MCLA Logo 125
First Year student

First Year Students

As a first year applicant, MCLA evaluates you for admission based on high school academic performance and strength of curriculum, standardized test scores, and a personal essay in accordance with guidelines established by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE).  Additionally, we encourage you to visit MCLA for a tour and to schedule a meeting with an admission counselor. 

Application Requirements for First Year Students:  

  • Common Application 
  • Official high school transcript, including first quarter senior grades and any transcripts for college level courses taken (such as dual enrollment or early college courses). MCLA must receive verification of your high school diploma before you enroll.
  • SAT I or ACT scores (MCLA's College Board code is 3521 and ACT code is 1908). The SAT essay portion is optional.
  • Personal Statement/Essay (250 - 650 words, optional but highly recommended)

Application Deadlines:  

  • December 1: Early Action (optional and non-binding). Applicants will be notified of an admission decision on or before Friday, December 14.
  • March 1: Regular Decision (after March 1, decisions will be made on a rolling basis, space permitting)

Application process details for:

First Year Student

Transfer Student

SVC Transfer Student

Re-Admission Student

International Student


Degree Completion

Spring Admission

Pay Enrollment Deposit

Paying your deposit now secures your spot for the spring or fall.  


Admissions Standards

As a member of the Massachusetts Public Higher Education System, MCLA's admissions standards are determined by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education.  Please note there are changes to the standards for students entering in the Fall of 2016 or Fall of 2017.  Please contact the MCLA Office of Admission with any questions. 

See our Viewbook