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Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts: Narrative Description


375 Church St.
North Adams, MA 01247-4100
Tel: (413)662-5000; Admissions: (413)662-5410; Fax: (413)662-5179; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of Massachusetts Public Higher Education System. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1894. Setting: 80-acre small town campus. Endowment: $3.9 million. Research spending 2002-03: $10,635. Educational spending 2002-03: $6200 per student. Total enrollment: 1,811. Faculty: 122 (80 full-time, 42 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 1,206 applied, 67% were admitted. Full-time: 1,193 students, 59% women, 41% men. Part-time: 265 students, 72% women, 28% men. 21% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 4% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 14% 25 or older, 50% live on campus, 10% transferred in. Retention: 77% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; English. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at College Academic Program Sharing, Williams College, Berkshire Community College. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements: Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early action, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 3.0 high school GPA, SAT I or ACT. Recommended: recommendations, interview, SAT I. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: Rolling, 12/1 for early action. Notification: continuous, 12/15 for early action.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $25. State resident tuition: $1030 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $9975 full-time. Mandatory fees: $4367 full-time. College room and board: $5620. College room only: $2946. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 45 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 1% of eligible men and 1% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Activities Council, Weightlifting Club, Non-Traditional Student Organization, Outing Club, Lacrosse Club. Major annual events: Spring Fling, Academic Convocation, semi-formal dances. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. On-campus residence required through junior year. Option: coed housing available. Freel Library with 241,000 microform titles, 541 serials, 4,567 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $547,718.

Community Environment: In the northwestern corner of state, this Berkshire town produces a diversity of small business establishments and cultural activities. Bus lines are accessible. A regional hospital, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, and numerous civic and service organizations are found here. There are 6 major ski areas within 25 miles and Mohawk and Taconic Trails. Part-time employment is seasonal for students. The city has an annual Fall Festival.

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