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Steps to Enroll for First Time in College Students

How to Apply and Enroll

Welcome to Lane! We're glad you've chosen to enroll as a credit student at Lane. By following these Steps to Enroll, you'll be on your way to fulfilling your academic dreams!

First Time in College students include anyone pursing a degree who hasn't previously attended another college. You're also a First Time College student if you took college classes while in High School. Still not sure? Admissions is ready to help!

Admissions Application

Welcome to Lane! Start by submitting your application at least six business days before the start of your session

Once you complete your application, you'll receive a confirmation email. Within one to three business days you'll receive your L Number (Student ID Number) and a temporary password. You'll need your L Number to complete the rest of the steps.

To be eligible for financial aid, complete the FAFSA. Apply early, as it can take 4-12 weeks to process aid awards once all documents have been received.


  • An email address you have access to
  • Your Social Security Number, if you'll be applying for financial aid

Course Placement

Course Placement can help you ensure you’re successful in your classes. We'll use your high school GPA, prior college courses, AP, or IB scores, Smarter Balance scores, or other measures to determine your placement. You'll also have the option to take a placement test to help determine an appropriate math and writing placement. You may be able to complete your course placement and New Student Orientation on the same day online.


  • AP, IB, Smarter Balance, GED, SAT, or ACT scores, if you have them
  • Your college transcripts, if you took college classes while you were enrolled in high school
  • Your high school GPA
  • Your L Number

Claim Your Student Email and Satisfy the Requirements of LCC’s Vaccination Policy

If you're applying for Summer, after you've claimed your student email account in ExpressLane, we'll email you a link to complete the vaccination status reporting form. This link will be unique to you, so be sure not to share it with anyone else. Find the latest information on our COVID-19 vaccination page.

If you're applying for Fall, there is no need to complete the vaccination status reporting form. But be sure to sign in to ExpressLane to claim your email. This will be the primary email address we use to communicate with you while you’re a student.


Orientation will help you understand what courses to take, how to register for them, important deadlines, how to connect with support services and more.


  • Your course placement results


That's it! You're ready to register! Sign into expressLane to register for classes.