Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA)

375 Church St, North Adams, MA

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MCLA is a liberal arts college that offers an undergraduate education and assists students in developing important skills useful in pursuit of graduate education or employment. A liberal arts curriculum exposes students to a variety of topics and subjects. The school is located in North Adams, MA, which is a predominantly rural area. Over two thousand students enroll at MCLA annually.

Students can select from several areas of study, including but not limited to:

  • English
  • Business Administration
  • Sociology
  • Education
  • Interdisciplinary Studies

Students applying for admission are required to submit an application, school records, test scores and any requested letters of recommendations, which will then be reviewed by the admissions committee. Either the SAT or ACT exam can be taken in order to be able to apply to MCLA. Scores in a range of 19 - 23 on the ACT or 890 - 1110 on the SAT are needed to greatly increase the chance of acceptance. 67% of those students that apply are admitted to Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, of which 27 percent choose to enroll. More information regarding admissions can be found here.

The tuition at this school varies based on the state of residence of the student. In-state residents pay close to $8,900 per year, while out-of-state residents are charged $19,000 annually. Housing may be available for students that would like to live on-campus at an estimated cost of $5,300 for the year. Students attending MCLA may qualify for aid which is usually loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts "Trailblazers" compete in a number of intercollegiate sports through participation in the NCAA. Athletic programs available may include:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division III)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Golf (NCAA Division III)
  • Soccer (NCAA Division III)
  • Softball (NCAA Division III)

Students who wish to learn more about MCLA may take a look at their website at

Admission Requirements & Details

The admissions information below may give you an idea of the students MCLA accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • Life Experience Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has a total student population of about 1,600, with undergraduate students making up about 89% of the total student population and graduate students making up the rest.


Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $14,300. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $40 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are:
    • In-State: $1,000-$1,200
    • Out-of-State: $10,000-$11,970
  • Charges for part-time students are:
    • In-State: $43-$52 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $420-$500 per unit
  • May offer prepaid tuition rates, allowing tuition to be purchased at current rates for future enrollment.

Financial Aid Details

The table listed below helps break down the types of financial aid students receive and the percent receiving aid, as well as the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid95%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships71%$6,368
Receiving Student Loans93%$5,583
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Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help support students, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts may offer services including:

  • Online classes
  • Night and weekend classes available
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Student employment
  • Assistance to find work

Graduation Rates

The overall graduation rate of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is approximately 57%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years38%
Graduating in 5 Years15%
Graduating in 6 Years3%

Intercollegiate Athletics

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division III (without football) classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Massachusetts State College Ath Assoc)
  • Basketball (Massachusetts State College Ath Assoc)
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field, X-Country
  • Volleyball
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Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

Get more information about the programs offered by Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts by clicking the request information to the right.

(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Computer and Information Sciences


English Language and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

    Mathematics and Statistics

    Natural Resources and Conservation

    Philosophy and Religious Studies

    Physical Sciences


    Social Sciences

    Visual and Performing Arts

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