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Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Wouldn't you rather attend a den of intellectualism like Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts instead of dreary-sounding North Adams State College? Thanks to MCLA's name change, you can do just that. This public school in the northwestern corner of the state offers an extensive core curriculum, an impressive array of liberal arts majors, and an undergraduate National Student Exchange program in which participating students can study in exotic locales such as Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada.

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Offers Baccalaureate Degrees, Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Focus on Undergraduate Professions

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Wouldn't you rather attend a den of intellectualism like Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts instead of dreary-sounding North Adams State College? Thanks to MCLA's name change, you can do just that. This public school in the northwestern corner of the state offers an extensive core curriculum, an impressive array of liberal arts majors, and an undergraduate National Student Exchange program in which participating students can study in exotic locales such as Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada.

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As "the public liberal arts college of Massachusetts," MCLA is one of only 25 so-designated institutions in the country and a member of COPLAC, the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges. We offer Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master's of education degrees, Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS), along with extensive professional development opportunities to our region's teachers and K-12 administrators and a newly launched Professional Masters of Business Administration. A member of the Massachusetts state university system, we deliver high quality, affordable education that focuses on building critical thinking and communication skills that are of great value to our graduates' development, to their community, and to their future employers. This rich academic experience also is prevalent in our professional degree programs. As a public liberal arts college, our promise is a commitment to prepare students for success at work and in life.

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Student Body

Total Undergraduates 1,538
Gender 40% Male / 60% Female
Enrollment Breakdown 88% Full Time / 12% Part Time
Geography 77% In State / 23% Out of State / % International
Socio-Economic Diversity 48% of students received Pell Grants, which are provided by the U.S. government to students from middle and lower income families. It gives you an idea of a school’s socio-economic diversity.
Ethnic Diversity
Percentage
White 70%
Hispanic/Latino 2%
Ethnicity Unknown 17%
Black or African American 9%
Asian 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Housing

Campus housing is available for undergraduates. Housing deposit : $100.00. Housing deposit is not refunded if student does not enroll.. No cars. No pets.

63% of students live on-campus.

87% of freshman live on-campus.

  • Coed Dorms
  • Housing Offered
  • Special Housing for Disabled Students
  • Wellness Housing

Activities

Student Publications: The Beacon

  • Dance
  • Government or Political Activity
  • International Student Organization
  • Literary Magazine
  • Radio Station
  • Student Newspaper
  • Television Station
  • Yearbook
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Musical Theater
  • Music Ensembles
  • Fraternities
  • Sororities
  • Drama/Theater

Student Services

  • Academic Support Services: learning center pre-admission summer program reduced course load remedial instruction tutoring writing center study skills assistance
  • Computer Services: computer center, dorms, libraries, student center dorms wired for access to campus-wide network wireless network available dorms wired for high speed internet connections
  • Counseling Services: career counseling employment services for undergraduates health services personal counseling placement services for graduates adult (re-entering) student services/programs veteran's counselor women's services minority students services financial aid counseling alcohol/substance abuse counseling economically disadvantaged students services
  • Facilities
  • Special Needs Services: services and/or facilities for hearing impaired partial services for students with learning disabilities services and/or facilities for visually impaired wheelchair accessibility
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): cross-registration double major dual enrollment of high school students visiting/exchange student program honors program independent study internships liberal arts/career combination student-designed major teacher certification accelerated program
  • Transfer In Services
  • Transfer Out Services

Academics

Academics

Popular Majors

Business Administration and Management (17%), English Language and Literature (13%), Sociology (11%), Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other (9%), Psychology (8%), Biology/Biological Sciences (6%)

Majors Offered

Bachelor's

A general program that focuses on the introductory study and appreciation of the visual arts. Includes instruction in art, photography, and other visual communications media.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.
Craft Artists
Create or reproduce hand-made objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.
Photographers
Photograph people, landscapes, merchandise, or other subjects, using digital or film cameras and equipment. May develop negatives or use computer software to produce finished images and prints. Includes scientific photographers, aerial photographers, and photojournalists.

A general program that focuses on the English language, including its history, structure and related communications skills; and the literature and culture of English-speaking peoples.

Job Opportunities:

English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in English language and literature, including linguistics and comparative literature. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.

A program that prepares individuals to organize and manage fine and studio art organizations, operations, and facilities. Includes instruction in business and financial management; marketing and fundraising; personnel management and labor relations; event promotion and management; public relations and arts advocacy; arts law; and applications to specific arts activities such as galleries, museums, studios, foundations, and community organizations.

Job Opportunities:

Managers, All Other
All managers not listed separately.
Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes
Represent and promote artists, performers, and athletes in dealings with current or prospective employers. May handle contract negotiation and other business matters for clients.
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

A program that focuses on the general study and interpretation of the past, including the gathering, recording, synthesizing and criticizing of evidence and theories about past events. Includes instruction in historiography; historical research methods; studies of specific periods, issues and cultures; and applications to areas such as historic preservation, public policy, and records administration.

Job Opportunities:

Managers, All Other
All managers not listed separately.
Historians
Research, analyze, record, and interpret the past as recorded in sources, such as government and institutional records, newspapers and other periodicals, photographs, interviews, films, electronic media, and unpublished manuscripts, such as personal diaries and letters.
History Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in human history and historiography. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.

A program that focuses on ideas and their logical structure, including arguments and investigations about abstract and real phenomena. Includes instruction in logic, ethics, aesthetics, epistemology, metaphysics, symbolism, and history of philosophy, and applications to the theoretical foundations and methods of other disciplines.

Job Opportunities:

Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in philosophy, religion, and theology. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

A general, undifferentiated program that focuses on the visual and performing arts and that may prepare individuals in any of the visual artistic media or performing disciplines.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Craft Artists
Create or reproduce hand-made objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.
Artists and Related Workers, All Other
All artists and related workers not listed separately.
Photographers
Photograph people, landscapes, merchandise, or other subjects, using digital or film cameras and equipment. May develop negatives or use computer software to produce finished images and prints. Includes scientific photographers, aerial photographers, and photojournalists.

Bachelor's

A program that generally prepares individuals to plan, organize, direct, and control the functions and processes of a firm or organization. Includes instruction in management theory, human resources management and behavior, accounting and other quantitative methods, purchasing and logistics, organization and production, marketing, and business decision-making.

Job Opportunities:

Chief Executives
Determine and formulate policies and provide overall direction of companies or private and public sector organizations within guidelines set up by a board of directors or similar governing body. Plan, direct, or coordinate operational activities at the highest level of management with the help of subordinate executives and staff managers.
General and Operations Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate the operations of public or private sector organizations. Duties and responsibilities include formulating policies, managing daily operations, and planning the use of materials and human resources, but are too diverse and general in nature to be classified in any one functional area of management or administration, such as personnel, purchasing, or administrative services.
Sales Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate the actual distribution or movement of a product or service to the customer. Coordinate sales distribution by establishing sales territories, quotas, and goals and establish training programs for sales representatives. Analyze sales statistics gathered by staff to determine sales potential and inventory requirements and monitor the preferences of customers.
Administrative Services Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate one or more administrative services of an organization, such as records and information management, mail distribution, facilities planning and maintenance, custodial operations, and other office support services.
Industrial Production Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate the work activities and resources necessary for manufacturing products in accordance with cost, quality, and quantity specifications.
Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate transportation, storage, or distribution activities in accordance with organizational policies and applicable government laws or regulations. Includes logistics managers.
Construction Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate, usually through subordinate supervisory personnel, activities concerned with the construction and maintenance of structures, facilities, and systems. Participate in the conceptual development of a construction project and oversee its organization, scheduling, budgeting, and implementation. Includes managers in specialized construction fields, such as carpentry or plumbing.
Social and Community Service Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of a social service program or community outreach organization. Oversee the program or organization's budget and policies regarding participant involvement, program requirements, and benefits. Work may involve directing social workers, counselors, or probation officers.
Managers, All Other
All managers not listed separately.
Cost Estimators
Prepare cost estimates for product manufacturing, construction projects, or services to aid management in bidding on or determining price of product or service. May specialize according to particular service performed or type of product manufactured.
Management Analysts
Conduct organizational studies and evaluations, design systems and procedures, conduct work simplification and measurement studies, and prepare operations and procedures manuals to assist management in operating more efficiently and effectively. Includes program analysts and management consultants.
Business Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in business administration and management, such as accounting, finance, human resources, labor and industrial relations, marketing, and operations research. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Bachelor's

A program that focuses on the general theory and practice of learning and teaching, the basic principles of educational psychology, the art of teaching, the planning and administration of educational activities, school safety and health issues, and the social foundations of education.

Job Opportunities:

Education Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses pertaining to education, such as counseling, curriculum, guidance, instruction, teacher education, and teaching English as a second language. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Bachelor's

A program that prepares individuals to work in consultation with, and under the supervision of physicians to prevent and treat sports injuries and associated conditions. Includes instruction in the identification, evaluation, and treatment of athletic injuries and illnesses; first aid and emergency care; therapeutic exercise; anatomy and physiology; exercise physiology; kinesiology and biomechanics; nutrition; sports psychology; personal and community health; knowledge of various sports and their biomechanical and physiological demands; and applicable professional standards and regulations.

Job Opportunities:

Athletic Trainers
Evaluate and advise individuals to assist recovery from or avoid athletic-related injuries or illnesses, or maintain peak physical fitness. May provide first aid or emergency care.

Bachelor's

Any instructional program in multi/interdisciplinary studies not listed above.

Bachelor's

A general program of biology at the introductory, basic level or a program in biology or the biological sciences that is undifferentiated as to title or content. Includes instruction in general biology and programs covering a variety of biological specializations.

Job Opportunities:

Natural Sciences Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, statistics, and research and development in these fields.
Biological Scientists, All Other
All biological scientists not listed separately.
Life Scientists, All Other
All life scientists not listed separately.
Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in biological sciences. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.

A general program that focuses on the scientific study of the composition and behavior of matter, including its micro- and macro-structure, the processes of chemical change, and the theoretical description and laboratory simulation of these phenomena.

Job Opportunities:

Natural Sciences Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, statistics, and research and development in these fields.
Chemists
Conduct qualitative and quantitative chemical analyses or experiments in laboratories for quality or process control or to develop new products or knowledge.
Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses pertaining to the chemical and physical properties and compositional changes of substances. Work may include instruction in the methods of qualitative and quantitative chemical analysis. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching, and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.

A general program that focuses on computing, computer science, and information science and systems. Such programs are undifferentiated as to title and content and are not to be confused with specific programs in computer science, information science, or related support services.

Job Opportunities:

Computer and Information Systems Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as electronic data processing, information systems, systems analysis, and computer programming.
Computer and Information Research Scientists
Conduct research into fundamental computer and information science as theorists, designers, or inventors. Develop solutions to problems in the field of computer hardware and software.
Computer Systems Analysts
Analyze science, engineering, business, and other data processing problems to implement and improve computer systems. Analyze user requirements, procedures, and problems to automate or improve existing systems and review computer system capabilities, workflow, and scheduling limitations. May analyze or recommend commercially available software.
Database Administrators
Administer, test, and implement computer databases, applying knowledge of database management systems. Coordinate changes to computer databases. May plan, coordinate, and implement security measures to safeguard computer databases.
Network and Computer Systems Administrators
Install, configure, and support an organization's local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet systems or a segment of a network system. Monitor network to ensure network availability to all system users and may perform necessary maintenance to support network availability. May monitor and test Web site performance to ensure Web sites operate correctly and without interruption. May assist in network modeling, analysis, planning, and coordination between network and data communications hardware and software. May supervise computer user support specialists and computer network support specialists. May administer network security measures.
Computer Network Architects
Design and implement computer and information networks, such as local area networks (LAN), wide area networks (WAN), intranets, extranets, and other data communications networks. Perform network modeling, analysis, and planning. May also design network and computer security measures. May research and recommend network and data communications hardware and software.
Computer Occupations, All Other
All computer occupations not listed separately.
Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in computer science. May specialize in a field of computer science, such as the design and function of computers or operations and research analysis. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

A program that focuses on the application of biological, chemical, and physical principles to the study of the physical environment and the solution of environmental problems, including subjects such as abating or controlling environmental pollution and degradation; the interaction between human society and the natural environment; and natural resources management. Includes instruction in biology, chemistry, physics, geosciences, climatology, statistics, and mathematical modeling.

Job Opportunities:

Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health
Conduct research or perform investigation for the purpose of identifying, abating, or eliminating sources of pollutants or hazards that affect either the environment or the health of the population. Using knowledge of various scientific disciplines, may collect, synthesize, study, report, and recommend action based on data derived from measurements or observations of air, food, soil, water, and other sources.
Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in environmental science. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

A program that focuses on environment-related issues using scientific, social scientific, or humanistic approaches or a combination. Includes instruction in the basic principles of ecology and environmental science and related subjects such as policy, politics, law, economics, social aspects, planning, pollution control, natural resources, and the interactions of human beings and nature.

Job Opportunities:

Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health
Conduct research or perform investigation for the purpose of identifying, abating, or eliminating sources of pollutants or hazards that affect either the environment or the health of the population. Using knowledge of various scientific disciplines, may collect, synthesize, study, report, and recommend action based on data derived from measurements or observations of air, food, soil, water, and other sources.
Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in environmental science. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

A general program that focuses on the analysis of quantities, magnitudes, forms, and their relationships, using symbolic logic and language. Includes instruction in algebra, calculus, functional analysis, geometry, number theory, logic, topology and other mathematical specializations.

Job Opportunities:

Natural Sciences Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, statistics, and research and development in these fields.
Mathematicians
Conduct research in fundamental mathematics or in application of mathematical techniques to science, management, and other fields. Solve problems in various fields using mathematical methods.
Statisticians
Develop or apply mathematical or statistical theory and methods to collect, organize, interpret, and summarize numerical data to provide usable information. May specialize in fields such as bio-statistics, agricultural statistics, business statistics, or economic statistics. Includes mathematical and survey statisticians.
Mathematical Science Occupations, All Other
All mathematical scientists not listed separately.
Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses pertaining to mathematical concepts, statistics, and actuarial science and to the application of original and standardized mathematical techniques in solving specific problems and situations. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.

A general program that focuses on the scientific study of matter and energy, and the formulation and testing of the laws governing the behavior of the matter-energy continuum. Includes instruction in classical and modern physics, electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics, mechanics, wave properties, nuclear processes, relativity and quantum theory, quantitative methods, and laboratory methods.

Job Opportunities:

Natural Sciences Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, statistics, and research and development in these fields.
Physicists
Conduct research into physical phenomena, develop theories on the basis of observation and experiments, and devise methods to apply physical laws and theories.
Physics Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses pertaining to the laws of matter and energy. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.

Bachelor's

A general program that focuses on the systematic study of political institutions and behavior. Includes instruction in political philosophy, political theory, comparative government and politics, political parties and interest groups, public opinion, political research methods, studies of the government and politics of specific countries, and studies of specific political institutions and processes.

Job Opportunities:

Managers, All Other
All managers not listed separately.
Political Scientists
Study the origin, development, and operation of political systems. May study topics, such as public opinion, political decision-making, and ideology. May analyze the structure and operation of governments, as well as various political entities. May conduct public opinion surveys, analyze election results, or analyze public documents.
Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in political science, international affairs, and international relations. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

A general program that focuses on the scientific study of individual and collective behavior, the physical and environmental bases of behavior, and the analysis and treatment of behavior problems and disorders. Includes instruction in the principles of the various subfields of psychology, research methods, and psychological assessment and testing methods.

Job Opportunities:

Managers, All Other
All managers not listed separately.
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists
Diagnose and treat mental disorders; learning disabilities; and cognitive, behavioral, and emotional problems, using individual, child, family, and group therapies. May design and implement behavior modification programs.
Industrial-Organizational Psychologists
Apply principles of psychology to human resources, administration, management, sales, and marketing problems. Activities may include policy planning; employee testing and selection, training and development; and organizational development and analysis. May work with management to organize the work setting to improve worker productivity.
Psychologists, All Other
All psychologists not listed separately.
Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in psychology, such as child, clinical, and developmental psychology, and psychological counseling. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

A program that focuses on the systematic study of human social institutions and social relationships. Includes instruction in social theory, sociological research methods, social organization and structure, social stratification and hierarchies, dynamics of social change, family structures, social deviance and control, and applications to the study of specific social groups, social institutions, and social problems.

Job Opportunities:

Managers, All Other
All managers not listed separately.
Sociologists
Study human society and social behavior by examining the groups and social institutions that people form, as well as various social, religious, political, and business organizations. May study the behavior and interaction of groups, trace their origin and growth, and analyze the influence of group activities on individual members.
Sociology Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in sociology. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Administration & Faculty

President Mary K. Grant
Accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
Full-time Faculty 87
Student : Faculty Ratio 13 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 52 : 47
Percentage of Faculty Members
Tenured Faculty 67
Tenure Track Faculty 25
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 6

AP Test Credit Information

Test Name Minimum Score Equivalent Course (s) Credits
AP Art History 3.0 ART 117 Great Monuments of Art I 3.0
AP Biology 3.0 BIOL 150 Introduction to Biology 4.0
AP Calculus AB 3.0 MATH 220 Calculus I 3.0
AP Calculus BC 3.0 MATH 220 Calculus I 3.0
AP Chemistry 3.0 CHEM 150 Introduction to Chemistry 4.0
AP Chinese Language and Culture 3.0 TRML 102 Modern Language Elective 3.0
AP Comparative Government and Politics 3.0 POSC 202 Comparative Government and Public Policy 3.0
AP Computer Science A 3.0 CSCI 121 Programming in Java I 3.0
AP English Language and Composition 3.0 ENGL 100, ENGL 150 College Writing I & II 6.0
AP English Literature and Composition 3.0 ENGL 100, ENGL 150 College Writing I & II 6.0
AP Environmental Science 3.0 ENVI 150 Introduction to Environmental Systems 4.0
AP European History 3.0 HIST 103 Premodern World Civilization 3.0
AP French Language and Culture 3.0 FREN 101 (score of 3) FREN 101 & 102 (score of 4 or 5) 3.0
AP German Language and Culture 3.0 MODL 101 (score of 3) MODL 101 & 102 (Score of 4 or 5) Modern Language 3.0
AP Human Geography 3.0 GEOG 130 Human Geography 3.0
AP Italian Language and Culture 3.0 ITAL 101 (score of 3) ITAL 101 & 102 (socre of 4 or 5) Elementary Italian 3.0
AP Latin 3.0 TRML 100 Modern Language Elective 3.0
AP Macroeconomics 3.0 ECON 141 Macroeconomics 3.0
AP Microeconomics 3.0 ECON 142 Microeconomics 3.0
AP Music Theory 3.0 MUSI 259 Music Theory I 3.0
AP Physics B 3.0 PHYS 131 General Physics I 4.0
AP Psychology 3.0 PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology 3.0
AP Spanish Language and Culture 3.0 SPAN 101 (score of 3) SPAN 101 & 102 (score of 4 or 5) Elementary Spanish 3.0
AP Statistics 3.0 MATH 232 Introduction to Statistics 3.0
AP United States Government and Politics 3.0 POSC 201 US Govt & Politics 3.0
AP United States History 3.0 HIST 203 & 204 American History I & II 6.0
AP World History 3.0 HIST 104 Modern World Civilizations 3.0

Admissions

Admissions

Selectivity

Selectivity Score: 45/100
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Selectivity

Acceptance Rate: 67.2% accepted of 1,689 applications

80% of students graduated in the top half of their class.
30% of students graduated in the top quarter of their class.
15% of students graduated in the top tenth of their class.

25th - 75th Percentile
ACTComposite20 - 25
 
SATMath450 - 550
Reading480 - 580

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Rigor Of Secondary School Record, Academic GPA

Important: Application Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Also Considered: Work Experience, Geographical Residence, Interview, Level Of Applicants Interest, Talent Ability, Volunteer Work, Alumni Relation, Character Personal Qualities, Class Rank, Extracurricular Activities

High School Curriculum (years of study):
Required Recommended
History 0 0
English 4 0
Math 3 0
Science 3 0
Science Lab 2 0
Foreign Language 2 0
Academic Electives 2 0

Other Application Information: SAT or ACT SAT Subject Tests

Admissions Websites

Finance

Finance

Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $13,600 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $11,550
$30K-$48K $12,776
$48K-$75K $14,942
$75K-$110K $17,620
$110K+ $18,056

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $1,030, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $1,030 Same as On-Campus
Fees $7,495 Same as On-Campus
Housing $9,322 $9,322
Books $1,200 $1,200
Total (before financial aid) $19,047 $19,047

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $9,975 Same as On-Campus
Fees $7,495 Same as On-Campus
Housing $9,322 $9,322
Books $1,200 $1,200
Total (before financial aid) $27,992 $27,992

Students Receiving Aid

78% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 96% $4,902
Federal Scholarships/Grants 48% $4,502
Institutional Grants 61% $3,767
Other Federal Grants 14% $632
Other Loans 7% $8,225
Pell Grants 48% $4,314
State and Local Scholarships/Grants 39% $1,616
Student Loans 96% $5,488

Financial Aid Websites

Learn more about financial aid at http://www.mcla.edu/academics/academicresources/financialaid/.

Estimate the net price for you at http://npc.collegeboard.org/student/app/mcla.

Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

38% of students graduated on time.

56% of students graduated in six years.

79% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.

Salaries

The typical (median) early career salary of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts graduates is $35,300, according to Payscale.

Athletics

Athletics

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts participates in the NCAA Division III for college athletics.

Sport Contact
Soccer Adam Hildabrand (Get recruited )
Basketball Jamie Morrison (Get recruited )
Golf Marcel Potvin (Get recruited )
Baseball Jeff Puleri (Get recruited )
Sport Coach
Basketball Holly McGovern (Get recruited )
Softball Mike Ameen (Get recruited )
Soccer Deb Raber (Get recruited )
Volleyball Amanda Beckwith (Get recruited )
Tennis Mia Fabrizio (Get recruited )

Rankings

PayScale

#859 Starting Median Salary Rankings

U.S. News & World Report

#9 National Liberal Arts Colleges Top Public Rankings
#138 National Liberal Arts Colleges High School Counselor Rankings
#165 National Liberal Arts

Washington Monthly

#19 Liberal Arts Colleges - Graduation Rate Rank
#72 Liberal Arts Colleges - Community Service Participation Rank
#76 Liberal Arts Colleges - Service Staff, Courses, and Financial Aid Rank
#138 Liberal Arts Colleges - Research Expenditures Rank
#139 Liberal Arts Colleges - ROTC Rank
#154 Liberal Arts Colleges - Peace Corps Rank
#161 Liberal Arts Colleges - Federal Work-Study Funds Spent on Service Rank
#162 Liberal Arts Colleges - Overall Rank
#197 Liberal Arts Colleges - Bachelor's to PhD Rank
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