MCLA Admission Requirements
Chances of getting into Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
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
Applicants Submitting SAT91%
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||500|
|SAT Math 25th||490|
|SAT Composite 25th||990|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||630|
|SAT Math 75th||600|
|SAT Composite 75th||1230|
|Average SAT Score||1110|
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 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.
|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%|
MCLA ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT8%
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||N/A|
|ACT Math 25th||N/A|
|ACT Composite 25th||19|
|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.
|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%|
Avg. High School GPA3.1
Typical High School GradesB
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.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Competitiveness|
|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|
80% of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.
|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%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||17%||22%||18%|
What are the requirements for admission to Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and what considerations affect admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Class Rank||Neither required nor recommended|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Required|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Neither required nor recommended|
|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.