Lesley University

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$28,500
3.26% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$33,524
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
4.47%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
74.7%
3,049 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
4,510
49.4% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
61%
202 Graduates

About

Lesley University is a higher education institution located in Middlesex County, MA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Lesley University were Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities (71 degrees awarded), General Psychology (51 degrees), and Other Business Administration, Management, & Operations (43 degrees).

In 2019, 1,369 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Lesley University. 85.6% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 14.4% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (938 degrees), 7.75 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (121 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Lesley University is $28,500, which is $0 approximately the same the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Lesley University is $28,500, which is $0 approximately the same the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $33,524.

In 2019, 82% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 66% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$28,500
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Lesley University was $28,500. The cost of tuition at Lesley University is $0 approximately the same than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

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Average Net Price

$33,524
2019 Value
4.03%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Lesley University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $33,524. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Lesley University grew by 4.03%.

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Other Student Expenses

$11,478
Room and Board
$1,500
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Lesley University was of $11,478 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,500. The cost of room and board increased by 2.14% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

82%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
66%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

82% of undergraduate students at Lesley University received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a growth of 12.3% with respect to 2018, when 73% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
4.47%
2017 Default Rate
61
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Lesley University was 4.47%, which represents 61 out of the 1364 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Lesley University received 3,049 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 3.85% annual decline. Out of those 3,049 applicants, 2,277 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 74.7% acceptance rate.

There were 4,510 students enrolled at Lesley University in 2019, and 72% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Lesley University has an overall enrollment yield of 14.1%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

74.7%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
2,277
Accepted Out of 3,049

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Lesley University was 74.7% (2,277 admissions from 3,049 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 75.7%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants declined by −3.85%, while admissions declined by −5.16%.

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SAT Scores

72%
Submission Percentage
229
Scores Submitted

72% of enrolled first-time students at Lesley University in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Lesley University has a total enrollment of 4,510 students. The full-time enrollment at Lesley University is 2,230 students and the part-time enrollment is 2,280. This means that 49.4% of students enrolled at Lesley University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Lesley University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 56.4% White, 10.2% Hispanic or Latino, 6.59% Black or African American, 3.7% Asian, 2.55% Two or More Races, 0.266% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.2% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Lesley University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (45.3%), followed by White Male (12.9%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (12.4%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (57.7%), followed by White Male (8.72%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (6.18%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

49.4%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Lesley University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 4,510 students. The full-time enrollment at Lesley University is 2,230 and the part-time enrollment is 2,280. This means that 49.4% of students enrolled at Lesley University are enrolled full-time compared with 77.6% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

81%
2019 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 81%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (83%), Lesley University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    2,542
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    462
  3. Black or African American
    297

The enrolled student population at Lesley University is 56.4% White, 10.2% Hispanic or Latino, 6.59% Black or African American, 3.7% Asian, 2.55% Two or More Races, 0.266% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.2% 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 50.3% White, 14.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.48% 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, 712 students (15.8%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 975 more women than men received degrees from Lesley University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Lesley University is white (938 degrees awarded). There were 7.75 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (121 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Lesley University is Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities (71 degrees awarded), followed by General Psychology (51 degrees) and Other Business Administration, Management, & Operations (43 degrees).

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 (560 degrees awarded), English (61 degrees), and Visual & Performing Arts (146 degrees).

Workforce

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 (1,685,461 people), Secondary school teachers (601,517 people), Education administrators (342,280 people), Other managers (312,720 people), and Postsecondary teachers (280,073 people).

The most specialized majors at Lesley University are Education (560 degrees awarded), English (61 degrees), Visual & Performing Arts (146 degrees), Psychology (99 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (43 degrees).

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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, Computer hardware engineers, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, Actuaries, and Cardiovascular technologists and technicians

The most specialized majors at Lesley University are Education (560 degrees awarded), English (61 degrees), Visual & Performing Arts (146 degrees), Psychology (99 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (43 degrees).

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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 (3,318,529 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (624,285 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (370,010 people), Computer Systems Design (216,326 people), and Outpatient care centers (215,513 people).

The most specialized majors at Lesley University are Education (560 degrees awarded), English (61 degrees), Visual & Performing Arts (146 degrees), Psychology (99 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (43 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Lesley University.

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Lesley University was Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities with 71 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

197
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
1,172
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 197 degrees were awarded to men at Lesley University, which is 0.168 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,172).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 21 degrees were awarded to men at Lesley University in Mental Health Counseling, which is 0.106 times less than the 199 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 199 degrees were awarded to women at Lesley University in Mental Health Counseling, which is 9.48 times more than the 21 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

49%
100% Completion Time
60%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 49% 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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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Black or African American Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Lesley University is Male and Black or African American (100% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

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, 7.43% of graduates (15 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    938 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    121 degrees awarded
  3. Unknown
    108 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Lesley University is white (938 degrees awarded). There were 7.75 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (121 degrees).

7.89% of degree recipients (108 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    816 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    122 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    100 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Lesley University is white female (816 degrees awarded). There were 6.69 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (122 degrees).

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Operations

Lesley University has an endowment valued at nearly $189M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $7.26M (3.84%), compared to the 4.24% average return ($13.2M on $311M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2019, Lesley University had a total salary expenditure of $110M. Lesley University employs 55 Associate professors, 43 Assistant professors, and 42 Professors. Most academics at Lesley University are Female Associate professors (35), Female Assistant professors(32), and Female Professors (25).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Lesley University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 151 employees, Management, with 91 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 38 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$189M
2019 Endowment
0.427%
decline from 2018

Lesley University has an endowment valued at about $189M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Lesley University declined 0.427% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $122M 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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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $1.4M - Federal
  2. $0 - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2019, Lesley University received $1.4M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $0 from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$53.5M
2019 Salaries
1.16%
decline from 2018

In 2019, Lesley University paid a median of $53.5M in salaries, which represents 48.6% of their overall expenditure ($110M) and a 1.16% decline from the previous year. This is compared to a 3.85% growth from 2017 and a 7.63% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 234M (42.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$12.9M
Instructional Salaries
149
Number of Employees

In 2019, Lesley University paid a total of $12.9M to 149 employees working as instructors, which represents 24.1% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $71.1M (30.3%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Associate professor
Most Common Instructor
55 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
151 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Lesley University were Associate professor with 55 employees; Assistant professor with 43 employees; and Assistant professor with 42 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Lesley University were Office and Administrative Support with 151 employees; Management with 91 employees; and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 38 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

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

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Lesley University was Female Associate professor with 35 employees, Female Assistant professor with 32 employees, and Female Professor with 25 employees.

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

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