Lesley University

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Introduction to Lesley University

In 1909, Edith Lesley founded Lesley University as The Lesley School, a women's proprietary school that focused specifically on early childhood education. By 1944, the name changed to Lesley College, and in 1998, the school merged with the Art Institute of Boston.

In 2001, the two schools combined to form Lesley University. With two campuses in Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts, Lesley University is now home to a wide variety of degree programs ranging from arts to social policy. Lesley University also has an adult bachelor's degree program, offering on- and off-campus studies and online classes targeted toward adult learners.

Student Life at Lesley University

The roughly 12,300 students attending Lesley still manage to be a part of small class sizes in which faculty and students discuss and interact. Of that student population, less than 2,000 are undergraduates. The rest are studying for master's and doctorates in the graduate and post-graduate programs.

Students live in one of four residence halls, themed housing or Victorian houses in and around the campus. Lesley athletics competes in the North Atlantic Conference.

FAQs on Lesley University

What is the Accreditation Status of Lesley University?

Lesley University has accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, as well as the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

What Are Some Requirements for Admissions to Lesley University?

Each of the four colleges has its own set of admissions requirements. For Lesley College, prospective students need to submit the application form, official high school transcripts, standardized test scores from the SAT or ACT and recommendations, as well as hold a personal interview with a representative from the admissions department. Applicants to the art institute need to supply a portfolio of work.

Can I Receive Financial Aid From Lesley University?

Students at Lesley can receive financial aid through the school's scholarship programs, which awards merit and talent. All incoming students are encouraged to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to see if they are eligible for government loans, grants and work study.

What Are Some Degree Options at Lesley University?

Lesley is best known for the education program, especially its master's (M.Ed) and doctoral programs in education. There are four schools associated with Lesley: Lesley College, the Art Institute of Boston, the School of Education and the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences.

Undergraduates can choose from degree options such as art therapy, child and family studies, global studies, counseling, holistic psychology, environmental science and, of course, education. At the Art Institute of Boston, degree offerings include a fine arts bachelor's in illustration, animation, design, art history or photography. Lesley also offers an adult bachelor's degree program with campus and online classes aimed toward adult learners who want to further their education.