President's Welcome

Dear Students:

Welcome to MCLA!

As you begin this next phase of your academic journey you will be engaged, challenged, and presented with countless opportunities to expand and grow – in classrooms, in science and computer labs, on athletic fields and courts, on stage and in the studio, and working and learning in the community.

MCLA is a close-knit community with a small student-faculty ratio, and you will be supported in all facets of your life here. We encourage and support you to become active members of the MCLA community as well as the Northern Berkshire community. Faculty and staff are deeply invested in your success and well-being, and they are committed to preserving MCLA’s environment of excellence in teaching and learning while working with you to ensure a rewarding college experience. The powerful experiences you have at MCLA will provide a foundation for the opportunities and challenges that await you after graduation.

This Student Handbook will be an important resource for you throughout the year. It includes information about MCLA policies and procedures, details on co-curricular activities, and contact information for members of the MCLA community who can address your questions and concerns. Questions are always welcome — we want to ensure you have the information to make your experience at MCLA successful.

Again, welcome to MCLA! I wish you all the very best during this academic year.

James F. Birge, Ph.D.