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.” 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 Portland Symphony Orchestra 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.
- 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.
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Lewis & Clark in the Community
Kyle Yoshioka ’13 puts his art history degree to work at Portland’s Museum of Contemporary Craft.
Even wintery weather didn’t keep crowds from downtown Portland’s sold out Newmark Theatre on February 7. Attendees didn’t want to miss current Lewis & Clark professors Mary Szybist and Kim Stafford honoring renowned poet and former Lewis & Clark professor William Stafford (1914-1993) at the centennial of his birth.
A cast and crew of Lewis & Clark alumni and current students are giving life to a language-based comedic drama at Portland’s Action/Adventure Theatre.