From the School

On a stunning campus in one of the most exciting and progressive cities anywhere, the next generation of global thinkers gathers to discard conventional thinking, civic complacency, and outmoded preconceptions. Leaders, visionaries, and problem-solvers, we come together to explore new ways of knowing through classic liberal learning and innovative collaboration.

At Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, we welcome all who are alive to inquiry, open to diversity, and eager to shape the new global century. Through our undergraduate programs in the arts, humanities, and sciences, and through our graduate and professional studies in education, counseling, and law, we undertake original research, interdisciplinary studies, and community service. We push beyond what is known in order to discover something new every day.

Reflecting the College's national and global reach, approximately 79 percent of Lewis & Clark's 2,141 undergraduate students come from outside Oregon, representing every state plus the District of Columbia and 66 countries.


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
610 - 710
SAT Math
580 - 670
ACT Composite
27 - 31


Early Decision
November 1

March 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA


From The School

A liberal arts education at Lewis & Clark connects classical learning with fresh inquiry and exciting research that pushes the frontiers of knowledge. Lewis & Clark considers the following elements essential to a liberal arts education:

1. Mastery of the fundamental techniques of intellectual inquiry: effective writing and speaking, active reading, and critical and imaginative thinking.
2. Exposure to the major assumptions, knowledge, and approaches in the fine arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences.
3. Critical understanding of important contemporary and historical issues.
4. Awareness of international and cross-cultural issues and gender relations.
5. Application of theory and knowledge to the search for informed, thoughtful and responsible solutions to important human problems.

The curriculum combines structure and freedom. Depth and breadth of subject matter are highly valued, but equally important are creativity and critical thinking. There are many opportunities for students to take their learning to a higher level, such as honors projects within academic departments, independent research, and internships.

Two 15-week semesters make up the academic year, and each semester students normally take four 4-semester-hour courses, and one or more activity courses. The average student course load is 16 credits per semester. The requirement for graduation is 128 semester hours approximately eight classes each year.

Students Say

While living in Portland, Oregon, you may “get rained on a lot,” but that doesn’t stop many students from extolling about the otherwise “wonderful,” “perfect,” “ideal,” and “exciting” location. This “suburban-hilltop liberal arts college” sits in an “absolutely beautiful” spot “next to a huge forest, [with] downtown only twenty minutes away.” Besides the setting, students are lured by the school’s “strong outdoors program,” “great study abroad opportunities,” as well as the promise of “a very green and liberal school.” “Lewis & Clark is a utopia for thinkers and outdoors lovers alike. While challenging academically, the emphasis on a holistic education means that students are encouraged to explore all that Portland and the beautiful Northwest has to offer.” Professors are noted for their support and “are devoted to their students in a way that wouldn’t be possible in a larger school.” “Lewis & Clark has professors that care so much, and if you want to put the effort into building relationships with them you will get so much from the education.” Students give excellent marks for the “seasoned professors in upper-level classes.” However, one student feels that “some of the temporary staff are less excellent.”

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Prominent Alumni

Earl Blumenauer

Keith Lindner
President of American Financial Group

Christopher Roberts
President Universal Classics Group

David Stumpf
Chairman, Dept. of Neurology, N.W.U. Medical Schoo

Leslie S. Culbertson
VP and Director of Corporate Finance at Intel Corp

Doug Green
CIF - Northrup Gruman Information Technology

Matt Wuerker
Cartoonist and illustrator for Politico, Pulitzer prize winner


From The School

In 2011-12, tuition and fees were $38,500 and room and board were $9,928. Students have several meal plan options. Books and miscellaneous expenses were approximately $2,040.


Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

Forms CSSProfile

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender


From The School

With over 50 student organizations, there's never a lack of things to do at Lewis & Clark. Cultural events include lectures, symposia, art exhibits, plays, musical events, and dance performances. Athletics play an important role on campus, where 19 varsity teams, eight club teams, and numerous intramural sports keep students physically active. Nature-lovers will enjoy the College Outdoors Program, which offers activities such as hiking, backpacking, rafting, skiing, and kayaking in the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest. There are also plenty of opportunities for volunteering in and around the Portland area.

Lewis & Clark is committed to residential education, to creating a community dedicated to the exploration of ideas, values, beliefs and backgrounds, to the discovery of lifelong friendships; and to collaboration, both formal and informal, with peers, faculty, and staff. There is no Greek system at Lewis & Clark.

About 62 percent of undergraduates live on campus in residence halls; most of our residential space is co-ed. Along with personal living space (usually shared by two to four students) are several community venues within the residence halls, including coffee houses, convenience stores, art centers, outdoor basketball courts, recreation and fitness centers, lounges, and game rooms. A variety of themed communities within the residence halls are also available (visual and performing arts, multicultural, outdoor pursuits, environmental action and service, wellness).

Students Say

To generalize, “Students are usually athletes or hippies.” There seems to be some divide between the two groups, but most everyone is “very liberal, engaged in a variety of issues, and smart.” One student describes the school as being “full of people that you’d actually want to make friends with.” Another says classmates are “genuine” and “really independent.” “Most kids are more than willing to try something adventurous, and most take advantage of the fact that our student body has students coming from all over the country and world.” Students tend to value “Freedom of expression and thought, and an open environment in which to discuss differences.” The fact that many students have traveled or lived in another country enriches the classroom experience. Classmates “constantly have stories about their time abroad,” and “it is also very difficult to find someone who has never traveled abroad.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented


American Indian or Alaskan Native

59% female
41% male
80% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time


From The School

Founded in 1867, Lewis & Clark College moved to its present location in Portland's southwest hills in 1942. The 137acre campus sits on a wooded hilltop just six miles from Portland's exciting downtown, offering stunning views of snow-covered Mount Hood.

Portland is a very livable city with an excellent public transportation system that includes buses, light-rail, and the Portland Street Car. In addition, a free College shuttle runs frequently into the heart of the city and back to campus. The scenic Willamette River bisects Metropolitan Portland, which is home to approximately 2 million people. There are endless things to do in Portland: 10,477 acres of parks, 33 music groups, 35 theater and dance companies, 90 galleries and museums, and more than 1,000 restaurants. The city also offers professional hockey, soccer, and the NBA's Portland Trailblazers. Our students take advantage of the many internship and service opportunities available in the Portland metro area.

Just 50 miles east of campus rises Mount Hood and its 10-month-a-year skiing and snow-boarding. The rugged Oregon coastline is just 90 miles to the west. Throughout the state lie innumerable hiking, climbing, and backpacking opportunities.

Students Say

Life is full, and friends are plentiful at Lewis & Clark. “It’s beautiful, small, and an overall friendly place with students who really take education seriously.” Community supported agriculture (CSA) is taken seriously here, too. “Many are very concerned about living a healthy and sustainable life style” and are “very active gardeners and composters.” The small campus is “beautiful and enjoyable to study and live in.” “It feels intimate without feeling claustrophobic.” When the weather is nice, “People try to find every excuse to be outside.” “They generally enjoy hiking, skiing, camping, and many other activities that bring them closer to nature.” Although partying exists, it is not at the forefront here. “Parties are frequent, but hardly out of control.” “A lot of students are involved in student-run organizations such as a cappella, theatrical improv, open mic nights, and their own bands. Many people are advocates, and lots of students give significant amounts of their time to assist their communities.” With Portland easily accessible using the school’s “free shuttle that goes from campus to downtown,” escaping campus is “extremely easy.” “There are so many fun things to do downtown—concerts, coffee shops, restaurants, and a ton of funky antique shops that are perfect to explore on a nice day. The Pearl District, Hawthorne Boulevard, and of course the Saturday Market are all fun places to go check out.” Athletics are popular at Lewis & Clark, and students speak proudly of their teams. Although some students point out of lack of fans cheering them on at games and meets, one classmate puts it into perspective. “L&C was one of the only colleges to really support me being [a part] of the athletic department as a varsity basketball player and the music department as a classical double bass player. I didn’t want to go to a college that would force me to choose between my two passions. L&C has allowed me to grow as an athlete, musician, and as a student; not a lot of colleges can do that.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating

Housing Options

Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division
Division III

16% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Pioneers)
9 Sports

Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Pioneers)
10 Sports

Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Portland


Located in one of the world’s greenest cities, Portland, Oregon, Lewis & Clark College is eagerly doing its part to keep the city sustainable. Lewis & Clark requires all new buildings to achieve LEED Gold, and a whopping 100 percent of the school’s electricity is generated by “green power” sources! Portland’s 2009 Climate Action Plan sought a 20 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2018, yet Lewis & Clark has already exceeded that goal by reducing emissions over 30 percent since 2006. Lewis & Clark’s location in the green mecca of Portland provides students with an abundance of opportunities to work with and learn from environmentally conscious organizations off campus. On campus, students can join groups such as SEED (Students Engaged in Eco- Defense), the Sustainability Council, and SABER (Student Advocates for Business and Environmental Responsibility). About a quarter of the food served on campus is grown within 100 miles of the school. The city of Portland has long been a trail-blazer—literally— in bike transportation, having over 150 miles of bike lanes. Lewis & Clark works to help students utilize this healthy and environmentally friendly mode of transportation. The student bike sharing program was recently funded by the school’s “Green Fee Fund,” giving student body access to bikes, safety gear, and training. In addition, the college has started installing bike repair stations around campus for when students need a quick bolt tightening or tire pump. The school’s latest construction, the LEED-certified Holmes Hall, also has a free electric vehicle charging station. In 2013, the college was recognized for its efforts by being ranked first in the Northwest Conference in the EPA’s College and University Green Power Challenge.

Green Rating
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share

Car Sharing Program

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Admissions Office
Visit Coordinator

Office of Admissions
0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road
Portland, OR 97219-7899



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Aubrey Watzek Library
Templeton Student Center
Pamplin Sports Center
Estate Gardens
Maggies Coffee Shop
You should also check out the Hoffman Art Gallery, Evan Williams Memorial Tree Walk, and JR Howard Hall (most recent example of our commitment to sustainable building practices).

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Downtown Portland- so much to see and do!
Columbia River Gorge & Multnomah Falls
Mt. Hood
Oregon Coast
Powell's Book Store
Be sure to plan time for lunch at one of Portland's food carts.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; Saturday by appt.
8:30am-5pm; 9:30am-noon

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

daily, following the tours

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

Available Mon-Thurs only during academic year


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Portland International Airport is approximately 20 miles from campus. Tri-Met (public transportation) and taxis are available for the ride to campus from the airport. Amtrak trains and Greyhound/Trailways buses serve Portland.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-5, exit to Terwilliger Blvd. Follow Terwilliger south and east to campus (toward Tryon Creek State Park). The admissions office is in Frank Manor House.

Local Accommodations
Lewis and Clark is 6 miles south of Portland city center, in the southwest quadrant of the city. There are also a variety of hotels and bed and breakfast options throughout the city and surrounding area.