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?
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?
What is the application process for transfer students?
What is required to complete the Lasell College application?
Is Lasell College test-optional?

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?
What is Connected Learning?
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.  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.

Lasell's Priority deadline for scholarship consideration is March 15.

Q: What is the application process for transfer students?
A: Lasell accepts applications from transfer students for the fall (September) and spring (January) semesters. Whether you have completed only a couple college credits or a few semesters worth, we make it easy. Read about the application process for transfer students on our Transfer Admission page. 

Q: What is required to complete the Lasell College application?
A: Lasell requires freshman students to submit their high school transcript, 1st quarter senio year greades, an essay and 2 letters of recommendation. Students can complete Lasell's online application or add Lasell College to their Common App.

Lasell will waive the requirement for senior year grades for students applying Early Action.  International students must also submit their Declaration of Finance. 

Q: Is Lasell College test-optional?
A: Standardized test scores are not required for admission to most academic programs at Lasell College. Students applying to our Athletic Training and Education programs need to submit SAT or ACT scores to be considered for admission to those programs. Read more about Lasell's Test-Optional Policy

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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 many students attend 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: Where do Lasell College students come from?
A: Lasell students represented 26 states and 26 countries for the Fall 2016 class. Read more about Our Students.

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

Q: What is Connected Learning?
A: We complement traditional approaches with active learning experiences. We are committed to the idea of learning by doing through internships, service learning, and challenging projects in and out of the classroom. Read more about Connected Learning and examples of our teaching method.

Q: What is the average class size?
A: An average class size at Lasell is 17 - 100% of Lasell's classes are capped at 25 students.

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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.

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