Our Orientation engages undergraduates right from the start through a college-wide, student-centered program. Review courses for your incoming semester, meet other new students, learn about valuable resources, collect information on campus clubs and organizations, and have lots of fun! Students may select from the orientation sessions listed below through our online registration process. Please use the dates listed to begin your travel plans for our Orientation Programs. Be sure to register for the option that is best for you.
Information on these upcoming sessions is sent to all accepted students who have paid their deposit. After you're accepted into MCLA, please be sure to set up your Email Account. Please call the office at 413-662-5102 with any questions or concerns.
January 2017 Orientation Dates: (official schedules to be distributed at each session)
Tuesday, January 10th - Campus Orientation Day Session - Schedule
Tuesday, January 17th - Campus Orientation Traditional session and Late Registration - Schedule
Summer 2017 Overnight Sessions:
Session I: June 21/22 (Wed/Thurs)
Session II: June 26/27 (Mon/Tues)
Session III: June 29/30 (Thur/Fri)
Transfer Student Session: Tuesday, June 20
Transfer Student/Adult Learner Student Session: July 12
Past Orientation Sample Schedules (2016)
Day Session: Schedule of Events
Additional Session Information:
Orientation Session Details
Orientation sessions are held throughout the year. Our most comprehensive overnight sessions for new students are held in June. Overnight sessions offer new students a campus living experience. Students stay in a designated residence area for one evening while engaging in programs offered by our Orientation Staff. Family and Guests are encouraged to attend the program as well and use our local accommodations list below for their overnight stay. Check in for overnight sessions will begin at 10 am on the first day of each session in Hoosac Hall; check out on day two are followed with optional guided tours.
Sessions that are designed as day long experiences offer important information and academic advising connections.
Details on each session and invitations to register are sent once your acceptance is final, and as we approach the coming session. Schedules for each session will be posted beginning June 1st.
Programs for Parents & Families
Our Family Program helps family members gain a better perspective of what their new students will encounter. We discuss how we immediately engage students in our community, and provide information on the academic experience, policies and procedures, residential life, dining services, clubs and organizations, public safety, financial aid, and much more. Sessions are interactive and designed to make connections with other participants and college community members. Please join us!
Where to Stay
Please visit The Berkshire Visitors Bureau, which lists local hotels and specials. The Bureau can also help you explore the Berkshires before or after visiting us. For your convenience, here's a list of area hotels.
Just ask! Call 413.662.5102 or email Celia Norcross@mcla.edu