We empower students to become dynamic, thoughtful leaders in education, mental health counseling, and the arts. Located in the heart of Cambridge, Massachusetts, home to the world’s best-known universities, Lesley University combines an intensely creative environment with the practical experience students need to succeed in their careers. Each year, about 2,500 undergraduate and close to 5,000 graduate students pursue degrees on campus, off site, online, and through our low-residency programs. Along with our 86,500 alumni, they’re discovering the power of creativity to overcome obstacles, foster connections, and reveal fresh answers to the world’s problems.
Total Unduplicated Headcount: 7,536
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For the 2015–2016 academic year, our Graduate School of Education had the largest number of students at 3,185 enrolled in more than 65 master's degree, certificate, or PhD programs. Our undergraduate College of Liberal Arts and Sciences had 1,615 students, and this includes adults who've returned to school to complete their bachelor's degree. The Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences, home to our master's degree, certificate, and PhD programs in Counseling, Creative Writing, Expressive Therapies, Mindfulness, and International Higher Education and Intercultural Relations, had 1,620 students enrolled. The College of Art and Design, home to our BFA or BA programs in the arts, and two MFA programs (Visual Arts and Photography), had 1,040 students. Our Threshold Program, which is a two-year program for students with diverse learning needs that focuses on independent living skills, had 76 students.
Race and ethnicity percentages are not completely reliable because we do not have race-ethnicity information for 21% of our students
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These figures are for the 2015 graduates of our master's degree and PhD programs, 6 months after graduation.
These figures show employment rates of our students who earned their bachelor's degree in 2015, 10 months after graduation.
Number of employees: 548
As of February 2016, of the 548 employees at Lesley University, nearly 81% are white and about 19% are persons of color.
We have nearly 900 dorm beds and nearly 60% of traditional age students live on campus.
Lesley students may also participate in more than 50 clubs.
During the 2015–2016 academic year, 305 Lesley students completed 8,396 hours of service to non-profit community organizations such as the Greater Boston Food Bank, American Cancer Society, Big Brother Big Sister, among dozens of other organizations.
Lesley University has about 86,500 alumni living in all 50 states and in 84 different countries around the world.
Lesley University is a Massachusetts nonprofit corporation organized and operated under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 180. The university is exempt from federal income tax as an organization described under 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
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