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Get the facts about Lesley University. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Lesley University Ranked?

2021 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Lesley University was awarded 17 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is psychology.

Overall Quality

Lesley landed the #568 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Lesley held the #764 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Lesley is also ranked #41 out of 68 schools in Massachusetts.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Lesley?

Acceptance Rate

When it comes to admittance, Lesley University is somewhat selective. Its acceptance rate is 73%, which means you'll face some strong competition during the admissions process. Do what you can to make your application stand out.

Average Test Scores

About 78% of students accepted to Lesley submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 530 and 630. Math scores were between 490 and 580.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Lesley University  ( 530 to 630 )

SAT Math Scores for Lesley University  ( 490 to 580 )
Lesley received ACT scores from 16% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 20 and 27.

ACT Composite Scores for Lesley University  ( 20 to 27 )

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Lesley University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to measure the number of teaching resources that a college or university offers its students. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1, but at Lesley it is much better at 10 to 1. That's good news for students who want to interact more on a personal level with their teachers.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Lesley University is 23%. This is lower than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  23 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Lesley University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 80% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Lesley University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  80 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Lesley for first-time, full-time students is 41%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  41 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Lesley University.

Average Overall Diversity at Lesley

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,096 undergraduates at Lesley with 1,645 being full-time and 451 being part-time.

Lesley Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and minorities. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

Lesley scored 42.22 out of 100 for overall diversity. This is about average when compared to other colleges and universities in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  42.22 out of 100
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How Much Does Lesley University Cost?

The overall average net price of Lesley is $32,289. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Lesley

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$26,078 $28,284 $32,066 $34,740 $35,068

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Lesley, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Lesley, approximately 85% of students took out student loans averaging $10,234 a year. That adds up to $40,936 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Lesley is 3.0%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Lesley Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Lesley with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $38,700 in their early years. This is in the same neighborhood of the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. However, certain majors may produce higher-paying graduates.


See which majors at Lesley University make the most money.

Location of Lesley University

Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Lesley University is a private not-for-profit institution. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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Location of Lesley University

Contact details for Lesley are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 29 Everett St, Cambridge, MA 02138-2790
Phone: 617-868-9600

Lesley University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 37 majors graduated from Lesley University. Of these students, 489 received undergraduate degrees and 873 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Liberal Arts General Studies 71 $28,500
Design & Applied Arts 68 $25,300
General Psychology 51 $29,500
Business Administration & Management 43 $42,800
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 38 $30,200
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 34 $21,300
General Visual & Performing Arts 19 NA
Fine & Studio Arts 19 NA
General English Literature 18 NA
Teacher Education Grade Specific 15 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Lesley University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Lesley

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 971 students took at least one online class at Lesley University. This is a decrease from the 972 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 971 510
2016-2017 972 530
2015-2016 958 490
2014-2015 843 409
2013-2014 722 325

Learn more about online learning at Lesley University.

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