MCLA admits candidates who wish to participate in a challenging academic environment and who exhibit potential for growth. The admission requirements and procedures are designed to assist the College in selecting qualified students who can benefit from the educational experience and contribute to the MCLA community. The College also has a strong commitment to promoting diversity and strives to attract students from varying backgrounds.
Admission Information and Personal Visits
Prospective students and their families are strongly encouraged to visit the campus. Currently enrolled MCLA students conduct tours of the campus on weekdays and specific Saturdays throughout the year. To request admission information or to schedule a visit, please call the Office of Admission at (413) 662-5410 or 800-969-MCLA or visit our website at www.mcla.edu/visit.
Dates of Enrollment and Admission Options
MCLA operates on a semester basis with students being admitted to both the fall and spring semesters.
Candidates for admission are considered on a rolling admission cycle. For the fall term, the applications are reviewed commencing in December through the spring term. First-year applicants are encouraged to apply in November of their senior year, once first quarter grades are posted. Transfer students are recommended to apply a semester prior to their intended term of enrollment.
Early Action: Optional for Fall Admission Only
Applicants who wish to receive their admission decision early may submit their complete application package by Dec. 1 to the Office of Admission. Early action is not binding and only provides students with an early admission decision without obligation to enroll.
First-year and transfer applicants are considered for the spring term by submitting all admission application information by Dec. 1. Decisions are made on a rolling basis for spring, commencing in October.
Admission Requirements and Procedures
First-year Admission Requirements
MCLA’s admission standards are selective and decisions are made on an individual basis after careful review of all academic credentials. First-year applicants must meet the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education admission standards and possess a high school diploma or equivalency at the time of enrollment. In order to be considered for admission, applicants must successfully complete the 17 academic units listed below. Meeting the minimum standards does not guarantee admission to MCLA.
MCLA is a member of the Common Application. First-year applicants must submit the Common Application which can be accessed through the MCLA website or www.commonapp.org.
High School Record
All first-year applicants must submit an official copy of their high school record, including at least the first quarter senior grades. An applicant is evaluated on the total high school profile, consisting of the applicant’s overall grade point average, curriculum and level of competitiveness. All high school grade point averages are recalculated and considered in comparison to the eligibility index.
High School Unit Requirements
The unit requirements listed below apply only to the traditional student recently graduated from high school and serve as evidence of the student’s ability to complete college-level course work. Units must be at college preparatory level. Completion of these academic units demonstrates competencies required for college preparation, but does not guarantee admission to the College. Exempted from these unit requirements are those students who have been out of high school for three years or more and have obtained a GED three years after their anticipated high school graduation year.
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- English courses must cover both composition and literature and should include the development of reading, writing and comprehension skills.
- Mathematics courses must include algebra I, II and geometry or trigonometry, or comparable coursework. One course must be completed in a student’s senior year of high school.
- Science courses must include three units with lab work.
- Social science courses, including one year of United States history.
- Foreign language must be two levels of a single language.
- Elective courses selected from additional college preparatory courses or from the above subjects or from arts and humanities or computer science.
Standardized Test Scores
Due to the ongoing public health crisis, MCLA is waiving the SAT/ACT testing requirement for applicants for fall 2021 and fall 2022, and we will be piloting a test-blind (test-free) policy for fall 2021 applicants.
Students who have been high school graduates for three years or more can apply to the College by submitting a copy of their high school record, GED scores, and/or college transcripts. Personal interviews are strongly recommended to make an accurate assessment of student skills and abilities.
Transfer Student Admission
MCLA welcomes qualified students to apply for transfer admission. A student who has earned a minimum of 12 semester hours of college-level credit from an accredited institution may be considered as a transfer student. Transfer students must have earned a high school diploma or equivalent. Transfer applicants are evaluated on the basis of their previous college course work. To be considered for admission, a student should understand the following:
- Admission is on a rolling basis.
- Official transcripts must be received from each college/university attended.
- A final high school transcript showing proof of graduation should be submitted for transfer students who have been out of high school less than three years and have earned fewer than 24 transferable credits.
Transfer Credit Policy for Core Curriculum
Transfer students enrolling at MCLA with a designated Massachusetts Transfer Compact Associate’s Degree will be waived out of the Tier I and Tier II requirements in each domain.
Students enrolling at MCLA whose official transcript indicates completion of the Mass Transfer Block from any public institution in Massachusetts will be waived out of the Tier I and Tier II requirements in each domain.
Transfer students enrolling at MCLA with an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree from a public community college from New York State with a 2.5 GPA will be waived from the Tier I and Tier II requirements in each domain.
All other transfer students will receive credit toward the Tier I and Tier II requirements in each domain when the transferred courses are deemed equivalent to our core courses, or to have met the outcomes in those domains.
Transfer Articulation Agreements
MCLA has transfer articulation agreements with a number of two-year colleges. Admission preference and optimum transferability of credits are ensured for those students who apply from these colleges. Contact the Office of Admission Director for more information.
Students transferring to MCLA from any Massachusetts public higher education institution may qualify for MassTransfer. Massachusetts community college students who complete an associate degree and enroll in an approved MassTransfer program receive guaranteed admission, full transfer of credits and a tuition discount based upon final GPA. Students who complete the MassTransfer block of courses will satisfy the core requirements at MCLA, other than the capstone course. Completion of the 34 credits in the MassTransfer block must be indicated on the sending institution’s official transcript.
Students should contact the Office of Admission for more information. A complete description of MassTransfer and a list of approved programs is available at: www.mass.edu/masstransfer/.
International Students - Application Requirements
International students studying or residing outside of the U.S. may apply to MCLA as a full-time student in a degree program by submitting the following documents:
- The Common Application.
- Official secondary school transcript and/or college transcripts translated into English and formally evaluated
- English Language Test Results: DuoLingo English Test (minimum 100) or TOEFL (minimum 79 on iBT or 550 on paper) or IELTS (minimum 6.0) or PTE (minimum 50)
- Letter of Recommendation
- Personal Statement/Essay (250-500 Words)
International applications must be submitted by March 1st to be considered for the fall semester.
Certification of Finances
As required by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, you must complete the Certification of Finances form to verify access to sufficient financial resources to attend the College. All international students (not permanent residents or citizens of the U.S.) are classified as “out-of-state” students for tuition purposes. Since the College is unable to provide financial aid to international students, you must demonstrate adequate resources to meet yearly estimated expenses.
Students who previously attended MCLA and have withdrawn in good academic standing prior to earning their degree may apply for readmission to the College by submitting an admission application. If the student completed additional course work at another institution after leaving MCLA, an official transcript of this course work must be forwarded to the Office of Admission. Any outstanding obligations to the College, such as financial commitments, must be reconciled prior to readmission.
Students who have been academically suspended from the College must file an admission application. Suspended students must meet specific criteria and complete courses outside of MCLA to be considered for re-admission. Students are required to contact the Director of Admission to discuss readmission and course selection.
Part-Time Day or Evening Enrollment
Students can attend MCLA as full-time (12 credits or more), or as part-time (fewer than 12 credits). Irrespective of the number of credits, to be eligible to earn a degree from MCLA, students must be matriculated or accepted into an academic program.
Students interested in enrolling in courses prior to matriculating may do so and are considered non-matriculated or “non degree” students. Non-matriculated students may register for courses through the Registrar’s Office for fall, spring or summer sessions. Students may earn up to 24 undergraduate credits at MCLA with a non-matriculated status. Non-matriculated students are not eligible for financial aid and register after matriculated students.
For more information, please contact the Office of Admission.