MCLA's First Orientation Session to Start June 16


NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - Incoming Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) students will visit the campus this month with their parents in the first of several orientation sessions to help them to get a head start on their college career.

The first session will be held June 16-17. Additional orientations will be held June 23-24 and 26-27. A transfer student day session will be held on June 20.

During the overnight, two-day orientation session, students immediately will become involved and engaged with MCLA, according to Celia Norcross, director of student development. The students also will learn about the resources across campus as well as make meaningful connections to their academic majors.

Students - who stay in MCLA's residence halls while their parents spend the night at local accommodations - are involved in sessions similar to those their parents attend. During their stay on campus, the students also have the opportunity to learn about student life, athletics and ways to engage in campus. They also are introduced to topics such as homesickness, alcohol abuse prevention, and clubs and organizations through our annual informational skits.

A feature of MCLA's orientation program is its group of student orientation leaders, who will be available to answers any questions the incoming freshmen might have. Prior to the orientation sessions, student orientation leaders go through weeks of training when they meet with different departments and in different areas on campus to prepare themselves to be a resource to our new students and families.

For more information and to register for an orientation session, go to orientation.