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New Student Orientation (NSO)

Pioneer Success Institute

As a complement to New Student Orientation, the Pioneer Success Institute is a seminar series that all degree-seeking students must take in their first semester at Lewis & Clark.

Pioneer Success Institute sessions will meet once a week for 90 minutes for the first six weeks of the semester to support your transition into the Lewis & Clark community and to explore topics including resources for academic success, wellness, leadership opportunities, and cultural competency.

Additional information is sent to students’ Lewis & Clark email address in the months before Fall semester.




Check back this summer for registration updates! 




  1. Voyages of Discovery
  2. Difference, Power, and Responsibility
  3. Pursuing Wellness 
  4. Developing a Future, Today
  5. Continuing Your Journey
  6. Sexual Health and Consent

Each incoming student will need to sign-up for a PSI session after registering for classes, so that they may be placed into their cohort. Each cohort will consist of approximately 30 students. The cohorts will meet with their facilitators once a week. The cohort will meet at the same time and place on a weekly basis for the first weeks of the semester.  

Learning Outcomes:

  • As a result of completing PSI, students will report increased confidence in selecting resources to help them succeed during their first year at L&C.

  • As a result of completing PSI, students will report increased affinity with the Lewis & Clark community.

  • As a result of completing PSI, students will be able to describe positive coping strategies for the stress of college.

Interested in becoming involved with PSI?  


Applications are now open for Fall 2018 Student Co-Facilitators!


  Check out the PSI FAQs to get more information about the program. 

Please feel free to contact the PSI Team at with any questions you may have.



Learn more about the Division of Student Life.  Click HERE to see the Division’s Briefing Book.









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