MCLA's First Orientation Session to Start June 18


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 18-19. Additional orientations will be held June 24-25 and 27-28. A transfer student day session will be held on June 21.

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 financial aid, participate in placement testing and sign up for classes.

While students undergo placement testing for math, English and writing, parents attend informational sessions such as those on the community, opportunities for students, laptop technologies and campus connections.

Students - who stay in MCLA's residence halls while their parents spend the night at local accommodations - are involved sessions similar to those their parents attend. They also have the opportunity to learn about athletics, student life and more. They also engage in skits on the topics of being homesick, alcohol abuse prevention, and clubs and organizations.

A feature of MCLA's orientation program is its group of student orientation leaders, who will be available to answer 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.

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