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Transfer FAQs

  1. Should I apply as a first-year student or as a transfer student?
  2. When is the deadline for applying?
  3. What are the requirements for admission?
  4. If I have previously applied for admission but decided to enroll elsewhere, do I have to apply again?
  5. Will you notify me when you have received my application? How will I know when my file is complete? How do I find out my admissions decision?
  6. Why do you need my high school transcript? How important is my high school record in your evaluation?
  7. Do I need to provide standardized test scores?
  8. Do I need to submit a professor’s recommendation?
  9. What is a statement of good standing? Do I have to submit it?
  10. Will I get credit for all coursework I’ve done at my previous institution(s)? Will my AA/Oregon transfer degree automatically transfer? How do I transfer with junior standing?
  11. When will I find out how my transfer credit will be applied toward graduation requirements?
  12. Is financial aid available to transfer students? What about scholarships?
  13. Is campus housing available to transfer students? Do I need to live on campus?

                  

   1. Should I apply as a first-year student or as a transfer student?

If you will earn 12 or more semester credits (18 quarter credits) for college coursework completed after graduating from high school or earning your GED and prior to your anticipated enrollment at Lewis & Clark, you will be considered a transfer applicant.

   2. When is the deadline for applying?

We evaluate transfer applications on a rolling basis. Review of applications for fall semester begins January 1. There is no set deadline by which fall applications must be completed; however, to ensure full consideration of your application, we strongly recommend you submit all credentials before the end of March. We will notify you of our admission decision approximately three weeks after your application is completed.  Late applicants may find financial aid resources and on campus housing are limited.

Review of applications for spring semester will begin September 1. Spring semester applications must be completed no later than November 1.

Please note that the priority filing deadline for financial aid is February 15.

   3. What are the requirements for admission?

There are no GPA or credit distribution requirements for admission, but transfer admission at Lewis & Clark is selective.  We look for applicants who have demonstrated success in challenging courses across the traditional academic disciplines, including college-level math, lab science, foreign language, and writing intensive coursework.  Most successful applicants present at least a B average (3.0) in their academic courses at their previous institution(s). In addition, we value the contributions applicants have made through co-curricular involvement, employment, community service, and life experience.

   4. If I have previously applied for admission but decided to enroll elsewhere, do I have to apply again?

Admissions decisions are valid only for the term for which you originally applied and do not carry over to subsequent terms.  If you applied for admission within the last two years, we will still have your application materials on file, but you will need to submit a new application and possibly new supporting credentials as well. Please contact us to discuss the reapplication process.

   5. Will you notify me when you have received my application? How will I know when my file is complete? How do I find out about my admissions decision?

When we receive your application, we will let you know via an email that your applicant file has been established in our office. We will also assign you an ID and PIN that you can use to go online to check on the status of your supporting documents. Communication from our office will primarily be via email, so it is very important that you provide us with a valid email address and that you check that account regularly. While we do try to communicate with students about the status of their applications, ultimately it is the applicants’ responsibility to follow up on the file and ensure that the various required documents are both sent and received.

Once your file is complete, an admissions decision will be sent to you via regular mail within three weeks. Admissions decisions are not posted online.

   6. Why do you need my high school transcript? How important in my high school record in your evaluation?

All applicants are required to submit an official final high school transcript showing the date of graduation, no matter how many college credits you have accumulated or how long ago you graduated from high school. If you took the GED or other high school proficiency exam, we require an official score report as well as transcripts for any completed high school coursework. This documentation is needed so that the admissions committee can have an accurate representation of your academic history. How much weight is given to your high school record depends on how much college work you’ve completed. The admissions committee will rely more on your high school record if you’ve completed just a term or two of college; the high school record is less important for students with a more significant college record.

   7. Do I need to provide standardized test scores?

You must provide a record of either SAT or ACT scores, unless you are applying under our Test-Optional Portfolio Path or have verified with a transfer counselor that you will enter Lewis & Clark with more than 60 transferable semester credits.  If you believe you will have enough transferable credit to be exempt from providing standardized test scores, it is important that you confirm that with a transfer counselor. Do not assume that all of your completed credits will transfer to the college, even if you have earned an AA or other transfer degree.  Applicants who do not want (or are unable) to provide standardized test scores are strongly encouraged to verify their transfer credit amount early in the process, leaving plenty of time to complete the Test-Optional Portfolio Path if the number of transferable credits is not sufficient to waive the score requirement.

   8. Do I need to submit a professor’s recommendation?

Yes. One of the purposes of the professor’s recommendation is to get a sense of your academic performance relative to that of your peers. If you are currently enrolled in college, you must have an instructor from a full credit, traditional academic (non-performance or studio) class submit a recommendation, even if he or she does not know you well on a personal level. If you would like to submit supplementary recommendations from employers, high school teachers, or others who do know you well, you are welcome to do so.

If you are not currently enrolled in courses, it would be to your greatest advantage to re-establish contact with past professors so that you can obtain an academic recommendation. In rare circumstances, substitute recommendations may be allowed; such substitutions must be approved by the transfer counselor.

     9. What is a statement of good standing? Do I have to submit it? 

On occasion, the admissions committee finds that further information about an applicant’s academic and disciplinary standing at his/her current and/or previous institution(s) is needed before a decision can be made.  You will be notified via email or telephone call if such information is required, and instructions on how to obtain the needed documentation will be relayed at that time. In general, we will ask that you have an appropriate college official provide a statement indicating that you are in good academic and disciplinary standing and are welcome to return to that institution. Information regarding any record of disciplinary violations may also be requested.

   10. Will I get credit for all coursework I’ve done at my previous institution(s)? Will my AA/Oregon transfer degree automatically transfer? How do I transfer with junior standing?

Lewis & Clark evaluates transfer credit on a course-by-course basis. No block transferring is done, thus AA/transfer degrees will not automatically transfer. Credit is generally granted for college-level coursework done at other regionally accredited institutions corresponding to what is offered within Lewis & Clark’s liberal arts and sciences curriculum. We will grant credit only for classes in which you earned a grade of C (2.0) or better. Under no circumstances will credit be granted for college courses used in any way for high school graduation, College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), life experience, credit by examination, or distance-learning courses, including online correspondence and televised courses. Credit may not be granted for coursework completed over 20 years ago. A maximum of four semester credits of physical education/activity is allowed. You will be provided with an evaluation of your transfer credit with your offer of admission.

Class standing is determined by the total number of credits transferred, as follows:
0-28 semester credits = first-year standing
29-60 semester credits = sophomore standing
61-68 semester credits = junior standing

To be awarded a Lewis & Clark degree, students must fulfill the college’s academic residency requirement by completing at least 60 semester credits at Lewis & Clark out of the 128 semester credits required for the degree. Thus, a maximum of 68 semester credits may be transferred from other institutions. If you are transferring from an institution that is on a quarter system, be aware that one quarter credit equals .67 semester credits.

   11. When will I find out how my transfer credit will be applied toward graduation requirements?

Transfer students must fulfill all Lewis & Clark graduation requirements as outlined in the college catalog, including the General Education requirements. Admitted students are provided with an initial statement of transfer credit along with the offer of admission; that statement includes a summary of how transfer credit may be applied towards General Education requirements. After the college receives your reservation deposit, you will receive a final transfer credit evaluation and General Education requirement summary from the registrar’s office. To determine whether previous coursework will satisfy major requirements, you should contact the department or program chair.

   12. Is financial aid available to transfer students? What about scholarships?

Need-based financial assistance is available to transfer students; financial aid awards will depend upon eligibility. All students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which determines eligibility for federal and state student aid funds, and the CSS PROFILE, which along with the FAFSA determines eligibility for Lewis & Clark student aid funds, before the priority deadline of February 15 for full consideration. If you are applying for spring semester, you must authorize release of your FAFSA and PROFILE information as soon as possible.

Transfer students are also eligible for scholarships based on academic merit and co-curricular involvement.  Awards range in amount and may be valued up to one-third tuition.  All students who complete their applications for admission within our preferred timeframe are considered for scholarships and submission of additional documents is not required.  Scholarship notification is made along with an offer of admission. 

Students with exceptional talent in music or speech and debate may qualify for one of our music or forensics scholarships. Award amounts for those scholarships vary. For more information, contact the chair of the music department (503-768-7460 or music@lclark.edu) or Joseph Gantt, director of forensics (503-768-7666 or forensic@lclark.edu).  Transfer students who are members of Phi Theta Kappa may be eligible for a $1,000 scholarship. Please contact us for more information about this award.

   13. Is campus housing available to transfer students? Do I need to live on campus?

Lewis & Clark is a residential community and all new students, including transfers, are required to live on campus their first two years (four semesters). You are exempt from this policy if you are entering the College with at least 61 semester credits, are living with your parent(s) in the Portland area, are married, or are 21 years or older at the time of enrollment. Housing information will be available to admitted students after March 1.