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First Year Overview

Information for New First-Year Students

Before you select your courses for fall semester, it is important to read the registration information and to study the Lewis & Clark College Catalog, especially the section on requirements.

Registration “Lottery” numbers are randomly assigned to incoming freshmen.  These lottery numbers determine your registration time, and those times shift every semester so that you have the opportunity to register in the most desirable registration times as well as the less popular times.  To view your registration appointment time, visit WebAdvisor.  (See directions on the First Year Students page.)

During the first round of registration:
  • You will register for one 3-5 credit course. (Note that you will already be registered for your CORE course.) You will not be able to choose a PE/A or MUP course.
During the second round of registration:
  • You will register for your remaining courses up to 19 credits.
Open registration:
  • After the first two rounds of registration conclude, registration remains open for students to make changes or take advantage of seats offered from the wait-list.  It will remain open through August 16.
  • Because class sizes are small and some courses fill quickly, it is in your best interest to register at your appointment time, though you can still fill out your schedule during open registration. 

If you have questions about your registration or the courses to choose, your summer advisor or the staff at the Advising Center can help you with those questions.  If you don’t remember the name of your advisor, contact the  Advising Center.

New Student Orientation

In late August you will meet with your faculty advisor and will have an opportunity to make adjustments to your schedule if necessary.

Before beginning the Registration Process

Check WebAdvisor for Registration Permissions
  • Registration appointment days and times
  • First year students do not need advisor approval to register for Fall but will need approval in future semesters.
  • Instructor consent may be necessary if the course requires it or if you do not meet the prerequisites or restrictions listed for the course.  Contact the instructor directly for permission.

Confirmation of these approvals will appear in the Registration Permissions area of WebAdvisor.

Check WebAdvisor for My Holds/Restrictions
  • Check for holds which may prevent registration and address them before registration begins.
Check that Prerequisites have been met with Transfer Credit (if applicable)
  • If you have transfer credit that should meet the prerequisite for a course, you can submit the Course Substitution form to our office.

    Contact the Degree Audit and Transfer Credit Specialist based on your last name:

    A - L:  Tiffany Henning at  or at 503-768-7325
    M - Z:  Caitlin Hansen at or at 503-768-7332 

    Please note that official documentation of the coursework must be on file in the Registrar’s office in order to have credit awarded.
Obtain any Prerequisite Substitute or Consent Needed to Register for a Course
  • You may submit a completed Course Substitution form to the Registrar’s Office.
  • In place of this form, the instructor him/herself may grant permission online to enable you to register for the course section. 
The following may only be done in person at the Registrar’s office, and only during the first two weeks of the semester (the add/drop period):
  • Change your grading option for a graded course to credit/no credit
    Note: courses used to fulfill a gen-ed requirement may NOT be taken as credit/no credit.
  • OVERLOAD (Register for more than 19 credits).
    Note: a student must have an L&C GPA of 3.0 or better and the consent of their adviser to overload. First Year students may not overload during their first semester.

If you have questions about course selection, contact:
Your faculty advisor or The Advising Center
Phone: 503-768-7750

If you have questions about Exploration and Discovery, contact:
Dawn Wilson, Administrative Specialist or Professor Maureen Healy
Phone: 503-768-7208

If you have questions about registration, contact:
the Registrar’s Office
Phone: 503-768-7335

If you have questions about AP, IB, or Transfer Credit:

Contact the Degree Audit and Transfer Credit Specialist based on your last name:

A - L:  Tiffany Henningi at  or at 503-768-7325
M - Z:  Caitlin Hansen at or at 503-768-7332 

Additional Resources

Advising Questionnaire

College Catalog

Create LC Email Account or Access LC email account

Exploration and Discovery

World Language Examination Information

Music Theory and Aural Skills Placement Exam

Online Registration Instructions

Quantitative Reasoning Examination

Registration Worksheet (pdf)