Application Checklist

ISS at the 2019 International Fair. ISS at the 2019 International Fair.

Items to Accompany Your Application

  1. Online Common Application or Paper Application with essay attached. If you are applying with a paper version of L&C’s application form, an autobiography and a statement of the student’s academic purpose substitute for the essay.
  2. Official transcripts of all secondary school and college grades. (If you have attended an ESL program in the US, please include a transcript from that program as well). Transcripts should be in the original language and be accompanied by officially translated English copies. These forms are usually submitted through the Common Application or sent in a sealed envelope by your high school counselor. You should send an updated transcript throughout the year as it becomes available.
  3. Financial Documents
    • A Certificate of Financial Responsibility. This form is required, but is usually submitted as part of the online application form. If a copy is needed, you can follow the link and download the form.
    • Proof of available funds. The Certificate of Financial Responsibility lists the necessary documents that need to be included, such as official documents from employers, banks, and tax office.  If the document is not in English, please provide an English translation.  If the document does not show amounts in U.S. Dollars, please indicate the currency type.
    • If applying for financial aid, a completed financial aid application. Lewis & Clark accepts either its International Student Financial Aid Application or the College Board’s International Student Financial Aid Application.
  4. Proof of English proficiency.* For required scores, refer to English proficiency requirements.  Test scores are considered official if received directly from a testing agency or reported on the official high school transcript or School Report.
  5. School Report.
  6. Teacher Evaluation, completed by a teacher who has taught you in an academic course (English, mathematics, science, foreign language, history, or social studies). We will accept letters of recommendation from 10th-12th grade teachers.  We prefer letters of recommendation from someone who has taught you in 11th or 12th grade.
  7. SAT and/or ACT scores are optional for all applicants. If scores are submitted, we will include them in our holistic review of a student’s application materials for admission, however they will not play a role in the awarding of merit-based or need-based financial aid. Test scores are considered official if reported on the official high school transcript or received directly from a testing agency. Lewis & Clark’s SAT code is 4384 and ACT code is 3464.

*Applicants who are native English speakers are not required to submit proof of English proficiency. 

You may submit application documents by mail, email, or fax.

International Students and Scholars
Lewis & Clark College
0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road
Portland, Oregon 97219-7899

FAX: 503-768-7301