The Compass Initiative

The Compass Initiative


The Compass Initiative is a commitment to strengthen accessibility for all in recruitment. We will remove barriers to the college search and admissions process and connect students of historically underrepresented groups to our faculty, staff, and current students. We will build a campus environment in which all students are seen, heard, and valued. The Compass Initiative’s goal is to empower all students to achieve success and gain a sense of belonging at Lewis & Clark during their college search.

A compass is a tool that helps us find our direction.

As we chart our own paths forward, a compass can help guide us as we pursue our goals.



We are excited to launch our Compass Initiative Summer Programming! Please join us for a series of workshops that will cover the ins and outs of the college search and application process.  Hear from staff,  admissions counselors, and current Lewis & Clark students who will share their own experiences and will be available to answer your questions.  

  • Find Your Fit: How to Navigate Your College Search - Starting the college search is an exciting and busy time! Our admissions counselors are excited to share practical advice for narrowing your college search.  Current Lewis & Clark students will also share about their own college search and how they ultimately landed here in Portland.

  • Acing Your Application & Essay Writing 101 - Our admissions counselors will break down the application process step by step.  Included will be an overview of the Common Application, tips for writing your best college essay, and important dates and deadlines.
  • Financial Aid 101Paying for college may seem daunting, but with our tools and resources, this important investment in your future will be much more manageable than you think! Join us to learn about Lewis & Clark’s financial aid process, including an overview of the FAFSA and need-based aid, scholarships and other merit-based aid, and more. Representatives from the financial aid office will answer your questions.
  • Application Case StudiesWhat happens to your application after you submit it? What are colleges looking for in an applicant? Join us to see a variety of application examples and get insight into how admissions counselors review applications and what makes applications really stand out.

Parent and guardians are welcome to participate. Sessions are held twice - once on Wednesday afternoons, and once on Saturday afternoons. Registration opens Monday, June 21st.  Sign up for all the sessions, or pick a couple.  We are looking forward to connecting with you this summer!


Register for the Compass Summer Sessions today!


For prospective students, visit options and additional programming can be found on our Virtual Visit page. 

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