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New Student Trips

On-line Registration Closed for August 2018

On-line Registration is closed, but some trip spaces will likely be available due to occasional cancelations.
Please contact our office at or 503-768-7116 to learn about any current New Student Trip openings.  We will be glad to help place you on a trip if it’s possible!



College Outdoors and Student Leadership & Service (SLS) send you greetings from beautiful Portland, Oregon! Every year we offer new students (both first-years and transfers) an opportunity to launch their Lewis & Clark collegiate career in a fun and adventurous way. The Pacific Northwest has a lot to offer and we love sharing what we are lucky enough to call our backyard! New Student Trips (NSTs) happen just before the college-wide New Student Orientation (NSO).  

Why go on a New Student Trip?

New Student Trips are designed to help students transition to life at Lewis & Clark. Students have a great opportunity to form a core group of friends before they head into the fast-paced experience of moving into the residence halls and starting classes. First and foremost, we want participants to have FUN on these trips! We also incorporate programs designed to enhance decision making skills, inspire group communication, and spark discussions on issues facing college students. These trips seek to build community, increase an individual’s confidence, and give participants an appreciation for people with diverse backgrounds. Time has shown that these trips truly enrich students’ Lewis & Clark experience starting from day one! Plus, the usual excitement and uncertainty associated with arriving at a new place is much easier to manage after spending some time with a group of new students who may become your best friends!

No experience needed!

Every trip we offer is suitable for people with no background in the outdoors or service projects. All of our trips are led by competent and experienced outdoor leaders. Check out our trip list for a better idea of the rigor of each trip. Our backpacking trips are the most physically demanding, and while no prior experience is needed, backpacking necessitates good physical fitness.

What is the cost?

Trip costs vary based on the length of the trip and the type of activities. The listed price reflects the full cost of the trip before financial aid. If you submitted a FAFSA, the cost to you will be calculated on a need-based sliding scale. Simply check the box regarding financial aid when you fill out the New Student Trip Reservation Form. Your financial award will be included in the email with your trip placement.

These trips fill up fast, so register as soon as possible!

How to Sign Up

  1. Check out our Trip Descriptions
  2. Complete the Online Registration 
  3. Fill out the online Health and Diet Questionnaire 
    Please note: your registration is not considered complete until you have filled out a health and diet questionnaire.  For this reason, the questionnaire is due within 48 hours of submitting your trip reservation to hold your place.

Summer 2018 Schedule & Deadlines

May 8th (Tuesday): Registration Opens at 9 AM Pacific Time

Registration for New Student Trips (NSTs) opens online at 9:00am (PST) on Tuesday, May 8th. Registration is rolling - be sure to get your application in as soon as possible! We cannot guarantee your first choice, but the sooner you submit your application, the more likely we will be able to give you one of your top choices. No matter which trip you go on, you’ll make great friends and learn a lot about the Pacific Northwest!  We will send you an email confirming that we have received your registration within 1-2 business days.

Within 2 weeks of receiving your application: Trip Placement Assignments Go Out

Within two weeks of registering for a New Student Trip, we will send you an email about your trip placement and financial aid award. We do not require payment until after you have been placed on a trip and know your financial aid situation. After this point, please refer to your individual trip pages for specific trip information.

June 12th (Tuesday): Trip Balance Due (for students placed on a trip by May 31).

Unless you are waiting to be notified about your trip placement and financial aid award, the balance of your trip is due by 5pm on Tuesday, June 12th. For later registrations, your due date will be sent with your trip assignment. Online payments can be submitted using the link that will be provided to you in your pre-trip email.  Payments are also accepted by mail. 

June 22nd (Friday): Required Forms Due (unless registering after May 31)

Your individual New Student Trip page will have access to the three forms that are required by this date. Those forms are the equipment you would like to borrow, your travel information, and the release of liability.  There is no additional charge for any equipment you would like to borrow for your New Student Trip. If you do not have travel plans finalized prior to June 22nd due to extenuating circumstances, please contact us; we can extend the deadline.

Cancellations and Refunds

While we rarely have to cancel a New Student Trip, should it be necessary, we will provide the earliest possible notice and give you a choice of a full refund or an alternate trip.

If you cancel a reservation, the following schedule applies:

On or before June 11th: Full refund.

After June 11th: We can refund the full amount less a $50 cancellation fee if we can fill your spot from the waitlist. If we cannot fill your spot, you may forfeit your payment.  (In the case of an emergency situation, we can make an exception, depending on each individual case.)

Outdoor recreation throughout the school year 

College Outdoors offers a veritable plethora of activities all year round, from rafting to backpacking and cross-country skiing to sea kayaking. We also offer two very popular Wilderness First Responder courses during LC’s winter break (one course on campus and one near Orlando, FL). Student Leadership & Service also runs alternative fall and spring break service trips along with many smaller weekend trips. So don’t worry! If you can’t make it on one of the NSTs there are other opportunities to get outdoors each semester. Look for more information for our fall trips schedule once you get to campus, on this website in late August, or come by our office and say hello!


Do you have any other questions?

Contact us:

Monday – Friday:  9am – 5pm Pacific Time
244 Templeton Campus Center
phone 503-768-7116