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Lesley University is a private university with campuses in Boston and Cambridge, in the state of Massachusetts. It was originally founded by Edith Lesley in 1909 as The Lesley School, and after various name changes it became Lesley University in 2001.

Lesley University offers more than 20 undergraduate majors and over 90 Adult Bachelors, Masters, Certificates of Advanced Graduate Study. The university also offers M. Ed. and Ed. S. programs at more than 150 sites in over 20 U. S. states. The various schools and colleges that fall under it are:

  • Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Lesley College
  • School of Education
  • The Art Institute of Boston
The official mascot of Lesley University is the Lynx. It is a member of the North Atlantic Conference.

Profile of Lesley University

Lesley is found in Cambridge, MA. Cambridge is a medium-sized city. The school is a private, not-for-profit institution. Students can earn degrees up to and including the Doctoral degree at Lesley.

Course Topics

The school is known for its programs in education and teaching.

Lesley Selectivity

Admission to Lesley is not automatic; not everyone who applies gets in. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 450. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 460 and 560.


Lesley has a tenure system for senior faculty.

Student Enrolment

Students numbered 7, 003 in 2007 at the school. Many of the students at Lesley are in their forties, or even older. A very high share of students at the school are female.

Student Life

Lesley offers students meal plans. The school values student athletics, and belongs to the North Atlantic Conference.

Lesley Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Education and Teaching2, 293education courses, computer teaching, curriculum and instruction, elementary school teaching, special ed, early childhood education, middle school teaching, English teaching, . . .
Liberal Arts295liberal arts and humanities, interdisciplinary studies, social services, English
Therapy and Counselling274mental and social health services, Counselling psychology, child psychology, community psychology
Photography and Commercial Art62commercial art, photography
Fine Arts53fine arts
Business and Management34business administration, non-profit management
Conservation and Resource Management26environmental studies, environmental science
Media6animation and special effects, communications tech courses
Family and Social Work5community organization
Art Studies5art studies
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy0rehabilitation

Contact: Lesley

Lesley University

29 Everett St

Cambridge, MA 02138-2790

General Phone: (617) 868-9600


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