• <a href="/live/image/gid/698/width/650/100322_CAS-0823-Entering_Class_on_the_Glade-6381.jpg" class="lw_preview_image lw_disable_preview" tabindex="-1"><picture class="lw_image lw_image100322"><source media="(max-width: 500px)" type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/698/width/500/height/240/crop/1/100322_CAS-0823-Entering_Class_on_the_Glade-6381.rev.1695227129.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/698/width/500/height/240/crop/1/100322_CAS-0823-Entering_Class_on_the_Glade-6381.rev.1695227129.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(max-width: 500px)" type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/698/width/500/height/240/crop/1/100322_CAS-0823-Entering_Class_on_the_Glade-6381.rev.1695227129.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/698/width/500/height/240/crop/1/100322_CAS-0823-Entering_Class_on_the_Glade-6381.rev.1695227129.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(max-width: 800px)" type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/698/width/800/height/383/crop/1/100322_CAS-0823-Entering_Class_on_the_Glade-6381.rev.1695227129.webp 2x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(max-width: 800px)" type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/698/width/800/height/383/crop/1/100322_CAS-0823-Entering_Class_on_the_Glade-6381.rev.1695227129.jpg 2x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(max-width: 1200px)" type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/698/width/1200/height/575/crop/1/100322_CAS-0823-Entering_Class_on_the_Glade-6381.rev.1695227129.webp 1x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(max-width: 1200px)" type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/698/width/1200/height/575/crop/1/100322_CAS-0823-Entering_Class_on_the_Glade-6381.rev.1695227129.jpg 1x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(min-width: 1201px)" type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/698/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/100322_CAS-0823-Entering_Class_on_the_Glade-6381.rev.1695227129.webp 1x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(min-width: 1201px)" type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/698/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/100322_CAS-0823-Entering_Class_on_the_Glade-6381.rev.1695227129.jpg 1x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/698/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/100322_CAS-0823-Entering_Class_on_the_Glade-6381.rev.1695227129.jpg" alt="The incoming class of 2023! " data-max-w="2121" data-max-h="1414" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a><div class="hero-full_image_caption collapsable-caption">The incoming class of 2023! </div>
  • <a href="/live/image/gid/698/width/650/100315__INK6582.jpg" class="lw_preview_image lw_disable_preview" tabindex="-1"><picture class="lw_image lw_image100315"><source media="(max-width: 500px)" type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/698/width/500/height/240/crop/1/100315__INK6582.rev.1695162923.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/698/width/500/height/240/crop/1/100315__INK6582.rev.1695162923.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(max-width: 500px)" type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/698/width/500/height/240/crop/1/100315__INK6582.rev.1695162923.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/698/width/500/height/240/crop/1/100315__INK6582.rev.1695162923.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(max-width: 800px)" type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/698/width/800/height/383/crop/1/100315__INK6582.rev.1695162923.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/698/width/800/height/383/crop/1/100315__INK6582.rev.1695162923.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(max-width: 800px)" type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/698/width/800/height/383/crop/1/100315__INK6582.rev.1695162923.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/698/width/800/height/383/crop/1/100315__INK6582.rev.1695162923.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(max-width: 1200px)" type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/698/width/1200/height/575/crop/1/100315__INK6582.rev.1695162923.webp 2x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(max-width: 1200px)" type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/698/width/1200/height/575/crop/1/100315__INK6582.rev.1695162923.jpg 2x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(min-width: 1201px)" type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/698/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/100315__INK6582.rev.1695162923.webp 2x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(min-width: 1201px)" type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/698/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/100315__INK6582.rev.1695162923.jpg 2x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/698/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/100315__INK6582.rev.1695162923.jpg" alt="The 2023 New Student Peer Mentors" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/698/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/100315__INK6582.rev.1695162923.jpg 2x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a><div class="hero-full_image_caption collapsable-caption">The 2023 New Student Peer Mentors</div>
  • <a href="/live/image/gid/698/width/650/83581_EVNT-E2-0819-0120_2.jpg" class="lw_preview_image lw_disable_preview" tabindex="-1"><picture class="lw_image lw_image83581"><source media="(max-width: 500px)" type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/698/width/500/height/240/crop/1/83581_EVNT-E2-0819-0120_2.rev.1588091370.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/698/width/500/height/240/crop/1/83581_EVNT-E2-0819-0120_2.rev.1588091370.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(max-width: 500px)" type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/698/width/500/height/240/crop/1/83581_EVNT-E2-0819-0120_2.rev.1588091370.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/698/width/500/height/240/crop/1/83581_EVNT-E2-0819-0120_2.rev.1588091370.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(max-width: 800px)" type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/698/width/800/height/383/crop/1/83581_EVNT-E2-0819-0120_2.rev.1588091370.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/698/width/800/height/383/crop/1/83581_EVNT-E2-0819-0120_2.rev.1588091370.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(max-width: 800px)" type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/698/width/800/height/383/crop/1/83581_EVNT-E2-0819-0120_2.rev.1588091370.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/698/width/800/height/383/crop/1/83581_EVNT-E2-0819-0120_2.rev.1588091370.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(max-width: 1200px)" type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/698/width/1200/height/575/crop/1/83581_EVNT-E2-0819-0120_2.rev.1588091370.webp 2x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(max-width: 1200px)" type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/698/width/1200/height/575/crop/1/83581_EVNT-E2-0819-0120_2.rev.1588091370.jpg 2x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(min-width: 1201px)" type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/698/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/83581_EVNT-E2-0819-0120_2.rev.1588091370.webp 2x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(min-width: 1201px)" type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/698/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/83581_EVNT-E2-0819-0120_2.rev.1588091370.jpg 2x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/698/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/83581_EVNT-E2-0819-0120_2.rev.1588091370.jpg" alt="" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="960" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a><div class="hero-full_image_caption collapsable-caption"></div>
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First-Year Experience

Your first year at L&C is full of a lot of excitement—and a lot of learning! Adjusting to your new home, friends, and coursework can be overwhelming, but our fantastic student support systems are here to guide you every step of the way. 

Our First-Year Experience (FYE) is designed to help all new students—first year and transfer—with the transition to college life at Lewis & Clark. By connecting you to our on-campus resources and hosting events to foster a sense of belonging from day one, you will thrive in your personal and academic journey.

Meet Your Team

  • Melanie McManamon

    Transitioning to college–or a new college–can feel like a giant leap. That’s why I love working alongside such a passionate team of faculty, staff, and mentors who all share the same mission: ensuring every student feels supported and belongs at L&C. 

    Melanie McManamon
    First-Year Experience Coordinator
    More about Melanie
  • Jonathan Manz 2023

    We strive to help incoming students (both first year and transfer) make personal connections, find ways to engage with the many opportunities at L&C, and successfully meet their academic goals.

    Jonathan Manz
    Director of First-Year Experience
    More about Jonathan

Specialized Support

Pictures of the Great Expectation retreat of mentees, mentors, and staff.

Great Expectations

The Great Expectations Mentorship (GEM) Program is designed to support incoming BIPOC and/or first-generation new students with their transition to Lewis & Clark College.


Undergraduate campus

International Students

As you start your life as a college student in the U.S., our International Students and Scholars Office is ready to support you, beginning with a specialized orientation!


Student studying outside

Transfer Students

We recognize that as a transfer student, your needs differ from those of a first-year student. From the admission process to orientation, we ensure you have the support you need.



Your First Year

  • 54 

    nationalities represented in our undergraduate student body

  • Value 

    Lewis & Clark is on U.S. News & World Report’s 2023–24 “Best Value Schools” list.

  • 125 

    of our undergraduate students are Third Culture Kids.

  • 15% 

    first-generation students at Lewis & Clark College

  • 2,188 

    As of fall 2022, there are 2,188 degree-seeking students enrolled at Lewis & Clark College.

More news and events →