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New Student Orientation (NSO)

We’re so excited to meet you! During the week before classes start in the fall, Lewis & Clark’s New Student Orientation (NSO) helps our incoming first-year and transfer students get acquainted with campus, student life, resources, and peers.

Welcome to Your First Day at L&C

The excitement has been building all summer, and it is finally time for you to start the orientation process! You may have gone on a New Student Trip or another pre-orientation program, or you may be stepping on to campus for the first time. No matter what stage you’re at, our orientation team is ready to make these few days a success for you.

  • Grace smiling outside wearing a blue tank top with a flower design.

    Being a member of New Student Orientation is one of my fondest memories on campus. It is rewarding to see new students explore what interests them on campus and form connections with each other during the first few weeks of school.

    Grace Marchant BA ’25
    Philosophy | Probably Gender Studies | Upland, California
    More about Grace
  • Grayson smiling outside the Manor House on the undergrad campus. She is wearing a white top and blue jeans.

    I would recommend sitting with as many different people as possible during New Student Orientation because you will eventually run into them and it’s really nice to see friends around campus who you can chat with.

    Grayson Smith BA ’25
    Studio Art | Oakland, California
    More about Grayson
  • Burton, sitting on a bench outside Albany Quadrangle, wearing a floral printed top.

    I met some of my best friends during the week of New Student Orientation my first year. Something funny about my friend group is that out of the 10 of us, there is no overlap between majors. I guess we are the perfect example of a liberal arts college friend group!

    Burton Scheer BA ’25
    English | Gender Studies | Gainesville, Florida
    More about Burton

It’s Time to Start Your Journey

The day has finally arrived; you’re on campus! Lewis & Clark’s engaged community is ready to welcome you with open arms. Your first day on campus is a big one: You’ll get your room key, meet your roommate(s), and start getting to know your new home.

Our residence hall communities are even better from ground level.

Move Into Your Residence Hall

Time to move in! For most students, moving into a residence hall is the first step during orientation. New Student Peer Mentors and Campus Living staff members will help you find your way around campus and answer all your questions.

Frank Manor House

Take Care of Financial Aid

Need to check in about financial aid? No problem! Our stellar team at the Office of Financial Aid are a short walk from our residence halls in Fowler Student Center, ready to help.

NSO loves you!

Belonging at L&C

From annual events like stargazing on campus or our silent disco to more casual chats during lunch about the excitement of starting college, there are lots of opportunities to start finding a sense of home at L&C during orientation.

New Student Peer Mentors pose on the Glade.

Meet Your NSO Group

Your orientation group is led by a New Student Peer Mentor who will guide you through the next few days. But don’t worry, they don’t disappear after orientation. Your peer mentor stays connected with their group all year to ensure the best first-year experience possible for our students.

All About Academics

Time to get studious! With language placement exams, department open houses, and more, there is no shortage of learning opportunities this week. The Lewis & Clark New Student Orientation schedule is packed full of events just for you.

Student sitting in the estate gardens with Manor House in the background.

Academic Fair

At the academic fair, all of our academic departments, programs, and support services are represented. Here, you can check out areas of study, discover campus resources, and meet the faculty members that you will learn from during your time at L&C.

Students and faculty sitting together, talking.

Meet Your Advisor

Set yourself up for success and get to know your college advisor. They will guide you through your academic journey and help keep you on track for graduation.

Your Health and Safety at L&C

Staying safe and healthy on and off campus is essential. We’ll set you up for success with the right resources to thrive at L&C through discussions around academic, mental, physical, emotional, environmental, and spiritual wellness.

The campus safety office is located at the Gate 3 entrance of the Lewis & Clark College undergraduate campus. The office is staffed 2...

Campus Safety

Our Campus Safety officers are on call 24/7, ready to respond to any issues our community members encounter.

Aerial view of campus at sunset. Taken by Office of Communications student worker Suhail Akram BA '24.

Health and Wellness on Campus

We believe that holistic wellness—mind, body, and soul—is imperative to student success.

   LC on the Glade, Class of 2026

NSO Traditions

Our annual class photo on the Glade is a trademark starting symbol for your time at L&C!

  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_329"> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">My</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">New Student Trip</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">was one of the best things I’ve done at Lewis & Clark. I went on a backpacking trip, and everything that they’ll tell you (e.g. it’s a great chance to meet people and dip your toe in the L&C community) is true.</span></p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/16678-will-toppin">Will Toppin BA ’23</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Conifer, Colorado</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_329"> <p> My New Student Trip was very formative when I was starting at L&C. Having an established group of people who I felt comfortable with before attending classes was extremely helpful, especially when navigating a new environment.</p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18343-brynn-doty">Brynn Doty BA ’25</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Seattle, Washington</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_329"> <p> I made some of my closest friends on my New Student Trip. It really helped me transition into college, and I loved adventuring in nature with new people before starting school.</p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18329-lilah-shapiro">Lilah Shapiro BA ’25</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Pahoa, Hawai‘i</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_329"> <p> <span style="font-weight: 400;">I got to backpack the Deschutes River and it was stunning. I made a lot of awesome friends during that trip, some of them ended up being my neighbors the following year.</span> </p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/16684-cami-hildum">Cami Hildum BA ’24</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Corbett, Oregon</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_329"> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">My</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">New Student Trip</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">was an amazing experience, and really made me feel a lot more comfortable about transitioning into college.</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">I made a bunch of friends, a lot of whom I may not have met otherwise. It is great to see those friendly faces around campus.</span></p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/14637-william-lew">William Lew BA ’23</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">San Ramon, California</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_329"> <p> I went on a New Student Trip, and it was probably the best decision I could have made coming in as a first-year student. It was the perfect way to become introduced to the L&C community and helped so much with my nerves as an incoming student.</p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18353-bode-dalton">Bode Dalton BA ’25</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Idaho Springs, Colorado</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_329"> <p> I think everyone should go on a New Student Trip, as it’s a great opportunity to create long-lasting friendships.</p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18272-julia-einaudi">Julia Einaudi BA ’25</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Seattle, Washington</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_329"> <p> College Outdoors provides an initial family of peers for new students to meet and connect with before school starts. New Student Trips are also a great opportunity to introduce students to the beautiful nature and outdoor spaces around campus and Portland.</p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18338-grace-marchant">Grace Marchant BA ’25</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Upland, California</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_329"> <p> My New Student Trip helped ease the transition of moving away from home to college. I felt comfortable arriving on campus because I had friends from my trip, and advice from my NST leaders—and I just had a blast on my trip!</p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18355-helena-brown">Helena Brown BA ’26</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Billings, Montana</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_329"> <p> I will be forever thankful that I participated in a New Student Trip. I still have friends that were on my trip, and it is always great to see familiar faces on campus the first few weeks of classes.</p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/17697-eli-bricknell">Eli Bricknell ’24</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Seattle, Washington; Kalamazoo, Michigan</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_329"> <p> This last summer, I was a leader of the sustainability-focused New Student Trip, which was awesome. We explored the Columbia River Gorge and learned about various aspects of sustainability.</p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/19007-elsa-horsted">Elsa Horsted BA ’25</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Roseville, Minnesota</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_329"> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">My</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">New Student Trip</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">was great. I became super close with the other students, and it helped so much to start school with a support system already in place.</span></p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18309-jemma-montgomery">Jemma Montgomery BA ’23</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Minneapolis, Minnesota</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_329"> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I am very shy, so it was a great feeling to have been able to come into college with a group of people that I had gotten to know during my</span> <a href="https://www.lclark.edu/programs/college_outdoors/programs/nst/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">New Student Trip</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. It really took the pressure off of beginning my college experience and I felt really supported by my newfound friends.</span></p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/14673-elana-goff">Elana Goff BA ’22</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Palo Alto, California</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_329"> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Going on a</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">New Student Trip</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">was really beneficial as a gentle yet adventurous transition from high school into college. My NST introduced me to other incoming students as well as current ones, so when the school year started I had already established a group of people with whom I could comfortably spend time.</span></p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/16677-erika-hutchinson">Erika Hutchinson BA ’22</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Fort Collins, Colorado</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_329"> <p> I always recommend incoming students take a New Student Trip because it was one of the most formative experiences for me coming into college. The memories and connections I made from the trip are everlasting.</p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/16989-venus-edlin">Venus Edlin BA ’23</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">San Jose, California</span> </p> </blockquote>

Giving Back to the Community

NSO Service Day is an annual Lewis & Clark tradition organized by NSO and the Center for Social Change and Community Engagement, designed to connect incoming undergraduates with Portlanders working for change.

You'll find perfect places for picnics on our campus.

Dinner and Evening Events

After a full day of service and getting to know your peers, fill your cup (literally!) in our dining hall with your orientation group. Our student leaders host events—like stargazing on the lawn, silent disco, and more—in the evenings to promote engagement and relaxation for our new students.

NSO Service Day

Service Day

Our annual NSO Service Day connects our students to our greater Portland community through immersive volunteer work. In collaboration with our partner organizations, you will start to make an impact even before your first day of classes.

After NSO, It’s Your First Day of Classes

Classes have begun, and the fun is just beginning! Our annual activities fair by Student Engagement and other campus meet and greets are still happening. Now’s the time to try new things; consider branching out and joining a club or two! All our staff, faculty, and student leaders are here to support you and help you find your sense of belonging.