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Lasell College: Rich Past, Bright Future

An innovative educational institution for nearly 160 years, Lasell is an independent coeducational college emphasizing the integration of professional and liberal arts programs leading to bachelor's and master's degrees. The campus is situated in suburban Newton, Massachusetts, eight miles from downtown Boston.

Founded in 1851 as the Auburndale Female Seminary, Lasell was the first two-year college for women in the country at a time when a woman's place was considered to be in the home, not in the classroom.  In 1932, Lasell officially became Lasell Junior College, and in 1989, the school was chartered as a four-year institution, Lasell College.  In 1997, Lasell opened its doors to men.  In 2000, Lasell Village, a vibrant living and learning retirement community sponsored by the College, was opened.  And in 2008, Lasell began a Green Campus Initiative with a goal of 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050.

A commitment to teaching excellence and academic innovation has been at the heart of Lasell-"Where the Classroom is the Real World"-from its beginning.  The school is widely recognized for helping students make the connection between classroom lessons and real life through the integration of challenging coursework with practical experience in an environment that fosters lifelong intellectual exploration, active citizenship and social responsibility.

Today, with an expanding and diverse student body, Lasell is setting enrollment and fundraising records and moving forward with an ambitious strategic plan.