In all, about 425 freshman and transfer students, spent the weekend assisted by family and friends unloading their belongings from SUVs, vans, pickups, and sedans and moving into Berkshire Towers or Hoosac Hall.

The Berkshire Eagle reports College officials noted the 425 figure is on par with new enrollments in recent years.

The MCLA first-timers were greeted by volunteer upperclassmen and college staff dressed in light blue T-shirts identifying them as members of the "Move-in Crew."

In his third year at the helm, MCLA President James Birge casually welcomed the Class of 2022. Typically wearing a suit and one of his signature bow ties, Birge donned blue jeans and one of the "Move-in Crew" shirts, ready to lend a helping hand.

Small in size, college officials are proud to have added 11 new programs the past two years and offer higher education at a very reasonable price of $21,000 annually.

The new student welcome continues today with Birge leading an interactive discussion at the MCLA Church Street Center, followed by a luncheon on the Taconic lawn. Formal opening day activities for all students, faculty, and staff is Tuesday with fall classes starting Wednesday.