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About MCLA

In the Community

College Town in the Berkshires

aerial view of Murdock HallMCLA is located in North Adams, in the northwestern corner of Massachusetts, and a part of the much renowned Berkshire County arts community. We are close to the Vermont and New York state borders, and within a three-hour drive of both Boston and New York City. Our students come from all over the Northeast, and our faculty and staff enjoy the benefits of living where nature and culture coexist.

Plenty to Enjoy

crowd enjoying street concertFrom art galleries, eclectic shops, museums, music, film to dramatic performances, you can find it all within walking distance of the College. Public transportation is also available on campus. The city is also home to MASS MoCA, one of the nation's largest contemporary art museums, and MCLA Gallery 51. North Adams also boasts the state's highest mountain peak, Mount Greylock, and numerous state parks and natural wonders.

MASS MoCA buildingClose by, Williamstown is home to the highly popular Williamstown Theatre Festival, specialty boutiques and restaurants. In Pittsfield, take in a show at the Colonial Theatre or Barrington Stage Company. There's always a stimulating exhibit at the Berkshire Museum. Then, enjoy a great meal on North Street in Pittsfield.

MCLA Ski ClubThere are endless opportunities to explore the natural beauty of western Massachusetts. At MCLA, you can join the Outdoor Trailblazers Club and hike the Appalachian Trail. Visit the slopes of Jiminy Peak, Mount Snow, and Stratton Mountain in the fall with your mountain bike or in the winter with the Ski Club.

Visit Us

Our campus is beautiful. Our programs are engaging. We invite you to visit and discover MCLA for yourself.

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