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Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

North Adams, MA

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Features

  1. A National Top Ten Public Liberal Arts College (U.S. News and World Report)
  2. 55 Clubs and Organizations
  3. Dynamic civic learning and community service programs

About This Campus

We are the public liberal arts college of the Massachusetts state university system. For the third consecutive year, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is ranked as a Top Ten College by U.S. News and World Report. MCLA ranks as No. 9 on the organization’s list of top public colleges and also appears on U.S. News’ list of Top National Liberal Arts colleges. It is notable for its for small classes (12:1 student-to-faculty ratio), innovative teaching, personal interactions with faculty, opportunities for faculty-supervised research, and a supportive, collaborative environment. Our curriculum and hands-on learning help students develop the critical thinking and communication skills needed to succeed in today's complex global economy.

Location Information

MCLA is located in North Adams, in the Northwestern corner of Massachusetts, in Berkshire County's vibrant arts community, offering great shops, restaurants, galleries, and museums within walking distance.

2021/2022 Placement

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Home Payment
Closed

2022/2023 Placement

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Home Payment
Excellent

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

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Location | North Adams
Population | 12,904
Enrollment | 1,192
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home Payment
Term Dates
Fall | 09/01-12/17
Spring | 01/19-05/09

Campus Diversity

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1st Nation/Native | 0%
Asian | 1%
Black | 8%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Hispanic/Latino | 11%
Two or more | 3%
White | 70%
Other | 7%
International | 0%

Academics

Registration
  • Campus Catalog
  • Priority: According to class standing
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Coordinator for assistance
Limitations
Health Sciences/Radiologic Technology/Radiologic Sciences; Education

Unique Academic Programs

  • Arts Administration - The program's internship and future employment opportunities are enhanced through MCLA partners in the Berkshires, such as the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA)and the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, where MCLA students and graduates actively participate in many aspects of arts administration.

Special Programs

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students
  • Art
  • Biology/Life Science
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Communication
  • Community Health
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • Environmental Sciences
  • History
  • Junior High/Middle School Education
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Secondary Education
  • Sociology

Conditions

GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 07/07/21

Finances
  • Campus Budget
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Home Payment: 18

Financial Aid - Home Payment
For eligible Home Payment students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Financial Aid - Canada
Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Parking Fee $100 Semester Home Optional

Important Notes: Mandatory health insurance may be waived with proof of current insurance coverage (on-line waiver form). Parking fee only applies to students who are approved to bring a car to campus.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 07/07/21

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 49% living on campus
  • Double: $3520
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • Students must live on campus
Off-Campus Housing Meal Plans Notes About Meal Plans
$2,522 per term with unlimited meals per week with $100 declining balance and $25 Blazer Bucks.

Health

Figures per Semester are current as of 07/07/21

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Health Insurance $3444 Year Plan B Mandatory

Important Notes about Health Insurance
Health insurance can be waived if student is covered by an existing health insurance policy.

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $0 per semester.

Requirements

  • Health records | due by: August 15
  • Home campus copy acceptable
  • Physical
  • Immunization before registering
  • Immunization before residence hall move in
  • Health / accident insurance
  • Immunization: DTap (diptheria, tetanus, pertussis)
  • Immunization: MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
  • Immunization: Hepatitis B
  • Immunization: Meningococcal
  • Immunization: Tuberculosis
  • Immunization: Covid-19
  • Immunization: 2 doses of varicella vaccine or evidence of immunity and completion of TB Risk Assessment form

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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