MCLA: 2020 Requirements, Scores & GPAs

This is the go-to guide for getting into Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. We suggest you read until the end... Not only will we layout the exact GPA and test scores you should aim for when applying to MCLA, but we’ll also offer creative ways to help your application stand out from the pack. We breakdown MCLA statistics better than any article out there and show you how these have changed over time. Also, make sure to check out Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts on CampusReel to see what it’s really like here. If you're interesting in transferring to MCLA, the read our transfer guide. You can also use the below calculator to help determine your likelihood of acceptance at MCLA

What are your chances at MCLA?

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    *gpa score is required

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    What GPA do you need to get into Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts?

    Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’s average GPA is 3.2. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts does require GPA. This average GPA means Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is very selective. Often times, schools in this range are trying to increase their selectivity and “prestige”. We can’t read the minds of MCLA application readers, but they likely want to increase the average GPA from 3.2 to 3.36 this year - to play it safe, we recommend striving for the 3.36 GPA.

    *BEFORE CONTINUING PLEASE NOTE: GPA and “prestige” DO NOT mean a college is right for you. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts may seem amazing on paper, but you may hate it... That’s why 700,000 students transfer colleges every year - they end up going to the wrong school. It’s crucial to watch the videos on CampusReel and make sure you can envision yourself on MCLA’s campus. These MCLA admission statistics do not sufficiently tell you what a college or university is like.

    What is Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’s acceptance rate?

    Last year Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’s acceptance rate was 73.41. However, check out how the acceptance rate has changed over time.

    2016 2017 2018
    Acceptance Rate 77.0 % 77.0 % 73.41 %

    As you can see, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is getting more and more difficult to get into. If this trend continue it’s likely that MCLA will be even more competitive by the time you apply.

    Acceptance rate alone does not indicate your likelihood for getting into MCLA - it’s a very high level understanding of the true competition. Use the acceptance rate as a general guide for curating a list of 10-15 schools that fall into different ranges of competitiveness. Then, use the below data to get a deeper understanding of how your application will compare to the rest of the pool.

    What are your chances at MCLA?

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    *gpa score is required

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    Please note all chances are estimates based on test score and GPA averages.

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    Does Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Require Test Scores?

    Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts requires that you either take the SAT or ACT. See the table below for how Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’s accepted students have performed on both tests. You may be wondering how many test scores should you submit. Generally, don’t freak out about taking the test too often. Industry consensus is that you can submit up to 6 tests as a reasonable limit.

    Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts SAT Requirements

    Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’s average SAT score is 1010 - this is the sum of the math and reading portions of the SAT (the 1600 scale). Check out the below table for a deeper look into how students performed - it’s also very interesting to look at the average test score over time. The trend over time helps give insight into whether Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is getting more or less competitive.

    25th Percentile 75th Percentile Average
    Math 440 550 495
    Reading 450 580 515
    2019 Total 890 1130 1010
    2018 Total - - -
    2017 Total - - -

    Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’s average SAT score is 1010. To be a competitive applicant for Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts your SAT score should come close to the average. If you’re closer to the 890, you’re likely going to have a tougher time getting accepted. To consider Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts a “target” school (one that you are likely to get into) you should aim for a score of 1130.

    Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts ACT Requirements

    Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’s average ACT score is 22. To be a competitive applicant for Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts your ACT score should come close to the average. If you’re closer to the 20, you’re likely going to have a tougher time getting accepted. To consider Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts a “target” school (one that you have a good chance of getting into) you should aim for a score of 25.

    25th Percentile 75th Percentile Average
    Math 0 0 0
    Reading 0 0 0
    Writing 20 25 22
    2019 Total 20 25 22
    2018 Total - - -
    2017 Total - - -

    Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Requirements

    Now you know where you need to be for getting into Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts from a grade and test score perspective. Let’s quickly outline what else you’ll need to provide for your application to get reviewed, and then we’ll move onto the most important section: differentiating your app.

    Recommendations Status
    School Rank Neither required nor recommended
    GPA Required
    School Record Required

    How to get into MCLA

    Follow these steps to maximize your chances of getting into MCLA. Everything you read above will help prepare you for what you need to achieve to have a shot at MCLA, but these steps will take you even further in applying that knowledge and differentiating your application.

    Main Academic Excellence that is in line with MCLA admission standards.

    1. Score at least a 1010 on the SAT or 22 on the ACT.
    2. Maintain a GPA of at least a 3.2.

    Join Extracurriculars that Align with MCLA’s Values.

    1. Join your school band, a sports team or another group activity. If Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts values music heavily, for example, then try to participate in an organization related to that topic.
    2. Volunteer in your hometown. North Adams has tons of ways to be involved beyond just the college. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts wants applicants that are also good ambassadors for the school - they want students who will give back to the local community and broader North Adams area in general.
    3. Spend your summer doing something that speaks to your values, personal growth, leadership qualities and other less quantifiable characteristics. MCLA needs to see past your test scores and grades - they need to know that you will be a valuable and contributing member of their community. You are more than grades and test scores - your experiences should demonstrate that.

    Prepare Your Application

    1. Write a stellar essay that shows Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts something they can’t figure out from the other parts of your application. For a detailed guide on writing the best college essay, check this out.
    2. Get teacher recs that speak to your character. If you know what you’re majoring in and include that in your MCLA app, try to have at least 1 recommendation from a teacher in that department.
    3. Apply Before the Deadline. Too many students wait until the last minute to submit their application, and too much can go wrong during this precious time window. Since many students are applying on the last day, it’s possible that MCLA’s own system crashes. Don’t risk the added stress this can cause - submit your app a few days early.

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    This free college chances tool calculates your acceptance chances at MCLA or any other U.S. college

    Please note all chances are estimates based on test score and GPA averages.

    *or select a school above for a specific calculation

    Need chances at another college?

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