A casual walk around Lasell University on a cloudy Wednesday afternoon. The university campus locates in Auburndale, Newton, MA, and features a living community named Lasell Village. I hope you enjoy this tour!
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Brief intro of Lasell:
Lasell University (LU) is a private university in Auburndale, Massachusetts. Lasell offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the liberal arts, sciences, and professional fields of study.
Lasell was founded in 1851 as the Auburndale Female Seminary by Williams College Professor of Chemistry, Edward Lasell, after he took a sabbatical from his job in Williamstown to teach at the Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in South Hadley, where the experience inspired him to invest more personally in women’s education. He died of typhoid fever during the first semester, but his school proved highly successful as a first-rate educational institution and was soon renamed Lasell Female Seminary in his memory.
Its name later changed to Lasell Seminary for Young Women and, in 1874, governance was given to a board of trustees and Principal Charles C. Bragdon. Bragdon further expanded the faculty to make Lasell renowned as a more academically rigorous institution, a prestigious school with a highly scientific approach to domestic work, art, and music. As an innovative institution, known for a radical approach to women’s education at the time, Lasell also administered the Harvard exams and offered law courses for women.
Lasell also offered two years of standard collegiate instruction as early as 1852 and is cited as having been the “first successful and persistent” junior college in the United States. In 1932, the college changed its name to Lasell Junior College, and the school officially began offering associate degrees in 1943. In 1989, Lasell adopted a charter to become a four-year institution (it no longer offers any two-year undergraduate degrees), and began admitting male students in 1997. Lasell also began offering master’s degrees in 2002.
In 2019, the institution’s application to become a university was approved by the State Board of Education and it changed its name to Lasell University.
The Lasell campus covers roughly 54 acres in the Newton, Massachusetts, village of Auburndale, adjacent to the Lasell Neighborhood Historic District. There are approximately 58 buildings, 27 of which are student dormitories. Dormitories include 33 Victorian-era homes (built between 1837 and 1901), suite-style residence halls, and contemporary quad-style halls.
The college opened its Science and Technology Center (STC) in the fall of 2017. It covers 47,000 square feet of space and includes seven labs designed for anatomy and physiology, chemistry, physics, exercise science, and math.
Lasell’s campus includes a day-care facility (the Barn), Rockwell Preschool, and Lasell Village – a senior living community focused on lifelong learning designated as an Age-Friendly University (AFU).
The campus is located about half a mile from the Auburndale Commuter Rail station on the Framingham/Worcester Line, and about one mile away from the Riverside MBTA Station on the Green Line’s D train, which takes commuters into the downtown Boston area. A shuttle runs regularly between the campus and Riverside Station.
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