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Application Deadlines

International applicants should apply by the deadlines listed below.  However, we recognize that academic calendars vary from country to country, so the International Student Admission committee will accept applications at other times on a case-by-case basis.  Although most international students enter Lewis & Clark at the beginning of the fall semester (late August), students may apply to enter in the spring semester (mid-January).

Importantly, international students who are applying for financial aid or who are attending international/American schools abroad should follow the application deadlines below:

For fall semester admission in late August:

  • Early Action (nonbinding): Apply by November 1
  • Early Decision (binding): Apply by November 1
  • Regular Decision: Apply by January 15

For spring semester admission in mid-January:

  • November 1


There are two options for early applications, Early Decision and Early Action, which are described in further detail below.

Early Decision (ED): The Early Decision plan is for students that consider Lewis & Clark their first choice college.  The application deadline for Early Decision is November 1, and applicants will be notified of their decision by December 15. This decision plan is binding, and if you are accepted under Early Decision, you agree to attend Lewis & Clark and withdraw all other applications. Applicants may only apply Early Decision to one school.

Early Action (EA): The application deadline for Early Action is November 1, and applicants will be notified of their decisions by January 1.  Early Action applicants must then reply to us with their decisions about whether or not to enroll at L&C by the national reply date of May 1. The Early Action plan does not restrict applications to other colleges, and does not require the applicant to enroll at L&C if admitted.