Lasell at a Glance

Our Institution


  • The New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
  • Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
  • Massachusetts Board of Higher Education (Criminal Justice program)

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, eight 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.

  • 53 acres
  • 52 buildings
  • 27 residence halls
  • 8 miles from Boston


Mission Statement
Lasell College engages students in the practice of their fields of study through collaborative learning that fosters lifelong intellectual exploration and social responsibility.

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


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. The national average for private four-year colleges in 2010 was 55.1% and for public four-year institutions the national average was 39.6% ( The 2010 graduation rate for Lasell was 51.04% and the 2011 rate was 46.5%.

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 2010 was 68.7% ( Lasell's three year average is 68.9%.

Retention of Pell Grant Recipients
2008 2009 2010 2011
70.3% 72.1% 61.5% 72.3%


Our Students


Enrollment at Lasell College has steadily climbed over the last ten years and College enrollment is at an all time high for fall 2012. Over 98% of our undergraduates attend full-time.

Geographic Origin

Undergraduate students represented 23 states, Puerto Rico, and 21 countries in Fall 2012.

Graduate students represented 35 states and 21 countries in Fall 2012.

Campus Diversity

Lasell College embraces a diverse community. In recent years, the percentage of minorities in the undergraduate student body has increased significantly.


Undergraduate - Fall 2012
Non-Resident Alien 3.3% Black or African American 7.3%
Hispanic/Latino 7.4% American Indian or Alaska Native .5%
Asian 2.0% 2+ Races 3.3%
White 75.2% Race and ethnicity unknown .6%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander .4%    



Graduate - Fall 2011
Non-Resident Alien 9.8% Black or African American 9.3%
Hispanic/Latino 10.2% American Indian or Alaska Native 3.3%
Asian 3.7% 2+ Races 0%
White 57.8% Race and ethnicity unknown 6%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%    



Gender Breakdown
Similar to national trends, women attend Lasell in greater numbers than men. Unlike the national trend, however, the percentage of men in our undergraduate program continues to climb.


Academics at Lasell

Student/Faculty Ratio & Class Size
Lasell College faculty are committed to creatively integrating challenging coursework with practical experience in an environment that fosters lifelong intellectual exploration, active citizenship and social responsibility.

Class Size

  • Undergraduate Student/Faculty ratio: 14:1
  • 95% of undergraduate classes have fewer than 25 students
  • 100% of students undertake an internship in their field of study
  • 59% of undergraduates participated in Service Learning in 2011-2012
  • 78 full-time faculty; 18% minority

Our approach to technology is based on the College's philosophy of connected learning, infusing the physical and online classroom environment with the most current systems, web sites, and social media.

  • Technology Enhanced Classrooms: 98%
  • Resident Halls equipped with WiFi: 100%
  • Computer Labs: 8
  • Computers Available to Students: 150
  • Wireless Printing from Personal Laptops: Yes
  • Personal Storage in the Cloud: 25GB
  • Register & View Grades Online: Yes
  • Submit Assignments Online: Yes
  • Online Learning Management System: Moodle


Study Abroad
Lasell College provides multiple opportunities for global learning. Using the home tuition model enables greater numbers of students a chance to experience a college sponsored international experience.

  • 41 countries
  • 95 programs
  • 5 International Service Learning Trips
  • Over 25% of May 2012 graduates had a College sponsored international learning experience


Academic Policies


Programs of Study
Lasell College offers more than 40 undergraduate and graduate academic programs and a deep commitment to Connected Learning. We'll engage you—and challenge you to apply what you learn—through a host of creative initiatives on campus, in our community, and among the cultural, health care, and business opportunities of nearby Boston.


Campus Life

Lasell College is a member of the NCAA Division III and the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC). There are 17 varsity sports. 



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Currently, more than 80% of Lasell's undergraduate population lives in campus-owned and operated facilities. The residential community at Lasell College consists of 26 buildings: three traditional residence halls, three suite style residence halls, five hotel style residences and fifteen victorian houses.

Clubs and Organizations
Over 40 clubs and organizations

Campus Safety
Lasell College is patrolled 24/7 by academy trained police officers with power of arrest in the Commonwealth. 
Get more information on campus safety and the clery act


Dollars and Sense

Financial Aid
Lasell College offers a wide range of financial assistance through federal, state, local and institutional programs.

  • Net Price Calculator: Explore potential aid eligibility
  • Undergraduate students receiving aid: 97%
  • Insititutional aid provided: In excess of $18,000,000
  • 69% of financial aid awarded is in the form of gift/grant aid and 31% is self-help loans and/or work study
  • Get more information regarding our financial aid policies

Cost for 2014-2015
Tuition & Fees: $31,000 
Room and Board: between $12,750 and $13,750
Fees: see complete Undergraduate fee schedule.


Tuition per credit is $595
Comprehensive Fee: $85 
See complete Graduate fee schedule