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Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is a public institution that was founded in 1894. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,673, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 105 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $8,525 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $17,470 (2012-13).
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Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) delivers a high-quality, affordable education that provides students with the critical thinking and communication skills of greatest value to their development, their community and their future employers. As a public liberal arts college committed to preparing students for success at work and in life, that is our promise. MCLA provides unmatched, hands-on growth opportunities early, and often, in an inspiring, creative community.
Unique features of an MCLA education include a low faculty-to-student ratio, where professors know their students' names and share their dreams; collaborations with the region's cultural venues for our fine and performing arts, visual arts and arts management degree programs; our Berkshire Hills Internship Program (B-HIP), where students get hands-on experience as arts administrators; science programs including a 3+2 pre-engineering program, an
The College offers Bachelor's degrees in 18 disciplines including business, English Communications and psychology. Recent new programs have been offered in Athletic Training and Art. In addition the Political Science and Public Policy major offer the opportunity to integrate academic study with practical, high-impact opportunities like internships and the chance to make connections with policy-makers in government agencies and through other vocational experiences.
Other features include diverse on-campus residence halls, more than 40 clubs and organizations, a TV studio and radio station where students produce their own shows; and a very active Student Government Association. Division III sports range from soccer to golf. Beyond the undergraduate experience, MCLA also offers a comprehensive Master's degree in education and recently launched a Professional Master in Business Administration.
This welcoming, caring place helps students develop the confidence to make contributions to this world as lasting as the Berkshire hills that surround us, ensuring that students earn a powerful lifelong return on their educational investment.
|School type||public, coed college|
When applying to Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early action deadline is December 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due June 1. The application fee at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is $40. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 66.9 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||66.9%|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||June 1|
The student-faculty ratio at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is 14:1, and the school has 66.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; English Language and Literature/Letters; Social Sciences; Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 74.2 percent.
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,673, with a gender distribution of 41.9 percent male students and 58.1 percent female students. At this school, 67.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 33.0 percent of students live off campus. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.
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|Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity||N/A|
|Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority||N/A|
|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA III|
Campus Info & Services
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.
|Students who have cars on campus||N/A|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||Yes|
Paying for School
At Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, 70.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,191.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|In-state tuition and fees||$8,525 (2012-13)|
|Out-of-state tuition and fees||$17,470 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$9,102 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data