Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

North Adams, MA

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, which changed its name from North Adams State College in 1997, was founded in 1894 as a public, liberal arts college. Its 75-acre campus is located in North Adams, northwest of Springfield.

Website: www.mcla.edu/

Public
Co-ed
1,407
Undergraduate
Students
(61.8%) 869 Women
(38.2%) 538 Men
181
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
77% of 1,947 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
Rolling

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.20
SAT Math
490-610 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
480-580 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
19-27 range of middle 50%
See more

Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
In-state: $25,965
Out-of-state: $34,910
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $10,559
Out-of-state: $19,504
Room and Board
$10,980
Average Percent of Need Met
76%
Average Freshman Award
$15,219
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$27,883
See more

Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
87
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 21% of classes
10-19 students: 42% of classes
20-29 students: 34% of classes
30-39 students: 3% of classes
50-99 students: 0% of classes
See more

Campus Life

North Adams Population
13,533
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Albany-Schenectady-Troy New York Metro Area
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
58% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Mohawks
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
See more

Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.4% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.4% Asian
8.8% Black/African-American
8.5% Hispanic/Latino
3.1% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
73.3% White
3.5% Unknown
International Students
0.6% from 2 countries
First-Year Students Returning
73.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
39.9%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
See more

Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Moderately Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is required

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 4  
Science 4  
Foreign Language 2  
Social Studies 2  
History    
Academic Electives 1  

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required June 30
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: No policy as of now
ACT: No policy as of now

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
375 Church Street
City, State, Zip
North Adams, MA 01247-4100
Phone
(413) 662-5410
Fax
(413) 662-5179
E-mail
admissions@mcla.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
Rolling
Application Fee
No fee required
Application Fee Waiver
Not reported
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling
Accept Offer of Admission
By May 1 or within 2 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Action Deadline
December 1
Early Action Notification
December 15

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
1 required for all freshmen
Other
Sliding scale applies (GPA and SAT) if below 3.0 recommended for some freshmen
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
77% of 1,947 applicants were admitted
Women
70% of 693 applicants were admitted
Men
80% of 1,254 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
423 (28%) of 1,492 admitted students enrolled
Women
262 (54%) of 485 admitted students enrolled
Men
161 (16%) of 1,007 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
Not reported
Students Offered Wait List
 
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
 

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.20
3.75 and Above
16%
3.50 - 3.74
13%
3.25 - 3.49
11%
3.00 - 3.24
19%
2.50 - 2.99
31%
2.00 - 2.49
10%

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
490-610 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
5%
Score of 600 - 700
26%
Score of 500 - 600
44%
Score of 400 - 500
24%
Score of 300 - 400
1%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
480-580 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
4%
Score of 600 - 700
17%
Score of 500 - 600
49%
Score of 400 - 500
28%
Score of 300 - 400
2%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
19-27 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
12%
Score of 24 - 29
24%
Score of 18 - 23
48%
Score of 12 - 17
16%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
 
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
In-state: $25,965
Out-of-state: $34,910
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $10,559
Out-of-state: $19,504
Room and Board
$10,980
Books and Supplies
$1,200
Other Expenses
$3,226
Payment Plans
Installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline March 1
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning March 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 002187
Free

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
286 (99.7%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
244 (85.3%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
241 (98.8%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
196 (81.3%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
76%
Average Award
$15,219
Need-Based Gift
Received by 189 (78.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,784
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 232 (96.3%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,575
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 155 (64.3%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
28 (9.8%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $3,652

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
1,115 (92.8%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
953 (85.5%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
938 (98.4%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
746 (79.5%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
76%
Average Award
$15,345
Need-Based Gift
Received by 762 (81.2%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,475
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 896 (95.5%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,351
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 375 (40.0%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
85 (7.1%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $3,362

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
81%
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$27,883
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
Available
Other Loans
 

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Biological Sciences, Business, Communication, Computer Science, Education, English, Health Fields, Humanities, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Applied Art and Design, Art/Fine Arts, Cinema/Film/Broadcasting, Journalism/Publications, Music, Performing Arts, Theater/Drama
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Leadership, Memberships
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biotechnology
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Communication, General
  • Computer Science
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Creative Writing
  • Cytotechnology/Cytotechnologist
  • Education, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Fine and Studio Arts Management
  • General Literature
  • History, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Journalism
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mathematics, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General
  • Music, General
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Pre-Law Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Pre-Physical Therapy Studies
  • Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing
  • Psychology, General
  • Public Policy Analysis, General
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication
  • Sociology
  • Theatre/Theatre Arts Management
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General
  • Writing, General
Most Popular Disciplines
Interdisciplinary studies, Business/marketing, English, Visual and performing arts, Psychology
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Engineering, podiatric medicine with the New York School of Podiatric Medicine
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
Some online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Computer
Students required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
87
Part-Time Faculty
79
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
47%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 21% of classes
10-19 students: 42% of classes
20-29 students: 34% of classes
30-39 students: 3% of classes
50-99 students: 0% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 32% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 63% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 5% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
379,080
Computer Ownership
Students required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
140
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Business Administration, Master of Education

Master's Programs of Study

  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Educational Media/Instructional Technology
  • Health Education
  • Physical Education
  • Reading Education
  • Special Education

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Not reported

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Location and Setting


North Adams Population
13,533
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Albany-Schenectady-Troy New York Metro Area
Campus Size
105 acres

Weather

Temperature
15 average low in January, 74.5 average high in September
Rain
133 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
1 mile(s) from campus in North Adams
Nearest Train Station
45 mile(s) from campus in Rensselaer, N.Y.

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Coed housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
58% of all students
Housing Requirements
Students required to live on campus through junior year
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
42%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Mohawks
School Colors
Navy and gold

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x  
Basketball x   x  
Cross-Country Running x   x  
Golf     x  
Lacrosse x      
Soccer x   x  
Softball x      
Tennis x   x  
Women's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Golf    
Lacrosse x  
Soccer x  
Softball x  
Tennis x  
Mens's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Baseball x  
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Golf x  
Lacrosse    
Soccer x  
Softball    
Tennis x  
Women's Club Sports
 
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
basketball, equestrian sports, football, golf, racquetball, skiing (cross-country), skiing (downhill), soccer, softball, squash, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, student activities council, student government association, the beacon (student newspaper), harlequin-musical theatre company, dance company
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
ROTC
 

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
1,407
Women
869 (61.8%)
Men
538 (38.2%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
1,201
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.4% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.4% Asian
8.8% Black/African-American
8.5% Hispanic/Latino
3.1% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
73.3% White
3.5% Unknown
International Students.
0.6% from 2 countries
Average Age
22
All Graduate Students
181

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
73.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
39.9%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
52.3%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
54.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Average Starting Salary
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Not reported

A portion of the College Profile data is provided under license by:
Peterson's Undergraduate and Undergraduate Financial Aid Databases, copyright © 2019 Peterson's, a Nelnet company. All rights reserved."