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As a new student to Lasell University, you’ll be attending a small university and living in a small town (actually, two towns right next to each other). Lasell University was founded in 1851, before the Civil War. You’ll be able to live in campus dorms and you should probably go ahead and choose this option because rent is expensive in Massachusetts. The student-to-faculty ratio is solid at 13 to 1, which is comfortable for both students and professors. The university is a private, not-for-profit focused on teaching its students.

Overview of Lasell University

The student body is small with only 2,060 students. Undergraduate students make up 81% of the population (1,674) and the graduate class makes up the remaining 19% (386).

When you have time, look around, you’ll find walking paths and an arboretum. If you can, you might also want to go to Boston and spend some time looking around the city and getting used to where things are. You certainly don’t want to miss it.

Lasell University accepts dual credit from high school seniors who are simultaneously enrolled in high school and the university. It also accepts AP credits which, if you passed these exams, will help you out. And it accepts credit for life experiences, such as traveling to a disadvantaged country during your gap year and volunteering with the population.

General Information

School Type Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting City: Small
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 13:1
Graduation Rate 59%
Year Founded 1851

Student Enrollment

Total Students2,060


Undergraduate Student

Male 603
Female 1,071

Graduate Student

Male 139
Female 247

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Male 938
Female 1,551


Male 760
Female 1,318

Acceptance Rate84%

Male 81%
Female 85%

Enrollment 460

Male   97
Female   101
Application Fee NA
High School GPA Required
High School Rank NA
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Recommended
Recommendations Required
SAT/ACT Considered But Not Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline November 15
Common Application Accepted Yes

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

As an incoming student, when you see the price of attending Lasell University, you may gulp a little. Going to school here isn’t cheap. The total price includes tuition (in- or out-of-state), books, supplies, room and board, and other various charges. All of this comes out to around $56,500.

But the cost of attendance with financial aid could mean that the price for you and your family comes down quite a bit. After financial aid has paid its portion, what’s left is called the average net price. This is $28,404 on average. Families who have lower yearly incomes are eligible for more financial aid, so the cost will depend on this eligibility.

  • Families who earn up to $30,000 pay around $23,873
  • Families earning between $30,001 and $48,000 pay around $22,786
  • Families earning between $48,001 and $75,000 pay around $22,445
  • Families earning between $75,001 and $100,000 pay around $26,793
  • Families who earn more than $110,001 pay around $33,528

About 371 freshmen students requested financial aid. All of these students received financial aid averaging $25,095. And students who applied for institutional grants and scholarships received an average of $11,883.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $28,404
Average Total Aid $25,095
Students Receiving Financial Aid 97%
Room & Board $16,000

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $37,000
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $37,000
  • Books and Supplies - $1,000
  • Room & Board - $16,000
  • Other - $2,500


The student retention rate measures the percentage of the first year students who remain at Lasell. This is 68%, a little lower than average, but not bad. The 4-year graduation rate is 55%, which may indicate that the degree programs are relatively complicated, that many students transfer, or that students prefer to attend part-time. the 6-year graduation rate is a little higher at 59%.

If you are working during the day, you’re going to run into some issues, as Lasell doesn’t offer evening classes. However, there are distance learning (online) opportunities for students who aren’t able to make it to campus consistently during the day.

Degree programs offered at Lasell University include biological and biomedical programs; business, management, marketing and related support services; communication, journalism and related programs; education; English language; health professions and related programs; history; homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting and related protective services; legal professions and studies; liberal arts and sciences; mathematics and statistics; multi/interdisciplinary studies; natural resources and conservation; parks, recreation, leisure and fitness studies; psychology; public administration and social service professions; social sciences; and visual and performing arts.

Student Population Total

Student Population 2,060

Evening Classes : No
Distance Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 130 Total Graduates / 31%
Fashion Merchandising 40 Graduates
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 22 Graduates
Accounting 14 Graduates
Meeting and Event Planning 14 Graduates
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 69 Total Graduates / 17%
Communication, General 47 Graduates
Communication and Media Studies, Other 22 Graduates
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 48 Total Graduates / 12%
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 39 Graduates
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 9 Graduates
Visual and Performing Arts 33 Total Graduates / 8%
Fashion/Apparel Design 24 Graduates
Graphic Design 7 Graduates
Fine and Studio Arts Management 2 Graduates
All Social Science Majors 30 Total Graduates / 7%
Criminology 29 Graduates
Sociology 1 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 25%

Outcome & Salary

After you graduate from Lasell, you’ll be able to begin working and earning an annual salary. A graduate’s early-career salary is about $46,500. Their overall average salary is $55,332 and their mid-career salaries are about $87,900.

Keep in mind that the 4-year cost of education (average net price times 4) is $113,616. Your 10-year salary earnings potential after you graduate will be $553,320 and your 20-year salary earnings potential jumps quite a bit to $1,432,320. After that 4-year cost of education is applied, your 10-year projected return on investment (ROI) is $439,704 and your 20-year projected ROI is $1,318,704.

High school graduates who go straight to work earn a national average salary of $38,792. Their 10-year projected income is $387,920 and their 20-year projected income is $775,840.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $46,500
College Grads Average Salary $55,332
College Grads Mid Career Salary $87,900
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $553,320
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,432,320
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $113,616
10 Year Projected ROI $439,704
20 Year Projected ROI $1,318,704
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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