Lesley University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Tuition, Graduation Rate & More

Lesley University Porter Square Campus
Lesley University Porter Square Campus. justephens / Flickr

Lesley University Admissions Overview:

Around two-thirds of applicants are accepted to Lesley University each year, making it a fairly open school. Students can apply with the Common Application (more on that below) and will also need to submit scores from the SAT or ACT. Additional requirements include high school transcripts and a letter of recommendation. Interviews are not required, but are highly recommended.

Admissions Data (2016):

  • Lesley University Acceptance Rate: 64%
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile

Lesley University Description:

Founded in 1909, Lesley University is a private university with several campuses in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts. The main campus is adjacent to Harvard University. The university has more of a graduate than undergraduate focus, and master's programs in various education, mental health and art fields are quite popular (Lesley is the parent institution of the Art Institute of Boston located in Kenmore Square). Undergraduates can benefit from Lesley's interdisciplinary approach to learning that merges the liberal arts and sciences with hands-on professional training. Academics are supported by a healthy 10 to 1 student/ faculty ratio. On the athletic front, the Lesley Lynx compete in the NCAA Division III New England Collegiate Conference. The university fields six men's and six women's Division III sports. Popular choices include basketball, softball, soccer, track and field, baseball, and volleyball.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 4,865 (1,968 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 23% Male / 77% Female
  • 78% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $25,875
  • Books: $1,500 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $15,300
  • Other Expenses: $2,590
  • Total Cost: $45,265

Lesley University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 96%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 95%
    • Loans: 69%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $11,609
    • Loans: $10,842

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Art, Art Therapy, Business Management, Psychology, Self-Designed Major, Photograpy, English Language/Literature

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 80%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 30%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 43%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 55%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Tennis, Volleyball, Basketball, Baseball, Soccer, Cross Country, Track and Field
  • Women's Sports: Soccer, Volleyball, Tennis, Track and Field, Cross Country, Basketball, Softball

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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Lesley and the Common Application

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