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Buidling on tradition

125 years. 19,000 alumni. A legacy of firsts.

Since 1894, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has been elevating lives and educating students with a holistic goal: That they thrive as whole people, personally, academically, and professionally.

In 125 years, we’ve grown from a Normal School with 53 graduates (cheers, Class of 1899!) to a top public college with 19,000 alumni. Here for all and committed to each, we’re proud of our legacy and our history of empowering students to make their own impression on the world. Though MCLA has been recognized for its leadership in diversity, gender equality, and good citizenship, we’re mindful about how much more work there is to do in the next 125 years to keep MCLA inclusive, accessible, and growing. Thank you for being a part of our journey, in the past and for the future.

Read more about MCLA’s history here.

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Then & Now 

Events/Programming

Day of Dialogue
Thursday, November 7

Elizabeth and Lawrence Vadnais Environmental Issue Lecture
Tuesday, December 5, 7 p.m., Amsler Campus Center Gymnasium

December Academic Reception

Tuesday, December 10, 5:30 p.m., Amsler Campus Center Gymnasium

Undergraduate Research Conference
Thursday, April 23

125th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, April 25, 2020


Limited Edition 125th T-Shirt

For a limited time only, make a donation of $25 or more to the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts 125th Fund, and receive a MCLA 125th Celebration t-shirt.

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