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Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Overview

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is a public institution situated in North Adams, Massachusetts. North Adams is a good match for students who enjoy small-town life.

What Is Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Known For?

310 Undergraduate Awards
$28,609 Avg Cost After Aid
77% Acceptance Rate
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the post-master's certificate is the highest award a student can attain at MCLA.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 53% of the faculty were full-time.

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards MCLA has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#5 Best Value Colleges for General Education College Factual
#16 Best Value Colleges for English Language & Literature College Factual
#29 Best Value Colleges for General English Literature College Factual
#51 Best English Language & Literature Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual

Where Is Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts?

Location of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Contact details for MCLA are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 375 Church Street, North Adams, MA 01247-4100
Phone: 413-662-5000

How Do I Get Into MCLA?

You can apply to MCLA online at:

Admission Requirements for MCLA

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into MCLA?

77% Acceptance Rate
67% Of Accepted Are Women
91% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 77%, MCLA may not be as selective as some schools, but you should not take admittance for granted. Be sure to submit the best application you can.

Approximately 33% of accepted students are men and 67% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 70%, and the acceptance rate for women is 80%.

Average Test Scores

About 91% of students accepted to MCLA submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 480 and 580. Math scores were between 490 and 610.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts  ( 480 to 580 )

SAT Math Scores for Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts  ( 490 to 610 )
MCLA received ACT scores from 8% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 19 and 27.

ACT Composite Scores for Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts  ( 19 to 27 )

Can I Afford Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts?

$28,609 Net Price
98% Take Out Loans
7.1% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of MCLA is $28,609. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At MCLA, approximately 98% of students took out student loans averaging $5,647 a year. That adds up to $22,588 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at MCLA is 7.1%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,109 Full-Time Undergraduates
61% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,277 undergraduate students at MCLA, with 1,109 being full-time and 168 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  MCLA

There are also 175 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,109 full-time undergraduates at MCLA, 39% are male and 61% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  MCLA

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of MCLA Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 24
Black or African American 99
Hispanic or Latino 116
White 783
International Students 6
Other Races/Ethnicities 81

Geographic Diversity

Massachusetts students aren't the only ones who study at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. At this time, 15 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 5 countries are represented at MCLA. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Afghanistan, and Ghana.

Online Learning at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

100 Took All Classes Online
344 Took At Least One Class Online
1,487.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 344 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at MCLA has changed over the last few years.


Online Growth Rankings of MCLA

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts was 1,487.0%. This is the #64 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at MCLA regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 45 7 8 60
General Education 13 19 22 54
General English Literature 53 0 0 53
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 51 0 0 51
General Psychology 31 0 0 31
Sociology 17 0 0 17
Arts & Media Management 16 0 0 16
Health Sciences & Services 14 0 0 14
General Visual & Performing Arts 13 0 0 13
General Biology 12 0 0 12
History 8 0 0 8
Computer Information Systems 6 0 0 6
Natural Resources Conservation 6 0 0 6
Physics 6 0 0 6
Political Science & Government 5 0 0 5
Mathematics 4 0 0 4
Philosophy 3 0 0 3
Fine & Studio Arts 3 0 0 3
Allied Health Professions 2 0 0 2
Chemistry 2 0 0 2
Accounting 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 310 26 30 366


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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