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New Student Orientation (NSO)


Monday, August 27

New international students and Third Culture Kids (TKCs) arrive

Tuesday, August 28

Orientation begins for new international students and TCKs

Wednesday, August 29

Airport, bus, and train pick-ups Residence hall move-in
Campus identification cards
Campus tours

Academic overview

Advising preview

Student life at Lewis & Clark

Transfer student dinner/faculty panel

Thursday, August 30

Transfer student advising

Business of Being a Student

Real World: Lewis & Clark

Connecting with technology

Staying healthy on campus

Opening convocation
Residence hall floor meetings Commuter student meeting

Friday, August 31

Diversity at Lewis & Clark

Career development through StrengthsQuest

Kick-off lecture for Exploration and Discovery*

First Exploration and Discovery*
Transfer student coffee

Residence hall activities

Midnight breakfast


Saturday, September 1

Day of service in the Portland community

Evening activities


Sunday, September 2

Residence halls open for continuing students

Portland scavenger hunt

Sexual assault prevention

Campus-wide picnic
Chapel service

L&C’s Got Talent

Hall meetings with new    and continuing students


Monday, September 3

Explore Portland

Living-Learning Communities kick-off


Tuesday, September 4

Classes Begin
*For transfer students taking Exploration and Discovery

New Student Orientation

We recognize that as a transfer student you have probably already participated in an orientation program elsewhere. But now that you’re a Lewis & Clark student, we want to provide you with a variety of opportunities to engage in this community and to learn what it means to be a student of the liberal arts.

There are events organized specifically for transfer students during NSO, and we strongly encourage you to participate in these as well as in as many of the other NSO events as you can. You’ll find valuable information and make important connections in the community by attending these general orientation activities. Accept our challenge and participate fully in the NSO experience.

NSO runs from Wednesday, August 29 to Monday, September 3. Residence halls open at 8 a.m. on August 29 and the first orientation session for students begins at 4 p.m., giving you nearly a day to move into your residence hall.  

We’ve provided an introduction to what you’ll find at NSO on this page. Check for updates over the summer and watch your email for a more detailed schedule in mid-July. Please note that programming is subject to change.

Orientation Staff

NSO leaders are undergraduate students who have been selected and trained to assist you in your transition to Lewis & Clark. They are enthusiastic about the orientation process, so much so that they have volunteered their time to help you get started. You can expect to be contacted by your NSO leader during the summer. They will be able to answer any crucial questions or concerns you may have even before you arrive on the campus. Once you arrive, your NSO leader will work with you throughout the orientation period and serve as a great resource. You can get acquainted with your NSO leader on the New Student Orientation website at


We encourage you to explore the following pages for the summer mailing schedule and the academic calendar.

Summer Mailings  Academic Calendar

At the link above, be sure to click on the 2018-19 Academic Calendar!

New Student Orientation (NSO)

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