Diversity

Location
Cambridge, MA
Undergrads
1,543
Tuition
$31,575
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Junior

Diversity: This school is very accepting and open of diversity

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 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: We have a big gender difference! We have alot of Gay community at our school!

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Huge diverse crowd at Lesley. They are proud of that!

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: As a whole, Lesley University affords a fair amount of diversity. It is a small school, so the differences of beliefs and backgrounds are not as dramatic as could be found on a larger campus. However, this being said, the student body strives to be tolerant of all types of people, and is in fact rather varied in diversity. It could do with a little less political bias. The general attitude is mainly liberal, and challenges to political beliefs are not usually presented, thus failing to give students a real-world look at different points of view that could help hone their own.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 39th
    Most Open-Minded Schools
  • 63rd
    Most Liberal Schools
  • 1332nd
    Most Conservative Schools

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Roxanne Griffith
Hometown
Amesbury, MA
Major
Secondary Eduction, Literature, Creative Writing
Grad Year
2014
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While there is not an overwhelming amount of racial diversity at Lesley, with more than half of students being white, there is still a decent number of ethnicities represented by the student population. There are a few student-run organizations on campus representing minority students, including ALANA (African/Caribbean/Multiracial, Latino, Asian, Native American) and the Multicultural Club. In addition, Lesley has the Diversity Council that strives to support diversity-related efforts and hosts various diversity events both on and off campus. Various religions are also represented, with Lesley's Christian Fellowship and Hillel, Lesley’s Jewish organization, supporting students through meetings and events. Many students also follow the Buddhist and Hindu religions, and there are many places in the Cambridge area for students to practice these beliefs.

The most notable variety of diversity that Lesley has, however, is diversity of sexual beliefs and backgrounds. Lesley is probably one of the most open and accepting schools in this regard, and people of all beliefs and orientations are accepted. The two main LGBTQ groups on campus are Love And Equality for All People (LEAP) and Queer Lesley Education and Resources (QLEAR). Both organizations do a lot to support sexual diversity and host many popular events on campus, such as the annual LEAP Drag Show. No matter what type of minority, however, the students of Lesley are very accepting of all backgrounds and differences.

Facts & Statistics

African American
4%
Asian
3%
Hispanic
5%
International
3%
Native American
1%
White
60%
Unknown
21%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
54%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • New Hampshire
  • New York
  • Vermont
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 21%
20-21: 24%
22-24: 19%
25+: 35%
Female Faculty
65%
Male Faculty
35%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 7%
Asian American: 4%
Hispanic: 6%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 83%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Lesley is probably one of the most accepting schools there is when it comes to the LGBTQ community; people of all beliefs and orientations are accepted and welcomed. There are two main organizations on campus, Love And Equality for all People (LEAP) and Queer Lesley Education and Resources (QLEAR), that are very active on campus and host popular events.
Political Activity
Most of Lesley's students, though not all, tend to be liberal, which matches the very open-minded city Lesley is located in. While there are no political clubs on campus, political events and demonstrations happen all around the city, and some students choose to participate and support their beliefs.
Economic Status
Many students who attend Lesley benefit from both need-based and merit-based scholarships. There is no obvious distinction between students of different economic backgrounds.
Most Common Religions
While a decent number of Lesley students are agnostic, the Christian, Jewish, and Buddhist faiths are also well-represented. Lesley's Christian Fellowship sponsors Bible study and social events, and Hillel, Lesley's Jewish organization, hosts cultural, educational, and social events around campus.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are many minority clubs and organizations on campus, including ALANA (African/Caribbean/Multiracial, Latino, Asian, Native American), the Multicultural Club (hosts events to highlight various cultures), and Paso Caliente (encourages diversity and culture within the Lesley community through salsa). All of the organizations are visible in the Lesley community, hosting various events open to people of all nationalities and races to help promote acceptance.
Did You Know?
One program run through Lesley is the Threshold Program. It is a campus-based, two-year program designed to give young adults with special needs the opportunity to experience college life in a supportive atmosphere.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 27 responses

  • 4% Libertarian
  • 11% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 4% Conservative
  • 7% Moderate
  • 59% Liberal
  • 15% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 27 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 7% Moderate
  • 11% Not sure
  • 48% Liberal
  • 33% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 27 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 27 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 28 responses

  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 0% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 14% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 86% Very accepting.

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