UMass Boston

CLA First! Learning Community

Join the CLA First! Learning Community

  • Become part of an academic success program for first year students in the College of Liberal Arts
  • Work with CLA First! Academic Advisors from new student orientation through graduation 
  • Connect with supportive peer mentors who know what the transition to college is all about
  • Enroll in CLA First! cohort classes that fulfill your general education requirements 
  • Get to know your peers in the classroom and through co-curricular programming


  • Being a part of a small and supportive learning community within the larger University
  • Working with full-time advisors throughout your time at UMass Boston to build a strong academic foundation and achieve personal, professional, and community engagement goals
  • Attending Start Smart! workshops geared towards helping you get the most out of your college experience
  • Gaining access to University resources and opportunities outside the classroom
  • Taking CLA First! classes with professors who are committed faculty interested in working with first-year students
  • Fulfilling general education requirements, including the First Year Seminar requirement (upon successful completion of the year-long program)
  • Building partnerships with students across academic disciplines


  • First time first-year students with any major in the College of Liberal Arts, including undeclared (undecided) CLA students

How do I sign up?

  • Sign up for orientation after submitting your deposit.
  • We will be reaching out to you prior to your orientation session; be sure to check your email!
  • View our course descriptions and sample class schedule
  • At your orientation session, you will have a group advising session with CLA First! academic advisors.

Send us an email with any questions you may have.