Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

North Adams, MA, USA
3.43 Average Rating

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is a public, 4-year institution established in the city of North Adams. Beyond their traditional course offerings, MCLA also features a variety of additional academic opportunities, including travel courses, internships, community-based learning, undergraduate research, and an Honors Program. Students enrolling in STEM fields of study have the opportunity to learn in MCLA’s Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation, which is home to a vast collection of state-of-the-art resources as well as outdoor instruction areas and a rooftop classroom.

Admissions

Key Admissions Stats

Institution Type
Public
  • Not for Profit
  • Coed

Need Blind

This school does not consider an applicant’s financial situation when deciding admission

Level of Institution
4 Year
Campus Setting
Suburb or town
0
100
88%
Acceptance Rate

Admissions Requirements

SAT
No
ACT
No
Transcript
No

Important Deadlines

Application Type Application Deadline Reply Deadline
Early Action Acceptance is not binding, but student will receive admissions decision earlier. December 1

Rolling Admissions

The college has rolling admissions, which means applications are accepted any time throughout the year.

Admitted Student Stats

In-State Students
61%
Out-Of-State Students
31%
6%
Submitting ACT
82%
Submitting SAT
Average SAT Composite: 1070
0
1600

Academics

Key Academic Stats

Total Number of Students
1,202
Total Number of Undergrads
1,076
Academic Calendar

Semester

See your fit
Classroom Sizes

2-19 Students
73%
20-39 Students
25%
0
100
44%
Graduate in 4 Years US National: 28%
0
100
56%
Graduate in 6 Years US National: 52%
Student:Faculty Ratio
10:1
US National: 21:1

Tuition, Cost & Aid

Key Financial Stats

Average Net Price
$16,861
Calculate your net cost
Tuition
In-State Tuition In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
$11,306
Out-of-State Tuition Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
$20,251
Additional Costs
Room and Board The weighted average for room and board and other expenses is generated as follows:
  • (amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
  • + amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
  • + amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
$12,284
Books and Supplies
$1200

Aid & Grants

0
100
78%
Need Met
Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid. Federal gift aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
45%
Average Aid Per Year
$8,423
Students Receiving Grants Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
45%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$3,955
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$5,222

Student Loans

Students Borrowing Loans Loans to students - Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
97%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$4,936
Average Debt at Graduation The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
$18,180
Median Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.
$229

Campus Life

Key Campus Stats

Student Gender
Male
Female
38%
62%
Student Organizations
50
Size of Town
Suburb or town
LGBTQIA Student Resource Groups
No
On Campus Women's Center
Yes

Housing

0
100
58%
Undergrads Living on Campus
On-campus living required of freshman
Yes

Athletics

Divisional Sports Nickname
Trailblazers
School Colors
navy and gold
Varsity Athletics Association
NCAA
Varsity Athletics Conference Primary
Not applicable

Campus Safety

24-HR security patrol
Yes
Campus emergency phones
Yes

After Graduation

Post Grad Stats

Average Salary
6 years after graduation
$38,300

What Students Are Saying

3.43 Average Rating
There are so many opportunities here for students, from studying abroad, to getting jobs on campus, to getting involved in club activities. The student-to-faculty ratio is small so the professors really get to know you by the time you're an upperclassman. The intimate campus and the individual attention received makes M.C.L.A. the perfect place for getting an education, gaining opportunities, and being a successful student.
Megan from North Adams, MA
MCLA is a great school to go to if you want to be recognized as an individual and not just a number. The faculty and staff are dedicated to each student's success in and out of the classroom. You don't go anywhere on campus without seeing a smile; it's a close-knit community.
Gillian from Easthampton, MA