Lasell College - Comments and Student Experiences|
For prospective students looking into Lasell, I have some advice for you. When looking into schools, I actually visited Lasell multiple times. I thought it was just stunning. The campus itself is laid out very nicely and is very well kept. The Victorian houses are beautiful, and the area is so quiet and tranquil. Unfortunately, for me, this is where the positives ended.
I personally found the students at this school to be very unwelcoming, close minded, and not quite "college ready." Classes were being treated as high school extensions, with lots of complaining about assignments (such as a 4-6 page paper for a midterm.) The main concern for a majority of students at Lasell is partying, which at Lasell actually means standing in the quad and drinking. For all 4 years. At most universities, "Thirsty Thursday" is something you outgrow after your freshman year. At Lasell, it carries on all 4 years. Once I transferred and experiences sophomores and up laughing at the term when freshmen said it, I realized that the obsession with it at Lasell was abnormal, particularly with the older students. Sleeping and/or studying on a Thursday at Lasell is a no-go.
There also isn't really anything to do on campus. Activities and events are sparse. There really aren't many clubs or organizations on campus, and the ones that do exist are very hesitant to include younger students. I wasn't "accepted" into one club, then afterwards I heard students in the club complaining that they didn't have enough members. In another club, they wouldn't allow anyone who wasn't in a leadership position to make suggestions and policed your every move. It was very awkward and made us feel very unwelcome. A majority of us dropped the club after that.
By the end of my time at Lasell, I was bored, academically unchallenged, and just plain miserable. I bolted quickly for another school (this one larger than Lasell) and ended up having the time of my life. Lasell nearly ruined college for me, but my new school made it the best 3 years of my life, so for that I do have to thank Lasell because I never would've gone to that school otherwise.
Please know that just because Lasell is a small school, it doesn't mean that they value you as a student. My own advisor was questioning where I had gone SIX MONTHS after I had already transferred. In a school of around 1,600 students, that isn't acceptable. In my experience, Lasell is happy to take your money, but they don't have time to help you out if you're having any trouble. Small sized schools are nice, but the size of Lasell is simply way too small as it doesn't sustain any kind of campus life. It also backfires when you're part of such a small number but barely matter to the school. Don't be fooled by Lasell's beauty and promises. Make sure you're asking the right questions and speaking to current students who aren't paid ambassadors. It's something I wish I had done before attending, and would only regret it more if transferring hadn't led to something amazing.And if you are a current student who is considering transferring, follow your gut. It seems scary at first, and it definitely isn't fun to uproot yourself, but chances are you'll be much happier, get a better education, and have an overall better experience. College should be something you look back on and appreciate, not regret. If you want to transfer but aren't sold, just trust yourself and do it. You will be glad you did.
Freshman year was fine, sophomore year was slightly more challenging, but by then I was already tied into my junior year study abroad. After that, it didn't seem worth it to transfer and have to spend even more money on an extra semester if credits didn't transfer to the new school. I can't speak for any other majors, but if you go to Lasell for fashion, pay close attention to your learning process, and if you think you could achieve more somewhere else, GO. JUST GO NOW.
The students here aren't the brightest or most talented. If you believe that you are above average, aim for a different college. The classes themselves here (regardless of major) are not challenging, and many feel like high school. That being said, I have had some very interesting classes (surprise: History of Human Rights) and some that require a lot of work. It all comes down to the professor.
More complaints: The advising system leaves something to be desired, the campus shuttle is unreliable, and the on-campus activities are lackluster. Don't even get me started on the party scene, it's a joke. Though they describe Boston as "a couple minutes away," it's more like a 40 minute train ride or more. No one goes into Boston, they just stay in their dorms. You're honestly better off getting an off campus apartment than paying their room and board, both because of the cost, and the lack of life. I pay less for an entire year's lease and food off campus than for Lasell's 9 month housing fees. Find a friend and share a room in an apartment. Oh, and the dining hall food is awful. You'll definitely want to learn how to cook.
Also: the tuition is jacked up a couple thousand every year, but your awards will stay the same. Be prepared for that.
The good things: They cost extra, but the suite style rooms are nice. The overall room size is also pretty good. If possible, I would recommend living in one of the houses at some point. I lived in one my freshman year and the room was huge. The area is also very safe, and the landscaping is nice in the fall. A select few professors are really wonderful (Carey, Emanuelson, among others) and really know what they're talking about.I apologize for this (mostly) whiny rant, but someone needs to point these things out. I have simply had enough. After having such high hopes for my college career, and falling in love with the school after visiting it in high school, I can't believe that I'm so disappointed.
Lower Columbia College (WA) 1:neutral
Goshen College (IN) 1:negative
Franklin University (OH) 1:positive
University of Toronto (Canada) 1:positive
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