How to Apply

Apply for your BFA as a first-year freshman.

Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines

Complete your online application form and send us your materials by these deadlines.

You’ll find out if you’ve been accepted 2–3 weeks after you send us your completed application and materials.

  • Early Action Deadline

    December 1 (Fall/September start)

    If you want to find out early if you’ve been accepted, apply by December 1 and we’ll let you know if you’re in by January 1.

  • Regular Admission

    Preferred Deadlines:

    • February 15 (Fall/September start)

    • December 1 (Spring/January start)

Prerequisites

Prerequisites

High School Curriculum and GPA Requirements

We’re looking for students with a strong academic background. Students who’ve been accepted here have a 3.1 average grade point average (GPA), and have taken this required high school coursework:

  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years of math, including Algebra II
  • 3 years of science, including 2 or more lab courses
  • 3 years of history/social sciences, including U.S. History

We strongly recommend you take a fourth year of math, science, and social science, and at least 2 years of a foreign language.

Application Form

Application Form

Fall 2017 Applicants

The online application has closed. To apply, use these paper Common Application forms and mail them to Lesley's undergraduate Admissions Office.

Spring 2018 & Fall 2018 Applicants

Create a profile, write your college essay, and list your education and activities in the Common Application. Use the Common Application to send us your letters of recommendation and transcripts.

Apply online now using the Common Application.

 

Submit Documents

Submit Documents

You'll need to submit the following supporting materials.

You can send the documents separately, but we won't be able to make an admissions decision until we've received everything.

Official Transcripts

Have your guidance counselor or principal send us your official high-school transcript. We’ll need original documents. If your transcript is not in English, provide a notarized translation of it.

If you did not complete high school, but took the GED instead, submit an official copy of your test results to show you passed.

If you earned any college credits during high school, send us official transcripts for that coursework as well.

Your official, final transcript needs to arrive at our Undergraduate Admissions Office unopened and have:

  • Your date of graduation
  • School official’s signature
  • Seal affixed to the envelope

We also accept electronic transcripts through secure sites such as:

Common Application Final Report

Have your high-school guidance counselor fill out and send us the Common Application Final Report (PDF) when your final grades are available. The guidance counselor will attach your final transcript to the form and mail it to our Undergraduate Admissions Office.

Letter of Recommendation

You’ll need 1 letter of recommendation from a teacher to support your application.

Standardized Test Scores

The SAT or ACT is required for U.S. students applying to a program in our College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. These tests are optional for all international students and for students applying to a program in our College of Art & Design.

Learn how to submit your SAT or ACT scores, Advanced Placement (AP) test scores, or International Baccalaureate.

SAT or ACT Scores

Have your official SAT and ACT score reports sent to our undergraduate admissions office. The College Board can submit your SAT scores electronically, using code 3483. ACT can submit an official paper report, using code 1850.

Advanced Placement (AP) Test Scores

If you’ve taken any Advanced Placement (AP) tests, have your score reports sent to our Undergraduate Admissions Office.

You’ll get college-level credit if you got a score of 4 or higher in the College Entrance Examination Board’s (CEEB) AP program examination, for most subject tests. You’ll get credit for AP Studio Art or AP Drawing with a score of 3 or higher.

International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate curriculum is a challenging program of study. We’ll consider your participation in this program when reviewing your application for admission.

Have your official IB results sent to our Undergraduate Admissions Office.

You may receive 18 college-level credits, which is equivalent to one semester of coursework, if you’ve completed the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.

If you’re not pursuing the full Diploma, but you’re taking IB courses, you may receive 3 college-level credits for each Higher Level IB examination with a score of 4 or better. If you get a score of 5 or higher, you may receive 6 college-level credits.

Portfolio Requirements

Portfolio Requirements

Submit a digital portfolio of your strongest and most recent artwork.

All students applying to a BFA program, or undergraduate certificate program in art and design, are required to submit a digital portfolio as part of their application.

  • Submit your portfolio.

    What to include:

    • 12–20 images in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, collage, photography, or other media (traditional or digital).
    • Or, 12 minutes of video clips for a digital filmmaking portfolio.
    • Review our portfolio tips to see what we're looking for.

    BFA Program Applicants

    Create your Common Application account before you upload your portfolio to Slideroom.

    Advance Professional Certificate Applicants

    You won’t use the Common Application, so you can upload your work to Slideroom at any time.

    Upload Your Portfolio

    1. Create a Slideroom account.
       
    2. Select the type of applicant you are:
      1. Common Application First-Year (for freshman)
      2. Common Application Transfer (for transfer students)
      3. Advanced Professional Certificate (2-year program)
         
    3. Upload your work.

      Slideroom requires you upload a minimum of 12 submissions. For example, if you submit 2 films to be considered for our Digital Film BFA program, you’ll need to submit 10 other forms of work (such as still frames) to complete your portfolio.

     

Application Status

Application Status

Activate your online account and review your status.

We’re so happy you’ve chosen to apply to Lesley University.

Soon, we'll assign you a Lesley University Online System (LOIS) account. When that happens, you'll be able to review the receipt of your admission application materials and financial aid documents.

  • Activate Account

    Visit the Electronic Account Self-Service Portal.

    You have to complete these 2 steps before you can log into your account.

    1. Click “Change my Password” to change your default password.
    2. Click “Create/Edit Profile” to create a user profile.

    Account Issues

    If you have password problems, visit the Self-Service Portal and choose "Reset my Password.”

    If you have any difficulty using your LOIS account, contact Information Technology at 617.349.8770 or it@lesley.edu.

  • Review Status

    To access your account, click on the "Log In" tab and enter your username and password.

    To view the receipt of your application and financial aid documents and materials:

    1. Log into LOIS.
    2. Click on the Log In tab.
    3. Enter your username and password.
    4. Select the "Students" link.
    5. Select "My Documents" under "Communication.”
    6. View the status of your application materials. "Received" or "waived" means that an individual requirement was completed.

Contact Admissions

Contact Admissions