Orientation 2018

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.

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2018 January Orientation Sessions:

Tuesday, January 9th - Schedule of Events

Tuesday, January 16th - Schedule of Events

2018 Summer Orientation Dates:

Transfer Student Session: June 19 (Tues)

New Student Overnight Sessions:

Session I: June 21/22 (Thur/Fri)

Session II: June 25/26 (Mon/Tues)

Session III: June 28/29 (Thur/Fri)

Late Summer New and Transfer Student Day Session:

August 3 (Fri)

Overnight Session Schedules (2017 samples): Student Schedule -  Parent/Guest Schedule 

Transfer Student Sample Schedule of Events


Additional Session Information:

2017 Orientation Leader Staff Photos 

Overnight Student Session Checklist

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 online.

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

Freshman Student Overnight Session Survey

Transfer Student Session Survey