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Virtual New Student Trips

Get ready to connect with your new L&C community!

Monday, Aug. 17 - Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020

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Welcome to Lewis & Clark College!

This August you have the unique opportunity to join a Virtual New Student Trip! On these virtual “trips” you can build meaningful friendships with other new students who share some of your interests, benefit from the experience of current Lewis and Clark students, and learn what your new home has to offer. Better yet, this is all before you arrive on campus!

Virtual New Student Trips (V-NSTs) are a lot of fun and will leave you feeling excited for your new life as a Lewis & Clark College student.


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Who are these trips for?

YOU! The best part about Virtual NSTs is that everyone can participate in a themed group that matches their interests. Unlike in-person NSTs, all new students will participate, including international students, fall athletes, and transfer students. This could be where you meet your new best friends!


Is there a cost?

Nope. V-NSTs are paid for by New Student Orientation (NSO) fees, so there is no additional cost to participate.


What should I expect?

You will be assigned to a group of about 10-15 new students and two to three older L&C students, based on the interests you list in your registration form. Your group will meet via Zoom daily from Monday, Aug. 17 - Thursday, Aug. 20 (4 times) for 60-90 minutes per session (sometimes sessions may vary in length, but will never be exceed 90 minutes). Each session will have a different set of activities and objectives to help you get to know your fellow students, ask questions about life at L&C, talk more in depth about your interest areas, and learn something new.

You will also be able to connect with your group and leaders using the digital Discord platform, which gives you the option to have informal chats outside of your meeting times. Once you arrive on campus, you’ll be able to meet, in person, with your group members as soon as you’d like, and your leaders will offer several fun gatherings for your whole group (which usually include free food) early in the semester.


Who are the group leaders?

Each group has 2-3 leaders who are all current L&C students or in a few cases, current students plus a leader who just recently graduated. These leaders are competitively selected, trained for hours in facilitating these groups, and STOKED to connect with you!


Are there also in-person New Student Trips?

Unfortunately, no in-person New Student Trips are happening this year.  All New Student Trips in August 2020 will be virtual. Once you are on campus, there will be lots of in-person opportunities to participate in College Outdoors trips during fall semester, and Student Leadership and Service projects including week-long trips over Spring Break.

In order for Lewis & Clark College to have a successful in-person opening for classes on August 31, 2020, the L&C health authorities do not want to risk the possibility of Covid-19 spreading through New Student Trip group(s), which would then prevent exposed students from participating in-person in New Student Orientation and the first weeks of class.

We are exploring options to offer in-person week-long trips exclusively for you, the Class of 2024, once a vaccine is available; potentially in May or August 2021.


How are V-NSTs different from New Student Orientation (NSO)?

V-NSTs are all about making interpersonal connections, so you can arrive on campus already having a group of friends, as well as two older students as mentors.

These Virtual NSTs are a lot of fun, and will help you start college feeling confident, excited to meet your new friends in person, and give you the perfect group of people to sit with in the cafeteria during your very first meal on campus!

NSO is full of other important information necessary to be successful at L&C, including topics regarding health and safety, collegiate academics, sexual health and consent, service and community in Portland, and more. Your NSO group will not only provide different resources, but will be a different group of students than your V-NST group, so you’ll meet even more fellow students to connect with on campus. Fully participating in both V-NSTs and NSO is the best way to start college out on the right foot.


How do I sign up?

Register for a Virtual New Student Trip using the form below.


2020 Schedule & Deadlines:

June 26 - July 15: Open Registration. Sign up during this timeframe to be included in the first round of trip placements, which will be assigned based on your interests.

After July 15, registrations are still accepted and encouraged, but we may not be able to place you in a group that matches your interests quite as closely.

Early August: Find out your group assignment, learn who your leaders will be, and find out your assigned meeting time (you’ll get to preference meeting times in the registration form).

Monday, Aug. 17 - Thursday, Aug. 20: 60-90 minute Virtual New Student Trip meetings are held each day.



If the registration form does not appear below, click here.