Best of Portland
It’s easy to go on and on about the wonders of Portland, as many have done. What it boils down to is this: Portland is, as the New York Times says, “hard to resist” and “one of our national capitals of cool.” Nestled among towering trees and trillium-lined creeks, our campus is only six miles from the city’s vibrant downtown.
Straddling the line between a big city and a small town, Portland offers attractions and opportunities for almost any interest:
- Professional sports teams in basketball and soccer with devoted following (the Trail Blazers, Timbers, and Thorns).
- Major and minor performing arts companies, ranging from the Oregon Symphony to experimental theatre performances.
- Thriving visual arts, crafts, and tech communities supported by a strong city-wide DIY culture.
- A nationally recognized food scene with options ranging from fine dining to the famous Voodoo Doughnut and budget-friendly food carts. Check out what the The Washington Post has to say.
- Easy access to the natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest, with mountains, beaches, deserts, and forests all less than a two-hour drive away.
Portland is also where our students engage in community service, industry internships, and research projects. Although most undergrads live on campus, graduate and law students find housing in neighborhoods close by. Either way, cars are optional—getting around town is easy by bike, bus, streetcar, light rail, and Lewis & Clark shuttle.
Lewis & Clark in the Community
Environmental studies majors and varsity track and cross country runners, Frances Swanson ’17 and teammate Kori Groenveld ’18 linked their passions for environmental sustainability and social justice. Their partnership yielded a project to help combat gentrification and the unequal distribution of renewable energy infrastructure in downtown Portland.
Rena Wang ’17 picks her favorite spots accessible via the free campus shuttle.
Entrepreneurial students develop a promising kale-based waterproofing agent.