Lesley University: Narrative Description

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29 Everett St.
Cambridge, MA 02138-2790
Tel: (617)868-9600
Free: 800-999-1959
Admissions: (617)349-8800
Fax: (617)349-8150
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.lesley.edu/


Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1909. Setting: 5-acre urban campus with easy access to Boston. Endowment: $43.9 million. Research spending 2003-04: $887,653. Educational spending 2003-04: $10,882 per student. Total enrollment: 6,526. 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: 83 students, 78% women, 22% 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: 72% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; psychology; liberal arts/general studies. 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 Harvard University Extension Program, National Audubon Society Expedition Institute. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Required for some: portfolio. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 3/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. Comprehensive fee: $32,700 includes full-time tuition ($22,500), mandatory fees ($250), and college room and board ($9950). College room only: $6100. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to program. Room and board charges vary according to housing facility. Part-time tuition: $665 per credit.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 20 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Senate, Women for Social Justice, Hillel, Swim Club, Third Wave. Major annual events: Family and Friends Weekend, Quad Fest, World Fest. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, self-defense education, lighted pathways. 500 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Eleanor DeWolfe Ludcke Library plus 2 others with 118,729 books, 826,172 microform titles, 1,150 serials, 49,943 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 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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