Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is a reputable public institution in the small city of North Adams.
Established in 1894 as the Normal School in North Adams, offering two-year courses for teachers, it has also operated as the State Teachers College of North Adams and North Adams State College. MCLA has administered four-year courses since 1932 and run a range of professional programmes since 1960, including master’s degrees in education and business administration.
The most popular degree combinations include English, management, marketing, psychology, and visual and liberal arts. Philosophy, modern languages, arts management, education, chemistry and computer science are among the other subjects taught at MCLA.
Located in the North West of the state, near its borders with Vermont and New York, MCLA is 50 miles east of New York’s capital, Albany, and 125 miles from Boston. Around three-quarters of MCLA students are from Massachusetts, and more than two-thirds live on campus. Its varsity teams compete in 13 different sports.
Opened in 2013, the college’s 65,000-square foot Feigenbaum Centre for Science and Innovation, which witnesses a significant amount of research, includes teaching space for courses like biology, physics, chemistry and environmental science.
MCLA alumni include Anton Strout, an urban fantasy author best-known for the Simon Canderous series, and Ken Hill, a Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the Cleveland Indians in the 1995 World Series.