Lewis-Clark State College

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Lewis-Clark State College (LCSC) is a public college in the northwest United States, located in north central Idaho at Lewiston. Founded in 1893 as Lewiston Normal School, the current institution has an approximate annual enrollment of 3,600.

Until the 1920s, one-room schools served most of Idaho’s primary students. In keeping with the “normal school” philosophy (training students in the norms of teaching), the Lewiston Normal School focused on practical training for new teachers. That meant the school provided a great deal of “manual training”—what is now called vocational education. Also, to insure that teachers truly knew how to handle a classroom, the school ran an on-campus training school. In it, real teachers taught real pupils, and student teachers learned-by-doing under the supervision of experienced teachers.

The ongoing need for teachers, a developing shortage of nurses, and a new push for vocational education from the federal government combined to rescue the school from oblivion over the years. The state legislature voted to elevate it to four-year status in 1963, and in July 1971 the name was officially changed to Lewis-Clark State College.

Today, LCSC has one of the best nursing programs around, as well as a wide variety of hands-on vocational programs, and it offers several different education degrees. The college continues to embrace ongoing employee training and continuing education with a Professional Development Program for all employees, a Center for Teaching and Learning Facility, and a generous tuition discount for employees.


One of the top public comprehensive four-year colleges in the West, Lewis-Clark State College is Idaho’s school of choice for a private school experience at a public school price. Its beautiful campus, small classes, and superb faculty do indeed have the look, feel, and quality of a private college. Moreover, its vocational programs are second to none. In fact, LCSC is well known for its three-part mission of academic programs, professional-technical programs, and community outreach programs.

Lewis-Clark State College offers more than 130 degrees and certificates, including over 20 that are fully online. Popular majors include Social Work, Criminal Justice, Education, Nursing, Automotive and Diesel Technology. A few of the school’s more unique majors include Fire Service Technology, Sports Media, Radiographic Science, Industrial Electronics, and Packaging Design. Online degrees include Business Informatics, Cybersecurity, Web Design and Development. No matter your interest, LCSC has a program for you!


The Lewis-Clark State (LCSC) athletic teams are called the Warriors and Lady Warriors. LCSC competes in twelve intercollegiate varsity sports: men’s sports are baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, tennis, and track & field; women’s sports include basketball, cross country, golf, tennis, track & field, and volleyball. LCSC also competes in twelve intercollegiate varsity sports: men’s sports are baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, tennis, and track & field; women’s sports include basketball, cross country, golf, tennis, track & field, and volleyball.


Lewis-Clark State College students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show, or be a producer for the student-run television channel. Though physical fitness is not a condition of enrollment, various technical programs require strenuous physical performance. A free onsite fitness facility with a strong wellness program allows students and staff alike to live healthy, balanced lives.

Speaking of balance, Lewis-Clark State College is located where two rivers (Clearwater and Snake), two cities (Lewiston and Clarkston), and two states (Idaho and Washington) come together. It is also where two peoples and two cultures came together – the Nez Perce Tribe and the Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery.

Lewis and Clark traveled through this area during their journey to discover an inland waterway to the Pacific Ocean. Students interested in history can visit all of the museums and sites along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. At LCSC, you can even minor in the Nez Perce language and culture in one of the only programs of its kind!

Homeschool Admissions

Idaho College Admission Core Standards for graduating high school seniors can be found here. Want to earn college credit while you’re still in high school? Click here.

Students who graduate from non-accredited secondary schools or home schools are admitted under provisional admission and are required to demonstrate the following:

  1. Transcript:
    • Home school transcript or a description of educational background including subjects studied and date of graduation with a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA; or
    • Non-accredited high school transcript with a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA; or
    • GED test results with a standard score of 600 (500 on 2002-2013 test or 50 prior to 2002 test).
  2. Official transcripts from any secondary school attended prior to or in addition to home schooling with at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA.
  3. Official college/university transcripts (when applicable).

It is recommended that academic applicants take the ACT/SAT or ALEKS math placement test and Writing Placement Exam for English/math placement.

Students interested in certain Career Technical Education programs in the Technical & Industrial Division may be subject to special admission requirements.

For more information about LCSC admissions, click here.

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