Policies and Procedures
Family 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 expects that the applicant will serve as primary author and contact throughout the admission process. Accordingly, we will primarily communicate with the student about their application via the email submitted on the application. Please make certain that the student email address provided is accurate and be sure to check that email account frequently. Upon receipt of an application, we will send the student an email with information on how to check the status of their 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 under our program called Late Entry. An increasingly popular option, Late Entry allows students to pursue an array of activities and experiences during their time off. Admitted students seeking to defer their enrollment for a year must submit a plan for approval by the Admissions Office.
Learn more about college credit earned prior to high school graduation (i.e. Running Start, Dual-Enrollment, College in the High School).
Review our Advanced Standing credit awarding policy for AP/IB Exams.
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.
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). The SAT essay test and SAT subject exams are not used in the admissions review process.
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.
Students may also 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. Lewis & Clark requires entering students to submit verified** test scores prior to enrolling in classes.
*Test scores self-reported on the Common Application will not be used for the admissions review process.
**ACT and SAT scores are considered verified if 1) submitted directly from the testing agency, 2) included on an official high school transcript, or 3) sent directly to our office by your high school counselor (as a PDF or screenshot of your online or paper score report).
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.