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Frequently Asked Questions

Covid-19

Where can I find more information about the college’s Covid-19 preparation? 

You can learn more on the school’s Covid-19 FAQ page: https://www.lclark.edu/offices/public_affairs_and_communications/covid-19-faq/

Or you can find more information on the Reopening for Fall 2020 page: https://www.lclark.edu/news/2020-plans/

 
Summer Task Questions

How do I set up e-mail?

You can set up your e-mail here.

How do I access my email?

We have recently changed the way in which emails work for the LC community. New students will create their user alias, similar to franchescaspann@lclark.edu. However, to login to your email as well as other LC accounts, you will use your username which follows the format: lc20-1234. For gmail login, simply add @lclark.edu. Others will be able to send you emails to either your lc20-1234 formatted email address or your email alias without issue. 

How do I find my student ID number?

To check what your ID number is you can use WebAdvisor. Click [Students] and then under the heading [Academic Profile] click [My Holds and Authorizations]. Your ID number will be listed in the left corner of the screen.

Registration Questions

I have no idea what my major is going to be, is that a problem?

That’s what college is for! If you do not know what major you are going to select, you should take classes that interest you and see where you end up. However, there are some majors that you should start in your first semester (like Sciences and Music). You are asked to declare your major after the second semester of your sophomore year.

How are registration appointments determined?

Students register for one class at a time (in rounds) because otherwise the first students that register would get all of their first choices and the last students that register would get what was left over. Remember that at Lewis & Clark, class sizes are small so that you’ll have more direct interaction with the faculty, and this means that there aren’t an unlimited number of seats in a class and the more popular classes will fill up. You will most likely be able to take a closed or wait listed class in another semester. By registering in rounds, every student has a better chance at getting some of the more popular courses.

How do I register for Words & Numbers?

You will be asked to submit a preference form between May 20th and June 20th indicating which section you prefer based upon the faculty members who are teaching specific sections.

Can I change my class schedule if I need to?

Yes you can change your class schedule. It might be difficult to get into classes you want to take after everyone has already registered but if certain classes are not working you can work with the Registrar, professors, and your advisor to figure out your schedule. The advising center is also a great resource to help you figure out a course schedule that works for you.

Arrival, Housing, and Student Account Questions

Can I send packages to the school before my arrival so my belongings are there when I get there?

Yes. You can learn more about how to send packages to school here. 

How do I get to campus?

If you are driving, Directions to L&C (pdf) can be found here in this easily printable PDF file. There is also a Map of the Campus that may be helpful upon your arrival.

Where can I find more information about Portland, transportation, and my new city?

Visit Lewis & Clark College’s Portland tab! There, you can find information about arrival, where to stay, what to do, transportation, and more! 

What should I bring to school?

Check out the What to Bring page. And remember, we have stores out here in Oregon, and some of them are really close to campus. Better to under-pack and buy things here than scare your roommate away with too much stuff. Plus you can save money because there is no sales tax in Oregon!

What type of linens do I need?

All mattresses are extra-long twin. You will want to bring a mattress pad, sheets, pillows, pillow cases and a comforter.

When do I hear about my hall and roommate assignments?

The mailing with your residence hall and roommate assignments will be emailed in mid-July.

Do I have to have a meal plan?

Yes, a meal plan is obligatory when you live on campus. Our food service provider, Bon Appetit, has a twenty year history of working cooperatively with students and staff to offer excellent quality, variety and presentation of food service on our campus. They are open to suggestions and eager to meet the needs of Lewis & Clark students. If you have a medically prescribed diet that our food service cannot provide for you, an exemption to the meal plan may be in order. Complete procedure guidelines for exemption are available from the Office of Campus Living.

If I am coming to school via the train or airplane and don’t have a ride to school, how do I get to school?

If you need a ride from the train station or airport, email nso@lclark.edu. NSO Leaders can pick you up from the train station or airport if you let us know in advance.

Is there wireless internet on campus?

Yes, there is wireless internet on campus although the entire campus is not yet wireless. You can access wireless internet in all of the residence halls and most all of the academic buildings. The campus does have plans to go entirely wireless. For now, you can view the Wireless Map of current wireless locations.

If there a fee for NSO?

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.

I want a job on campus. How do I find an on-campus job?

The best source for finding a job on or off campus is our online job database located at the Student Employment website. Search either the on-campus or off-campus database by clicking on the appropriate link. The database is regularly updated and lists both Federal Work-Study and regular college employment opportunities. There will also be a Student Employment Fair early in the semester. Stay tuned for more information. Departments that are looking to hire students will be present and accepting applications! NOTE: Before you begin working, you will need to complete employment paperwork, including an I-9, W-4, and an Employment Authorization form for work on-campus. In order to complete the I-9, you will need to provide proof that you are eligible to work in the U.S in accordance with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Examples of acceptable documents are your passport; OR a photo I.D. AND either a Social Security card or an original or certified copy of your birth certificate. Please bring these documents to campus with you or you will not be able to work.

How do I find out the balance on my student account and how do I settle my account?

Lewis & Clark student account activity is made accessible through the Student Account Center. The Student Account Center enables you to retrieve an electronic statement (E-Bill), view live account information, make a payment, select your refund preference, and enroll in the monthly payment plan option.

Who do I talk to if I have questions about my E-Bill and Student Account or Financial Aid?

Electronic billing (E-bill) statements reflecting the activity on your student account at Lewis & Clark College are made available prior to the beginning of each semester. This statement will reflect the costs for the upcoming semester. Student and Departmental Account Services will continue to send E-bill statements monthly should your account continue to have a balance due. Notice will be sent to your Lewis & Clark College email when your statement is available for viewing. Follow the link provided to access E-bill and review your statement. Please verify all charges/credits on your bill. Refer to your 2019-20 award offer letter and deduct the net amount of those not appearing from the balance due, excluding federal work study. Only balances not covered by fully processed financial aid are required to be paid by the due date. Please visit Student and Departmental Account Services website for details on remitting payment to Lewis & Clark. Should you have additional questions or concerns regarding settling your student account, please do not hesitate to contact your Student Account Specialist. For Financial Aid information, please visit their website. Incoming students can apply for financial aid here.

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