Xplore New Student Program


This FREE student-led program will take place August 17-24, 2022, just before the start of New Student Orientation (NSO). It is designed for students from historically under-represented groups in science, math, and health sciences. By participating in this program, students will gain tools to succeed in science and math courses at Lewis & Clark. Participants will meet with current students and faculty, become familiar with campus and Portland, learn about research and career opportunities, go on a field trip in the beautiful outdoors and much more! Space is limited - Apply Now! *review of applications will begin on June 30, 2022

What is the purpose of Xplore?

Entering college can be an uncertain time involving many academic and social transitions. Xplore aims to ease these transitions by providing an opportunity for students with similar interests to come together to build a social and academic community before classes begin. The Xplore program provides tools for navigating math and science classes and helps participants make friends, meet faculty, get advice and build skills for academic and personal success. 

  • “I really enjoyed the lunch with faculty because it showed me just how easy it is to communicate with them.” -Xplore participant

  • “I really appreciated the workshop about how to be successful during college.  I really feel prepared now, and I don’t know what I would have done without this program. Thank you so much. This has definitely lessened my fears about college.” -Xplore participant

  • “The program taught me about virtually every opportunity and resource on campus.  Every first-generation, L&C student should have this opportunity.” -Xplore participant

  • “This program really helped me see how many resources we have on campus.  It is perfect to get to know the campus and meet new people before school starts.  It was so informative, I think it would be beneficial for anyone to join this program.” -Xplore participant

  • “It was so much fun, and now I feel really confident about starting classes. I know where everything is, and I already have an established group of friends.” -Xplore participant

By the end of the program, students should feel empowered and prepared to take on science and math classes as a college student. Plus, the usual excitement and uncertainty associated with arriving at a new place is much easier to manage after spending some time with a group of new students who may become your best friends!

No Prerequisites! All you need is an interest in STEM and a passion for learning. All skills/backgrounds are welcome. Come have fun exploring with us! Space is limited - Apply Now!

Xplore Leaders

Coming Soon! Meet the 2022 Xplore leaders.

Check out what 2019 Xplore Leader Cristian Cortes Cortes has to say about his experiences as an Xplore participant and then leader!

What will students do during the program?

  • Make friends with other students who share your interests
  • Spend a weekend at a relaxing hilltop lodge, hiking old-growth forest trails, exploring North America’s third-longest lava tube, and making s’mores around a fire
  • Begin creating relationships with college faculty
  • Learn about research opportunities
  • Get advice about choosing classes and planning your 4 years at L&C
  • Explore campus and Portland

 What will students get from the program?

  • A network of friends and science peers
  • An introduction to faculty mentors
  • A jump-start to a successful science/math/health science career
  • Knowledge of academic and student life resources
  • Familiarity with the Lewis & Clark campus & Portland
  • A fun preparation for the new school year!
Still have questions?

Contact us at: stempathways@lclark.edu