Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts students are community-minded, idea-driven, and motivated. MCLA graduates become scientists, business people, inventors, artists, sculptors, actors, managers, engineers, journalists, and more.
MCLA’s liberal arts education provides essential preparation for professional and civic life. As Massachusetts’ designated public liberal arts college, MCLA is committed to helping students develop the critical thinking and communication skills that employers seek in today’s complex global economy.
We offer the ideal environment for learning, growing, and developing leadership skills. If you’re an enterprising student with a big idea, MCLA can help you make it happen—among other accomplishments, our students are starting their own clubs, creating their own gallery shows, designing virtual reality labs to help others learn chemistry, and pitching their business ideas to successful entrepreneurs.
All that creative and academic support—plus a strong, supportive, inclusive community—is what makes MCLA a special place. Come see for yourself—schedule a visit today.
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MCLA is in the beautiful Berkshires of Western Massachusetts in the city of North Adams. The campus is in the middle of a vibrant, storied old city on the rise. North Adams' arts community is anchored by the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (it’s the largest museum of its kind); the campus is in walking/driving distance from dozens of hiking, biking and ski trails; and Mount Greylock, Massachusetts’ highest peak, is just a few minutes away. (We hear the Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is located there, so you might feel a little magic in the air when you visit campus.)
If you’re not sure what major you should choose, that’s fine! Our Center for Student Success and Engagement can help you figure it out.
MCLA is committed to access and affordability. Find out about the cost of tuition here.
Approximately 85 percent of our students receive some form of financial assistance, primarily a combination of grants, loans, and part-time employment. There are also a number of alternative loan and payment plans that let you take advantage of an incredible education - without incurring incredible debt. Find out more about financial aid here.
Our three residence areas house more than 1,000 students. Each residence area is supervised by a Residence Director and a team of Resident Advisors. First-year students entering the College live on campus and participate in a College meal plan for three years. MCLA guarantees housing for four years. Find out more about campus housing and take a video tour of each option.
MCLA is affiliated with International Studies Abroad (ISA), CISabroad, and the Semester At Sea program, which allow students to travel and study in many different universities around the world. Scholarship opportunities are available.
MCLA is also a member of the National Student Exchange. Through this organization, students may study at participating colleges within the United States and its territories (Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands) and Canada. Students pay tuition to MCLA and room and board to the host college.
You can also take a travel course—or a Spring Breakout trip—to a long list of locations all over the world.
There are more than 200 internship opportunities available to you as an MCLA student, as well as opportunities for undergraduate research. Plus, our Career Services Office identifies employment opportunities and offers career exploration, assisting you with resume building and preparation for life after college. Take a look at this list of recent internship placements.
MCLA has 51 clubs! Hang out with other lovers of anime or Shakespeare. Spin new songs on WJJW, the college radio station. Learn to step with NeXXus or hit the slopes with the ski club. And if any of those options don’t seem to fit, you can always start a club of your own.
Our honors program is a group of passionate students who work together through the same academic curriculum. They're intellectually engaged with each other and the world, they love books, writing, and learning for their own sake, and they crave intellectual challenges. Students who aspire to become honors students, regardless of their past academic records, may request an interview with the program director. Find out more about our honors program here.
MCLA offers 13 Division III athletic teams. Our athletics department is like a close-knit family who play hard and study hard, too. Here’s how to contact our coaches or ask about athletic recruitment.
We also have intramural teams for those who want to take a break from academic work, make new friends, and compete in a friendly atmosphere. Intramural programs are organized so that people of all abilities can compete in the multitude of activities offered.
MCLA alumni are making a difference in their communities across the world. Take a look at this list of recent grad school acceptances and job placements to get an idea of the wide impact our alumni have on their world and their professions.
We’re proud of our alumni, so we check in with them regularly and share their success stories. Take a look at some of our most recent alumni stories.