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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

A Gateway to the World


At Lewis & Clark, students can 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, Lewis & Clark intellectually spans the globe, offering one of the strongest international education programs in the United States.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
2,209 undergraduate students
99% of undergrad students are full time
39% male — 61% female
82% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
237 full-time faculty
205 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 startup community within a vibrant cultural landscape. 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 students’ first day on campus, Lewis & Clark offers resources to help them connect with the possibilities that Portland and the Pacific Northwest have to offer.

Retention Fall 2015

83% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

72% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 9%
Hispanic/Latino 10%
Black or African American 2%
White 63%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%
Asian 6%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 6%


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—U.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—U.S. News & World Report 2014

  • #35 in Best Undergraduate Education at Liberal Arts Colleges (as determined by high school counselors)—U.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, 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, more than half of which go to countries outside of 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 that supports their grassroots projects around the world.

Partners in Learning

At Lewis & Clark, academic rigor means academic collaboration. Professors work directly with students in pursuit of original inquiry and research at levels that are usually restricted to graduate school programs. Over the past five years, for example, 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.

Community Service

Nationally lauded for its programs that contribute 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 projects, immersion programs, and academic civic engagement.

The World within Reach

Lewis & Clark develops independent thinking through collaborative learning. They prize their graduate-level research opportunities, close relationships with nationally recognized professors, 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.

  • In large measure due to 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 since 2005/

  • 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, which supports science education and works to increase diversity among science students.

  • The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is advancing Lewis & Clark’s faculty-student collaborative research initiatives through grants that support traditional and innovative interdisciplinary research in the arts, sciences, and humanistic social sciences. With its help, Lewis & Clark has been able to foster an increasing number of opportunities for faculty-student summer research projects.

Center for Entrepreneurship

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, bringing innovation to existing businesses and workplaces.

Residential Education

Lewis & Clark builds living-learning communities, bringing together a challenging curriculum with co-curricular 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 fostering both formal and informal networking. Residence hall communities are dedicated to a variety of preferences, including Environmental Action; Outdoor Pursuits; Multicultural Engagement; Global Village; Visual and Performing Arts; and Holistic Wellness.

Student Academic Affairs Board

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

Academic Symposia

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

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, students are prepared to create their own future.

In and of Portland

A vibrant incubator for new ideas, Portland offers exciting possibilities to all who live and study at Lewis & Clark. The city is brimming with international organizations as well as smaller businesses and nonprofits looking to make the world a better place. Lewis & Clark’s Career Development Center and Office of Student Leadership and Service connect students with learning opportunities throughout the region.

Career Development

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.

Additionally 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.

Successful Alumni

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.

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.



7,368 Total Applicants 
4,629 Total Admissions 
654 Total Freshman Enrollment

62.83% of applicants admitted





Tuition $44,744
Fees $360
Total $45,104
Room and Board (on campus) $11,314
Room Only $6,130
Board Only $5,184
Estimated Total On Campus $56,418


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

94% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
51% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$23,631 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$6,692 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates

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