Lasell College: Narrative Description

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1844 Commonwealth Ave.
Newton, MA 02466-2709
Tel: (617)243-2000; 888-LASELL-4
Admissions: (617)243-2225
Fax: (617)796-4343
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1851. Setting: 50-acre suburban campus with easy access to Boston. Endowment: $12.1 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $5480 per student. Total enrollment: 1,181. Faculty: 150 (55 full-time, 95 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 2,498 applied, 65% were admitted. 6% from top 10% of their high school class, 32% from top quarter, 62% from top half. Full-time: 1,139 students, 71% women, 29% men. Part-time: 16 students, 81% women, 19% men. Students come from 16 states and territories, 15 other countries, 45% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 6% Hispanic, 6% black, 4% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 5% 25 or older, 80% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Retention: 82% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, part-time degree program, co-op programs and internships. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. Comprehensive fee: $28,500 includes full-time tuition ($18,700), mandatory fees ($1000), and college room and board ($8800). Room and board charges vary according to housing facility. Part-time tuition: $620 per credit hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $250 per term.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 20 open to all. Most popular organizations: Center for Public Service, student government, Umoja-Nia, yearbook, Fashion Board. Major annual events: River Day/Family and Friends Weekend, Torchlight Parade, spring/winter balls. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 910 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Brennan Library with 60,250 books, 50,083 microform titles, 474 serials, 9,844 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2003-04: $251,333. 150 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.

Community Environment:

See Boston University.

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