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


NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - U.S. News & World Report has once again recognized Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) as a top liberal arts college.  In the publication's "Best Colleges" 2015 edition, MCLA is ranked one of the top  ten public liberal arts colleges in the nation, and  is one of only 6 non-military institutions in the top ten.
This honor places MCLA in good company among fellow institutions within the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC), a national coalition positioned at the forefront of the conversation on the value of a liberal arts education. 
MCLA President Mary K. Grant said she was delighted that the College has maintained its top-ten ranking.
"Through exceptional undergraduate research opportunities, study away programs, abundant service learning experiences, 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," said Grant. "This prepares them to succeed in graduate school, in careers, and as informed and engaged citizens."
"MCLA's talented faculty and staff are to be commended," Grant said. "Their dedication is crucial, as they engage our students in every aspect of the public liberal arts college experience."
MCLA shares the Top Ten recognition with other COPLAC institutions: New College of Florida, St. Mary's of Maryland, University of Minnesota-Morris and University of North Carolina-Asheville.
U.S. News & World Report ranks colleges based on indicators that reflect a school's student body, its faculty, staff, 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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