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New Student Orientation (NSO)

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 this process or 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. Be advised that some browsers work better than others, especially for WebAdvisor.  In our experience, Safari works well.

The list below should look familiar to you: 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 and can start planning for your course registration and your first semester. If you have not yet completed these tasks, please do so as soon as possible.

Create Your Lewis & Clark Account

Visit go.lclark.edu/create_account to create your Lewis & Clark account. Creating your Lewis & Clark account will establish your email and also create your WebAdvisor User ID (see below), which you will use to search for courses, locate your registration times, and register for classes. All communication from the college will be sent to this new email address.

Access Your Lewis & Clark Email Account

Once you’ve created your Lewis & Clark account, you will log in to your new email account through Gmail. 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.

The college will use this email address exclusively to communication with you this summer and throughout your academic career.  Please check your email frequently.

Submit Your Emergency Contact Information

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. Go to webadvisor.lclark.edu.  (This will open a new tab in your browser so you can click back here for the step by step instructions.)
  2. Log in using your WebAdvisor User ID and password (see above if you have questions about this step).
  3. Click on Students, then on Emergency Contact Information.
  4. After entering the appropriate contact information, click Update/Verify to complete the entry.
Complete the Advising Questionnaire

You will work with the College Advising Center this summer to determine your fall schedule. During NSO, you will be assigned an academic advisor. In most cases, your assigned advisor. In most cases, your assigned advisor will be the chair of the department representing the discipline in which you have expressed an interest. The information you provide on the Advising Questionnaire will inform your advisor of your academic interests. Complete this form by July 10.

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 requirement by 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 25, be assigned one of your preferences on July 7, and be able to see your assignment by July 11. Links to course descriptions, the preference form, and frequently asked questions can be found on the website, go.lclark.edu/exploration_and_discovery.

At the end of May, you will receive an email from NSO that will provide detailed instruction and links for this process. If you still have questions about Exploration and Discovery, please contact the program coordinator at 503-768-7208 or explore@lclark.edu.

*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 28.

Checking SAT/ACT and 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 College Transcript 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 early 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.

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