Monday, August 26

New international students and Third Culture Kids (TCKs) arrive


Tuesday, August 27

Orientation begins for new international students and TCKs


Wednesday, August 28

Airport, bus, and train pick-ups Residence hall move-in

Proctored Spanish languages exam

Campus identification cards Campus tours

Academic overview

Advising preview

Student life at Lewis &Clark

Meet your NSO leader

Residence Hall Activities

Transfer student dinner/faculty panel


Thursday, August 29

Proctored world languages exam for 202 and higher

Music theory information session

Transfer student advising with faculty advisors

Real World: Lewis &Clark Business of Being a Student Staying healthy on campus Opening convocation Residence hall floor meetings Commuter student meeting


Friday, August 30

Diversity at Lewis &Clark

Sexual assault prevention, bystander intervention

Kick-off lecture for Exploration and Discovery*

First Exploration and Discovery class*

Transfer student coffee Residence hall activities Midnight breakfast


Saturday, August 31

Math proficiency exam

Day of service in the Portland community


Sunday, September 1

Residence halls open for continuing students

Portland scavenger hunt Campus-wide picnic

L&C’s Got Talent

Chapel service

Hall meetings with new and continuing students


Monday, September 2

Explore Portland


Tuesday, September 3

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 go.lclark.edu/nso 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 go.lclark.edu/nso.


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 2019-20 Academic Calendar!