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Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

North Adams, MA



  1. A Top Ten Public 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.

2020/2021 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

2021/2022 Placement

Home Payment (B)

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | North Adams
Population | 12,900
Enrollment | 1,452
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home (B)
Term Dates
Fall | 09/04-12/16
Spring | 01/22-05/11

Campus Diversity

White | 71%
Black | 8%
Hispanic/Latino | 10%
Asian | 3%
Native/1st Nation | 1%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Two or more | 3%
Other | 4%


-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • According to class standing
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
  • Design
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • History
  • Junior High/Middle School Education
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Policy Studies
  • Secondary Education
  • Sociology
  • Studio Art
  • Theater Arts/Drama/Acting


Quick Links 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 / Fees

-- Campus Budget --
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) 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 (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 18
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 09/17/20.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Parking Fee $100 Semester Plan B 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 wish to bring a car to campus.

Financial Aid

Home Payment (Plan B)
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

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

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 09/17/20

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 59% living on campus
  • Double: $3598
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • Students must live on campus
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $0
  • Proximity to campus:
Meal Plans Per Semester
  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $2140 per semester for 19 meals per week.
Notes About Meal Plans
$2,140 per term with unlimited meals per week with $100 declining balance and $25 Blazer Bucks Please note that the meal plan increases to $2501 for spring semester 2021.

Health Ins.

Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 09/17/20.

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

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

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

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