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First Year Early Decision Checklist

Early Decision applications (with all additional materials listed below) are due November 1. Admissions decisions will be released by December 15.

  • Online Common Application 
    (including essaySupplemental Question, and the Early Decision Agreement Form signed by you, your parent, and your counselor.)
  • Secondary School Report form, completed by your school counselor.
  • Teacher Recommendation, completed by a teacher who has taught you in an academic course (English, mathematics, science, foreign language, history, or social studies). Test-Optional Portfolio Path applicants must submit two academic teacher recommendations total
    • We will accept letters of recommendation from 10th-12th grade teachers.
    • We prefer letters of recommendation from someone who has taught you in 11th or 12th grade.
  • Official high school transcript
    Early Decision candidates must submit a transcript 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 submit their first term senior grades for review by the admissions committee as soon as they are available.
  • SAT and/or ACT scores (optional)

    Starting with applications for the spring of 2021 and fall of 2021, SAT and ACT scores will be considered if they are provided, however we will not require students to submit any standardized test scores. If a student chooses to send us scores, they can be included on the Common Application, uploaded through the Pioneer Portal or our Self-Reported Test Score Form, 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). Please review our test-optional policy.

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

  • Interview (recommended)

    One-on-one interviews with an admissions counselor are 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. If you’re wondering whether you should schedule an interview, read the top ten questions about Lewis & Clark College interviews.

    Early Action applicants who are applying for need-based financial aid should submit the FAFSA by the November 1 priority deadline to receive full consideration for all available sources of need-based aid.