Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$1,030
0% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$14,780
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
3.42%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
87.7%
1,355 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
1,202
81.5% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
53%
186 Graduates

About

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is a higher education institution located in Berkshire County, MA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts were General English Language & Literature (55 degrees awarded), Other Multidisciplinary Studies (52 degrees), and General Business Administration & Management (49 degrees).

In 2020, 424 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. 67.7% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 32.3% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (312 degrees), 8.21 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (38 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is $1,030, which is $−27,370 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is $1,030, which is $−27,370 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $14,780.

In 2020, 88% of undergraduate students attending Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 70% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$1,030
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts was $1,030. The cost of tuition at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is $−27,370 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

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Average Net Price

$14,780
2020 Value
4.14%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $14,780. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts grew by 4.14%.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,249
Room and Board
$1,200
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts was of $10,249 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of room and board increased by 1.91% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

88%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
70%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

88% of undergraduate students at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 7.32% with respect to 2019, when 82% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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3.42%
2018 Default Rate
16
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts was 3.42%, which represents 16 out of the 468 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts received 1,355 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 22.7% annual decline. Out of those 1,355 applicants, 1,188 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 87.7% acceptance rate.

There were 1,202 students enrolled at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in 2020, and 82% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has an overall enrollment yield of 14.4%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

87.7%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
1,188
Accepted Out of 1,355

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts was 87.7% (1,188 admissions from 1,355 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 81.6%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants declined by −22.7%, while admissions declined by −17%.

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SAT Scores

82%
Submission Percentage
141
Scores Submitted

82% of enrolled first-time students at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has a total enrollment of 1,202 students. The full-time enrollment at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is 980 students and the part-time enrollment is 222. This means that 81.5% of students enrolled at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, both undergraduate and graduate, is 71.9% White, 10.3% Hispanic or Latino, 7.57% Black or African American, 2.41% Two or More Races, 1.08% Asian, 0.166% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.0832% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (45.1%), followed by White Male (25.9%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (6.44%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (55.1%), followed by White Male (34.7%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (4.08%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

81.5%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, both undergraduate and graduate, is 1,202 students. The full-time enrollment at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is 980 and the part-time enrollment is 222. This means that 81.5% of students enrolled at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts are enrolled full-time compared with 80.1% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

72%
2020 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts was 72%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (73%), Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    864
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    124
  3. Black or African American
    91

The enrolled student population at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is 71.9% White, 10.3% Hispanic or Latino, 7.57% Black or African American, 2.41% Two or More Races, 1.08% Asian, 0.166% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.0832% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Baccalaureate Colleges is 54.8% White, 13.8% Black or African American, and 13.4% Hispanic or Latino.

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Graduates

In 2020, 150 more women than men received degrees from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is white (312 degrees awarded). There were 8.21 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (38 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is General English Language & Literature (55 degrees awarded), followed by Other Multidisciplinary Studies (52 degrees) and General Business Administration & Management (49 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are English (55 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (52 degrees), and History (11 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts are Elementary & middle school teachers (222,651 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (199,826 people), Other managers (149,590 people), Postsecondary teachers (136,126 people), and Secondary school teachers (106,080 people).

The most specialized majors at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts are English (55 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (52 degrees), History (11 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (10 degrees), and Philosophy and Religious Studies (5 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts are Surgeons, Clinical and counseling psychologists, Aerospace engineers, Computer hardware engineers, and Entertainers & performers, sports & related workers, all other

The most specialized majors at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts are English (55 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (52 degrees), History (11 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (10 degrees), and Philosophy and Religious Studies (5 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts are Elementary & secondary schools (454,967 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (283,090 people), Legal services (162,796 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (156,483 people), and Computer Systems Design (115,146 people).

The most specialized majors at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts are English (55 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (52 degrees), History (11 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (10 degrees), and Philosophy and Religious Studies (5 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

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Most Common
  1. 55 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 52 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 49 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts was General English Language & Literature with 55 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

137
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
287
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 137 degrees were awarded to men at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, which is 0.477 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (287).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 27 degrees were awarded to men at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.628 times less than the 43 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 44 degrees were awarded to women at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in Other Multidisciplinary Studies, which is 5.5 times more than the 8 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

44%
100% Completion Time
56%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 44% of students graduating from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 56% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 56% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Two or More Races Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is Male and Two or More Races (100% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 1.61% of graduates (3 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    312 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    38 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    34 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is white (312 degrees awarded). There were 8.21 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (38 degrees).

4.25% of degree recipients (18 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    212 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    100 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    23 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is white female (212 degrees awarded). There were 2.12 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (100 degrees).

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Operations

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has an endowment valued at nearly $15.5M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $150k (0.97%), compared to the 2.06% average return ($820k on $39.8M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2020, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts had a total salary expenditure of $51.8M. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts employs 34 Professors, 31 Assistant professors, and 22 Associate professors. Most academics at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts are Female Assistant professors (20), Male Professors(18), and Female Professors (16).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts are: Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 49 employees, Service, with 44 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 37 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$15.5M
2020 Endowment
14.2%
growth from 2019

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has an endowment valued at about $15.5M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts grew 14.2% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $24.4M lower than than the median endowment of Baccalaureate Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $651k - Federal
  2. $787k - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2020, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts received $651k in grants and contracts from the federal government, $787k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$29.6M
2020 Salaries
1.06%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts paid a median of $29.6M in salaries, which represents 57.2% of their overall expenditure ($51.8M) and a 1.06% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 37.7% growth from 2018 and a 2.44% decline from 2017.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 15.4M (40.8% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$7.07M
Instructional Salaries
87
Number of Employees

In 2020, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts paid a total of $7.07M to 87 employees working as instructors, which represents 23.8% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $4.78M (31%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
34 Employees
Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
49 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts were Professor with 34 employees; Assistant professor with 31 employees; and Assistant professor with 22 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts were Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 49 employees; Service with 44 employees; and Office and Administrative Support with 37 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Female Assistant professor
  2. Male Professor
  3. Female Professor

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts was Female Assistant professor with 20 employees, Male Professor with 18 employees, and Female Professor with 16 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

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