NEC member Lasell College has been granted university status by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. Lasell is among the first private colleges in Massachusetts, starting as Lasell Junior College in 1932 and transforming into a four-year institution in 1989.
The Newton, MA, university has grown tremendously over the last ten years. Lasell has increased its endowment by 79%, and its enrollment by 26%. The University has invested over $90 million in reinventing and updating its infrastructure and programming. The school has modernized classrooms, updated dining halls, and built state of the art facilities, such as their recently-opened Science and Technology Center. The University believes its name change more accurately represents its financial stability and unprecedented growth of programming for both undergraduate and graduate students.
“University better represents the quality, diversity, and scope of Lasell’s academic offerings, our programs, and priorities, “said Lasell University President Michael B. Alexander. “This timely change underscores our rich history, shared vision, and long-range goals, and emphasizes our long help commitment to the benefits of higher education at a private institution that features small classes sizes and individual faculty attention for every student.”
The NEC congratulates Lasell on this exciting change and wishes them continued success.