Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

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375 Church Street

North Adams, MA 01247

Phone: (413) 662-5000
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
rolling admission

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#176 Overall Score: 36 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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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 1,600, 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 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 176. Its in-state tuition and fees are $8,525 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $17,470 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

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 the public liberal arts college of the Commonwealth, MCLA is committed to preparing students for success at work and in life. MCLA provides unmatched, hands-on growth opportunities early, and often, in an inspiring, creative community.

MCLA's unique features include a low faculty-to-student ratio; 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 environmental studies major and athletic training; numerous study-away experiences; community service learning; a strong teacher education program and the opportunity to work with faculty on undergraduate research.

Construction of a new 65,000 square foot state of the art Center for Science and Innovation building is underway and transform teaching, learning and research at MCLA. Academic departments that will be housed in this new building will be Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Math, Physics and Psychology. Along with the sciences and the arts, MCLA offers Bachelor's degrees in business, education, English Communications, sociology, liberal arts and psychology. Our newest major in Political Science and Public Policy offers an opportunity to integrate academic study with practical experiences 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 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.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1894
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $7,531,787


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 March 1. The application fee at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is $40. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 67.2 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 67.2%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by March 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is 13:1, and the school has 69.4 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; Psychology; and Visual and Performing Arts. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 74 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 13:1
4-year graduation rate 31%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 19%
English Language and Literature/Letters 17%
Social Sciences 12%
Psychology 11%
Visual and Performing Arts 11%

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Student Life

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,600, with a gender distribution of 40.6 percent male students and 59.4 percent female students. At this school, 63 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 37 percent of students live off campus. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,799
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
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

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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

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Paying for School

At Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, 73.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,297.

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In-state tuition and fees $8,525 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $17,470 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,322 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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