MCLA Ranked In U.S News & World Report as Top Ten Public Liberal Arts College for Third Consecutive Year


NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - For the third consecutive year, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) was named as a Top Ten Public Liberal Arts Colleges in a list of 2014 rankings by U.S. News and World Report.

MCLA President Mary K. Grant said she is pleased that once again the campus was recognized a Top Ten Public Liberal Arts College, as part of the publication's 2014 "Best Colleges" listing.

 The College's distinctive faculty, she said, play a crucial role in this recognition because of their dedication to provide MCLA students with a strong knowledge base through well-rounded academic programs.

"MCLA students are inspired to innovate and explore infinite possibilities as our faculty lead them through an exploration of ethics and social values, and encourage civic engagement," Grant said. "Through exceptional undergraduate research opportunities, diverse study away programs, abundant service learning opportunities, and many other programs, MCLA's first-class public liberal arts education equips our students with a diversified skill set in an increasingly complex world. This prepares them to succeed in graduate school, in careers, and as informed and engaged citizens."

Also once again, MCLA - a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) - shared the Top Ten recognition with other COPLAC institutions: New College of Florida; St. Mary's College of Maryland; University of North Carolina - Asheville; and University of Minnesota - Morris.

"As a member of COPLAC, I am pleased to see this group so well represented among the Top Ten Public Liberal Arts Colleges, which share our commitment to access, opportunity and the public liberal arts mission," Grant said.

U.S. News and World Report ranks colleges based on indicators that reflect a school's student body, its faculty, and its financial resources, along with outcome measures that signal how well the institution achieves its mission of educating students," according to the report.

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