Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

North Adams, MA

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

North Adams, MA

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Tuition & Fees

$10,930

$19,875

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
3%
600-699
25%
500-599
49%
400-499
21%
300-399
2%
700-800
2%
600-699
17%
500-599
52%
400-499
28%
300-399
1%
30-36
9%
24-29
18%
18-23
55%
12-17
18%
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undergraduateRatios

38%

male

62%

female

12

students

1

faculty

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Moderately Selective

73%

acceptance rate

Accepted 1,423
Declined 508
Total Received 1,931
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Public

1,277

undergraduate students

175

graduate students

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School Facts

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA), founded in 1894, is the public liberal arts college of Massachusetts. Located in the City of North Adams in the northwest corner of state. MCLA is located 1 hour from Albany, NY and 3 hours from Boston, MA.

Official website Visit website
Application link Apply online
Public/private Public
Campus enrollment 1,452
Established in 1894
Coeducational Coeducational

105‐acre campus in North Adams (population: 12,970), 20 miles from Pittsfield and 45 miles from Albany, NY. Served by bus; major airport serves Albany, NY (45 miles); air also serves Hartford, CT (90 miles); train serves Rensselaer, NY (40 miles). Public transportation serves campus.

  • Campus Setting: Small town
  • Metropolitan area: Albany-Schenectady-Troy New York Metro Area
  • Campus Size: hectares
  • Nearest airport: Albany International

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
375 Church Street
North Adams, MA
01247

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
58%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Students through junior year required to live on campus
yes
Freshman guaranteed housing
yes
Coed housing
yes
Disabled student housing

Top Organizations

  • Student Activities Council
  • Student Government Association
  • The Beacon (Student Newspaper)
  • Harlequin-Musical Theatre Company
  • Dance Company

Top Events

  • Summer Reading Program
  • Midnight Madness
  • Midnight Breakfast
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Campus Facts

  • Student-run campus newspaper
  • Drama/Theater group
  • Student-run radio station
  • Choral groups
  • Local fraternities on campus
  • Local sororities on campus

Campus Security

  • 24 hour emergency telephone/alarm devices
  • 24 hour patrol by trained security personnel
  • Late-night transport/escort service
  • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
3%
600-699
25%
500-599
49%
400-499
21%
300-399
2%
700-800
2%
600-699
17%
500-599
52%
400-499
28%
300-399
1%
30-36
9%
24-29
18%
18-23
55%
12-17
18%

Admissions Facts

Considers standardized test scores in admission decisions yes
School has early action program yes
Average Freshman GPA (4.0 scale) 3.2

Moderately Selective

73%

acceptance rate

Accepted 1,423
Declined 508
Total Received 1,931

Admissions Factors

Very Important

academic GPA
rigor of secondary school record

Important

application essay
recommendation(s)
standardized test scores

Considered

extracurricular activities
alumni/ae relation
level of applicant's interest
character/personal qualities
interview
class rank
talent/ability
volunteer work
work experience

Not Considered

first generation
geographical residence
racial/ethnic status
religious affiliation/commitment
state residency

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International Facts

Accepts International Baccalaureate yes
Offers English as a second language no
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Financial Facts

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Installment payment plan yes
Tuition waiver for employees (and children) yes

Varsity Sports

M W
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-country running
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Volleyball

Intramural Sports Men

Basketball, Equestrian sports, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Racquetball, Rugby, Skiing (cross-country), Skiing (downhill), Soccer, Softball, Squash, Tennis, Ultimate frisbee, Volleyball

Intramural Sports Women

Basketball, Cheerleading, Equestrian sports, Football, Golf, Racquetball, Rugby, Skiing (cross-country), Skiing (downhill), Soccer, Softball, Squash, Tennis, Ultimate frisbee, Volleyball

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Athletic Conference

NCAA Division III

Majors

Assc. Bach.
Accounting
Art/Art Studies, General
Athletic Training/Trainer
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Biotechnology
Broadcast Journalism
Business Administration and Management, General
Chemistry, General
Communication, General
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Creative Writing
Education, General
English Language and Literature, General
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Fine and Studio Arts Management
General Literature
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
History, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Journalism
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Mathematics, General
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Music, General
Philosophy
Physics, General
Political Science and Government, General
Pre-Law Studies
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
Pre-Physical Therapy Studies
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing
Psychology, General
Public Policy Analysis, General
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication
Sociology
Theatre/Theatre Arts Management
Visual and Performing Arts, General
Writing, General
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Programs Offered

  • Distance learning
  • Double major
  • Independent study
  • Accelerated degree
  • Honors college
  • Graduated courses offered to undergraduates
  • Cooporative programs
  • Internships
  • Off campus study
  • Summer session for credit
  • Study abroad
  • Part time undergraduate degrees

Other Programs

  • Post-bachelors certificate

1,452

total students

75%

in-state

25%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

88%

1,277
students

Female
62%
792

Male
38%
485

12%

175
students

Female
67%
117

Male
33%
58

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

86%

1,109
students

Female
62%
679

Male
38%
430

14%

168
students

Female
68%
113

Male
32%
55

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Student Facts

Freshman retention rate 70%
Student 4 year graduation rate 44%
Student 5 year graduation rate 10%
Student 6 year graduation rate 2%

Student Break-down

< 1%
Nonresident aliens
8%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
2%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
10%
Hispanic/Latino
71%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
3%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

114

Transfer students enrolled

8%

Transfer students

Transfer Information

Fall transfer enrollment yes
Winter transfer enrollment no
Spring transfer enrollment yes
Summer transfer enrollment no
Accepts CLEP subject tests yes
Accepts CLEP general tests yes
Accepts excelsior college examinations no
Generally accepts credits from other institutions yes
Accepts DSST/DANTES no
Accepts Life Long Learning Credit yes
Age limit (number of years) for completed credits/courses to be transferred no
No Age limit for completed credits/courses to be transferred yes

Transfer Application Deadlines

Not reported

Transfer difficulty

Moderately difficult

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Counseling services

  • Academic
  • Birth control
  • Career
  • Military
  • Minority student
  • Personal
  • Psychological
  • Veteran student

Remedial services offered

  • Math
  • Reading
  • Study skills
  • Writing

Career placement services

  • Alumni Network
  • Career Library
  • Career interest testing
  • Interview workshop
  • Job Fairs
  • Job Interviews
  • Job bank
  • On-campus employer recruitment
  • Resume preparation
  • Resume referral

Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

Not Reported

Additional services

  • Health insurance
  • Health service
  • Nonremedial tutoring
  • Placement service
  • Women's Center

Special programs for physically disabled students

  • Adaptive equipment
  • Note-taking services
  • Reader services
  • Talking books
  • Tape recorders
  • Tutors
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