Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA)

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MCLA, a liberal arts school, provides students a well rounded foundation in education by having a curriculum with a diverse range of subjects. This college is located in North Adams, MA, a predominately rural area. MCLA has an enrollment of around 1,600 students.

Students can submit either the SAT or ACT exam scores to MCLA. A score between 960 - 1170 on the SAT exam, or 18 - 26 on the ACT exam is among the 25th - 75th percentile range among admitted students. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the MCLA average GPA range for accepted students is around 2.89 - 3.38. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts admits around 80 percent of applicants each year. Of those that are accepted, roughly 20 percent enrolled. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall MCLA Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts was reported as 81.6% in Fall 2020 with over 1,750 college applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • MCLA ACT Scores: 18 - 26
  • MCLA Average GPA: 2.89 - 3.38

How Hard Is It to Get into Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is about average, as determined by collecting standardized test scores e.g. ACT/SAT and high school average GPA ranges of students who were granted admissions from previous years.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2023 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2023-2024 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has been slowly getting higher over the past years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 77.1%
  • 2017-2018: 76.6%
  • 2018-2019: 73.7%
  • 2019-2020: 81.6%
  • Projected MCLA Acceptance Rate 2023-2024: 72.4%

How Does MCLA Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for MCLA is forty-four percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Williams College12.6%
Bennington College60.8%
Marlboro College83.1%
The Sage Colleges85.0%
Siena College81.1%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Recommended

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to MCLA (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading480 - 570
Math480 - 600
Total Score960 - 1170
ACT®Score Range
English0 - 0
Math0 - 0
Composite Score18 - 26
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