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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 Evaluation form, 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 evaluations 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 (OR the Test-Optional Portfolio Path)

    Lewis & Clark College will consider your highest section scores from either the SAT or the ACT, across all test dates (known as superscoring), received by November 1st, 2019. The SAT essay test, ACT writing test, and SAT subject exams are not used in the admissions review process.

    • Students may submit self-reported test scores in order to complete their applications for admission. A PDF or a screenshot of any online or paper score reports (with the student name and the testing date clearly visible) may be uploaded to your application portal.

      Note: test scores entered on the Common Application will not be used for the admissions review process.

    • Lewis & Clark requires entering students to submit verified test scores (sent by a testing agency or school official) prior to enrolling in classes.

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

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

    Note: Personal interviews are an optional part of the application process. If you’re wondering whether you should schedule an interview, read the top ten questions about Lewis & Clark College interviews.