About L&C’s NSO

Lewis & Clark College’s New Student Orientation (NSO) sets out to help new students in their transition to college. By providing them with the opportunity to explore their new home free from classes or other returning students, new students will engage in activities aimed to help them in social transition, academic transition, and their sense of belonging on campus.

What is NSO?

Find your leader! NSO is a multi-day program that starts with student arrival, move-in and welcoming events. Throughout the 5 day orientation process, students will learn about academic offerings, resources on campus, social outlets on campus, and ways to engage with the community. New students will also participate in NSO’s Service Day, an annual event in which Lewis & Clark teams up with organizations from the community to provide our new students with the opportunity to volunteer and learn about Portland volunteer projects.

Evenings during NSO are jam packed with fun events and social opportunities for students too! Meet new friends while making s’mores, dancing at silent disco, an on-campus Drag Show, and much more!

Who organizes NSO?

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. Working alongside the director of New Student Orientation, Franchesca Spann, the student director will be available throughout the spring and summer to answer any questions you might have. You are able to direct any NSO related questions to nso@lclark.edu

Meet the NSO team here!

When does NSO start? Welcome to LC!

NSO starts the Wednesday before classes begin! Although there is much to do in preparation for your arrival, your NSO experience officially begins when you step foot 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 3pm 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!

For Fall 2022, NSO starts Wednesday, August 24th.

What do I do during NSO? 

Each new student will be assigned to an NSO leader, a current undergrad student, along with 15-20 other new students. The NSO leader will guide new students through NSO programming which includes:

- Welcomes from the Presidents and Deans

- Faculty Advising Meetings

- Health and Wellness introductions

-Sexual Health and Consent Training

- The LC Common Reading event

-Service Learning Day 

- Evening activities

- and a ton of fun! 

The official NSO Schedule will be posted in early August. 

Where should I go first when I arrive on campus?

When you arrive on campus, report to the Maggie’s Plaza for check in. Turn into gate 4 or 5 and look for our NSO leaders wearing bright orange t-shirts if you need help with directions. After checking in, new students can then report to their residence hall for move-in!

Orientation is vital to your success at Lewis & Clark and gives you time to meet your peers and professors as well as learn about our community values and issues that impact the college experience. There is a $180 orientation fee that will appear on your fall bill. For students receiving a Pell Grant, this fee will automatically be waived. Students who are not receiving a Federal Pell Grant but still demonstrate significant financial need should contact the Financial Aid Office at (fao@lclark.edu) to discuss a waiver.

NSO loves you!

Fun Facts about NSO 

  • Every year, the NSO student director picks a theme for orientation. This greater NSO theme can be seen in our advertisements, on the NSO t-shirts, and the NSO group names. The NSO theme for Fall 2022 will be announced soon! 
  • The NSO team consists of 2 directors, 4 management leaders, and 40 NSO leaders! Alongside the 500-600 incoming students, NSO is a large event for our campus! 
  • Fall NSO planning and preparation starts in January. It takes a lot of time to assemble the NSO checklist and set the NSO programming.
  • While there is an average of 2-3 rainy days in August, NSO directors always make a rain plan for our events!