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F A S T   F A C T S
Location | North Adams
Population | 12,904
Enrollment | 918
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home Payment

Term Dates
Fall | 09/07-12/16
Spring | 01/18-05/08

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

North Adams, MA
A National Top Ten Public Liberal Arts College (U.S. News and World Report)
55 Clubs and Organizations
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.
2024-2025 Chance of Placement
Home Payment |Open
Campus Availability & Deadlines
2025-2026 Chance of Placement
Home Payment |Open
Understand Chances of Placement


  • Campus Catalog
  • When will I register? According to class standing
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Coordinator for assistance
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... ++ show all


GPA and Other Academic Requirements Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept
Canadian Students - learn more
  • Will accept Home Payment Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 08/03/22

Finances Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • Pay regular tuition to your home campus. No tuition/fees are paid to your host campus.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Home Payment: 18

Financial Aid for NSE Students
Regardless of Payment Plan, financial aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Parking Fee $100 Semester Home Optional
Course Fees / MaterialsVariesSemesterHost & HomeMandatory

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 08/03/22

On-Campus Housing Per Semester Meal Plans Notes About Meal Plans
$2,522 per term with unlimited meals per week with $100 declining balance and $25 Blazer Bucks.


Figures per Semester are current as of 08/03/22

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Health Insurance $3663 Year Home 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 year.


    Comments on Problems or Conditions for Access
    Until further notice, students must email a copy of their official COVID-19 vaccination record card to Health Services (healthservices@mcla.edu) before the start of the exchange semester.

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