Frequently Asked Questions

The Region

How close is the nearest airport?
Are there other colleges in the area?
What is there to do in the area?
What are some of the best ways to travel to Lasell College?

Housing

What type of housing is available?
Are there commuter students at Lasell?
How many students are there in each room?
Does Lasell offer co-ed housing?
Do students have access to the campus computer network from their dorm rooms?

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?
Do you offer fee waivers?
What is required to complete the Lasell College application?
Is an essay required with the 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 large is the enrollment at Lasell College?
How large is the campus?
When was Lasell founded?
From where does Lasell College attract students?
How close is the nearest city?
What is the Student to Faculty ratio?
What is the average class size?
What type of academic institution is Lasell?

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 the main terminal for the Boston area and it is thirteen miles from campus.


Q: Are there many other colleges in the area?
A: Yes. Boston is one of the most popular college towns in the world. Nearly one quarter of a million college students come to Boston to study every year.


Q: What is there to do in the area?
A: Newton and Boston offer a lot for students to do off campus. Depending on your interests, you can enjoy the city or the countryside. 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), lots of other colleges, beaches, the Charles River (for kayaking and rowing), museums, and everything a student could want when they need a break from studying.


Q: What are some of the best ways to travel to Lasell College?
A: We are located minutes from the Massachusetts Turnpike and Interstate 95. Train transportation to the Riverside or Woodland "T" station will bring you within 1 mile of campus. Logan International Airport is just one half hour from campus. Lasell College offers shuttle service to many of these off-campus locations.
Get directions to Lasell College.

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Housing

Q: What type of housing is available?
A: Lasell offers a wide variety of housing options. We have traditional dormitories and Victorian-inspired mansions as well as hotel and suite style residence halls. Please visit Residential Life for more information.


Q: Are there commuter students at Lasell?
A: Yes. We have a small percentage of students who choose to commute rather than live on campus. Boston's public transportation system (the MBTA) and convenient parking make Lasell's campus very accessible. Check out Campus Commuters for more information on commuting to Lasell.


Q: How many students are there in each room?
A: Housing varies from single occupancy to six-person suites. The majority of Lasell's resident students live in double occupancy rooms.


Q: Does Lasell offer co-ed housing?
A: Yes, we have both co-ed and single sex housing.
Get more information about on-campus housing in our Residential Life section.


Q: Do students have access to the campus computer network from their residence halls?
A: Yes. We have a "port per pillow" policy, which means that 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, including all of the resident halls and many of the the residential houses.

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Financial Aid

Q: Does Lasell offer financial assistance?
A: Yes. We offer both need-based and scholarship forms of financial aid. Please visit Tuition and 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: Yes. If students re-apply 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: Yes. We have the same commitment to provide financial aid for transfer students as we do first year students. Additionally, the same Lasell College Financial Aid Application Form is required to apply for aid.


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. Read about Lasell Grants and Scholarships.

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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.

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About Lasell

Q: What majors do you offer?
A: We offer degrees in the following academic areas:

Undergraduate
Applied Mathematics
Arts Management
Athletic Training
Business
  Accounting
  Entrepreneurship 
  Finance
     Corporate Finance
     Financial Planning
     Risk Management and Insurance
  International Business
  Management
  Marketing
Communication 
     Creative Advertising
     Journalism and Media Writing
     Entertainment Media 
     Public Relations
     Radio and Video Production
     Sports Communication
Criminal Justice
Education
  Curriculum Instruction
  Early Childhood Education
  Elementary Education
  Secondary Education
English
     Creative Writing
     Literature
Exercise Science
Fashion Communication and Promotion
Fashion Design and Production
Fashion and Retail Merchandising
Graphic Design
History
Hospitality 
   Event Management
   Hospitality Management
   Resort and Casino Management

Humanities
Human Services
Interdisciplinary Studies: Individualized
Law and Public Affairs
Legal Studies
Pre-law (advising program)
Psychology
Sociology
Sport Management 
Undeclared

Graduate
Master of Science in Management with Concentrations in:
Elder Care Management
Human Resources Management
Management
Marketing 
Non-Profit Management
Project Management

Master of Science in Communication with Concentrations in:
Health Communication
Integrated Marketing Communication
Public Relations

Master of Education:
Elementary Education
Moderate Disabilities

Master of Science in Sport Management with Concentrations in:
Sport Hospitality Management
Sport Leadership
Sport Non-Profit Management

Master of Science in Criminal Justice with Concentrations in:
Emergency and Crisis Management
Homeland Security and Global Justice
Violence Prevention and Advocacy
Self-Designed Option

Master of Science in Rehabilitation Science

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.

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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.

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