Lasell College

1844 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton, MA 2466

School Details

Lasell College is a four-year private school located in Newton, Massachusetts. Lasell College was founded in 1851 as the Auburndale Female Seminary, a nationally respected women’s academy, by Edward Lasell. Lasell died the first semester that the school was running.  The name changed to Lasell Seminary for Young Women and was known as an innovative institution that had a radical approach (for the time) to women’s education. In 1932, the school’s name changed again to Lasell Junior College and became Lasell College in 1989.

Lasell College offers bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees. LC has traditional classes as well as online courses.

Lasell College’s campus covers about 50 acres in the village of Auburndale, which is close by the Neighborhood Historic District and is only minutes away from Boston. Over 40 buildings are on the campus, including 26 student dormitories. The campus is located about half a mile from the Auburndale Commuter Rail station on the Framingham/Worcester Line, and about 1 mile away from the Riverside MBTA Station on the Green Line's D train, which takes commuters into the downtown Boston area. A shuttle runs regularly between the campus and Riverside Station.  Logan International Airport is located about 13 miles from campus while Providence and Worcester airports are located about 45 miles from campus. About 80% of students live on-campus.

The area of Newton and Boston provide a variety of activities for students to do. There are great restaurants, cultural activities, four major professional sports teams (the Boston Red Sox, The Boston Bruins, The Boston Celtics, and The New England Patriots), lots of other colleges, beaches, the Charles River (for kayaking and rowing), and museums.

Lasell provides on-campus housing in traditional dormitories, Victorian-inspired houses, and suite-style residence halls. Housing varies from single occupancy to six-person suites. Most resident students live in double occupancy rooms. Both co-ed and single-sex housing is available. Every student living on campus has network access from the privacy of their own room. The majority of Lasell's campus is also Wi-Fi accessible.

Lasell College has 1,741 students (1,537 undergraduates) and 214 faculty members, giving the university a 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio. All classes at Lasell have less than 30 students. Of all faculty members, 75 teach full-time and 139 teach part-time. About 98% of undergraduate students study full-time and 2% study part-time. Most graduate students (74%) study part-time and 26% study full-time. 

The student body contains 64% female students and 36% male students. About 76% of all students are white with the remaining students being black, Asian, and Hispanic. About 98% of students are ages 24 and under with 2% of students being ages 25 and above. About 59% of students are from Massachusetts, 40% are from out-of-state, and 1% are from a foreign country. Lasell's students come from 31 states and 38 different foreign countries. 

The retention rate for first-time, full-time students is 64% and the overall graduation rate is 47%. The overall graduation rate by gender is 43% for males and 48% for females.

Intercollegiate varsity sports include: Baseball (men), Basketball (men, women), Cross Country (men, women), Field Hockey (women), Lacrosse (men, women), Soccer (men, women), Softball (women), Indoor Track and Field (men, women), Outdoor Track and Field (men, women), and Volleyball (men, women). Lasell College is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Lasell “Lasers” compete in the Eastern College Athletic Conference, the North Atlantic Conference, and the Great Northeast Athletic Conferences.  Lasell’s mascot is Boomer the Torchbearer, which was named for the industrialists who sponsored Lasell’s founding.

Students have access to services such as: teacher certification, remedial tutoring, academic counseling, career counseling, employment services for students, and placement services for completers.   

Tuition costs $29,000 per year for in-state students and books and other supplies are estimated to cost  $1,000 per year. The average graduate student tuition costs $13,800 with $280 in fees. On-campus living is estimated to cost $12,300-$14,550 per year with $2,500 in additional living expenses. Off-campus living is estimated to cost $8,000 per year with $3,500 in additional living expenses. Tuition payment plans are offered. 

Financial aid is offered in the form of state grants, federal grants, scholarships, and loans. To qualify to receive financial aid, you must complete a FAFSA form and be evaluated to be in financial need. Approximately 84% of those attending Lasell College receive financial aid.

Lasell College receives over 2,800 applications per year and accepts about 74% of those students. Statistically, 71% of men and 76% of women who apply will be accepted. It costs $40 to apply to Lasell College using a paper application but is free for students who apply online. First year applicants are required to submit an official high school transcript, SAT/ACT scores, two recommendations (one must be academic), and a personal essay on a topic of choice (250 word minimum).

Transfer applicants who have earned fewer than 30 college credits from an accredited institution should submit an application for admission with their final secondary school transcript, official college/university transcript(s), official SAT I or ACT scores, a personal statement or essay (250 word minimum), and two recommendations (one must be academic). Transfer applicants who have earned 30 or more college credits, or an Associate degree, are required to submit their official college/university transcripts, a personal statement or essay (250 word minimum), and two recommendations (one must be academic). Applicants whose native language is not English must also submit official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Lasell College is accredited by the Commission on Institution of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.




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    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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    Master's degree
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