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.
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.