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5 College Senior

Academics: Very high standards to prepare students to enter the professional field. There is a very strong focus on self-care and reflection, equally supplying and teaching the necessary tools to succeed.

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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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!

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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

Student-Faculty Ratio
12:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
149
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
41
Total FT Faculty
149
Faculty with Terminal Degree
83%
Average Faculty Salary
$69,932
Full-Time Retention Rate
79%
Part-Time Retention Rate
67%
Transfer-Out Rate
29%
Graduation Rate
46%
Programs/Majors Offered
55
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
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: 8%
  • Mental Health Counseling: 4%
  • Special Education and Teaching: 5%
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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 29 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 27 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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