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The information below, along with the How to Register guide, is intended to help incoming transfer students get started on their academic life at L&C.  

If you have questions, would like to review your options, or discuss potential schedules, we encourage you to contact your Faculty Advisor or make an appointment with your advisor in the College Advising Center (not sure who your College Advisor is? Check your Lewis & Clark email for messages from them). You can also get in touch if you run into any problems during registration.

To learn more about housing, new student trips, health insurance, 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 academic plan with the help of your Faculty or College Advisor can help ensure you stay on track for graduation. You can also contact the College Advising Center at any point this summer and beyond, for help: email your advisor in the College Advising Center or make an appointment (not sure who your College Advisor is? Check your Lewis & Clark email for messages from them).

Who will my advisor be?

You will have two advisors at L&C: a Faculty Advisor, who is matched with you this summer, and who is typically the chair of the department of your likely major, and a College Advisor. 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 your advisor in the College Advising Center or make an appointment (not sure who your College Advisor is? Check your Lewis & Clark email for messages from them).

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

Not yet. We will 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

 

Creating a Schedule

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 courses that fulfill General Education requirements, depending on the evaluation of your previous coursework. 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 credits you have completed, and the number of semesters you plan to be at L&C. Creating an academic 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.

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 July 28th. 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 of these hidden gems.

If you are having trouble crafting your schedule or finding backups, please contact your Faculty Advisor or contact your advisor in the College Advising Center (not sure who your College Advisor is? Check your Lewis & Clark email for messages from them).

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 at 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, world 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.

 

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. Lewis & Clark College’s General Education requirements consists of the following:

• First-year student core courses (Core 120: Words and Core 121: Numbers)
NOTE: Transfer Students are not required to take Core 120 or Core 121

• World language course(s) taken through the 201 level

• A bibliographic research in writing course

• A global perspectives course

• A historical perspectives course

• A culture, power, and identity course

• A natural sciences course

• Four credits in creative arts

• Two credits (taken in separate semesters) of physical education and well-being.

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.

The requirements and courses that fulfill them are listed in the College Catalog under 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 2020.

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

6.  Click Submit. 

Students often assume that they need to finish all of their General Education requirements 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 academic 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 120: Words or Core 121: Numbers?

Transfer students are not required to take Core 120 or Core 121. 

 

Placement Exams and Course Placement

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

Lewis & Clark College requires all students take a Natural Science course for general education, and the majority of courses students may take to fulfill this requirement have an algebraic proficiency prerequisite. Prior to registration, we recommend that transfer students who have not previously done college-level math work take the ALEKS Mathematical Placement in order to meet this prerequisite unless one of the following applies:

• You have a AP Calculus AB or BC score of 4 or 5

• You have an IB Mathematics Higher Level score of 5, 6, or 7

• You have college-level math transfer credit that the Registrar’s Office has deemed equivalent

• You have already completed the Natural Science requirement via transfer credit or qualifying AP/IB credit and do not plan to enroll in further Computer Science, Math, or Science courses.

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

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

Maybe. L&C requires students gain intermediate-level proficiency (by completing SPAN 201: Intermediate Spanish I, for example) in a world 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 World 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 World Language requirement by taking 201: Intermediate I in the fall of the next year.

If you take the exam and place into 202 or higher, you will satisfy the requirement via the exam and can register for the the course you place into if you would like. However, you will need to take a proctored exam during New Student Orientation before taking the advanced class to confirm your placement.  

For students that have previously done college-level language study, your Transfer Equivalency Report will show if you have completed world 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 World 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 World 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. If this is the case, you can submit additional information (such as a syllabus or assignments from the course) about the course to your Transfer Credit Specialist 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, HIST 223-F1: War and Society Premodern Europe). To learn more, please consult our advice on Getting Started in a Major or Minor and our First-Year Students FAQ

 

Miscellaneous

How do I access my LC email?

To create your LC email address, follow these steps from Information Technology (IT): Account Creation - Step by Step Guide.

You will use your L&C username (i.e. lc20-xxxx) to set up an email alias (nameyouchoose@lclark.edu) in WebAdvisor. This is a secondary email address on your google account. You will use your L&C username (lc20-xxxx) to log into most college systems and services, including WebAdvisor, Moodle and wifi access points. You will also select a password. This password will be used for all the systems listed above, including Gmail.

To log into your L&C email, go to gmail.com and enter in your username followed by @lclark.edu (i.e. lc20-xxxx@lclark.edu) and password. The email alias (nameyouchoose@lclark.edu) you created will become your default “From:” address when composing new messages, and will be the email everyone at LC will use to contact you.

Still having problems? Please get in touch with IT for more help. 

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

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 2020 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.

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

Please contact your advisor in the College Advising Center or make an appointment (not sure who your College Advisor is? Check your Lewis & Clark email for messages from them).

Should I participate in 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 packet especially for transfer students that includes a schedule of events, as well as those designed especially for transfer students. Some highlights include a virtual academic fair (where departments, programs, and clubs are available to provide information), and a scheduled meeting with your Faculty Advisor during NSO. 

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