Welcome to Lewis & Clark College! New Student Orientation (NSO) is a multi-day program designed to introduce you to the way we do things here at L&C.
Our mission is to familiarize and integrate you into the academic and co-curricular life of the college, to expose you to the resources and opportunities available to you now that you’re a Lewis & Clark Pioneer and to begin to develop your understanding of and affinity for the college community.
Orientation begins on Wednesday, August 30 and continues through Monday, September 4, 2017. The program is packed with important learning opportunities presented by faculty, staff and students. It includes a meeting with your faculty advisor, your first college class, a service opportunity in Portland and of course, a variety of social events for you to meet your peers. We’re already anticipating your arrival on campus with excitement and encourage you to check this site often as it will be the best place for up to date information.
Around May 19th, you will begin to receive important information and instructions about tasks we require of you. It will be to your benefit if you pay close attention to your L&C email and in a few cases, your mailbox.
- May 19 — We will mail the to your permanent home address. This publication is dedicated to advising and other details regarding your course registration for the Fall semester. You will be able to access a digital version beginning in May on this site that will be updated as needed during the summer. (GPS)
- June 1- 25 — Exploration & Discovery (E&D) section preference form open.
- June 7 — You will receive information from the Advising Center by email
- June 16 — Priority date for completion of ALEKS and Foreign Language (Name will change in Fall of 2017 to World Languages and Literature) Placement
- July 7 — You’ll receive your Exploration & Discovery Section assignment by email
- July 17 — You’ll receive housing and roommate information
- August 1 — First Round Registration (one class in addition to E&D)
- August 3 — Second Round Registration (remaining classes)
“You don’t have to have it all figured out to move forward.”
Roy T. Bennett
Each year, New Student Orientation is coordinated by an upper division Lewis & Clark student who, with the help of some key administrators, spends the summer working on a program that will help you transition to your first semester at the college. You can meet the 2017 Student Director here.
Be sure to check this site often as it takes shape for the Fall 2017 NSO Program.
Your NSO experience officially begins with your arrival on campus! You will want to arrive early in the day on Wednesday and get settled into your residence hall keeping in mind that Orientation programming begins around 4pm that afternoon. We will have a full schedule of events planned that will acquaint you with the campus, the resources available to you as you begin the year, and most importantly connect you to faculty, staff and other students who can assist you in making this important transition. Be sure to make your arrival plans with this in mind.
Information for International Students
Please note that orientation for international students begins on Monday, August 28. Refer to the International Students page for more details.
Information for Transfer Students
If you are transferring to Lewis & Clark, there are a number of events highlighted in the orientation schedule specifically for you. While we recognize that you have probably had a formal orientation at your previous institution, Lewis & Clark may do things a bit differently and we really want you to take advantage of New Student Orientation programs.
Information for Parents
Since many of you will be accompanied by your parents when you arrive on campus in August, we have a program specially designed for them as well. Parents Preview begins on Wednesday evening, August 30 and concludes after dinner on Thursday, August 31. Email invitations will be sent directly to your parents in mid-June 2017. An overview of the program will be available on the Parents Preview Web site. Please pass this information along to your parents so they won’t feel left out of your excitement for L&C.
Your NSO Student Leaders
This year a group of extraordinary students will operate as our Student Leaders for NSO 2017. There are two leadership teams: group leaders and management team leaders. New students will attend orientation events in their orientation groups of about 20 students, and each group will have a group leader. The management team members are the behind the scenes heroes, taking care of all of the logistical set up to keep our events running smoothly. Both management and group leader teams will be trained and able to help you and your families with your transition to Lewis & Clark. These student leaders are also a great resource for you over the summer.
NSO Summer Mailings
You will be receiving NSO mailings throughout the summer. The GPS (Guide to Pioneer Success) was mailed out on May 19, 2017. This mailing walks you through the summer registration process and give you a general overview of the Orientation program. Then around the middle of July, you’ll receive the second installment of Orientation information. Each time a mailing goes out, the information can also be found on the Summer Mailing Information page. Please hold on to all of the items that come to you in the mail as they will serve as resources in the preparation for your arrival throughout the summer.
Questions about NSO?
Dara Reckard, the Student Director can be reached at 503-768-7182 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can reach Sandi Bottemiller, Director of Housing and Orientation, at 503-768-7183.