Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

375 Church St, North Adams, United States
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Overview of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

About this school

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.
  • Institution Type


    Public

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:1,407
    • Men:538 (38.2%)
    • Women:869 (61.8%)

Location

Admission Information

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is 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

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
4
-
Mathematics
4
-
Science
4
-
Foreign Language
2
-
Social Studies
2
-
History
-
-
Academic Electives
1
-

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Required
June 30
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
-
-
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
-
-
SAT Subject Tests Only
-
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Accepted with or without writing component
Use of SAT/ACT Essay
SAT: No policy as of now ACT: No policy as of now

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
375 Church Street
City, State, Zip
North Adams, MA  01247-4100
Phone
(413) 662-5410
Fax
(413) 662-5179
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission Deadline
Rolling
Application Fee
No fee required|Fee may be reduced or waived if student applies online. Check with Admissions Office.
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

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

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular|Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/ Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


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


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

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
3.20
375 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 Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


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

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


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

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - In-state: $10,135|Out-of-state: $19,080
  • Room & Board: - $10,724 (72.95238095238095%)
  • Other Expences: - $1,200 (8.16326530612245%)
  • Tuition & Fees: - $2,776 (18.8843537414966%)
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expences
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts accepts installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
-
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
Priority deadline March 1
Award Notification Date
On a rolling basis beginning March 1
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 002187
Free

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


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 with Loans
81%
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
$27,883
Parents Borrowing Plus Loans
-
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips 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
Biological Sciences, Business, Communication, Computer Science, Education, English, Health Fields, Humanities, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences
Creative Arts/Performance
Applied Art and Design, Art/Fine Arts, Cinema/Film/Broadcasting, Journalism/Publications, Music, Performing Arts, Theater/Drama
Special Achievements/Activities
Leadership, Memberships
Special Characteristics
Not reported

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported

Academics & Instruction

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


Semester

Summer Session


Offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Required

Foreign Language


Required

Math/Science


Required for all students

Faculty & 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
% of Classes
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
50-99
# of Students

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
% of Sections/Labs
2-9
10-19
20-29
# of Students

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Accepted

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


Library Available On Campus
Yes
Holdings
379,080

Computing


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 Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts provides hearing impaired services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


73.0%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


39.9%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


52.3%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


54.0%

Programs & Majors

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (42)


  • 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


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


Some online degree programs

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


Interdisciplinary studies, Business/marketing, English, Visual and performing arts, Psychology

Online Degrees


Engineering, podiatric medicine with the New York School of Podiatric Medicine

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Master of Business Administration, Master of Education

Master's Programs of Study (9)


  • 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

Campus Life

Location & Geography

Population


13,533

Nearest Metropolitan Area


105 acres

Environment


Small town/city

Campus Size


Albany-Schenectady-Troy New York Metro Area

Weather


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

Available Transportation


Nearest Airport
50 mile(s) from campus in Albany, N.Y.
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 of College Housing


58% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Students required to live on campus through junior year

Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are guaranteed housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


42%

Security

24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices


Available

24-Hour Security Patrols


Available

Late-Night Transport/Escort Services


Available

Electronically Operated Housing Entrances


Available

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Not offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


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

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Tennis

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Tennis

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


Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts offers 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

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


1,201

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
1,407
Women
869
Men
538

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

Number of Graduate Students


181

Student Resources

Study resources