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The information below, along with the Transfer Student Guide to Pioneer Success (GPS), is intended to help incoming students get started on their academic life at LC.  

If you have questions, would like to review your options, or discuss potential schedules, we encourage you to contact your Faculty Advisor or the College Advising Center at cac@lclark.edu, 503-768-7600, or make an appointment. You can also get in touch if you run into any problems during registration.

To learn more about housing, new student trips, or arriving on campus, please check in with New Student Orientation.

General Transfer Questions

How do my credits from other institutions transfer?

After you have completed coursework at your previous institution, be sure to send copies of your final transcripts to the  Registrar’s Office. You will then receive an official “Statement of Transfer Credit” to your L&C email with information about the credits that have transferred and which L&C general education requirements you have already fulfilled (depending on your previous coursework, there might be some GE requirement which you will need to complete). If you have questions about the process or about how your previous coursework is evaluated by the Registrar, read the more about Transfer Credit or contact the Registrar’s office directly.

After the Registrar’s office has verified that a course is transferable in general, you can start working with your Faculty Advisor, who will be the department chair in your prospective major, to determine if any of your previous college coursework courses can be applied to that department’s major requirements.    

How many credits can I transfer?

Students must complete at least 60 semester credits at L&C out of the 128 semester credits required for graduation, which means that students can transfer in a maximum of 68 credits.

If you have completed more than 68 credits elsewhere, consult with your Faculty or College Advisor, as well as your transfer credit specialist in the Registrar’s Office to determine which credits could be most useful to your L&C degree.

L&C has a senior residency requirement, which states that after you have reached senior status (93 credits), only 4 credits of transfer coursework may be applied to the degree, which is included in the 68 transfer credit maximum.

Creating an graduation plan with the help of your Faculty or College Advisor can help ensure you stay on track. You can also contact the College Advising Center at any point this summer and beyond, for help: email cac@lclark.edu, call 503-768-7600, or make an appointment.

Who will my advisor be?

You will have two advisors at L&C: a College Advisor, who will be assigned to at the start of the fall semester, and a Faculty Advisor, who is assigned to you after you have completed your Advising Questionnaire, and who is typically the chair of the department of your likely major. Over the summer, department chairs can help determine which courses taken at other institutions can be applied to requirements in the major here. After the summer, students may change to another faculty advisor at any time.

You can also contact the College Advising Center at any point this summer and beyond, for help with any questions you might have: email cac@lclark.edu, call 503-768-7600, or make an appointment.

Since I’ll be working with a Faculty Advisor this summer, am I a declared major in their department?

Not yet. Based on the information you provide in your Advising Questionnaire , we match you with a Faculty Advisor in your likely major department. In order to officially declare your major, you must fill out a Declaration of Major or Minor Form and turn it in the Registrar’s Office.

If you are transferring in more than 45 credits, you must declare your major before you can register for spring semester courses.

What if I have a disability or learning difference?

L&C is committed to serving the needs of our students with disabilities and learning differences. Professional staff in the office of Student Support Services are available to ensure that students receive all of the benefits of a comprehensive selection of services, including advice on academic strategies for success.

Student Support Services is also available over the summer to help with any kind of disability: learning, physical, or psychological. You can reach them by phone at 503-768-7192 or by email at access@lclark.edu

 

General Education

What are General Education requirements? How do I know which ones I need to fulfill?

General Education courses provide a foundation for learning at a liberal arts college. These classes can expand your perspectives and skills, and expose you to the fine arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. L&C’s General Education requirements consists of the following:

•  Exploration & Discovery (Core 106 and Core 107)

•  A foreign language taken through the 201 level

•  Two international studies courses

•  Three scientific and quantitative reasoning courses: at least one Science Laboratory course (Category A), at least one Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning course (Category B), and one course in Quantitative Reasoning in the Social Sciences or Humanities (Category C)

•  Four credits in creative arts

•  Two credits (taken in separate semesters) of physical education/activity

The “Statement of Transfer Credit” email you receive from the Registrar’s office will include information about which previous college courses you’ve completed can be applied to L&C’s General Education requirements. 

How can I see which GE classes are offered in the fall?

The requirements and courses that fulfill them are listed in the College Catalog under General Education Requirements. However, not all courses are offered every semester. To find out which GE courses will be offered this fall:

1.  Go to webadvisor.lclark.edu.  

2.  Log in using your WebAdvisor User ID and password. Select the Students menu.

3.  Under the Registration heading, select Search for Sections.

4.  From the Term drop-down menu, select CAS-Fall 2017.

5.  Narrow your search to GE courses by clicking on the Course Type field (in the lower right) and selecting CAS-GE SCI/QUANT REAS CAT A (or CAS-GE CREATIVE ARTS, etc). This will show you all courses offered at L&C in the fall that fulfill that GE requirement (on the next screen, you can click on a Course Title to see the prerequisites). 

6.  Click Submit. 

Students often assume that they need to finish all of their general education right away, but that’s not necessarily true. As long as you continue to make steady progress on the requirements, so that they are not all left for the end of your time at L&C, you’ll be fine. Creating an graduation plan with the help of your Faculty or College Advisor can help ensure you are making good progress on all of your degree requirements. 

Do I need to take Core 106: Exploration & Discovery or a Core Substitute course?

Exploration & Discovery is a two-semester sequence and is part of L&C’s General Education requirements. Students take Core 106 in the fall, and Core 107 in the spring.

If you are transfer in with less than 16 credits, you must take Core 106 and Core 107 in your first year.

If you transfer in between 16 and 29 credits, of which 3 or more credits are from an approved writing-intensive course, you must take must take either Core 106 or Core 107 in one of your first two semesters at Lewis & Clark. Transfer students who haven’t taken an approved writing-intensive course will be required to take both Core 106 and Core 107.

If you transfer in with 29 or more credits, you must satisfy the Core 106 and Core 107 requirement either by transferring in approved writing-intensive courses or by taking Core substitution courses by the end of your second semester at L&C.

Transferred courses or Core substitute courses used to satisfy the Core 106 or Core 107 requirement may not be used to satisfy any other General Education or major or minor requirement. 

I don’t need to take Core 106: Exploration & Discovery in the fall. Is my first round of course registration effected?

Yes. If your Statement of Transfer Credit says that you have fulfilled the Core 106 requirement, or if you are transferring in more than 28 credits, you can sign up for TWO classes on August 1st, and the rest of your classes on August 3.

I do need to take Core 106: Exploration & Discovery in the fall. How do I sign up?

Exploration & Discovery is a two-semester sequence (Core 106 in the fall, and Core 107 in the spring) for first-year students and certain transfer students. All sections of E&D are held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and, generally, class times are 1:50 - 2:50pm. However, there are a few sections taught at other times to resolve schedule conflicts with other classes.  

Although there are common texts read by all sections of Core 106 in the fall, each section is unique in its theme and additional materials. The E&D preference form allows you to choose your top 6 preferences. The preference form will open on June 1st. We strongly recommend filling out the form as early as possible. If your preference form has not been received by June 24th, you will be assigned to an open section.

By July 8th, you will receive an email letting you know which section you have been assigned to, and will be automatically registered for fall E&D. 

How do I find out which Core substitute courses are offering in the fall?

All the courses that count as Core substitute courses are listed in the College Catalog. However, not all courses are offered every semester. To find out which Core substitute courses will be offered this fall:

1.  Go to webadvisor.lclark.edu.  

2.  Log in using your WebAdvisor User ID and password. Select the Students menu.

3.  Under the Registration heading, select Search for Sections.

4.  From the Term drop-down menu, select CAS-Fall 2017.

5.  Narrow your search clicking on the Course Type field (in the lower right) and selecting CAS-CORE SUBSTITUTION. This will show you all courses offered at L&C in the fall that fulfill that requirement (you can click on a Course Title on the next page to see course prerequisites). 

6.  Click Submit.

Transfer students needing to take Core substitute courses must do so by the end of their second semester at L&C.

 

Placement Exams and Course Placement

Do transfer students need to take the ALEKS Math Placement exam?

L&C requires all students take three Scientific & Quantitative Reasoning (SQR) General Education courses, at least one of which has an college algebra proficiency prerequisite. Many natural science and social science courses also have this prerequisite

Transfer students who have not previously done college-level math work must take the ALEKS mathematics placement test prior to enrolling in courses that fulfill certain Scientific and Quantitative Reasoning General Education requirements, or enrolling in courses with a mathematics prerequisite.

For more information, visit our advice on Placement Exams to learn more about ALEKS Mathematics Placement. 

Do transfer students need to take a Foreign Language Placement exam?

Maybe. L&C requires students gain intermediate-level proficiency (such as Span 201: Intermediate Spanish I) in a foreign language, and offers courses in Arabic, Chinese, Classical Greek, French, German, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish. The Statement of Transfer Credit you received from the Registrar’s Office will let you know if you have met our Foreign Language General Education requirement.

To begin new language study at L&C, you should register for a language at the 101: Beginning I (e.g. Span 101: Beginning Spanish I) level in your first semester. In the spring, you can continue language study at the 102: Beginning II level, and complete the Foreign Language requirement by taking 201: Intermediate I in the fall of your sophomore year.

If you take the exam and place into 202 or higher, you can register for the the course you place into, but will need to take a proctored, confirming test during New Student Orientation before taking the advanced class.   

For students that have previously done college-level language study, your Transfer Equivalency Report will show if you have completed foreign language courses that are equivalent to our 101, 102, 201, etc. course. If this is the case, you can register for the next level of the language without taking the Foreign Language Placement exam (for example, if your Transfer Equivalency Report shows that you are transferring in a class that is equivalent to Span 101: Beginning Spanish I, you may register for Span 102: Beginning Spanish II).

For further information, please consult our advice on Placement Exams to learn more about the Foreign Language Placement exams.

I’ve taken a previous college-level class that I think should fulfill a General Education or major requirement, but it’s not. What should I do?

The Registrar’s Office evaluation of transfer students’ previous college coursework is based on the other institution’s course descriptions, along with other criteria outlined in the Transfer Credit section of L&C’s College Catalog.

After you have received your Statement of Transfer Credit from the Registrar and noted which General Education requirements you have fulfilled, you may think that you have taken a course that should fulfill one of L&C’s General Education requirements, such as a Core Substitute course or a science laboratory course. If this is the case, you can submit additional documentation about the course (such as a syllabus) to your Transfer Credit Evaluator in the Registrar’s Office for re-evaluation. A syllabus may include information about expository writing assignments or lab work you completed in a previous course that is not detailed in a course description.

Alternatively, you may have received general credit for a previous course from the Registrar and believe it may fulfill a requirement in a major you plan to pursue at L&C. In that instance, you can consult with the chair of that department to determine if previous coursework you took can be applied to the major here (she or he will likely need to see course syllabi). Once you have officially declared your major, you can then submit Course Substitution forms to the Registrar’s Office to ensure those courses are being properly applied to your major.  

What level of courses should first-year transfer students register for?

First-year transfer students generally register for 100- or 200-level courses that have an “F” before the section number (for example, Art 230-F1: 17th Century Art). To learn more, please consult our advice on Getting Started in a Major or Minor and our FAQ for First-Year Students.

 

Course Registration 

How many courses should I take?

We recommend taking 15 to 17 credits, which roughly means registering for four academic classes: one or two courses that explores possible majors, something new and interesting, and one or two General Education course. Depending on the evaluation of your previous coursework, you may already be the be enrolled in one course, Core 106 (4 credits) when the first round of registration opens on August 1st, in which case you’ll register for three more courses. Be sure to check out advice for Music and Math, Science, or Environmental Studies majors, if you are considering studying one of those fields. 

A typical load for Lewis & Clark students is four, 4-credit classes each semester. However, some students take 17 or 18 credits per semester if they are taking a lab science and/or activities, while some students will have 12 or 13 credits if they have been advised to allow themselves extra time to adjust to the academic expectations here. 12 credits is the lowest you can go to be a full-time student, so one nice thing about registering for 16 is that you have a little bit of a buffer to withdraw from a class during the add/drop period (the first two weeks of the fall semester) if you feel overwhelmed.

How many credits transfer students take each semester may depend on the amount of transfer credit you have completed, and the number of semesters you plan to be at L&C. Creating an graduation plan with the help of your Faculty or College Advisor can help ensure you are making good progress on all of your degree and credit requirements. 

You may not take more than 19 credits in your first semester. Give yourself time to become acquainted with campus, to adjust to the expectations in your courses, and to get involved in the Lewis & Clark community.

Many professors expect you will spend two or three hours on average outside of class for every one hour you spend in class. Different types of work are challenging for different students and the workload in any course may vary from week to week. Nonetheless, most students find they need to devote more time to study outside of class than what they were accustomed to doing in high school.

The College Advising Center can help you decide what load is right for you. Student Support Services is another good source of advice for students with learning differences.

How do I register for classes?

You can use WebAdvisor to search for classes and save them in a Preferred Sections list, which is like a shopping cart. When it comes time to register, you can return to this list to easily complete your registration.

1.  Go to webadvisor.lclark.edu.

2.  Log in using your WebAdvisor User ID and password.

3.  Under the Registration heading, select Register for Sections.

4.  Choose Search and Register for Sections.

5.  From the Term drop-down menu, select CAS-Fall 2017.

6.  To search for courses in a particular subject area, simply enter the name of the subject and click Submit. (You may search the course offerings of up to five subjects at once, but it is not necessary to fill in the entire search form.) You can also narrow your search by using the Course Type field.

7.  Click Submit.

8.  To learn more about a particular course, click on its section name and title. An information window will pop up. If the course interests you, check if there are any prerequisites or restrictions.

9. Once you find a course listing that intrigues you, place it in your Preferred Sections list by checking the box next to the section name and title and clicking Submit. (You can remove a section from this list at any time by using the Action drop-down menu next to the course you wish to remove.)

10. Continue looking for courses to add to your Preferred Sections list by clicking on Search for Sections.

Need more help? Check out these detailed Online Registration Instructions, contact the Registrar’s Office, or watch What time does registration open?  

When do I register for classes?

Registration for all incoming students happens on two dates this summer: August 1 and August 3. On both days, you will have specific registration times assigned to you when you can log into WebAdvisor and sign up for classes.

During your first registration time on August 1, you will be able to register for one course of your choosing (This will be your priority pick. Remember, you may already be registered for Core 106.) During your final registration time on August 3, you will register for the remainder of your courses. After August 3, registration remains open until August 18, to allow you to make changes to your schedule or take advantage of wait-listed seats that may become available for you. There will also be time during NSO to make additional changes after you meet with your faculty advisor 

The instructions below explain how to find your appointment times for each day of registration. This information will be available as soon as you create your Lewis & Clark account.

1.  Go to WebAdvisor.

2.  Log in using your WebAdvisor User ID and password.

3.  Click on Students.

4.  Under the Registration heading, select Registration Permissions and then choose 17/FA CAS-Fall 2017.

5.  After clicking submit, you should now be able to see the dates and times at which you are scheduled to register for your courses. All times are provided in Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).

For more useful tips, watch What time does registration open?

I missed my registration time! What should I do?

After August 3, registration remains open until August 18, to allow you to make changes to your schedule or take advantage of wait-listed seats that may become available for you. There will also be time during NSO to make additional changes after you meet with your faculty advisor.

What should I register for first?

Deciding on a priority class to register for first means considering a few different factors: What class is most important to you? Is there a major that you are particularly interested in? Are there many sections of the same class being offered, and how many open seats are still available? Are you a prospective Math, Science, Environmental Studies, or Music major? Is there a general education requirement that you would like to complete soon?

If you do not need to take Core 106: Exploration and Discovery, you can sign up for two classes on August 1st.   

There is a lot to consider, but don’t worry: you don’t have to do this alone! If, after consulting with your Faculty Advisor, the GPS, you have questions or just want to double-check your plans, contact the College Advising Center at cac@lclark.edu, 503-768-7600, or make an appointment

Something to keep in mind is that the later you register, the fewer options you’ll have. Try to register at, or as close to, your assigned registration times on August 1st and August 3rd as possible.  

Should I have backups? How many?

As you prepare to register, it is important to have a list of backup courses, so that if a particular course is full when it is your turn to register, you will have another course in mind. It is also useful to have backup courses so that you have a few different schedule options in case some of the courses you are interested in are offered at the same time. 

We recommend having a list of 4 to 6 backup classes before registration opens on August 1st. Your backup list can be comprised of other courses to consider within majors or minors you are interested in exploring, classes that fulfill General Education requirements, or classes that allow you to try out something completely new and different. You also might want to consider registering for one these hidden gems

If you are having trouble crafting your schedule or finding backups, please contact your Faculty Advisor or the College Advising Center at cac@lclark.edu, 503-768-7600, or make an appointment.. 

What should I do if a class I want to take is full?

If a course is already full during your WebAdvisor registration time, you can put your name on a waitlist using the same screen you would use to register (select “Waitlist” from the drop-down menu, and then Submit). After you place yourself on the waitlist, be sure to register for another course that is open.

If your name is on a waitlist and a space becomes available while WebAdvisor registration is still open (through August 18th), the Registrar’s office will email your L&C email account and you will have 48 hours to register before the spot is offered to someone else. If a spot does not open up before classes begin, you can contact the professor and/or attend the first day of class, and the instructor will explain how she or he will be handling the waitlist.

If you are unable to get into that class this fall, don’t be discouraged. We have small classes at L&C and so some courses do fill up, but if you really want a course, you will have plenty of chances to take that class in subsequent semesters. Instead, this semester, you can start exploring your backup options or a hidden gem.

What if I want to take a course for which I lack a required prerequisite?

If you have taken a course similar to a required prerequisite at another institution, you may wish to ask your transfer coordinator in the Registrar’s office about equivalent credit.  If specific equivalency is not possible, you could explain your academic background in detail to the professor of the course in which you wish to enroll and request permission for enrollment. 

What makes a “good” schedule?

After you have identified courses that interest you, be sure to make note of when they meet so that you can create a schedule of courses that don’t conflict. 

Academic buildings are L&C are close together, so don’t worry if you only have a 10 minute break between classes - that is usually plenty of time to get from one class to another.

We generally recommend spreading courses across your week so that no one day is completely open or completely booked. Homework and other assignments are often spread more evenly throughout the week with this type of schedule. However, some students prefer to cluster their courses (i.e. back-to-back classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays). With this type of arrangement, you would need to carefully manage your time on non-class days, since you’ll likely have multiple assignments due on the same day in different classes.

It’s not always possible to design your dream schedule. You may have to prioritize class availability and/or fulfill a certain interest or requirement, over your ideal schedule. While your schedule may not be exactly what you want, you can make any schedule work with preparation and planning.

Try to keep in mind how the work you’ll be doing in your classes will fit together. When possible, we suggest picking courses that offer a variety of different kinds of “brain work” that strikes a balance between reading- and writing-intensive, quantitative problem solving, foreign language, or creative courses. You might love one particular subject, but too much of one thing usually isn’t good!  

I’m thinking about being a Math, Science, or Environmental Studies major. What should I know?

In order to explore or pursue some majors at Lewis & Clark, you must start on the path in your first semester of college. That is because courses in the Mathematical Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Environmental Studies are very sequential. Many classes are offered only in the fall, so if you wait, you could be set back an entire year.

If you are considering a major in Math, Computer Science, Biology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Chemistry, or Physics, you should take one or two math or science courses in your first semester.

If you are considering a major in Environmental Studies, you should take one or more introductory or breadth courses in your first semester.

To learn more about preparing for these majors, please work closely with your Faculty Advisor and consult our advice for Prospective Math, Science, or Environmental Studies Majors

I’m interested in studying Music. What should I know?

If you are considering majoring or minoring in music, you should to start by consulting the Music Department’s registration advice for new students and working closely with your Faculty Advisor in the Music department. You might consider taking the music theory placement exam over the summer.

There are many opportunities for students interested in music, and you do not need to be a major in order to enroll. The music department offers a wide variety of courses for non-majors, including (MUS) courses on the academic study of music and music performance (MUP) courses, which include music ensembles, group classes on various instruments, and private lessons.

 

Tips and Troubleshooting

How do I find out what books I’ll need for my classes?

The texts and materials you’ll need for each of your classes will be listed on the syllabus, which you’ll receive in class. However, you don’t have to wait to get the syllabus to find out what you’ll need for each class. If you visit the L&C’s College Bookstore, select the “Textbooks” link, and then choose either Start Comparison Shopping or Shop Bookstore Only. You can then select the Campus Term (L-C Bookstore CAS 2017 Fall), and choose the specific department, class, and section to see what your professors are requiring or recommending you have for that class.

The L&C Bookstore provides information about the exact textbooks and editions that your professors want you to have for their course. These books are available to purchase online or at L&C’s Bookstore, or you can try the Textbook Price Comparison Tool to view the L&C Bookstore prices alongside those from Amazon, Half.com, and others (book rentals are another good option).

Final pricing, rental titles, and the ability to place orders via our website are available beginning approximately four weeks prior to the start of the semester.

Keep in mind that your book list may change, depending on an changes you make to your schedule during the first two weeks of the fall semester, which is the add/drop period. 

Questions? Check out L&C Bookstore’s FAQ.

I won’t have internet access during registration! What should I do?

Please contact the College Advising Center at cac@lclark.edu, 503-768-7600, or make an appointment.

How do I register for the Pioneer Success Institute (PSI)?

From August 14 to August 18, you will need to select a PSI section on WebAdvisor. The content of all PSI sections are the same, so please select a section that can be accommodated into your class and extracurricular schedules (such as athletics).

If you have any questions about PSI, please contact psi@lclark.edu. 

Should I attend New Student Orientation? What parts are especially important for transfer students?

New Student Orientation in August is a great way to meet other students as well as faculty and staff and to learn about L&C. When you arrive on campus, you’ll receive a New Student Orientation booklet especially for transfer students that includes a schedule of events, as well as those designed especially for transfer students. Some highlights include a dinner for transfer students, the academic fair (where departments, programs, and clubs are available to provide information), and the Opening Convocation ceremony. You’ll also have an already scheduled meeting with your Faculty Advisor during NSO, and can meet your College Advisor, as well. 

My registration time is open, but WebAdvisor won’t let me register for classes. What can I do?

If you have created your L&C account, have logged into WebAdvisor, and are having trouble registering, it may be that you haven’t yet filled out your Emergency Contact information; without this information, WebAdvisor places a “registration hold” on your account. To find out how to submit this information, please check out page 2 of your GPS.

If this isn’t the problem, here are a few other things to check out:

Is the class full?

After you Search for Sections, the Section Selection Results page provides details about the current number of spots available in a course (Avail), the maximum number of spots offered in the class (Cap), and how many students are on that course’s waitlist (Wait). If there are 0 spots available in a course, you can join the waitlist.

Is there a time conflict? 

You will not be permitted to register for courses with time conflicts, no matter how small the conflict. To make sure you are seeing all the times that a course meets, click on the title of the course in the Section Selection Results and read what is listed under Meeting Information.

Have you checked the course prerequisites?

You will not be able to register for a course if you have not met the prerequisite. For incoming students, certain prerequisites can be met by placement exams, by AP or IB credit, or by college transfer credit. Many 200-level courses, and most 300-level courses, are not open to students until they have completed the appropriate prerequisite courses at L&C.  

To see course prerequisites, click on the title of the course in the Section Selection Results and read what is listed under Requisites. 

Have you checked the course co-requisites? 

Most science classes have co-requisite courses, which means that you must register for both lecture and lab sections simultaneously (in fact, WebAdvisor will not allow you to register for one or the other on its own). For example, if you are interested in taking General Chemistry, you can register for both Chem 110-01, a lecture section, and Chem 110L-03, a lab section (or any lecture and lab pairing that fits with your schedule). 

Need more help? Check out these detailed Online Registration Instructions and/or contact the Registrar’s Office

Registration Tips

When choosing courses, here are a few extra things to think about:

There might be some General Education Requirements that you would like to take before too much time passes. For example, if you took a language in high school, and want to continue studying that language in college, we recommend enrolling in the appropriate level language class your first or second semester. 

Some courses fill quickly. If you are considering one of the following courses, we recommend registering for it first:

Any Art Studio class
Bio 141: Investigations in Ecology & Environmental Science
Chem 110: General Chemistry I
CS 171: Computer Science I
Fren 101: Beginning French I
Math 131: Calculus I
Psy 100: Introduction to Psychology
QR 101: Foundations of Quantitative Reasoning
Span 102, 201: Beginning Spanish I and Intermediate Spanish I
TH 106: Fundamentals of Movement

If you’d like advice on how to prioritize your course selections, contact the College Advising Center at cac@lclark.edu, 503-768-7600, or make an appointment. You also might want to consider registering for one these hidden gems.

Try to keep in mind how the work you’ll be doing in your classes will fit together. When possible, we suggest picking courses that offer a variety of different kinds of “brain work” that strikes a balance between reading- and writing-intensive, quantitative problem solving, foreign language, or creative courses. You might love one particular subject, but too much of one thing is usually a bad idea!

As you think about your credit total for fall, remember that physical education and music performance classes are one credit (we recommend enrolling in 15 to 17 credits per semester). If you participate in varsity athletics, you can register and earn credit for your sport during season (review advice for  Incoming Student Athletes).

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