Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Office of Admission
375 Church Street
North Adams, MA. 01247-4100
413-662-5410
800-969-MCLA
Fax: 413-662-5179
admissions@mcla.edu

http://www.mcla.edu

COSTS:
Tuition:
$
16,900
Room and Board:
$7,950
Fees, books, misc.:
$2,500


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Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
North Adams, Massachusetts

Overview
Nestled in the rolling hills of the Berkshires, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) offers students the experience of a small, private college at the cost of a public institution. Founded in 1894, MCLA provides students with an ideal learning environment, combining rigorous academic training with broad opportunities for learning outside the classroom. MCLA’s small size of 1,475 undergraduate students and a faculty-student ratio of 1:13 foster a tight-knit community among students and faculty members.

MCLA, a four-year, residential, coeducational liberal arts college, offers numerous baccalaureate degrees and a Master of Education degree with concentrations in three areas.

Additional programs offered through the College include an honors program, study abroad, internship opportunities, health services, academic support services, and tutorial centers.

Location and Community
MCLA is located in North Adams, Massachusetts, 1 mile from the downtown area of 14,700, in the northwestern corner of the state, bordering both Vermont and New York. Located in the heart of the Berkshires, North Adams offers numerous cultural, historical, and recreational opportunities. Cultural attractions in the Berkshires include the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, Tanglewood, Jacob’s Pillow, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, and the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Approximate travel time from Boston is 2½ hours; from New York City, 3 hours; from Albany, New York, 1 hour; from Burlington, Vermont, 3 hours; and from Hartford, Connecticut, 2 hours.

Academic Life
MCLA operates on a two-semester basis, with the first semester running from September through December and the second running from January through May. Classes are available to all students through both day and evening offerings.

A minimum of 120 semester hours of credit, including major requirements and achievement of a quality point average of at least 2.0, is necessary for completion of a bachelor’s degree. At least 39 of the 120 credits must be in upper-division work. MCLA offers a course of study divided into three segments: a general education program, major and minor fields of study, and elective areas in which students have the opportunity to pursue additional academic interests. MCLA also has an honors program, which offers a variety of courses with the depth and scope sought by students seeking additional academic challenges. In addition, MCLA places high value on research, which enables students to hone their analytical skills while gaining meaningful hands-on experience. Many MCLA faculty members work one-on-one with students on original research.

College credit is awarded to students with successful scores on the Advanced Placement examinations of the College Board and the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests.

MCLA prepares students with the knowledge, perspective, critical-thinking abilities, and values necessary to become leaders in their chosen profession and active members of their community.

Majors Offered
MCLA confers the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees and offers a Masters in Education. Undergraduate programs are offered in arts management, biology, business administration, computer science and information systems, education, English/communications, environmental studies, fine and performing arts, interdisciplinary studies, mathematics, philosophy, physics, psychology, and sociology. Teacher licensure is offered in the areas of early childhood education (grades pre-K—2), elementary education (grades 1—6), middle school education (grades 5—8), and secondary education (grades 8—12).

Concentrations include accounting, anthropology, art, arts management, behavior analysis, biology, broadcast media, business information systems, chemistry, child and family studies, computer science, corporate communications, criminal justice, cytotechnology, environmental science, environment and society, ethics and society, event management, film studies, journalism, law, literature, management, marketing, medical technology, music, political science, prelaw, premed, public relations, social work, sociology, sport management, sports medicine, theater, and writing. There are also thirty minors offered through the College.

Facilities and Resources
The holdings of the Eugene Lawrence Freel Library include 192,000 book volumes, 544 current journal and newspaper subscriptions, more than 300,000 microform units, and approximately 6,500 nonbook items. College facilities also include television and radio production facilities; biology, chemistry, and physics labs; five computer labs; two amphitheaters; a performance theater; the Career Services Center; and the Advising Services Center.

Campus Life
The College is located on 105 acres and includes an athletic complex with softball, baseball, and soccer fields; tennis courts; and a cross-country course. There are three residential facilities that hold more than 1,000 students.

The Amsler Campus Center, a four-story complex, houses one of the two residence gymnasiums, a modern fitness center, a swimming pool, a dance complex, racquetball and handball courts, dining facilities, a convenience store, and a TV lounge as well as the bookstore and an athletic training center.

Sports / Varsity Athletics
Eleven intercollegiate athletic programs, including baseball (men), basketball (men/women), cross-country (men/women), golf (men), soccer (men/women), softball (women), tennis (women), and volleyball (women), are available. In addition, there are forty-five clubs, organizations, and intramural activities.

Financial Aid / Scholarships
The Office of Financial Aid helps students remove financial obstacles that stand between them and their educational goals. The College’s financial aid philosophy is that it should make every effort to enable attendance for students who have financial need remaining after their families have met as much of the cost as is reasonably possible. Need is calculated by subtracting the family’s contribution from the total cost of attendance. Those students whose need is greatest may expect to receive priority in the awarding procedure if they meet published deadlines. Although the financial aid programs operate under specific federal and state constraints, every effort is made to consider each student’s family financial situation individually. Typically, the student’s financial aid award consists of a package composed of a combination of grants, loans, and part-time employment. The deadline for applying for financial aid is March 1 for priority review; however, applications are accepted on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted.

Admission Requirements / Application
All freshman applicants must submit an official copy of their high school record, including at least the first-quarter senior grades. The primary emphasis in evaluating a candidate is on the applicant's total high school profile, consisting of overall grade point average, curriculum, SAT/ACT scores, and the level of competition in the individual high school. The unit requirements for freshman admission are English, 4; mathematics, 3; science, 3; history/social science, 2; foreign language, 2; and electives, 2.

Transfer students must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale and submit an official transcript from each college attended. Transfer students are notified at the time of acceptance of the number of credits accepted and how they transfer into their program of study. MCLA has developed transfer articulation agreements with many community and junior colleges to ensure admission and maximum transferability of credit. MCLA offers joint admission to transfer students from Massachusetts community colleges.

International students must submit academic records, SAT/ACT scores, scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), and documentation of financial support.

Consideration is given to applicants regardless of their race, religion, national origin, sex, age, color, ethnic origin, or handicap. Admission interviews are recommended for all applicants but not required.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Office of Admission
375 Church Street
North Adams, Massachusetts 01247-4100
413-662-5410
800-969-MCLA
Fax: 413-662-5179
admissions@mcla.edu

http://www.mcla.edu

   

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