The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has once again received national recognition as one of the best educational institutes in the country.

Last year, it was named a "Top Ten 4-year school in Massachusetts" by and this year, it has been named one of the top public colleges in the country by U.S. News and World Report. 

The Liberal Arts college of 1,800 undergraduates and just under 500 graduate students located in North Adams, came in at number nine on a list that includes prestigious military schools and innovative public colleges. MCLA President James F. Birge, Ph.D credited MCLA’s distinguished faculty, academic rigor and fiscal stewardship as major reasons for MCLA’s national recognition alongside such highly selective institutions as the United States Military Academy at West Point, the United States Naval Academy, and St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

MCLA’s greatest strength is its people, from our diverse and intellectually curious student body to our dedicated and accomplished faculty.  Among our award-winning faculty are those associated with the Fulbright Program. Our faculty are the recipients of grants from prestigious funders such as the Mellon Foundation, the Davis Educational Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and are sought-out as experts in their fields to speak at academic conferences around the world.

James F. Birge, Ph.D., MCLA President


U.S. News and World Report ranks colleges based on indicators that reflect a school’s student body, its faculty, and its financial resources, along with outcome measures that signal how well the institution achieves its mission of educating students,” according to the report. You can check out the full report here.

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