First-Year Early Action Checklist

Early Action applications (with all additional materials listed below) are due November 1. Admissions decisions will be released by January 1.

  • Free Common Application 
    (including essay and Supplemental Question.)
  • Secondary School Report form
  • Teacher Recommendation, completed by a teacher who has taught you in a core academic course (i.e. English, mathematics, science, world language, history, social studies).
    • We prefer letters of recommendation from someone who has taught you in 11th or 12th grade.
  • Official high school transcript
    Early Action candidates must request an official transcript be sent to us, including grades from 9th through 11th grade and a complete list of courses in which they are enrolled during their senior year.
  • Mid-Year Report and updated transcript
    All first-year applicants must request an updated official transcript be sent to us containing their first term senior grades for review by the admissions committee as soon as they are available.
  • SAT and/or ACT scores (optional)

    SAT and ACT scores will be considered as part of a holistic review process if they are provided, however we do not require students to submit any standardized test scores. If a student chooses to send us scores, they can be uploaded through the L&C Portal, submitted directly from the testing agency, included on an official high school transcript, or sent directly to our office by a high school counselor (as a PDF or screenshot of the online or paper score report). Scores submitted through the Common Application are redacted. Please review our test-optional policy.

    • Lewis & Clark’s SAT code: 4384
      Lewis & Clark’s ACT code: 3464

  • Interview (recommended)

    A one-on-one interview with a member of our admissions team is a great way to demonstrate your interest in Lewis & Clark and share information about your prior academic experiences and future goals, which will add depth to your application. Schedule your Virtual Interview online today!

    Early Action applicants who are applying for need-based financial aid should submit the FAFSA by the January 15 priority deadline to receive full consideration for all available sources of need-based aid.