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Carolyn’s College Profiles: Lewis & Clark >>

College Profile: Lewis & Clark College

by Carolyn Francis, College Counselor

Lewis_&_Clark_College,_Frank_Manor_House,_View_from_Reflecting_PoolLocated just on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon, Lewis and Clark sits on an old estate complete with lush gardens and forest pathways. The campus itself is split in two by the forest – academics on one side and student life and dorms on the other. It seems appropriate for this campus to have these two different worlds, as Lewis and Clark is proud of their rich academic and intellectual life on one hand, and social diversity and the outdoor world on the other. When applying to Lewis and Clark consider this interesting option: you can submit a portfolio of work instead of test scores. This speaks to their desire to have diverse, well-rounded class rooms.

With a relaxed atmosphere and inclusive community, Lewis and Clark is one of the leading small liberal arts schools on the west coast. There is a Core Curriculum that highlights exploration and discovery. Freshman year includes Freshman Seminar, which is centered on reading and writing. After that, 3 semesters of language, 2 classes of international affairs, 1 lab science and 3 sections of quantitative reasoning are required to graduate. Credits are distributed in thirds; one third major, one third electives, and one third liberal arts core.

With an emphasis on international study as part of their core curriculum, 6 out of 10 students study abroad at some point during their time at Lewis and Clark. Ranging from 6 months to a year, there is no limit to what is available to students. Financial aid is transferable to abroad programs, making it easy for all who wish to engage in experiential learning to take part. Internships are available as are research opportunities with faculty.

Lewis and Clark also has two graduate programs, one in Law and the other in Educational Counseling. Undergraduates total 1,985 and graduate students are 685 in Law and 758 in Education.

Lewis and Clark has representation from students around the world, which is a point of pride for them. With their Northwest location, over 90% of students participate in the outdoor rec program. Well supplied with equipment and students running the programs, there is not much students can’t do here. A free shuttle bus runs from campus to downtown Portland 7 days a week from 7am to the early morning hours; a plus for students wishing to take advantage of Portland’s arts and culture without the hassle of driving.

Residential life is 2 years on campus with “living and learning” options. About half of students stay on campus all four years. Lewis and Clark is also generous with merit aid, need-based grants, loans and/or work study.

When I asked my guide to sum up Lewis and Clark in 3 words, he struggled, so I allowed him to fudge a little. His words were: beautiful, intellectual and complex with an interesting social fabric. There is more below the surface at Lewis and Clark than what you see on the surface.

Carolyn’s College Corner >>

Carolyn’s College Corner

August 2014

With summer winding down and the new school year upon us, the College Corner is back in business! Our new building is very exciting for the high school: new gym, a dedicated performance space, playing fields and so much more. On a smaller level, I am excited as I move into my role as the College Counselor alongside Mr. McHenry. Look for the college bulletin board in the hallway announcing college visits, testing dates, college posters, college fair dates and other pertinent college information. I already have a number of schools asking to stop by and talk with interested students, so please make sure to look at the board and sign up for the visits you are interested in. All students are welcome, and it is never too early to start thinking about the next step after high school.

Juniors – I will be teaching the college prep class second block on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We will cover all aspects of the college admission process, what to expect, what matters, how to build a college list and what makes a “good fit.” We will work on resumes (high school version), talk about test prep and do some exercises to get your brain in gear for the upcoming spring and fall application seasons of 2015. Thinking ahead to test taking, college visits, essay writing and all other aspects of the college admission process will lessen your stress and make the process an enjoyable one. Remember, all your years of high school are important, but your junior year and senior year you must work at keeping your grades up!

Seniors – This is it! Your fall semester will be filled with juggling sports, extracurriculars, homework and getting your applications done! I will be running Sunday Jam Sessions beginning September 7th and running throughout the fall. I will send a separate email with dates and cost.
The Colleges That Change Lives Fair is coming to town! Please make sure to go if you can. It is the night you get home from the high school camping trip, but if you can make it I would highly encourage the extra effort to get down there.

The following dates are listed for your convenience:
Colleges That Change Lives Fair
August 26, 2014 7:00 pm
Hyatt Regency – Colorado Convention Center
650 15th Street
Denver, CO 20202

Denver Performing and Visual Arts Fair
October 22, 2014 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Cherry Creek High School

SAT & Subject Tests
October 11, 2014, November 8, 2014

ACT Dates
September 21, 2014, October 26, 2014, December 14, 2014

FAFSA available as of January 1, 2015

Gap Year Fair
January 15, 2015 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Denver Academy

I will keep you posted on events and announcements on a timely basis. Please look to this column for updates or you can contact me at carolyn@carolynf.com or check out my website at www.carolynfrancisconsulting.com.

Planning Ahead for Picture Day >>

Planning Ahead for Picture Day

We’re thrilled to be working with Jen Harris of JLH Photography for our school photos this year. Below, check out more information about the dates for your child’s picture taking session, and lots of details about how to order photos.

DWS Picture Day Information from Jen Harris

New Traffic Flow Map >>

New Campus – New Traffic Flow Map!

Please familiarize yourself with this traffic map before the first day of school. If we all work together to follow this plan, drop off and pick up traffic will be much smoother and more efficient for everyone. If you have questions about your particular situation, please contact the main office at (303) 777-0531.

 

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