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Getting Ready

Begin your academic life at Lewis & Clark on the right foot. Use this guide for a successful transition. Don’t be intimidated by the amount of information on the page.  Just take it a step at a time and if you’re having trouble contact the College Advising Center at 503-768-7600 or call us at New Student Orientation at 503-768-7182. 

Summer Instructions

We’re excited you’ve decided to join us this fall! As a transfer student, we recognize that you have been through something similar to it at another institution. Since Lewis&Clark may do things a bit differently, we provide the following to walk you through our process. In our experience, Safari works well.

The list below should look familiar: you received an abbreviated version with your confirmation packet from the Office of Admissions. We hope you’ve already completed a number of these tasks from the list in your Pioneer Portal and can start planning for your course registration and your first semester. If you have not yet completed these tasks, please do so immediately.

Create Your Lewis & Clark Account

Visit go.lclark.edu/create_account to create your Lewis&Clark account. This account will establish your email and also create your WebAdvisor User ID. WebAdvisor is the website you’ll use to search for courses, locate your registration times, and register for courses. All communication from the college will be sent to your new L&C email address.  

Access Your Lewis & Clark Email Account

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 full Lewis&Clark email address (for example, smith@lclark.edu) and password to log in. Note: it may take a few minutes after creating your account for you to be able to log in with Gmail. The college will use this email address exclusively to communicate with you this summer and throughout your academic career. Please check your L&C email frequently.

Submit Your Emergency Contact Information

Before you can register for courses, it is critical that we have accurate contact information for you and your family in the event of an emergency. We recognize that you may have concerns about your privacy. The 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 using your WebAdvisor User ID and password (see below if you have questions about this step).

2. Click on Students, then on Emergency Contact Information.

3. After entering the appropriate contact information, click Update/Verify to complete the entry.

Submit Your Exploration and Discovery Preferences (if applicable)

Exploration and Discovery is our innovative, two-semester Core Curriculum required of all first-year students.

• Transfer students with fewer than 16 semester credits must take Exploration and Discovery in their first year at Lewis&Clark.

• Transfer students with 16 to 28 semester credits, of which 3 or more credits are from an approved writing-intensive course*, must take either Core 106 (fall) or Core 107 (spring). For students who have not received such transferable credit, both Core 106 and 107 are required.

• Students who transfer with more than 28 semester credits must satisfy the Core 106 and 107 requirements either by transferring approved writing-intensive courses or by taking two courses from the approved Core substitute course list.

   Instead of registering for Exploration and Discovery yourself, you will submit six preferences between June 1 and June 24. You will be able to see your assigned registration for the course in WebAdvisor by July 10. Links to course descriptions, the preference form, and frequently asked questions can be found on the website, go.lclark.edu/exploration_and_discovery.

*To determine if a course meets the writing intensive criteria, please contact the Office of the Registrar.

Take the Academic Integrity Tutorial

Lewis & Clark believes that each member of the community is responsible for the integrity of his or her individual academic performance. In addition, because each act of dishonesty harms the entire community, all individuals—students, faculty, and staff members alike—are responsible for encouraging the integrity of others by their own example, by confronting individuals they observe committing dishonest acts, and/or by discussing such actions with a faculty member or academic dean, who will respect the confidentiality of such discussions. 

It is important for all students to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. Visit go.lclark.edu/college/academic/integrity and complete the Academic Integrity Tutorial by July 26.

Checking  AP/IB Scores in WebAdvisor

If you are taking a course with prerequisites that you believe should have been satisfied by exam scores, make sure that those have been recorded in WebAdvisor. To see if your scores have been recorded, follow these steps.

  1. Log in to WebAdvisor using your Lewis & Clark user name and password (see above if you have questions about logging in to WebAdvisor).
  2. Click Students.
  3. Under Academic Profile, select Test Summary for SAT/ACT, AP/IB scores, and the results of your placement exams

Note: AP/IB scores are usually recorded by the middle of July. If you believe Lewis & Clark should have a record of your AP/IB scores, and those scores are not visible in WebAdvisor, you can get more information at the following websites:

AP Score Reports - professionals.collegeboard.org/testing/ap/scores/reporting/for-students

IB Score Reports - www.ibo.org/programmes/diploma-programme/assessment-and-exams/requesting-transcripts

☑ Request Final Transcript and AP/IB Exam Scores (if applicable)

As soon as your classes are completed at your previous institution, it is critical to have your final transcript sent to Lewis & Clark. If you have AP and IB exam credit, these scores may affect your placement in some subjects. Contact the College Board or International Baccalaureate Organization to have the qualifying scores sent directly to Lewis & Clark. The Advanced Standing section of the Lewis & Clark Catalog has a subject breakdown. To access this information, visit go.lclark.edu/college/advanced/standing. The college typically receives these scores in mid-July. 

Academic Advising

During your time at Lewis & Clark, you’ll have a number of faculty resources to draw on for guidance. Your faculty advisor will help you navigate your way through Lewis & Clark’s curriculum and academic resources. While the responsibility for constructing a personal academic program ultimately belongs to you, faculty advisors can aid you as you explore new disciplines, plan for overseas travel, consider academic choices, and prepare for postgraduate opportunities.

Transfer students are generally assigned to the chair of the department of their likely major as indicated on their admissions application. This is because only the department chairs can determine which courses taken at other institutions can be applied to the Lewis & Clark major. However, after the initial meeting, students can change their advisors at any time.