Lesley University

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$30,514
4.5% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$32,414
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
1.51%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
86.2%
3,144 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
3,406
44.2% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
61.4%
227 Graduates

About

Lesley University is a higher education institution located in Middlesex County, MA. In 2022, the most popular Masters Degree concentrations at Lesley University were Mental Health Counseling (195 degrees awarded), Elementary Education & Teaching (55 degrees), and General Special Education & Teaching (51 degrees).

In 2022, 1,175 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Lesley University. 83.4% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 16.6% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (761 degrees), 5.44 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (140 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Lesley University is $30,514, which is $364 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Lesley University is $30,514, which is $364 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $32,414.

In 2022, 89% of undergraduate students attending Lesley University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 52% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$30,514
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Lesley University was $30,514. The cost of tuition at Lesley University is $364 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

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Average Net Price

$32,414
2022 Value
1.52%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Lesley University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $32,414. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Lesley University grew by 1.52%.

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Other Student Expenses

$11,678
Room and Board
$1,500
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Lesley University was of $11,678 in 2022. The cost of room and board did not change between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,500. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

89%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
52%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

89% of undergraduate students at Lesley University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 1.14% with respect to 2021, when 88% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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1.51%
2019 Default Rate
19
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Lesley University was 1.51%, which represents 19 out of the 1262 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Lesley University received 3,144 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 6.87% annual growth. Out of those 3,144 applicants, 2,711 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 86.2% acceptance rate.

There were 3,406 students enrolled at Lesley University in 2022.

Lesley University has an overall enrollment yield of 8.85%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

86.2%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
2,711
Accepted Out of 3,144

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Lesley University was 86.2% (2,711 admissions from 3,144 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 86.9%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 6.87%, while admissions grew by 5.98%..

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Enrollment

Lesley University had a total enrollment of 3,406 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Lesley University is 1,507 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,899. This means that 44.2% of students enrolled at Lesley University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Lesley University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 59% White, 12% Hispanic or Latino, 8.04% Black or African American, 4.87% Asian, 3.02% Two or More Races, 0.44% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0587% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Lesley University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (44.9%), followed by White Male (14.1%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (11.9%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (48.1%), followed by White Male (9.8%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (6.72%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

44.2%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Lesley University in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 3,406 students. The full-time enrollment at Lesley University is 1,507 and the part-time enrollment is 1,899. This means that 44.2% of students enrolled at Lesley University are enrolled full-time compared with 77.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

74%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Lesley University was 74%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (84%), Lesley University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    2,011 enrolled students
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    410 enrolled students
  3. Black or African American
    274 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Lesley University is 59% White, 12% Hispanic or Latino, 8.04% Black or African American, 4.87% Asian, 3.02% Two or More Races, 0.44% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0587% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 47.5% White, 15.5% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.58% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 324 students (9.51%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 785 more women than men received degrees from Lesley University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Lesley University is white (761 degrees awarded). There were 5.44 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (140 degrees).

The most common Masters Degree concentration at Lesley University is Mental Health Counseling (195 degrees awarded), followed by Elementary Education & Teaching (55 degrees) and General Special Education & Teaching (51 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Lesley University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Education (386 degrees awarded), Visual & Performing Arts (166 degrees), and English (47 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Lesley University are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,803,946 people), Secondary school teachers (599,188 people), Education administrators (349,596 people), Other managers (315,058 people), and Postsecondary teachers (311,028 people).

The most specialized majors at Lesley University in 2022 are Education (386 degrees awarded), Visual & Performing Arts (166 degrees), English (47 degrees), Psychology (130 degrees), and Math & Statistics (30 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Lesley University are Surgeons, Physicians, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Nurse anesthetists, and Chief executives & legislators

The most specialized majors at Lesley University are Education (386 degrees awarded), Visual & Performing Arts (166 degrees), English (47 degrees), Psychology (130 degrees), and Math & Statistics (30 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Lesley University are Elementary & secondary schools (3,381,182 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (654,023 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (351,531 people), Computer Systems Design (282,867 people), and Outpatient care centers (219,107 people).

The most specialized majors at Lesley University are Education (386 degrees awarded), Visual & Performing Arts (166 degrees), English (47 degrees), Psychology (130 degrees), and Math & Statistics (30 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Lesley University.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 195 degrees awarded
  2. 55 degrees awarded
  3. 51 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common masters degree concentration at Lesley University was Mental Health Counseling with 195 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

195
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
980
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 195 degrees were awarded to men at Lesley University, which is 0.199 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (980).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 18 degrees were awarded to men at Lesley University in Mental Health Counseling, which is 0.102 times less than the 177 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 177 degrees were awarded to men at Lesley University in Mental Health Counseling, which is 9.83 times more than the 18 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

47%
100% Completion Time
60%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 47% of students graduating from Lesley University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 60% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 61% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Female
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Lesley University is Female and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 4.85% of graduates (11 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    761 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    140 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    71 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Lesley University is white (761 degrees awarded). There were 5.44 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (140 degrees).

6.55% of degree recipients (77 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    643 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino Female
    120 degrees awarded
  3. White Male
    118 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Lesley University is white female (643 degrees awarded). There were 5.36 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino female (120 degrees).

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Operations

Lesley University has an endowment valued at nearly $187M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNM (−14.3%) compared to the 1.13% average return (4.2M on 373M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2022, Lesley University had a total salary expenditure of 101M. Lesley University employs 52 Professors, 46 Assistant professors and 44 Associate professors. Most academics at Lesley University are Female Assistant professor (31), Female Professor (29), and Female Associate professor (29).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Lesley University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 93 employees, Management, with 85 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 47 employees.

Endowment

$187M
2022 Endowment
17.6%
decline from 2021

Lesley University has an endowment valued at about $187M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Lesley University declined 17.6% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $186M lower than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Moderate Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Salary Expenditure

$47.9M
2022 Salaries
3.96%
growth from 2021

In 2022, Lesley University paid a median of $47.9M in salaries, which represents 47.4% of their overall expenditure ($101M) and a 3.96% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 246M (41.5% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$13.6M
Instructional Salaries
155
Number of Employees

In 2022, Lesley University paid a total of $13.6M to 155 employees working as instructors, which represents 28.3% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $73.7M (30%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
52 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
93 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Lesley University were Professor with 52 employees, Assistant professor with 46 employees, and Associate professor with 44 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Lesley University were Office and Administrative Support with 93 employees, Management with 85 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 47 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Female Assistant professor
  2. Female Professor
  3. Female Associate professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Lesley University was Female Assistant professor with 31 employees, Female Professor with 29 employees, and Female Associate professor with 29 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Lesley University.

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