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.


From The School

Commitment to academic excellence and personal and intellectual growth is imperative for successful Lewis & Clark applicants. Lewis & Clark is very selective, and every part of the application matters: academic records, essays, involvement in activities at school and in the community, leadership, and the strength of recommendations. Students are encouraged to visit our campus. Interviews are available but not required. The best-prepared applicants will have had four years of English, four years of mathematics, three to four years of history or social sciences, three years of laboratory sciences, two to three years of a foreign language, and one year of fine arts. Required credentials include the Common Application with essay and supplemental questions, an official transcript including first term grades from senior year, the school report form, and one academic teacher recommendation. Lewis & Clark requires the SAT or ACT, unless the student is applying via the Test-Optional Portfolio Path (see for details). Students apply using the online Common Application. There is no application fee. Keep in mind these deadlines for first-year applicants: November 1 for binding Early Decision (notification, December 15), November 1 for non-binding Early Action (notification, January 1) and January 15 for Regular Decision (notification, April 1). Transfer applicants are reviewed on a rolling basis beginning January 1.


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

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
600 - 690
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
590 - 680
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
580 - 670

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
650 - 720
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
610 - 710

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
27 - 31

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted


Early Decision — November 1

Early Action — November 1

Regular — March 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating

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Academic Programs

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. Our fast-growing Center for Entrepreneurship offers academic and cocurricular opportunities to translate knowledge and experiences into skills for success beyond college.

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

Majors and Degrees Offered

Lewis & Clark offers one degree: the Bachelor of Arts. Students have a wide selection of majors from which to choose: art (studio), art history, Asian studies, biochemistry and molecular biology, biology, chemistry, classics, computer science, computer science and mathematics, economics, English, environmental studies, French, German, Hispanic studies, history, international affairs, mathematics, music, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, religious studies, rhetoric and media studies, sociology/anthropology, theater, and world languages and literature. Students may also design their own major, pursue a double major, or select from 28 minors. Pre-professional preparation is available in the fields of law, business, education, entrepreneurship, and medicine. Dual degree (3-2 or 4-2) programs in engineering are offered in cooperation with Columbia University, Washington University in St. Louis, and the University of Southern California. A dual degree, 4-2 B.A/M.B.A. program is available in conjunction with the Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester. A dual degree, 4-1 B.A/M.A.T program is offered through Lewis & Clark's Graduate School of Education and Counseling. In addition, there is a guaranteed admission agreement with Lewis & Clark's Law School for students meeting certain criteria.

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

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

Students Say

While living in Portland, Oregon, you may "get rained on a lot," 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."


Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
On Campus Interviews
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Prominent Alumni

Earl Blumenauer

Keith Lindner
President of American Financial Group

Leslie Culbertson
Corporate VP and Director of Finance at Intel

Shahzeb Jillani
BBC News Correspondent

Amber Case
Founder of Geoloqi and technologist

Susan Willis Tolle
Director of the Center for Ethics in Health Care

Matt Wuerker
Cartoonist and illustrator for Politico, Pulitzer prize winner

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

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

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
On Campus Interviews
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes


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Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

2017-18 tuition and fees are $48,988, and room and board are $11,996.

Financial Aid

During the 2015-16 academic year, approximately 91 percent of Lewis & Clark students received some form of financial assistance. Individual aid packages ranged from $1,000 to $61,000. Institutional, state, and federal resources including grants, loans and work-study may be part of an aid package. Eligibility for need-based funds is based primarily on an analysis of the income and asset information submitted on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the College Board's CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE. To receive priority consideration for all sources of need-based financial aid, students must meet appropriate deadlines for admission and should submit the FAFSA and PROFILE by the date appropriate for their admissions plan as noted at


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Jan 30

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

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

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

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
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

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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

Financial Aid Rating


From The School

Reflecting the college's national and global reach, approximately 90 percent of Lewis & Clark's 2,033 undergraduate students come from outside Oregon, representing 46 states plus the District of Columbia and 75 countries.

Over 120 student-run clubs and activity groups are offered, including social justice and service organizations; international, cultural, and diversity clubs; media groups, including a radio station and weekly newspaper; and religious and spiritual life organizations. Cultural events such as lectures, student-run symposia, art exhibits, theater productions, concerts, recitals, and dance performances occur on a regular basis. Currently, there are 19 NCAA Division III varsity athletic teams, 7 club teams, and numerous intramural sports. The renowned College Outdoors program offers adventures such as backpacking, rafting, snowshoeing, caving, sea kayaking, and environmental service projects in nearby wilderness areas. 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. About 69 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), the residence halls host several community venues including coffee houses, convenience stores, art centers, outdoor basketball courts, recreation and fitness centers, lounges, and game rooms. Themed communities within the residence halls are also available, including those that focus on visual and performing arts, multicultural engagement, outdoor pursuits, environmental action, holistic wellness, and more. There is no Greek system at Lewis & Clark.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented


American Indian or Alaskan Native

61% female
39% male
89% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

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."


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Founded in 1867, Lewis & Clark College moved to its present location in Portland's southwest hills in 1942. The 137-acre campus sits on a wooded hilltop just six miles from Portland's dynamic 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 streetcar. In addition, a free Lewis & Clark 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 2.3 million people. There are endless things to do in Portland: 10,477 acres of parks; diverse galleries, museums, music groups, and theater and dance companies; and a nationally recognized food scene. The city also offers professional hockey, soccer, and the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers. 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 with 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.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

Located on Palatine Hill on a former estate, Lewis & Clark offers students a campus of unmatched physical beauty, along with academic and residential buildings designed to support a rigorous academic environment and strong sense of community.

Academic buildings include the Aubrey R. Watzek library, which is open 24 hours on weekdays during the school year and houses over 740,000 items including books, documents, audiovisual materials, microforms, and periodicals. The library is a member of the Summit consortium, allowing access to approximately 28 million items from the 39 member institutions in the Pacific Northwest. Watzek library also houses the most extensive collection of printed materials known to exist on the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Evans Music Center includes a 410-seat recital hall equipped with an orchestra pit and stage elevator, 22 practice rooms, 43 pianos, 2 harpsichords, a Javanese gamelan, a Baroque organ, and an electronic music studio with digitally-based music production capability. An 85-rank Casavant organ is housed in the college chapel. Fir Acres Theatre houses a 225-seat Main Stage performance/teaching theatre and a black-box experimental theatre (also used as dance studio) along with a scene shop, costume room, green room and design lab. The Olin Center (physics and chemistry), the Biology-Psychology building, and BoDine (mathematical sciences) all house well-equipped classrooms and extensive laboratory spaces for our natural sciences. Our notable science facilities include a scanning electron microscope, a time-lapse deconvolution microscope, a gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer, a high-pressure liquid chromatograph, a 300 MHz nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, an observatory with Newtonian and solar telescopes, an astrophysics lab, an electrical instrumentation lab, a molecular modeling lab, a lab for studying the biomechanics of animal locomotion, and a lab for studying parallel computing. Nearby Tryon Creek State Park and the Columbia River Gorge are frequently used as laboratories for field courses in biology and geology.

Other academic buildings include the Fields Center, which houses studio facilities for drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, graphic design, and photography. The Miller Center and Howard Hall are home to the humanities and social sciences and offer state-of-the-art classrooms, small auditoriums, and the Keck Interactive Learning Center, a digital language lab.

Several computer labs for student use are available. These labs house more than 130 computers, along with peripherals such as scanners, laser printers, and digital video editing equipment. Other equipment including digital still and video cameras, digital audio recorders, and more are available for checkout. All residence halls have wireless capability. The institution has a 1000 Mbps connection to the internet.

Off-Campus Opportunities

Overseas and off-campus study programs have been a big part of Lewis & Clark for more than 50 years. Each year, about 300 students participate in approximately 30 programs abroad and in selected areas of the United States. During the next few years, programs will be offered in the Arizona borderlands, Australia, Chile, China, Cuba, Dominican Republic, East Africa, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Morocco, New York City, New Zealand, Russia, Senegal, South Korea, Spain, Vietnam and Washington, D.C.

Whether their off-campus study is domestic or abroad, students earn credit (equivalent to a full semester or year) for their academic work. Depending on the specific program content, it is possible to earn General Education and/or major credit during these programs. 60% of students participate in one of these programs prior to graduating from Lewis & Clark. Students can use Lewis & Clark's financial aid and scholarships for assistance in these programs.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

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."

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Student Support Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Rachel Orlansky

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Documentation Required for LD

Full battery of diagnostic psycho-educational assessments

Documentation Required for ADHD

Psycho-educational assessment or verification of diagnosis with recommendation for accommodation.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams

Dictionary allowed in exams

Computer allowed in exams

Spellchecker allowed in exams

Extended test time



Oral exams


Distraction-free environment

Accommodation for students with ADHD

Reading machine

Other assistive technology

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division
Division III

52% participate in intramural sports
18% 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

LGBT Support Groups: Lewis and Clark is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, and equity-oriented campus community. We actively support students through professional and peer mentorship, advising, and consultation. Our Office of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement offers programs and services to help students develop leadership skills, create community, and creatively express their identities. We support a wide range of student groups and organizations, programs community-wide signature events.

Minority Support Groups: Lewis and Clark is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, and equity-oriented campus community. We actively support students through professional and peer mentorship, advising, and consultation. Our Office of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement offers programs and services to help students develop leadership skills, create community, and creatively express their identities. We support a wide range of student groups and organizations, programs community-wide signature events.

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.

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 Developed Bicycle Plan

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2017.

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 visit 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) taxis and ride share options are available for transportation 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 section of the city. There are a variety of hotels and bed and breakfast options throughout the city and surrounding area.

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