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Chances of getting into Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
81.6%
Admission Difficulty for Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsModerate
Applicant CompetitionVery Low
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How hard is it to get into MCLA and can I get accepted? The school has a 82% acceptance rate ranking it #59 in Massachusetts for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 1,432 out of 1,754 applicants were admitted making Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance assuming you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has moderate requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 65 percent. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students. Only 20% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top half of their high school class.

Test Requirements

You must submit admission test scores with your application. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

MCLA SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
960-1170
Applicants Submitting SAT
91%
SAT Scores for Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 480
SAT Math 25th 480
SAT Composite 25th 960
SAT Scores for Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 570
SAT Math 75th 600
SAT Composite 75th 1170
Average SAT Score 1070

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts typically prefers applicants to be in the top 68 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 960 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 850. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1070 out of 1600. The school ranks #32 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.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1170 and Above Good >89%
1065 to 1170 Avg + 82%-89%
960 to 1065 Avg - 73%-82%
855 to 960 Reach 61%-73%
Less than 855 Low <61%
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MCLA ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
18-26 
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 18
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 18 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 62 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 14 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 #30 in Massachusetts for highest average ACT composite score. 8 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

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 >89%
22 to 26 Avg + 82%-89%
18 to 22 Avg - 73%-82%
14 to 18 Reach 61%-73%
Less than 14 Low <61%
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MCLA GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.1
Typical High School Grades
B

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

Applicants need about average high school grades to get into MCLA. 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 grades are above the average 3.1 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as MCLA accepts 82% of all applicants.

 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

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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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%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 1,078 676 1,754
Accepted 904 528 1,432
Acceptance Rate 84% 78% 82%
Enrolled 168 117 285
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 19% 22% 20%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Apr 1, 2021
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2021 has passed. Applications were due on Apr 1, 2021.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is $0.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and what student information is used for 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.

FAQs

Does Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts prefer SAT or ACT?

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

What is my chance of getting into Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts?

82% of those who apply are granted admission to MCLA. Admission competition is and the college has moderate admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 960 and 1170. 91% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 18 and 26. 8% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.