Online Student - Getting Started
Step 1 - Laptop Minimum Requirements
MCLA requires all incoming students to have a laptop as part of MCLA's Laptop Initiative program. Most laptop computers purchased within the last few years will connect to our network without any problems. However, if you are looking to purchase a laptop or bring one from home, you should check out our Laptop Minimum Hardware Requirements.
Step 2 - Activate your MCLANET ID
You can activate your account information upon 2-3 business days after class registration. Once your account is created you must go through the online activation process. To go through the activation process please visit the account management tools. You do not have to be on campus to activate your account.
Step 3 - Read MCLA Policies
Get familiar with the user policies that you agreed upon during this MCLANET account activation.
- Virus Policy
- Computer Support Procedures
- Network User Agreement
- Software Policy
- Computer Helpdesk Services for Students
- Peer 2 Peer Sharing (P2P)
- MCLA Electronics Communications Policy
Step 5 - Verify you have wireless access
The MCLANET Wireless Network cover all classrooms, offices, public areas and some open spaces on the main campus. However, it does not cover resident dorms where an ethernet connection can be used. MCLANET User accounts (Step 2) are required for access to all resources.
Step 6 - Login To FirstClass
MCLA uses FirstClass to manage email and your professor may use FirstClass to facilitate online learning. Every student should be checking FirstClass. Please activate and download FirstClass as soon as you can. The FirstClass activation and download appears as one of the last steps of your MCLANET User account registration.