Location: Newton, Massachusetts
Funding: Private university
Size: Over 1,600 undergraduates
Percent Women: 60%
Tuition (one year): $44,604
Most Popular Majors: Communication and Media Studies, Fashion/ Apparel Design, Fashion Merchandising, Multi/ Interdisciplinary Studies, Hospitality Administration/ Management
Greek Life: No
Acceptance Rate: 70%
Why Choose Lasell?
Why did you choose Lasell?
"I got accepted to Lasell and decided to go to Accepted Students Day in the spring. I was really uncertain about going, I was torn between Lasell and another school, but speaking to the staff I noticed how involved they were with students and how interested they were in getting to know me. I was an actual person to them than just another paper to grade. I loved the small feel of the school and the communication program (my major) got rave reviews. I knew then it was for me."
What makes Lasell stand out from other schools?
"Lasell has so much and more to offer to their students. The small classroom size is perfect for an intimate learning atmosphere. Lasell bases its education on connected-learning. This type of learning style allows students to experience hands on projects in their field."
What are some traditions and well known events on campus?
A well-known campus event at Lasell is Marathon Monday. The Boston Marathon runs past our campus. The whole campus is seen outside enjoying hot dogs in the quad, live music, and more.
What needs improvement at Lasell?
"Honestly, the food service. We pay a lot of money for the school and the food is just ok, its really bland and nothing special. The other two options on campus have limited hours and options. For what we pay, we should be getting much better quality."
"The WiFi in some areas is spotty at best, there needs to be a stronger overall connection on campus."
New Collegiette on Campus
What’s it like to be a first-year on campus?
“It’s really fun I’ve already met some of my best friends here and there’s a ton of stuff to do, there’s like fun activities and dances. I’m already getting really into my major (fashion design), so the learning part is good too.”
“It’s really good I get to have a nice experience and learn from upperclassmen even though I am a freshman.”
“It’s a lot different than being at home because you have a new sense of freedom. Classes are a lot more difficult than high school, but you adjust really well and you get into the routine of college life fairly quickly."
"Welcome Weekend was one of my favorite experiences as a freshman. The school hosted a ton of activities, including trips into Boston. It definitely helped me settle in better and get even more excited about being at college."
All About Academics
What's the most popular majors on campus?
"The fashion and communication departments are definitely the most popular majors on campus. We also have a major that most schools don't have as a combned major which is sports communication."
Do you have to do any large projects for your major?
"Every senior has to do a capstone project which varies major by major but is mainly thesis papers."
How's the workload?
"Honestly, it varies major by major. Communication majors often get the real portion of their work at the end of the semester while fashion design majors are known for pulling all nighters all the time."
Learn from the Best
What are the professors like?
"The professors here are really kooky but in a good way. Every professor is so different from the other its hard to choose one. Each one though gives their classes their all and really knows their students. There's always less than 30 kids in a class so they all know names and what people are like."
What are your favorite classes?
"Conflict, Resolution, and Negotiation is a new class but its awesome. My professor really made classes come alive because instead of just lecturing we played games! He made it fun and interesting to learn. A lot of professors on campus are like that."
Do people go to office hours?
"It depends on the professor. Some have set office hours and are really good about being there but others not so much."
Interests and Involvement
Do students participate in extracurriculars or clubs?
"Students are really involved on campus. You rarely meet a student who isn't on a team, in a club, or doing something other than classes and a job."
What are some of the most popular clubs on campus?
"The rugby club is huge on campus. There's both a male and female club and each have tons of members. Polished, the fashion magazine, the 1851 Chronicle, and Pride are all really popular too."
Where do you find out about clubs?
"Every semester there's a giant activities fair you can sign up for different clubs at. You can also find out through the millions of posters all over campus."
How's the team spirit around campus?
"The women's lacrosse team is fired up this year, we are more ready than ever to win our second GNAC championship in a row. After all teamwork makes the dream work!"
Jen Lemoine – Senior Captain, Lasell Women’s Lacrosse
“The cheerleading team grew so much this year and we've done a great job of getting ourselves a good presence on campus. We're hoping to keep up a good image continue great school spirit at games and performances.”
Alyssa Lajoie – Senior Captain, Lasell Cheerleading
“The rugby team loves this school and loves to be involved in any way we can on campus. Our rugby games are one of the most attended events on campus and we love to energize our crowds. We bleed blue and white.”
Joe Gately – Senior Captain, Men’s Rugby
“The dance team loves to go out and represent the school at basketball games and competitions around the area. We love to see the support from our school at our annual dance showcase at the end of the year. Lasell has a strong sense of school spirit and we are really glad to be apart of it.”
Allyson Duval – Senior Captain, Lasell Dance Team
What teams do you have on campus?
"Lasell College has a lot of team spirit. Well-known teams on campus are the men and women’s soccer team, women’s lacrosse, women’s field hockey, men’s volleyball, and men’s basketball. Many students attend the various sporting events at Lasell. The most popular club sports at the school are men’s rugby, cheerleading, and dance team. There are a large number of student athletes and students who participate in club sports."
What's it like being a woman on campus?
"Honestly, it's great. Lasell started out as an all girls school and we only went coed in the 90's. It's still mainly girls on campus and there's a real vibe of general friendship amongst the girls here."
What do girls wear here?
"How girls dress here is so different from other colleges I've seen. You hardly ever see a girl in sweatpants or pajamas outside of her dorm. Everyone's always really well dressed and looks so fashionable."
Are there any female organizations on campus?
"We have a She's the First chapter, a nonprofit organization that helps support education in developing countries and Her Campus."
Food and Drink
What's the food on campus like?
"Honestly, the dining hall isn't great. Most students prefer either Boomer's Grill or the Arnow Campus Center. The food in the dining hall could be a lot better."
"The campus center is a really great place to get something to eat for all three meals. There's a make your own sandwich station for both breakfast sandwichs and any kind of sandwich you can think of. There's also a great bakery there too."
"Boomer's is only open at night from 7-12 so it's a good late night meal place. They serve a lot of fried stuff, like crispy chicken wraps and burgers. It's really good."
What do people do on weekends?
"Weekends at Lasell unofficially start Thursday night. Most of the time people will go out to parties or into Boston. A lot of people also tend to go to Moody St., a local street near the school with a lot of bars and restaraunts."
Do people tend to stick with the same friend group or is it easy to meet people?
"A lot of people will stick with their core friend group but always are up for meeting new people."
What are the dorms like as a freshman?
"Freshmen are mainly housed in Woodland Hall, it's really nice to be in the same building as the majority of my classmates because we all know each other by the end of the year. It builds a sense of community in the class."
Are there different housing options?
"Students have a variety of housing options from traditional dorms to being able to live in refurbished houses on campus. You can even select quiet houses, community service houses, or all girl houses including Van Winkle Hall which is all girls. Woodland is an open triple floor plan but Rockwell and North each have suite style dorms that have their own bathrooms."
What's there to do around campus?
"There's Moody st. which is great for nightlife, it has a good local bar a lot of students go too and is in the middle of a ton of restaraunts and shops. Tom's Pizza is great for a bite out to eat and is right next to Wally's Homemade Ice Cream shop, both are really good."
"Right down the street from campus there's a great hole in the wall diner called the Knotty Pine. It's wicked small but the food is amazing."
"With Boston right at our finger tips students love going into the city. It's so easy to get in the city because we live five minutes from the green line."
Do students do internships off or on campus?
"It all depends on the student. There's a good mix of both, on and off internships."
HC's Complete College Guide: Lasell College
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