Welcome to Lesley University
Welcome to Lesley University. We have a long history and strong foundation of excellence that began with our founder, Edith Lesley, in 1909. Our mission is clear, we prepare socially responsible graduates with the knowledge, skills, understanding, and ethical judgment to be catalysts shaping a more just, humane, and sustainable world. We do this by engaging students in transformative education that leads to meaningful careers and lifelong learning.Our award-winning faculty and talented staff are dedicated to making the Lesley experience excellent and ensuring that we are challenging ourselves to do our best and to be the best at what we do. Undergraduate and graduate students across Lesley challenge themselves to learn by exploring, inquiring, experimenting and applying. They bridge theory and practice and work to develop themselves as intellectually curious learners. Whether our graduates serve their communities as educators and school leaders, environmentalists and entrepreneurs, visual artists and writers, counselors and therapists, or in countless other ways, they carry with them the knowledge, discipline, and experience to help strengthen the lives of individuals, families, communities, and organizations.Our bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs are grounded in experiential learning which allows students to test theory in practice. Our small classes foster collaborative relationships between our students and faculty and the experience of our students transcends our campus and permeates our neighborhoods in Cambridge, Boston, and beyond. Nearly 86,000 highly accomplished and devoted alumni extend Lesley’s mission across the globe. You can learn more about Lesley by exploring our website; talking to our faculty and staff about our programs, events, and exhibits; speaking with our students and alumni about their experiences; or visiting our campus to explore all we have to offer. I look forward to welcoming you to Lesley. Sincerely, Jeff A. Weiss
Office of the President
A History Through Presidents
Board of Trustees
Office of Equal Opportunity and Inclusion
29 Everett Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Strategic Plan 2012 - 2016
Our mission, aspirations, and the current context of American higher education inform our long-term vision as well as our priorities for the next four years.
Celebrating one hundred years as a leader in higher education, the Centennial Page honors Lesley's growth as an institution with alumni stories, historic photo galleries, videos from Centennial Commencement and our downloadable Centennial Publication.