Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is one of the country’s public liberal arts colleges. The institution has a large selection of undergraduate and graduate degree programs for students to choose from. Students are backed by a robust 11 to 1 student/faculty ratio, and professors take a personalized approach to the teaching and learning process. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via many clubs and organizations.


  • Total Enrollment: 1,452 (1,277 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 38% Male/62% Female
  • 87% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $11,105 (in-state); $20,050 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,200
  • Room and Board: $11,430
  • Other Expenses: $3,226
  • Total Cost: $26,961 (in-state); $35,906 (out-of-state)

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 87%
    • Loans: 98%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $6,254
    • Loans: $9,525

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies; English Language and Literature/Letters; Psychology; and Social Sciences

Retention and Graduation

  • First-YearStudent Retention (full-time students): 70%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 44%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 56%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Basketball, Golf, Soccer, Baseball, Tennis
  • Women’s Sports: Lacrosse, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball, Cross Country

Overview of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Admissions

MCLA has an acceptance rate of 74%, making it neither highly selective nor open to everyone who applies. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside of the mean range. After applying, students will receive a message from an admissions counselor about the application process’s next steps. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices.

Admissions Data                        

  • MCLA Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 500/630
    • SAT Math: 490/600
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: 19/26
    • ACT English: -/-
    • ACT Math: -/-

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for MCLA, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If MCLA is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, La Salle University, University of Texas at El Paso, University of California, Merced, California State University Sacramento, California State University Northridge, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for MCLA, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

Florida Gulf Coast University, University of Texas at San Antonio, Hampton University, Washington State University, East Carolina University, Texas State University, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than MCLA. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, you’ll be a competitive candidate.

United States Military Academy, Temple University, Seton Hall University, Quinnipiac University, Ohio University, University of Alabama, Pace University

Applying to MCLA

Application Deadline: Rolling

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