Our Institution

Mission Statement

Mission Statement

We immerse students in experiential and collaborative learning that fosters lifelong intellectual exploration and social responsibility.


  • Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs
  • Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (Undergraduate program)
  • The New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • The Commission of Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
  • The Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education
  • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
  • Massachusetts Board of Higher Education (Criminal Justice program)
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the New England Association should be directed to Dr. James Ostrow, Vice President for Academic Affairs. Individuals may also contact:
Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
209 Burlington Road
Bedford, Massachusetts 01730-1433
(781) 271-0022, (781) 271-0950 Fax

Strategic Plan | Vision 2017
After six town meetings, two extensive discussions at Board of Trustees' meetings and an intensive weekend-long retreat in October 2011, the Lasell College community produced a high-level strategic plan that provides the basis for a shared understanding of how our institution will move forward in the coming years. The 21 bullet points on page three of the report, Vision 2017, collectively represent a picture of what we expect to find different about Lasell College in the Fall of 2017 from what exists today.

Campus Setting and Location
Our campus encompasses 53 acres within the neighborhoods of Newton, Massachusetts, 8 miles west of downtown Boston at the crossroads of Route 128 and the Massachusetts Turnpike. Lasell's location puts students within easy reach of the cultural, health care, and business opportunities of the Greater Boston area. Several public transportation options are just a short walk from campus.

27 Residence Halls 8 Miles From Boston 53 Acres 52 Buildings

Colors: Navy Blue, Light Blue and White
Nickname: Lasers
Mascot: Boomer The Torchbearer
Motto: Repulsae Nescia (Ignorant of Defeat)
Founded: 1851
Seal & College Mark



Data are presented to be consistent with national reporting guidelines for graduation rates as defined in the Student Right-to Know Act. These guidelines specify that only students who are (1) first-time college students during the fall semester and (2) enrolled full-time during their first semester are to be included in each yearly cohort. Each cohort is then tracked for 6 years. Students not tracked for graduation rates include: students who begin college in the Spring; students who begin college as part-time students; graduate students; and students who are transfers from other colleges. All colleges that participate in federal financial programs are required to report graduation information to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) for its Graduation Rates Survey.

First-year retention is defined as the percentage of an initial cohort (as defined above) enrolled at the same institution one year later (i.e., freshman to sophomore year). The national average for private four-year colleges in 2015 was 70.2% (www.ACT.org). Lasell's 2016 cohort retention is 73.00%.

Retention Percentage Over Time

Retention of Pell Grant Recipients
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
61.5% 72.3% 70.6% 67.5% 64.07% 76.83% 69.57%

The values we hold that guide our daily decision making:

  • Student Focus
  • Innovative Education Across the Lifespan
  • Integrity, Honesty and Ethical Decision Making
  • Social Responsibility, Mutual Respect and Kindness