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New Student Orientation


Welcome to Lewis & Clark College! New Student Orientation (NSO) is a multi-day program designed to introduce you to the way we do things here at L&C.

Our mission is to familiarize and integrate you into the academic and co-curricular life of the college, to expose you to the resources and opportunities available to you now that you’re a Lewis & Clark Pioneer and to begin to develop your understanding of and affinity for the college community. 

Orientation begins on Wednesday, August 24 and continues through Sunday, August 28, 2016. The program is packed with important learning opportunities presented by faculty, staff and students. It includes a meeting with your faculty advisor, your first college class, a service opportunity in Portland and of course, a variety of social events for you to meet your peers. We’re already anticipating your arrival on campus with excitement and encourage you to check this site often as it will be the best place for up to date information.

Around May 20th, you will begin to receive important information and instructions about tasks we require of you.  It will be to your benefit if you pay close attention to your L&C email and in a few cases, your mailbox. 

  • May 18 — We will mail the Guide to Pioneer Success (GPS) to your permanent home address.  This publication is dedicated to advising and other details regarding your course registration for the Fall semester.  You will be able to access a digital version beginning in May on this site that will be updated as needed during the summer.
  • June 1 - 24 — Exploration & Discovery (E&D) section preference form open.
  • June 8— You will receive the name of your summer advisor by email.
  • June 10 — You will receive instructions by e-mail about how to complete your Student Health History forms online. This task should be completed by July 1.
  • June 15 — Priority date for completion of pre-registration placement
  • June 15 — July 29 - You will be contacted by your summer advisor during this period.  He/she will be your connection to any of your questions related to summer course registration.
  • July 8 —-You’ll receive your Exploration & Discovery Section assignment by email.
  • August 1— First Round Registration (one class in addition to E&D)
  • August 3— Second Round Registration (remaining classes)
About NSO

“Don’t be afraid of discovering that the real you may be different than the current you.” 
Rabbi Noah Weinberg z’l

Each year, New Student Orientation is coordinated by an upper division Lewis & Clark student who, with the help of some key administrators, spends the summer working on a program that will help you transition to your first semester at the college. You can meet the 2016 Student Director here.

Be sure to check this site often as it takes shape for the Fall 2016 NSO Program. 

Your NSO experience officially begins with your arrival on campus! You will want to arrive early in the day on Wednesday and get settled into your residence hall keeping in mind that Orientation programming begins around 4pm that afternoon. We will have a full schedule of events planned that will acquaint you with the campus, the resources available to you as you begin the year, and most importantly connect you to faculty, staff and other students who can assist you in making this important transition. Be sure to make your arrival plans with this in mind. 

Information for International Students

Please note that orientation for international students begins on Monday, August 22. Refer to the International Students page for more details.

Information for Transfer Students

If you are transferring to Lewis & Clark, there are a number of events highlighted in the orientation schedule specifically for you. While we recognize that you have probably had a formal orientation at your previous institution, Lewis & Clark may do things a bit differently and we really want you to take advantage of New Student Orientation programs.

Information for Parents

Since many of you will be accompanied by your parents when you arrive on campus in August, we have a program specially designed for them as well. Parents Preview begins on Wednesday evening, August 24 and concludes after dinner on Thursday, August 25.  Email invitations will be sent directly to your parents in mid-June 2016. An overview of the program will be available on the Parents Preview Web site. Please pass this information along to your parents so they won’t feel left out of your excitement for L&C.

Your NSO Student Leaders

This year a group of extraordinary students will operate as our Student Leaders for NSO 2016. There are two leadership teams: group leaders and management team leaders. New students will attend orientation events in their orientation groups of about 20 students, and each group will have a group leader. The management team members are the behind the scenes heroes, taking care of all of the logistical set up to keep our events running smoothly. Both management and group leader teams will be trained and able to help you and your families with your transition to Lewis & Clark. These student leaders are also a great resource for you over the summer. 

NSO Summer Mailings

You will be receiving NSO mailings throughout the summer. The GPS (Guide to Pioneer Success) is scheduled for mailing on May 18, 2016. This mailing will walk you through the summer registration process and give you a general overview of the Orientation program. Then around the middle of July, you’ll receive the second installment of Orientation information. Each time a mailing goes out, the information can also be found on the Summer Mailing Information page. Please hold on to all of the items that come to you in the mail as they will serve as resources in the preparation for your arrival throughout the summer. 

Questions about NSO?

Rachel Perry, the Student Director can be reached at 562-768-7182 or You can reach Sandi Bottemiller, Director of Housing and Orientation, at 503-768-7183.