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Our Institution

Mission Statement

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


The values we hold that guide our daily decision making:

  • Student focus
  • Integrity, honesty, and ethical decision making
  • Equity, inclusion, and intercultural competence
  • Empathy, respect, and kindness


We offer more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and a deep commitment to Connected Learning. We'll challenge you to apply what you learn through a host of initiatives on campus, in our community, and among the cultural and business opportunities of nearby Boston.


  • Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs
  • American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute
  • The Commission of Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
  • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
  • Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission
  • Massachusetts Department of Elementary Education
  • Massachusetts Department of Higher Education
  • The New England Commission of Higher Education

Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the New England Commission should be directed to Chrystal Porter, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
Individuals may also contact:
New England Commission of Higher Education
301 Edgewater Place, Suite 210
Wakefield, MA 01880
NECHE direct line: 781-425-7785

Strategic Plan | Speed of Change

After a multi-step process that involved the formation of twelve Idea Creation Groups (ICGs) consisting of 87 volunteers, input from academic deans, senior management, faculty, staff, students, management council, a community town hall meeting, and three intensive meeting, we have produced a high-level strategic plan that will ground our vision of what we plan to accomplish long term over the next five years as well as short term over the next six months.

Campus Setting and Location Lasell University

Our campus encompasses 54 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 54 Acres 58 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

   Lasell University          Lasell University


Retention and Graduation

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). Lasell's 2022 cohort retention is 70.70%.

First Year Retention 2023

Retention of Pell Grant Recipients
2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
69.6% 62.9% 67.2% 78.9% 69.3% 78.7% 72.3%

Six-year graduation is defined similarly to retention rates.  For Lasell, this measures the percentage of an initial cohort that completes the requirements for a Bachelor's degree within 6 years of entrance.  Lasell's 2017 cohort six-year graduation rate is 53.17%.

graduation rates 2023

Cost for 2023-24 


Tuition: $26,000 
Room and Board: between $13,500 and $17,000
Fees: See complete Undergraduate fee schedule


Tuition per credit: $649
Fees: See complete Graduate fee schedule