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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.
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Institution Type Public
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 1,444
   Women 903 (62.5%)
   Men 541 (37.5%)
Graduate Students 200
Entrance Difficulty Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate 77% of 2,013 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 440-550 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 450-580 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 20-25 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests   X    
Essay   X    
Extracurricular Activities     X  
Cost of Attendance In-state: $23,929
Out-of-state: $32,874
  Tuition and Fees In-state: $9,875
Out-of-state: $18,820
  Room and Board $10,078
Average Percent of Need Met 79%
Average Freshman Award $15,549
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 90
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 19% of classes
10-19 students: 45% of classes
20-29 students: 33% of classes
30-39 students: 3% of classes
40-49 students: 0% of classes
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 85% of freshmen, 59% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division III
Mascot Mohawks
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.5% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.2% Asian
9.5% Black/African-American
7.5% Hispanic/Latino
3.2% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
74.8% White
2.3% Unknown
International Students 0.6% from 2 countries
First-Year Students Returning 79.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 37.6%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly Not reported