Massachusetts College Of Liberal Arts

We’re the public liberal arts college in Massachusetts. In every way possible, the experience at MCLA is designed to elevate you as an individual, a leader, and a communicator, fully empowered to make your impression on the world.


Located in the Berkshires, our area is known for its mountain ranges, hiking trails, and panoramic views. Our home town of North Adams is brimming with young, creative energy and the regional economy is booming as a result.

Our classes are taught by educators who care deeply about teaching and about seeing their students thrive on every level; personally, academically, and professionally. We engage in the most relevant conversations of our time by bringing the most celebrated thinkers and speakers to campus through nationally known public lectures hosted by MCLA.

MCLA graduates excel in their careers, many advancing rapidly to earn competitive salaries in exciting fields, stemming in part from the professional opportunities available to them, such as internships in major cities, leadership programs that span the globe, and undergraduate research projects. Nearly 93% of our graduates land jobs or get accepted into some of the finest grad schools in the country.


Become a leader, dive deeply into a project, or get inspired to pursue something new. We have so much to offer — we know you do, too.


Join one of our 50+ clubs and organizations, or start your own. From film to fashion to skiing, there is truly something for everyone.


Participate in local democracy! SGA represents the MCLA student body and is in charge of allocating student activity funds.


Find your voice and share it with the world. Contribute to our student-run media outlets: Our weekly newspaper, the MCLA Beacon; WJJW, our FM radio station; or Beacon Web News, the College’s weekly newscast.


Learn, grow, and lead by serving our local and global communities. Our Volunteer Center can connect you to service and civic opportunities that align with your goals and interests.


Our on-campus facilities are designed with you in mind — so you have the space you need to grow, learn, and of course, relax.


Learn more about living on-campus. We have three styles of residence halls with rooms available to all students. Also learn how we support students who are ready to move off-campus.


Fuel your college experience with our on-campus dining service. Find out how you can eat healthy in college, where to go for late-night snacks, and what meal plan option is right for you.


No matter your goal, we want your fitness journey to be fun. Exercise at our campus gym, sign up for a class, or play an intramural sport. You can also bike, hike, swim, or ski on the nearby trails, lakes, and mountains.


Our differences comprise our excellence. You can be sure that you are welcome here. MCLA even tops the list of best equity campuses across the U.S. We’re proud of our strides in this area and know there will always be farther to go. Use these resources to connect with other students and learn more about our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion here

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