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Graduate School Admissions

For Current Applicants

Communicating with the Admissions office

The Graduate Admissions office will confirm receipt of your application for admission.We expect that you will serve as primary contact throughout the admission process. We will keep you informed throughout the process and will notify you of the final decision on your application. 

Email is the primary form of communication used to contact applicants. It is your responsibility to set spam and junk mail filters to allow the timely delivery of email correspondence and pdf. attachments from the Graduate School. Please be sure that the e-mail address you provide is accurate and checked frequently. 

Submitting documents to Lewis & Clark

Check your program’s application requirements for essay prompts, supplemental forms, etc. that are required.

By Mail: Please use the following address if you are mailing application documents (transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc.) to the graduate school:

Admissions Office
Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling
0615 SW Palatine Hill Road, MSC 87
Portland, OR  97219

By Email: Please us the following email address if you are submitting e-transcripts, essays, or resume.

gseadmit@lclark.edu

Check Your Application Status Using WebAdvisor

After submitting your application, you can check if all required materials have arrived by using WebAdvisor. Click here for more information.

Admission Decision

Application files are given to program faculty for review. After completing the admissions process, each program presents their admissions recommendations to the Graduate Admissions Committee. The Committee (whose membership includes department chairs, faculty, and the graduate school dean) reviews the recommendations and makes the final decision regarding each candidate’s admission.

The program faculty and the Graduate Admission Committee carefully and thoughtfully consider many factors when evaluating candidates: prior academic experience and record, writing ability, references, interpersonal skills, professional experience, and program-specific requirements. Admissions decisions are based on a holistic assessment of an applicant’s potential to be a competent, ethical, and compassionate practitioner. An individual’s personal integrity and professional fitness are also relevant to the admissions process. Meeting the minimum entrance requirements of a given program does not guarantee admission.

Admission Notification

Each applicant will be notified of an admission decision in writing. No information regarding your admission status will be given over the phone.

If admitted to a degree program, you may be required to submit a $200 nonrefundable tuition deposit in order to hold a space in the entering class.

Candidates denied admission to the Graduate School may not appeal the decision. Specific information regarding an admission decision is confidential and will not be discussed. Denied applicants may reapply to the same program twice and no additional application will be considered.

For Applicants Completing an Undergraduate Degree

Applicants currently completing an undergraduate degree are welcome to apply to Lewis & Clark. Applicants in this situation who are admitted to the graduate school will be asked to provide confirmation of graduation. Candidates must submit one of the following forms of documentation prior to the date stated in the admission materials.

  • An official final transcript showing award of the bachelor’s degree and date conferred.
  • Official confirmation from your college’s registrar’s office stating that you have met all requirements of the degree, you have been approved for graduation, and an official degree posted transcript will follow as required.

Failure to provide documentation of completing all requirements of your undergraduate degree program will result in a hold on your account and your ability to register for the subsequent semester.