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 email. 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: Lewis & Clark College will consider your highest section score from across all test dates (known as superscoring). We do not require the essay section of the SAT, nor do we require any SAT subject exams.
ACT: Lewis & Clark College will consider your highest section score from across all test dates (known as superscoring). The ACT writing test is not used in the admissions review process.
**NOTE: ACT and SAT scores are considered verified if submitted directly from the testing agency, included on an official high school transcript, or sent directly to our office by your high school counselor (as a PDF or screenshot of your online or paper score report).
Students may also submit self-reported test scores in order to complete their applications for admission. A PDF or a screenshot of your online or paper score report may be uploaded to your application portal. Lewis & Clark requires entering students to submit verified test scores, using one of the methods above, prior to enrolling in classes. Please note that test scores self-reported on the Common Application will not be used for 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.