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Lewis & Clark College
A liberal arts college with a public conscience and global reach, Lewis & Clark...

Lewis & Clark College

Portland, Oregon

Your Gateway to the World


At Lewis & Clark, you’ll find graduate-level research options, opportunities to work with nationally recognized professors, and top-ranked overseas programs. While the school’s campus (regularly ranked among the most beautiful in the nation) is located in Portland, Oregon, intellectually Lewis & Clark spans the globe. The school offers one of the strongest international education programs in the United States.

Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
2,179 undergraduate students
99% of undergrad students are full time
41% male — 59% female
87% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
198 full-time faculty
227 part-time faculty
12 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

65% of students living on campus.

School Location

Lewis & Clark’s campus in Portland, Oregon, is situated perfectly in a residential area six miles from downtown. Widely known as a city of opportunity and innovation, Portland hosts Fortune 500 companies and a thriving start-up culture—along with countless cultural options. And just an hour or two beyond the city lie coasts, mountains, and deserts that are fertile ground for scientific and recreational adventurers. Even before your first day on campus, Lewis & Clark offers resources to help you connect with the possibilities Portland and the Pacific Northwest have to offer.

Retention Fall 2014

84% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate

79% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 9%
Hispanic/Latino 9%
Black or African American 2%
White 64%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%
Asian 7%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 1%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 7%


NCAA Division III, Northwest Conference. 19 varsity sports (9 men’s: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, rowing, swimming, tennis, track and field; 10 women’s: basketball, cross country, golf, rowing, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball). Mascot: Pioneers. Colors: black and orange.

Academic Programs

Academic English Studies (ESL), Anthropology, Art (Studio), Art and Art History, Art History, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biology, Business (4-2 B.A./M.B.A., with partner school), Chemistry, Chinese, Classics, Communication, Computer Science, Computer Science and Mathematics, Dance, East Asian Studies, Economics, Education (4-1 B.A./M.A.T.), Engineering (3-2 or 4-2, with partner schools), English, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Studies, Ethnic Studies, Foreign Languages and Literatures, French Studies, Gender Studies, Geological Sciences, German Studies, Hispanic Studies, History, International Affairs, Japanese, Latin American Studies, Mathematics, Music, Neuroscience, Overseas and Off-Campus Study, Philosophy, Physical Education, Physics, Political Economy, Political Science, Pre-Law Advising, Pre-Medical/Pre-Health, Psychology, Religious Studies, Rhetoric and Media Studies, ROTC (Army), Russian, Sociology and Anthropology, Spanish, Student-Designed Major, Theatre

More Distinctions

  • #5 in nation’s “Coolest Schools”—Sierra Magazine 2014

  • #15 in Best Undergraduate Teaching at Liberal Arts Colleges—S. News & World Report 2012

  • #20 in Top 25 Best Western Colleges—Forbes Magazine 2014

  • #21 in the nation for liberal arts colleges based on contribution to the public good—Washington Monthly 2013

  • One of only 24 schools in nation to make Green Rating Honor Roll—Princeton Review 2015

  • One of the top 31 overseas study programs—S. News & World Report 2014

  • #35 in Best Undergraduate Education at Liberal Arts Colleges (as determined by high school counselors)—S. News & World Report 2013

  • One of the top 10 baccalaureate institutions for semester-long and yearlong overseas programs—Institute of International Education and the U.S. Department of State 2013

Lewis & Clark is a gateway to exploration and discovery for students who are alive to new ways of thinking and doing, who are eager to know the world and make their mark in it. Dynamic faculty and innovative programs make learning personal and powerful both in the classroom and beyond.

  • A Global Community: Lewis & Clark is one of America’s most international colleges, with a student body representing more than 80 countries and 47 states. More than half of the college’s students participate in off-campus and overseas study programs, and more than half of these programs go to countries outside Western Europe. Additionally, every year since the inception of the national 100 Projects for Peace Initiative, Lewis & Clark students have won a highly competitive grant supporting their grassroots projects around the world.
  • Partners in Learning: At Lewis & Clark, academic rigor means academic collaboration. Professors work directly with students in pursuing original inquiry and conducting research at levels usually restricted to graduate school programs. One example: Over the past five years, more than 120 undergraduate students have coauthored articles in peer-reviewed academic journals.
  • Knowledge Into Action: Lewis & Clark’s Center for Entrepreneurship builds on the college’s strong liberal arts foundation to transform the entrepreneurial impulses of students into effective practice in emerging enterprises, existing businesses, and public life. Rapidly expanding internship opportunities and mentoring programs enrich the academic experience and allow students to put knowledge into action in practical and innovative ways.
  • In and of Portland: A vibrant incubator for new ideas, Portland offers exciting possibilities to all who live and study at Lewis & Clark. International organizations have chosen Portland for their headquarters, and the city is brimming with smaller businesses and nonprofits looking to make the world a better place and engage students and alumni in the process. Lewis & Clark’s Career Development Center and Office of Student Leadership and Service connect students with learning opportunities throughout the region.
  • Community Service: Nationally lauded for its programs contributing to the public good, Lewis & Clark makes community service a priority. The Office of Student Leadership and Service gives students the chance to engage, learn, and lead through ongoing and one-time service, immersion programs, and academic civic engagement.

Lewis & Clark develops independent thinking through collaborative learning. Academic pursuits are at the core of students’ experiences, and leading the way are exemplary faculty, including Jerusha Detweiler-Bedell, psychology professor and 2008 Outstanding Baccalaureate Colleges U.S. Professor of the Year.

Students prize their graduate-level research opportunities, relationships with nationally recognized professors made possible by a faculty-student ratio of 1:12, and life-changing overseas study programs. With abundant options and personal mentoring, students pursue their many interests across the globe. Great teaching produces measurable success.

  • Since 2005, in large measure because of their contributions to original research, Lewis & Clark students have received more Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships than students at any other college or university in Oregon.
  • Lewis & Clark is one of the nation’s top producers of Fulbright scholars.
  • Lewis & Clark is one of only 47 small colleges and universities nationwide to win a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute supporting science education and increasing the diversity of students who study science.
  • The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is advancing Lewis & Clark’s faculty-student collaborative research initiatives through grants supporting traditional and innovative interdisciplinary research in the arts, sciences, and humanistic social sciences, and increasing opportunities for faculty-student summer research projects.


Complementing Lewis & Clark’s diverse academic offerings, the Center for Entrepreneurship provides students with expertise, resources, and structured opportunities for applying what they know across a range of endeavors: start-ups, creative enterprises, science and technology, and nonprofits, as well as bringing innovation to existing businesses and workplaces.

Lewis & Clark builds living-learning communities, bringing together a challenging curriculum with cocurricular experiences that expand learning beyond the classroom and integrate it with daily campus life.

The college is committed to residential education—exploring diverse ideas, values, beliefs, and backgrounds; forging lifelong friendships; and collaborating and networking, both formally and informally. Residence hall communities are dedicated to a variety of preferences, including

  • Environmental Action
  • Outdoor Pursuits
  • Multicultural Engagement
  • Global Village
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Holistic Wellness


Since 1982, the Student Academic Affairs Board (SAAB) has helped students achieve a wide variety of academic goals. The student-run board distributes grants to support projects and proposals developed by students. SAAB also oversees a tutoring program and actively represents student interests in academic matters at Lewis & Clark.

Nationally recognized academic symposia organized and managed by students have been a hallmark at Lewis & Clark for more than 50 years, providing opportunities for personal engagement with leading thinkers and policy makers. Signature symposia include International Affairs (established in 1962), Gender Studies (1981), Environmental Affairs (1997), and the Ray Warren Symposium on Race and Ethnic Studies (2003).

College Outdoors, founded in 1979, recently ranked among the country’s top 10 programs at colleges and universities of all sizes for the variety of trips available. The program is so popular and its offerings so rich and diverse that 9 out of 10 students take at least one College Outdoors trip. And with millions of acres of natural wonders, the Pacific Northwest abounds with opportunities to explore.

The skills learned at Lewis & Clark—critical and creative thinking, analytical reasoning, global literacy, and the ability to collaborate across specialties—allow the school’s alumni to pursue diverse careers paths. With a Lewis & Clark education, you will be prepared to create your future.

  • The Lewis & Clark Career Development Center offers programs and services to students from the day they start on campus, including workshops, visits to local employers, networking events, career fairs, and individual career counseling.
  • Through Lewis & Clark’s consistently top-ranked overseas programs, its students research in dynamic environments, build cultural and linguistic fluency, and prepare for lives as global leaders. In a recent survey of alumni from the Classes of 1999 to 2013, 82 percent of alumni who went on an overseas study program said that experience contributed to their careers.
  • The school’s Center for Entrepreneurship offers courses, workshops, a mentoring program, and an incubator and launch fund for student-led ventures to help students build entrepreneurial skills for any career path.
  • Young alumni from recent years have found jobs at organizations including National Public Radio, SurveyMonkey, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program.



6,243 Total Applicants
4,159 Total Admissions
563 Total Freshmen Enrollment

66.62% of applicants admitted


Lewis & Clark looks not only at your performance in a challenging curriculum, but at recommendations, application essay, extracurricular involvements, contributions to your community, and—unless you apply through the Test-Optional Portfolio Path described below—standardized testing. Successful Lewis & Clark applicants will have completed a rigorous curriculum including, at a minimum, four years of English, four years of math, three to four years of history/social science, three years of lab science, two to three years of a foreign language, and one year of fine arts.

Students apply online via the Common Application. There is no application fee. For application checklists, policies, and answers to frequently asked questions, visit http://go.lclark.edu/apply/college.

Transfer Students
Each fall about 60 students transfer to Lewis & Clark. Students are considered transfer applicants if they have completed 12 or more semester credits of college-level work after graduating from high school. More information about transferring to Lewis & Clark can be found at http://go.lclark.edu/college/transfer or by emailing transfer@lclark.edu.

International Students
Staff in Lewis & Clark’s Office of International Students and Scholars can answer questions about the admission process, academic and campus life programs, immigration, and any other relevant topics. They can be reached at 503-768-7305, iso@lclark.edu, or at http://www.lclark.edu/offices/international.

Test-Optional Portfolio Path
Students who apply via the Test-Optional Portfolio Path must submit the Common Application and other required documents. In addition, applicants must also provide two academic teacher recommendations and a portfolio of at least two samples of graded academic work. Portfolio candidates may choose whether or not to include standardized test scores in their applications. For specific details on this option, visit http://go.lclark.edu/portfolio_path.





Tuition $43,022
Fees $360
Total $43,382
Room and Board (on campus) $11,000
Room Only $5,894
Board Only $5,106
Estimated Total On Campus $54,382


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

92% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
70% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$21,609 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid received
$6,466 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates

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