The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University: Narrative Description

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700 Beacon St.
Boston, MA 02215-2598
Tel: (617)585-6600
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Independent, comprehensive, coed. Part of Education Management Corporation. Administratively affiliated with Lesley University. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1912. Setting: 1-acre urban campus. Endowment: $43.9 million. Research spending 2003-04: $887,653. System-wide educational spending 2003-04: $10,882 per student. Total enrollment: 6,521. Faculty: 185 (54 full-time, 131 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 10:1. 885 applied, 78% were admitted. 20% from top 10% of their high school class, 43% from top quarter, 83% from top half. 4 class presidents, 1 valedictorian, 37 student government officers. Full-time: 964 students, 80% women, 20% men. Part-time: 78 students, 77% women, 23% men. Students come from 34 states and territories, 24 other countries, 41% from out-of-state, 0.5% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 7% black, 5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 5% international, 8% 25 or older, 66% live on campus, 11% transferred in. Retention: 67% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic area with the most degrees conferred: visual/performing arts. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design, NY studio program, Parsons School of Design. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 3 recommendations, interview, portfolio, SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. Comprehensive fee: $29,550 includes full-time tuition ($19,600) and college room and board ($9950). College room only: $6100. Full-time tuition varies according to program. Room and board charges vary according to housing facility. Part-time tuition: $824 per credit.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group. Social organizations: 6 open to all. Most popular organizations: Peer Advisors, Ski Club, International Student Association, Student Gallery Committee, Literary Journal. Major annual events: Edible Art, student and faculty Coffee Hours, Student Lunches. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, lighted walkways. 500 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Options: coed, women-only housing available. The Art Institute of Boston Library plus 2 others with 100,000 books, 826,172 microform titles, 1,160 serials, 49,943 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.9 million. 175 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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