What is CLA First?
- Full year success program for first-year students and transfer students bringing in lower numbers of credits
- All courses fulfill graduation requirements
- Work with a small group of students throughout your first year
- Opportunity for additional courses of your choice
What are the benefits?
- a small and supportive learning community within the larger university
- your professors are committed faculty, who are interested in working with first-year students
- full-time advisors assigned to the program; our advising is intensive and ongoing throughout your first year
- Start Smart! program designed to maximize your academic success and your UMass Boston experience
- strong connection to University resources for academics and co-curricular opportunities
- students completing the full week (5-day) program will fulfill the First Year Seminar requirement
- working partnerships with other students across a range of courses
Who is eligible?
- first time freshman and transfer students bringing in a low number of credits
- any major in the College of Liberal Arts, including undecided students
- must place into English 101 through assessment testing
- Students who are enrolled in the Honors Program should indicate that on the application, and schedule requirements can be discussed
How do I join?
- For the 5-day program, click the appropriate link at the top of the page to sign up online. Once you have completed the form, you will receive an email about next steps.
- If you have trouble with the online form for the 5-day program, you can print out the Interest Form here and either attach it to an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to:
College of Liberal Arts
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125
So I sent in my interest form. Now what?
- If you have paid your new student deposit (contact Admissions for more information), you should sign up for Beacon Beginnings New Student Orientation.
- This is also how you will sign up for a assessment tests!
- We will check in with you via email and keep track of your assessment scores once you have taken the tests.
- When you attend Orientation we will meet with you in group sessions and help you to sign up for CLA First! courses if your placement scores qualify.
- It will be that easy! We promise!