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Orientation sessionOur 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!

Information on upcoming sessions is sent to all accepted students who have paid the deposit. After you're accepted into MCLA, please be sure to set up your First Class Account. Orientation registration will be available online beginning May 23rd. Please call the office at 413-662-5102 with any questions or concerns. More information on all sessions including full schedules will be available soon!

Overnight Orientation Session Dates:

June 16/17

June 23/24

June 26/27

Day Session for Transfer Students and Adult Learners:

June 20th

Orientation Session Details:

Orientation sessions are held throughout the year. Our most comprehensive overnight sessions for freshmen are held in June. We also host day long sessions in January, April, June, August, September, and December. Details on each session and invitations to register are sent once your acceptance is final, and as we approach the coming session. 

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. Check in for overnight sessions typically occurs mid-morning on the first day of each session; check out generally ends with guided tours beginning at 2 p.m. on the second day. Sessions that are designed as day long experiences begin with check in at 9 a.m. and end with guided tours beginning at 4 p.m.

OrientationPrograms 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.