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Our Review Process

You’ve applied to Lewis & Clark. What happens after you click “submit”?

Step 1: Collecting the Pieces

As soon as we import your Common Application into our database, we will send you an email about how to log into your student portal to complete your application. (Make sure your email address is always up to date!)

Step 2: Reading Your Application

When your file is complete, your application will be reviewed by your admissions counselor, who will evaluate everything from the strength of your curriculum to your essay writing skills to your leadership, service, and contributions to your school.

Step 3: Making a Decision

Your application will be read by at least one more counselor, and some are read by the full admissions committee. Throughout the process, we’re looking for evidence indicating you’re capable of academic success here at L&C and determining what you will contribute to the entering class. 

Step 3.5: Scholarship Selection

While we’re making an admission decision, we’re also looking to see if you might be eligible for one of our merit-based scholarships which range from $1,000 to full tuition. Most of these merit-based scholarships do not require a separate application

Step 4: The Need-Based Financial Aid Process

To apply for need-based financial aid, we require students to submit both the FAFSA and the CSS Profile. Your financial aid package will be released on your student portal.

Step 5: Releasing a Decision

Once your application has been fully reviewed and considered for financial aid, we release your admissions decision and financial aid package on your student portal on

  • December 15 for Early Decision applicants
  • January 1 for Early Action applicants
  • April 1 for Regular Decision applicants.

In addition to being admitted or being denied, we may defer some early applications to Regular Decision, or a Regular Decision applicant may be offered a place on the waitlist.

Step 6: Your Turn

If you’ve been admitted, now it’s time for you to decide if Lewis & Clark is the right match for you. We really hope it is! The National Candidates Reply Date is May 1 for Early Action and Regular Decision applicants.

What about transfer students? Although the above information is specific to first year students, the overall steps of the process are similar for transfer students. We accept applications from transfer applicants on a rolling basis, and your file will be reviewed as soon as it’s complete. We will mail your admission decision within three weeks of the file completion date. You will have until June 1 to reply to our offer of admission.