Chances of getting into Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
73.7%
Admission Difficulty for Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsAverage
Applicant CompetitionLow

How hard is it to get into MCLA and can I get accepted? The school has a 74% acceptance rate ranking it #43 in Massachusetts for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 1,423 out of 1,931 applicants were admitted making MCLA a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has average requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 59 percent. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students. Only 18% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top half of their high school class.

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MCLA SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
990-1230
Applicants Submitting SAT
91%
SAT Scores for Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 500
SAT Math 25th 490
SAT Composite 25th 990
SAT Scores for Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 630
SAT Math 75th 600
SAT Composite 75th 1230
Average SAT Score 1110

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts?

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts typically requires applicants to be in the top 62 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 990 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 870. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1110 out of 1600. The school ranks #29 in Massachusetts for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 91 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

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Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1230 and Above Good >83%
1110 to 1230 Avg + 74%-83%
990 to 1110 Avg - 63%-74%
870 to 990 Reach 50%-63%
Less than 870 Low <50%
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MCLA ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
19-26 
Applicants Submitting ACT
8%
ACT Scores for Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th N/A
ACT Math 25th N/A
ACT Composite 25th 19
ACT Scores for Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th N/A
ACT Math 75th N/A
ACT Composite 75th 26
Average ACT Score 22

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into MCLA?

Admission data indicates that MCLA regularly accepts students with ACT's of 19 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 56 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 16 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 22 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 26 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #33 in Massachusetts for highest average ACT composite score. 8 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
26 and Above Good >84%
22 to 26 Avg + 74%-84%
19 to 22 Avg - 64%-74%
16 to 19 Reach 53%-64%
Less than 16 Low <53%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.1
Typical High School Grades
B

You will need about average high school grades to get into Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts was 3.1 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #42 in Massachusetts for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as MCLA accepts 74% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 10% Good
3.50 to 3.75 10% Good
3.25 to 3.50 14% Good
3.00 to 3.25 20% Avg +
2.75 to 3.00 33% Avg -
2.50 to 2.75 13% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

High School Class Rank

80% of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 15%
Top 25% of class 30%
Top 50% of class 80%
Bottom 50% of class 20%
Bottom 25% of class 4%

Admission Statistics

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 1,224 707 1,931
Accepted 942 481 1,423
Acceptance Rate 77% 68% 74%
Enrolled 158 104 262
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 17% 22% 18%

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=167288 IPEDS survey data for Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

Frequently Asked Questions

91% of students submit their SAT scores to MCLA. 8% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

74% of those who apply are granted admission to MCLA. Admission competition is low and the college has average admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 990 and 1230. 91% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 19 and 26. 8% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.