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Study at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, also referred to as MCLA, was originally established as the North Adams Normal School in 1894. It became the State Teachers College of North Adams in 1932. The name was changed again to North Adams State College in 1960, and finally in 1997, it was christened the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. The 105-acres campus of MCLA is situated in North Adams, Massachusetts.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts offers bachelor's degrees in arts and science, and master's degrees in education. Certificate programs of study in educational leadership, and teacher licensure programs are also available.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts'department of athletics fields men's and women's teams in basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball, and golf. The teams are nicknamed the Trailblazers, and they compete in the NCAA Division III, the ECAC, and the MASCAC.

Profile of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Students attend Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, MA, a town not far from a more urbanized area. The school is a public institution. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts degrees go up to the Post-Master's certificate.

Course Topics

The school is known for its programs in art studies, liberal arts, and conservation and resource management.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Selectivity

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is selective and does not offer open admission. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 440. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 430 and 550.


Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has a tenure system for senior faculty. The full-time faculty at the school is well-paid, which often goes with faculty quality.

Student Enrolment

There are 1, 841 students at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts .

Student Life

The school offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts offers students meal plans. The school values student athletics, and belongs to the Massachusetts State College Athletic Association.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is a public, residential, liberal arts college, which offers both undergraduate and graduate programs. Its distinctive purpose is to provide a high quality alternative to private liberal arts institutions at a lower cost. Special features include selective admission, small classes, individualized attention, and academic excellence in an attractive college setting. A challenging curriculum provides flexibility for motivated students to shape their own course of study and encourages them to combine traditional coursework with experiential learning, such as internships, study abroad, and other field experiences. Working with a diverse Student Enrolment in an intellectually challenging environment, MCLA faculty and staff develop liberally educated citizens with the knowledge, perspectives, critical thinking abilities, and values necessary to become active members of their communities and leaders in their chosen professions. To accomplish this mission, we seek to develop curricula that integrate liberal arts and professional studies; affirm the value of excellent teaching and reward scholarly and creative activity; expand opportunities for experiential learning to include field experiences, community service, international programs and independent studies; create a campus community that fosters intellectual, cultural, social and recreational activities that enrich education and where the value and worth of all people are affirmed and celebrated; achieve greater diversity within our faculty, administration, staff, and Student Enrolment; challenge students to succeed and support them in their efforts; and extend our cultural and educational resources to enhance the quality of life in the Berkshires. "

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Liberal Arts152English, sociology, history, interdisciplinary studies
Business and Management45business management
Education and Teaching41Education
Art Studies32visual and performing arts, arts management
Therapy and Counselling26psychology
Conservation and Resource Management8environmental studies
Computer Science and Engineering6computer and info science
Religion and Philosophy3philosophy

Contact: Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

375 Church St

North Adams, MA 01247-4100

General Phone: (413) 662-5000


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