orientation leaders


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.

Kick-Off To College Online Orientation

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 Kick-Off to College 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.

2022 Summer In-Person Orientation

Our summer 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 have the option of selecting an overnight orientation experience or attending a day session (attending one in-person orientation session is required).

  • Overnight Program: Thursday, June 23rd- Saturday, June 25th
  • Day Programs: Thursday, August 4th, Friday, August 5th, or Saturday, August 6th

*Please understand that MCLA reserves the right to cancel or make other last minute programming changes due to emerging state and local guidance. If any changes occur, you will be notified.

For more information regarding MCLA and COVID-19, please visit our site with frequently asked questions.

Once registration becomes available students can find the link to register for their Summer In-Person Orientation session in their Canvas Course: Kickoff to College 2022. Having trouble gaining access to the Kickoff to College 2022 site? Click Here for instructions.


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!

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

Jenn Labbance
Director of Student Engagement and New Student Transition