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MCLA at a Glance

  • For the second consecutive year, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) has been ranked a Top Ten College by U.S. News and World Report. MCLA ranks as No. 7 on the organization’s list of top public colleges and also appears on U.S. News’ list of Top National Liberal Arts colleges.
  • MCLA was named the top four-year public institution for gender equality for the second year in a row in the latest report from the Eos Foundation, an education advocacy organization based in Massachusetts.
  • MCLA is a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC), a national consortium of visionary public institutions that work to advance and promote the mission and distinctive role of the liberal arts in public higher education; our 26 COPLAC partners include Keene State College, the University of North Carolina Asheville, and St. Mary's College of Maryland
  • The College offers 21 majors and more than 80 programs of study which lead to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree
  • MCLA's graduate program offerings include Post-Baccalaureate Educator Licensure, a Master of Education (M.Ed.), a Master of Business Administration (MBA), a Leadership Academy, and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS)
  • The College is recognized on the President's Honor Roll for Service by the Corporation for National and Community Service
  • MCLA is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), Inc. through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. More information about the College's NEASC accreditation
  • MCLA is a Division III NCAA athletics program that promotes excellence in academics and athletics, and encourages student-athletes to develop leadership skills on and off the field
  • 94% of full-time faculty have the highest degree in their field
  • Think Differently: Learning and Teaching for a Changing World: Read about the College in detail via the MCLA Strategic Plan 

2019 Annual Enrollment

  • 1,555 undergraduate students
  • 368 graduate students
  • 75% from Massachusetts, 15% from New York, 24 states represented
  • 63% female, 37% male
  • 29% new students from diverse backgrounds
  • 68% of full time students live on campus



  • Rolling admission; applications are reviewed beginning in early November for Fall admission
  • Spring admission: applications are reviewed beginning in October for January enrollment
  • Early Action (non-binding) for fall enrollments: December 1 deadline
  • Average high school GPA for entering freshmen class of fall 2019: 3.17; SAT I: 1,100

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