Course Syllabus

Welcome to MCLA


Congratulations on your acceptance to MCLA! We would like to officially welcome you and are delighted you will be joining our campus community. 

Thank you for visiting your Online Orientation Canvas page. There are many steps to complete before you arrive on campus - but we don't want the paperwork to be overwhelming! This page is your "one-stop shop" to help you complete necessary items prior to your campus arrival in the fall.


Step 1 - Activate you MCLA Account

*Before getting started, locate your acceptance letter. On that letter, you will find your MCLA User ID (which looks like A00001234). Contact your admission counselor or call 413-662-5410 for help*

Ready to activate your MCLA Account? Follow these steps or watch this video:

  1. Go to the Self Service Banner (Links to an external site.) website.
  2. Enter your MCLA User ID (Pro tip: use a capital "A").
  3. Enter your pin - your initial temporary PIN is your birthday in MMDDYY format (6 digits) - after you login, you will be asked to create a new pin of your choice.
  4. Click the 'Claim Your MyMCLA Account' link located on the main menu.
  5. Follow the account claim procedure, setting a password at the end (should be a combination of numbers and letters).
  6. Confirm activation is complete by logging into the MCLA Portal  

Please visit the MCLA Tech Help tab for videos or call the MCLA Help Desk at 413-662-5276 for assistance. 


Step 2 - Pay Your Enrollment Deposit

*You must complete step #1 prior to paying your enrollment deposit*

The enrollment deposit if $200 for residential students and $100 for commuter students. 

Using your MCLA User ID (which looks like A00001234) and Password, pay your enrollment deposit HERE


Step 3 - Explore this Canvas Site

Soon after paying your enrollment deposit, log into your MCLA Portal ( and check your email. You will see an email from "MCLA Canvas" inviting you to explore the rest of this site. Click the link and your page will be unlocked! You can also access Canvas from your MCLA Portal page.

Review the information using the Modules tab on the left hand side to ensure a smooth transition to the MCLA. As you complete each module, you will earn a badge. You have until Friday, September 15, 2023 to complete the Kickoff to College modules, earn all the badges, and collect your prize! Keep an eye out for more information as we get closer to the start of the Fall 2023 semester. 

*Canvas is a learning management system. MCLA's students, faculty, and staff use Canvas in and out of the classroom as a digital learning tool. Not only will this site help you navigate your transition to college and your first year experience, it will help you become familiar with Canvas - a tool you will use throughout your MCLA career. 

**If you'll be using Canvas on a tablet or smartphone, you can download the Canvas app for iOS or Android. Even if you prefer working on a computer, the app can be a great way to check due dates, read announcements, send messages to your professors, etc. For help with the Canvas app, you can check out this quick video overview or the Canvas mobile guides.