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Our Orientation program is designed to be your official welcome to MCLA! During orientation you will learn about campus offices and services available to you, learn more in depth information about your academic program, and get the hang of navigating your new home!

New Student Orientation

MCLA is thrilled to welcome you to our community! We care about you and your future and want you to know that we understand the emotions you may be feeling. As one chapter closes MCLA is here to help start your new chapter off strong. We have a great deal of things in store to assist you with the transition to college and we’ve been working hard to organize it all.

MCLA's New Student Orientation is organized into two parts: Online Orientation Canvas Course and In-Person Orientation. Both components are vital to your success and transition into the MCLA community.

Pre-Orientation- Online Canvas Course

We have created an online orientation to help navigate your transition to MCLA. This online orientation is hosted in Canvas, a learning management system and digital learning tool used by the MCLA community in and out of the classroom. Not only will this site introduce you to MCLA throughout the summer, but it will also help you become familiar with the Canvas platform.

Items you'll find in Canvas:

  • Course Registration Survey and how to access your class schedule
  • Billing information
  • Housing information and what to bring to campus
  • Community connection opportunities
  • Navigating MCLA technology

*The Online Orientation is set up in a way for each student to work their way through on their own pace. Modules/information are released when students need to utilize certain pieces of information.

Once you've submitted your enrollment deposit you will be sent an email with information on how to access this Canvas site. If you need to pay your enrollment deposit click here.

Having trouble gaining access to the Online Orientation Canvas site? Click Here for instructions.

Orientation Program

Our virtual programs and in-person orientation program is designed to be your official welcome to MCLA. During orientation you will connect with departments and services on campus, meet with faculty and staff, get the hang of navigating your new home, and meet with fellow classmates!

Student can and will participate in a layered approach to being connected to the MCLA community. Below are the different initiatives for our new Trailblazers. 

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Virtual Resource Sessions

Have questions answered through these virtual sessions We encourage students and Trailblazer Team Members to attend! 

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Engagement Days

Want to visit campus and connect with an Orientation Leader and get questions answered in person. Join us for one of our Engagement Days!


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Orientation Program

All new first-year and transfer students are required to participate in an in-person Orientation to get connected with MCLA resources and have any last questions answered.

The journey to MCLA begins with the Week of Welcome; the official Orientation to MCLA.

Virtual Resource Sessions-Registration for these programs has closed!

  • Student Housing, Student Financial Resources, Student Engagement
    • Wednesday, April 10th at 7pm
  • Academic Success Coaching, TRiO Program, and Disability Resources
    • Tuesday, May 21st at 7pm
  • High Impact Academic Experiences, , Internships, Commuter Resources and Student Basic Needs
    • Thursday, June 13th at 7pm

Engagement Days

  • Engagement Day #1
    • Tuesday, June 18th
  • Engagement Day #2

MCLA Week of Welcome- Orientation and Greylock L.E.A.D. Academy


New Student Athletes Move-In August 16th
New Student TRiO Students Move-In August 22nd
New Residential Students Move-In August 25th

Official start of MCLA Welcome Week-Orientation and Greylock L.E.A.D. Academy
August 26th

Official schedule and details will be available in August, closer to the start of the program. MCLA is committed to making all of its events accessible to everyone. If you require an accommodation or service to fully participate in any part of the Welcome Week, please contact Disability Resources prior to the start of the program, August 22, 2024

*New First-Year and Transfer Students are required to participate (this included residential and commuter students).

Virtual Resource Days *Check back for dates and registration links in late Fall 2024

  • Student Housing, Student Financial Resources, Student Engagement
  • Academic Success Coaching, TRiO Program, and Disability Resources
  • High Impact Academic Experiences, Internships, Commuter Resources and Student Basic Needs

Orientation *Check back for dates and a registration link in late Fall 2024

  • January 2025


Welcome Trailblazer Team Members

A student's Trailblazer Team consists of the people who support our students’ success; this includes parents, guardians, family members, mentors, and advocates.

Welcome to the family and the Trailblazer Team! This site will give you some resources to help your student be successful at MCLA.

Questions? Just ask!

 Call 413.662.5129 or email Jenn Labbance at jenn.labbance@mcla.edu 

Jenn Labbance

Jenn Labbance
Director of Student Engagement and New Student Transition