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Massachusetts College Of Liberal Arts

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.

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Contacting Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
375 Church St
North Adams , MA 01247-4100
General Phone: (413) 662-5000
http://www.mcla.edu

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Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts163English, general studies, interdisciplinary studies, sociology, history
Education and Teaching78education
Business and Management50business management
Art Studies27visual and performing arts, arts management
Therapy and Counseling24psychology
Science11biology, physics
Conservation and Resource Management6environmental studies
Computer Science and Engineering3computer and info science
Mathematics1mathematics
Religion and Philosophy1philosophy

Number of programs and degrees for Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Awarded
Number of
Programs
Bachelor's degree29915
Master's degree371
Post-master's certificate271
Award of less than 1 academic year11

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Student Body

In 2007-2008, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts had a total enrollment of 1,841 students (1,735 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 39%
Women 61%
Full-Time 97%
Part-Time 3%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 69%
Graduate 31%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 82%
Black 4%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 10%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 31%
20-21 25%
22-24 13%
25-29 8%
30-34 6%
35-39 5%
40-49 7%
50-64 4%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

ResidencePercent
Massachusetts70%
New York20%
Vermont4%
Connecticut3%
Rhode Island1%

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 71 %
Part-Time 80 %

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Room and Board (2007)

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts offers campus housing for 1,010 of its 1,735 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of North Adams, Massachusetts for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Massachusetts Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 9 meals per week.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Admissions and Selectivity

Acceptances:

GroupApplicantsAcceptedPercent
Accepted
EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled
Total1,4311,01871%35435%
Men51534367%13840%
Women91667574%21632%

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal460580
SAT Math440540
ACT Composite2024

Application Requirements:

ItemRequirement
GPArequired
Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT96%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT4%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsrequired

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 6,565
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 15,510
Room and board $ 7,154
Room charge $ 3,876
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,278
Books and supplies $ 900
Other expenses $ 1,792

Financial Aid:
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 218700)

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Faculty

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Tenured3823
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1111
Non-tenured and not on tenure track25

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year30$80,98415$73,302
Associate professoracademic year8$64,7918$59,999
Assistant professoracademic year12$53,27613$52,628
Instructoracademic year1*3$43,903
All faculty totalacademic year51$71,17939$61,421

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

SportConference
Basketball Massachusetts State College Athletic Association
Baseball Massachusetts State College Athletic Association
Track Massachusetts State College Athletic Association

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Arts Management
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Education And Teaching
Education, General

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
General Studies
History, General
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Sociology

Mathematics
Mathematics, General

Religion And Philosophy
Philosophy

Science
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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