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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 e-mail address you provide is accurate and checked frequently.  Upon receipt of your application, we will send you an email with your L&C ID number and instructions to check the status of your file online.  The following day, we will send you another email with your PIN number.

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 scores across all SAT test dates that you submit. We accept scores directly from the College Board or from your high school as official scores. While we record your writing score, we do not use it in the admissions review process.

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.

  • Transfer Students

If you will earn 12 or more semester credits (18 quarter credits) for college coursework completed after graduating from high school or earning your GED and prior to your anticipated enrollment at Lewis & Clark, you will be considered a transfer applicant. See the Transfer FAQ 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.