed of Lesley College, the Art Institute of Boston, the Threshold Program, and the Graduate School.

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 29 responses

Very poor
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 27 responses

Very poor
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants


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