Important Information for New Graduate Students

Activate Your College Login

Please activate your college login right away so that you have access to important systems/services. You do this by going to MyESC and clicking the Activate My Login link just above the Announcements box. 


The orientation provides important information about registration, books, etc.

 Please follow these three easy steps to the online orientation:

  1. Please visit and enter your college login and password.
  2. Look for the blue menu bar and position your cursor on "My Courses" to find "New Graduate Student Orientation" and click this link.
  3. Begin the orientation with "Student Moodle Tutorial."

M.A. Liberal Studies (MALS) In-person Orientation

In addition to the online orientation, MALS has a required an in-person orientation session that is held regionally. It is important to note that you have an assignment due at orientation. You can access the in-person orientation information at Choosing and Preparing for Your MALS Courses.


Register online for the spring term from Nov. 5 through Jan. 10 via the Register tab on MyESC. Late registration is available from Jan.13 - 17 with a $30 late fee.


The spring residency will be held on Feb. 6–8 at the Saratoga Hilton. Residency attendance is required for students enrolled in a residency-based course in the M.A. in labor, liberal studies and social policy programs and the MBA in management program. Please review the Graduate Residency Information page for complete details including session schedules.

Term Start Date

The term will begin on Jan. 21, but most of the courses will open one week prior to the start of the term. The complete term calendar is available at Graduate Calendars.