First Year Checklist

updated 5/3/2021

Registration Related Tasks 

Tracked on Pioneer Portal (unless noted otherwise*)

Deadline: ASAP After May 12

A1. Create your L&C account

A2. Log in to your Lewis & Clark email

A3. Update WebAdvisor with personal and family emergency contact information

A4. Request your AP/IB scores

A5. Learn more about academic accommodations

Deadline: June 22

B. Submit your First-Year Seminar: Words and Numbers section preferences form

Deadline: July 1

C. Submit your final transcript to Admissions

July 7

D. The Liberal Arts and Academic Offerings webinar (not tracked in your Pioneer Portal*)

Deadline: July 15

E1. World Language Placement Exam

E2. ALEKS Mathematics Placement Exam

E3. Music Theory Placement Assessment

July 21

F. Preparing for Registration webinar (not tracked in your Pioneer Portal*)

Deadline: July 26

G. Academic Integrity Tutorial

July 28

H. First round of course registration

July 30

I. Second round of course registration

NSO TASKS AND NOTIFICATIONS

June 10

J. New Student Trip registration opens

Mid-June

K. Family and Parents Preview invite emailed

Deadline: June 28

L. Submit housing portal materials

June 30

M. First-Year Seminar: Words and Numbers section assignment emailed

Deadline: Early July

N. Enroll a designated parent or guardian in the Shared Access portal

Deadline: July 15

O. Submit the Health History and Immunization Record forms

Mid-July

P. Housing assignment emailed

Deadline: August 1

Q. Complete the NSO survey and submit your shirt size

Deadline: August 12

R. Settle your student account

August 17

S. New Student Trips begin

Deadline: August 25

T1. Coming to L&C activity

T2. Complete the common reading

August 26

U. NSO begins

Deadline: August 27

V. Complete wellness courses

August 30

W. Classes begin

Deadline: September 14

X. Submit the Health Insurance Waiver form

Course Registration Related Tasks

 Please note that the following registration related tasks should be completed by July 28th, the first date of course registration for new students. All registration related tasks are tracked on the Pioneer Portal but please be aware that updates are not immediate, and may take a few days to process in the portal. Email nso@lclark.edu if you have any questions.

A1. Create your Lewis & Clark account

Opens: May 12 -  Deadline: ASAP - Required
Create your Lewis & Clark account, which will establish your username for L&C email and systems including WebAdvisor (the website you’ll use to search for courses, locate your registration times, and register), Moodle, and wifi access points on campus. All communication from the college will be sent to your new L&C email address once you’ve set it up. During account creation, your L&C username is shown at the top of the page. Your user name is the first part of your official email address, but does not include @lclark.edu
(i.e. lc21-1234). You will also create an email alias (i.e. johnsmith@lclark.edu). People can email you using your alias or username (lc21-1234@lclark.edu or johnsmith@lclark.edu), as they both route to the same inbox. However, only your username (i.e. lc21-1234) is used to log in to L&C systems.


A2. Access your Lewis & Clark email account

Opens: May 12 - Deadline: ASAP  - Required

Once you have created your Lewis & Clark account, visit mail.google.com to get started. To log in, rather than using the @gmail.com extension, you will use your Lewis & Clark username (i.e. lc21-1234@lclark.edu) and password. All official communication will be sent to your lclark.edu email. Please check your L&C email frequently. Note: It may take a few minutes after creating your account for you to be able to log in with Gmail.


A3. Submit your emergency contact information

Opens: May 12 - Deadline: ASAP - Required
It is critical that we have a cell phone number and other contact information for you and your family in the event of an emergency. We recognize that you may have concerns about your privacy. The emergency contact information you provide will be held in a limited-access, password-protected portion of Lewis & Clark’s database and used only in compliance with the institution’s policies and procedures.
1. Log in to WebAdvisor.
2. Click on Students, then on Emergency Contact Information.
3. After entering the appropriate contact information, click Update/Verify to complete the entry.

A4. Request your AP/IB exam scores
Opens: May 12 - Deadline: ASAP - If applicable
It is important to have your AP/IB exam scores sent to Lewis & Clark because these credits may affect your
placement in some subjects. The Advanced Standing section of the Lewis & Clark College Catalog has a subject breakdown. The college typically receives and records these scores by mid-July.


A5. Learn about academic accommodations
Opens: May 12 - Deadline: ASAP - If applicable
Lewis & Clark is committed to serving the needs of students with disabilities and learning differences. The Office of Student Accessibility ensures that students receive all of the benefits of a comprehensive selection of services. Reach out to The Office of Student Accessibility as an incoming student to begin facilitating accommodations.

B. Submit your First-Year Seminar: Words and Numbers section preferences form
Opens: June 1 - Deadline: June 22 - Required
Our innovative First-Year Seminar consists of two courses: Words and Numbers. All students will take one of these courses in each semester of their first year. Instead of registering for Words or Numbers yourself, you will submit a form in your Pioneer Portal between June 1 and June 22 indicating four preferences for each. On June 30 your placement will be sent to your Lewis & Clark email (if set up by June 29).

C. Submit your final transcript
Opens: May 12 - Deadline: July 1 - Required
You must send the Office of Admissions an official copy of your high school transcript showing your date of graduation by July 1. Final transcripts must be sent directly from your high school.

D. *The Liberal Arts and Academic Offerings webinar
July 7 - Recommended
Register for this webinar to learn more about the liberal arts and L&C’s academic offerings. There will be time for questions at the end.

* Not tracked on the Pioneer Portal 

E1. Complete the World Languages Placement exam
Opens: May 12 - Deadline: July 15 - If applicable
One of the general education requirements is three semesters of a single language. Courses are offered in
Arabic, Chinese, classical Greek, French, German, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish. If you have previously studied one of these languages and want to continue, you need to complete a language placement exam. The assessments for Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish accessed online, as can additional information about assessments for classical Greek, Latin, and Russian. Students with results that suggest placement into courses above the required three semesters will be required to
confirm this placement during New Student Orientation.


E2. Complete the ALEKS Mathematical Placement exam
Opens: May 12 - Deadline: July 15 - If applicable
One of the general education requirements is a natural science course, most of which have an algebraic proficiency prerequisite. Prior to course registration, we recommend that incoming students take the ALEKS in order to meet this prerequisite, unless one of the following applies:
• You have an AP Calculus AB or BC score of 4 or 5.
• You have an IB Mathematics Higher Level score of 5, 6, or 7.
• You have college-level transfer credit that the Registrar’s Office has deemed equivalent.

The Office of the Registrar records ALEKS scores, and you can see them in WebAdvisor by clicking on Students, then on Test Summary. Set aside some time for this task, and don’t wait until the last minute! Most students take the ALEKS twice, and students often score significantly higher the second time, so waiting until late July to take the placement for the first time could impact your ability to register for desired courses. Before retaking the exam, students must complete at least eight hours of study with the relevant learning modules, and twelve hours are recommended. If you do not start or complete the ALEKS exam over the summer, you may have to pay a $25 fee to take it later in your college career.


E3. Complete the Music Theory Placement assessment
Opens: May 12 - Deadline: July 15 - If applicable
You should take the Music Theory Placement assessment if you think you may choose to major or minor in music. This assessment will test your music theory and aural skills and help determine which music theory course you should take first.

F. *Preparing for Registration webinar
July 21 - Recommended
Register for this webinar to learn more about course registration. There will be time for questions at the end.

*Not tracked on the Pioneer Portal 

G. Complete the Academic Integrity Tutorial
Opens: May 3 - Deadline: July 26 - Required
Lewis & Clark believes that each member of the community is responsible for the integrity of their individual academic performance. It is important for all students to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. The Academic Integrity Tutorial will be available 24 hours after the creation of your LC account.

H. First round of course registration
July 28 - Required
The College Advising Center’s How to Register page explains class selection and the registration process. Review this guide before registering for classes on July 28 and 30.

I. Second round of course registration
July 30 - Required


NSO Tasks and Notifications 

The following tasks are important for new students to complete. As the following tasks will not be tracked on the Pioneer Portal, new students should keep track of which items they have and have not completed. Email nso@lclark.edu with questions. 

J. New Student Trip registration opens

Opens: June 10 - Recommended
All registrations received in the first 24 hours for New Student Trips will be included in the first round of
placements. If more registrations are received than there are spaces available on a specific trip, placements will be based on a lottery. After June 11, registration is rolling and trip placements will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. No matter which trip you go on, you’ll make great friends and learn a lot about the Pacific Northwest!

K. Family and Parents Preview invitation emailed
Mid-June

L. Complete housing portal materials
Opens: June 7 - Deadline: June 28 - Required
You will receive a welcome email with details on the housing process from Campus Living in mid-May, including how to submit the housing and roommate questionnaires in the housing portal beginning June 7.

M. First-Year Seminar: Words and Numbers section assignment emailed
June 30

N. Enroll in the Shared Access portal
Opens: June 7 - Deadline: Early July - Recommended
Shared Access enables a designated parent or guardian to retrieve student account statement information, discuss account details, and remit payments.

O. Complete Health History and Immunization Record forms
Opens: June 7 - Deadline: July 15 - Required
Read the letter to new undergraduate students, which will guide you through some important health-related requirements. The Health History and Immunization Record forms are available in the Health Information Portal 24 hours after you set up your L&C email account.

P. Housing assignment emailed
Mid-July

Q. Complete the NSO survey and submit your shirt size
Opens: June 7 - Deadline: August 1 - Recommended
This survey will help us get to know you better. As a welcome gift, you will be given a L&C shirt on the first day of New Student Orientation!

R. Settle your student account
Opens: Mid-July - Deadline: August 12 - Required
Fall semester e-bills are released in mid-July. Log into the Student Account Center to review your student account details and retrieve your billing statement. There is more than one way to settle your student account at Lewis & Clark; full details of accepted methods of payment and options are available online.


S. New Student Trips begin
August 17

T1. Coming to L&C: Stories from sophomores, juniors, and seniors
Opens: August 3 - Deadline: August 25 - Recommended
Hear stories from current and former students about their experience coming to Lewis & Clark, and share your own thoughts and feelings about coming to college. You will receive a personalized link in an email invitation. We encourage you to complete this 30-minute activity.


T2. Complete the common reading
Opens: August 3 - Deadline: August 25 - Required
The Lewis & Clark common reading assignment will be sent to your email on August 3. You will meet with other new students and L&C faculty during NSO to discuss and interact with this text.

U. Complete wellness courses
Opens: Late July - Deadline: August 27 - Required
The wellness courses will help you navigate potentially risky situations that might arise in the course of your time with us, and will provide you with tips on how you can better take care of yourself, establish healthy relationships, and support others who may need help. You will receive an email invitation to start the course during the week of July 26. This is a mandatory program for all first-year and transfer students.

V. NSO begins
August 25


W. Classes begin
August 30


X. Complete the Health Insurance Waiver form
Opens: July 8 - Deadline: September 14 - If applicable
All undergraduate students are automatically enrolled in and charged for the Lewis & Clark student health insurance plan. Students with comparable health insurance can opt out through the online waiver.