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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Is Xplore the same as Exploration and Discovery?
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No! Xplore is a special program for first-generation students interested in studying science and math. It is a 7-day program that takes place from August 23-30, right before new student orientation. Exploration and Discovery is the name of the core course that all first-year students take in each of their first two semesters. It is often known as “E & D.”  You can find more information about this course here: http://college.lclark.edu/programs/exploration_and_discovery/

Q. I know that Xplore is free. But what about transportation?
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Students participating in Xplore must provide their own transportation to Portland. However, when you arrive, we will arrange for you to be picked up at the airport, train or bus station and shuttle you to Lewis & Clark. There is no charge for this shuttle service.

Q. Should my parent/family arrive when Xplore begins, or when new student orientation begins?
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During Xplore, your time will be completely filled with activities, and we have not planned any activities for your family. It is best for you to arrive for Xplore on your own, and for your family to meet you when the program ends, or when NSO begins. Then they can help you move into your residence hall and participate in Parents Preview.

Q. During Xplore, where will we stay?
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Students participating in Xplore will spend their nights communally in a large lounge associated with one of the residence halls. This is a coed sleeping arrangement.  We will provide cots and sleeping bags. Meals will be served in Fields Dining Hall. 

Q. Should I bring my belongings now or should my family bring my things when they meet me?
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Either plan would be fine. Later on, we will send you a packing list for Xplore. If you bring other belongings with you when you arrive for Xplore, we will arrange for them to be stored securely in your residence hall until move-in day and the start of new student orientation. Or, your family can bring your things for you when they arrive. Another option, available starting August 10, is to mail a package to yourself; NSO volunteers will place the package in your room for you. If you have questions about this option, contact Dara Reckard at 503-768-7182.

Q. What day/time should I arrive?
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 Xplore activities will begin with a welcome at 3:00 p.m., followed by dinner. We will be doing pick-ups from the airport between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 23. If you are unable to arrive during that window, please contact us, and we will make special arrangements.

Q. When does the program end? When can I meet my family and move into my dorm room?
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Xplore will end after breakfast and closing activities the morning of Wednesday, August 30, which should conclude by 10:00 a.m. This is also the day that you will be able to move into your residence hall. We will do a visit to each individuals’ dorm, so you know where each other lives.  Afterwards you are free to meet your family and dive into move-in!

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