Policies and Procedures
Communication With Our Office
We expect that you, the applicant, will serve as primary author and contact throughout the admission process. You will receive frequent communication from the Admissions Office via e-mail. Please make certain that the email address you provide is accurate and be sure to check your email account frequently. Upon receipt of your application, we will send you an email with information on how to access your student portal, where you will be able to check the status of your file online.
Gap or Bridge Years (Late Entry)
Lewis & Clark College fully supports the choice of many admitted students to take a year off between high school and college. An increasingly popular option, gap or bridge years allow students to pursue an array of activities and experiences during their time off.
Learn more about college credit earned prior to high school graduation.
Lewis & Clark College welcomes applications from students who have been home-schooled for some or all of their education. We consider you to be a home-schooled student if the majority of your high school career has taken place, or if your high school career will conclude, outside of a traditional academic setting.
Parents and Families Communication statement
We look forward to communicating with the parents and families of prospective students about the admissions process. However, the Lewis & Clark Admissions Office will primarily communicate with the student about his/her application via the email submitted on the application.
The Office of Admissions at Lewis & Clark College is committed to respecting and protecting your privacy and the information you share with us.
Standardized Test Scores
SAT: Starting with 2017 applicants, Lewis & Clark College will accept both the redesigned SAT and the old SAT and we will consider your highest section scores from within each test platform. We will compare your scores using concordance tables to determine your highest scores on either the redesigned SAT or the old SAT. We accept scores directly from the College Board or from your high school as official scores. We do not require the essay section of the redesigned SAT, nor do we require any SAT subject exams. More information about the redesigned SAT.
ACT: It is our practice to take the highest composite score from all of the testing dates that you send to us. We do not superscore. We accept scores directly from ACT or from your high school as official scores. The ACT writing test is not used in the admissions review process.
Test-Optional Portfolio Path: A method of application designed especially for students who have demonstrated exceptional academic achievement and wish to submit an academic portfolio in place of their SAT or ACT scores.
While no single factor determines admissibility to the college, we strongly believe that a student’s past academic performance is the best single predictor of academic success at Lewis & Clark College.
Our office will consider you a transfer applicant if you complete 12 or more semester credits (18 quarter credits) of college coursework after graduating from high school (or earning a GED) and before your enrollment at Lewis & Clark. See our transfer page for more information.
Verification of High School Diplomas
The Office of Admissions at Lewis & Clark College will confirm all students’ transcripts that arrive from a high school with a CEEB code, high school seal and/or signature. If a transcript is from a high school that lacks a CEEB code or seal/signature, the Office of Admissions will investigate to confirm that the school is recognized by the state department of education or home school association. The Office of Admissions may request a copy of the student’s diploma at any point in the admission process to verify enrollment and graduation. If a diploma is determined invalid, a GED may be required for admission consideration.