Frequently Asked Questions

The Region

How close is the nearest airport?
Is public transportation available in the area?
What is there to do in the area?
What are some of Lasell students' favorite things to do?

Housing

What type of housing is available?
Are there commuter students at Lasell?
Does Lasell offer special-interest housing?
Does Lasell offer co-ed housing?

Financial Aid

Does Lasell offer financial assistance?
How many students receive financial aid at Lasell?
Is financial aid available for all four years of attendance?
Which financial aid forms are required?
How much does it cost to attend Lasell College?
Are transfer students eligible for financial aid at Lasell?
How do I find out more information about financial aid at Lasell?
What scholarships are available at Lasell?

Undergraduate Admissions

What is the deadline for applying?
How much is the application fee?
What is required to complete the Lasell College application?
Does Lasell accept transfer students?
What GPA is required for admission?
What is the average SAT for Lasell students?
When do students receive admission decisions on their applications?
How can I receive information about applying to Lasell College?

About Lasell

What majors do you offer?
How many students attend Lasell College?
How large is the campus?
When was Lasell founded?
Where do Lasell College students come from?
How close is the nearest city?
What is the Student to Faculty ratio?
What is the average class size?

Athletics

In what athletic division and conference does Lasell participate?
What intercollegiate sports does Lasell offer?
Does Lasell offer intramural athletics?
Can a student compete in athletics at Lasell as a "walk-on"? 

The Region

Q: How close is the nearest airport?
A: Logan International Airport is located right in Boston and it is just a short "T" ride from campus.

Q: Is public transportation available in the area?
A: Yes - Lasell College is located on the green line of the "T" (Boston's subway system) and the Riverside stop is part of our campus shuttle's route. If you aren't familiar with the green line, check out this helpful map!

Q: What is there to do in the area?
A: Newton has consistently been ranked a "Best Place to Live" by Money Magazine and a "Best College Town" by Business Insider. Depending on your interests, you can enjoy the city of Boston or enjoy the comforts of a suburban city. There are great restaurants, cultural activities, 4 major professional sports teams (the Boston Red Sox, The Boston Bruins, The Boston Celtics, and The New England Patriots),  beaches, the Charles River (for kayaking and rowing), museums, and everything a student could want when they need a break from studying. Did we mention the Boston Marathon runs right by our campus?

Q: What are some of Lasell students' favorite things to do?
A: Moody Street in Waltham has great restaurants (In a Pickle for breakfast!) and a movie theater. Boca Bella, just off campus, has great sandwiches. Grab tickets from Student Activities and go to a Red Sox, Bruins or Celtics game. Cheer on the Lasers at a Lasell sporting event (if you can't make it check out Lasell Athletics Instagram story for highlights).

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Housing

Q: What type of housing is available?
A: Ask any Lasell student which type of residence hall is their favorite and they would each have a different answer. Lasell offers a wide variety of housing options in our 27 different residence halls - a student could live in a different style each year at Lasell! We have traditional residence halls and Victorian-inspired mansions as well as hotel and suite style residence halls. Please visit Residential Communities for more information.

Q: Are there commuter students at Lasell?
A: Of course! While Lasell College is primarily comprised of residential students, we do have a good population of students that choose to commute to campus. Boston's public transportation system (the MBTA) and convenient parking make Lasell's campus accessible. Check out Campus Commuters for more information on commuting to Lasell or contact our Long Distance Lasers advisor, Thomas Morgan at tmorgan@lasell.edu.

Q: Does Lasell offer special-interest housing?
A: Yes, Lasell offers a variety of living communities including all-female, quiet study, gender neutral and alcohol-free housing. Learn more on our Residence Communities page.

Q: Does Lasell offer co-ed housing?
A: Yes, we have both co-ed and single sex housing. Learn about all of our residence halls on our Residential Life page.

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Financial Aid

Q: Does Lasell offer financial assistance?
A: Yes. We offer both need-based aid and merit awards to qualifying students. Visit Types of Financial Aid to learn more.

Q: How many students receive financial aid at Lasell?
A: Over 90% of Lasell students receive some form of financial assistance provided by the college.

Q: Is financial aid available for all four years of attendance?
A: We abide by the Lasell Guarantee. If you reapply on time, and there is no significant change in financial need for assistance, we commit to maintaining the same level of Lasell College funding in your financial aid package during all four years of attendance.

Q: Which financial aid forms are required?
A: Lasell requires students to submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Assistance)

Q: Are transfer students eligible for financial aid at Lasell?
A: We have the same commitment to provide financial aid for transfer students as we do first year students. Additionally, transfer students could be eligible for a scholarship. Learn more on our Transfer Credit & Scholarships page. 

Q: How do I find out more information about financial aid at Lasell?
A: Contact our Office of Student Financial Planning at finaid@lasell.edu or (617) 243-2227, or visit Tuition and Aid.

Q: What scholarships are available at Lasell?
A: Lasell offers merit-based scholarships to incoming students based on demonstrated academic achievement. Learn more about our scholarships and the qualifications on our Types of Financial Aid page.

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Undergraduate Admissions

Q: What is the deadline for applying?
A: Lasell College offers Early Action (non-binding). Candidates for the Fall semester must submit all application materials by November 15.  The Office of Undergraduate Admission begins informing Early Action candidates of decisions on December 1. 

Regular Admission candidates for the Fall and Spring semester are reviewed on a rolling basis.   Rolling Admission offers Lasell College applicants a deadline-free application and decision process.  The Office of Undergraduate Admission begins informing Regular Admission candidates of decisions December 15 (for the Fall entry term) and September 15 (for the Spring entry term).  Therefore, students are encouraged to complete their applications as soon as possible.

Q: How much is the application fee?
A: Lasell College waives the application fee for applications completed and submitted online. It costs $40 to apply to Lasell College using a paper application. Lasell is also a member of the Common Application.Top

About Lasell

Q: What majors do you offer?
A: For a complete list of our undergraduate majors and minors, click here.  For a list of graduate programs we offer, click here.

Q: How large is the enrollment at Lasell College?
A: More than 1,800 undergraduate students are enrolled at Lasell and there are over  300 graduate students.

Q: How large is the campus?
A: Lasell has a beautiful 53+ acre suburban, residential college campus located in Newton, MA just minutes from the city of Boston. View 360 Tours, download a map of the campus, and learn about the area in Campus Info and Maps.

Q: When was Lasell founded?
A: Lasell College was founded in 1851. Learn more about the history and facts of Lasell College.

Q: From where does Lasell College attract students?
A: Lasell's students come from 31 states and 38 different foreign countries.

Q: How close is the nearest city?
A: Lasell is located just 8 miles from downtown Boston.

Q: What is the Student to Faculty ratio?
A: Lasell College values close interaction between students and faculty; our ratio is 14:1.

Q: What is the average class size?
A: 100% of Lasell's classes are capped at 25 students.

Q: What type of academic institution is Lasell?
A: Lasell is a private, comprehensive, coeducational college offering professionally-oriented bachelor's and master's degrees. Learn more about Connected Learning, Lasell's teaching method.

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Athletics

Q: In what athletic division and conference does Lasell participate?
A: Lasell College is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III, and a member of the Great Northeast Atlantic Conference (GNAC), the Eastern College Athletic Association (ECAC), the North Atlantic Conference (NAC), and the North East Collegiate Volleyball Association (NECVA). For more information about Lasell Athletics, visit LASER Athletics.

Q: What intercollegiate varsity sports does Lasell offer?
A: Our varsity programs 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) 
Volleyball (men, women) 

Q: Does Lasell offer intramural athletics?
A: Yes, there are several non-intercollegiate sports opportunities available at Lasell, including basketball, soccer, and dodgeball to name a few. Additionally, Lasell has Crew, Tennis, Rugby and Football at the club level.

Q: Can a student compete in athletics at Lasell as a "walk-on"?
A: Yes. Although Lasell's varsity coaches do recruit, some of the students that play sports at Lasell try out for our athletic teams after they enroll.Top

Q: Do you offer fee waivers?
A: We do accept application fee waivers for both the Lasell College Application and the Common Application. Unable to locate an application fee waiver? Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission so we may assist you!
Email: info@lasell.edu
Phone: 617-243-2225

Q: What is required to complete the Lasell College application?
A: First year applicants are required to submit an official high school transcript (including first quarter senior grades), SAT I or ACT scores, two recommendations (one must be academic), and a personal essay on a topic of your choice (250 word minimum). 

Transfer applicants who have earned fewer than 24 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 24 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).

Q: Is an essay required with the application?
A: Yes, Lasell does require a personal essay on a topic of your choice (250 word minimum) to complete the application for undergraduate admission.

Q: Does Lasell accept transfer students?
A: Yes, we encourage transfer students who have completed a minimum of 1 semester of college work with a 2.5 GPA or higher to apply. 

Transfer applicants who have earned fewer than 24 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 24 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).

Learn more about Transfer Admission.

Q: What GPA is required for admission?
A: At Lasell we do not set minimum requirements for a GPA. The Undergraduate Admission Committee looks for students with a solid B (3.1) grade point average in a demanding college preparatory secondary school curriculum.

Q: What is the average SAT I or ACT for admitted Lasell students?
A: Most successful applicants to Lasell score in the 970-1150 range on the SAT I. Lasell's SAT I range combines a student's SAT I critical reading and math scores only. The average ACT Composite Score is 21.

Q: When do students receive admission decisions on their applications?
A: We make a sincere effort to respond to applicants with their admission decisions within 2 weeks after the application is complete. Early Action applicants will be notified by December 1st

Q: How can I receive information about applying to Lasell College?
A: There are many ways to get information. We recommend that you visit campus! You can also visit our Apply section, or email us at info@lasell.edu, or call us at (617) 243-2225.

Q: How much does it cost to attend Lasell College?
A: The total cost of attendance for the 2015-2016 academic year is about $45,250. Tuition and fees are $30,800; Room & Board ranges from $13,250-$14,250.