About Lewis & Clark

Pursue New Ways of Knowing

Lewis & Clark is a private institution with a public conscience, and a close-knit campus with global reach. Students and faculty throughout all three of our schools—the undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School of Education and Counseling, and the School of Law—pursue new ways of knowing by combining classic liberal arts learning with forward-thinking collaboration. Our institutional commitment to equity and inclusion efforts, service learning, and sustainability are evident in our policies, classrooms, and student life. Students at Lewis & Clark learn from experts in their fields and graduate ready to take on the world.

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    I wanted a small community that offered a supportive environment that was not cutthroat. I also wanted to be able to do an intense STEM major while playing tennis.

    Arielle Bloom BA ’24
    Portland, Oregon
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  • Isabel Bowen BA '19

    I fell in love with the campus and greatly appreciated the open-discussion classroom settings. The discussion-based learning was really incredible and I felt like I learned more and was more involved in my education. 

    Isabel Bowen BA ’19
    Bozeman, Montana
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  • Hannah Goldblatt BA '15, JD '20

    I was drawn to the liberal and environmentally aware student body, robust study abroad offerings, the College Outdoors program, living in Portland, and, of course, the beautiful campus.

    Hannah Goldblatt BA ’15, JD ’20
    Shoreline, Washington
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Interconnected Learning

As an undergraduate student, you have the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of classes and disciplines—29 majors and 33 minors—through our liberal arts education model. Our academics are rigorous and challenging, but you will be supported every step of the way by your advisors, your professors, and your peers. The connections you discover between your classes and hands-on learning opportunities are great preparation for an ever-changing world and a future career where critical thinking and creative problem solving skills are valued. And for those of you who are ready to think about your education long term, we offer accelerated degree pathways and partnerships with our Graduate School of Education and Counseling and School of Law.

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  • 18% 

    of Lewis & Clark students are varsity athletes.

  • 27% 

    More than a quarter of admitted students in 2024 are the first in their family to go to graduate school.

  • 2,188 

    As of fall 2022, there are 2,188 degree-seeking students enrolled at Lewis & Clark College.

  • Best 

    Lewis & Clark is on the 2024 list of “America’s Best Colleges,” per Money magazine.

  • Woof 

    Portland is the best place to own a dog in the U.S., according to U.S. News and World Report.

Affordable Excellence

Investing in your education is one of the most important decisions you and your family will ever make. Lewis & Clark’s Office of Financial Aid creates solutions to serve undergraduate, graduate, and law students from diverse economic backgrounds. Last year, we awarded more than $74 million in institutional aid. Figuring out how to finance your education can be daunting, but we are here to help every step of the way.

Affording Your Degree

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Diverse Career Opportunities

The remarkable accomplishments of our alumni showcase the wide variety of possibilities that are available after graduation. The critical thinking skills that are at the heart of every liberal arts major prepare our undergraduate students for advanced degrees, ground-breaking careers, and prestigious Fulbright grants and Peace Corps positions. Our graduate students earn advanced degrees with a unique focus on social justice and graduate ready to serve students and clients thanks to extensive hands-on experience in the classroom or a clinical counseling setting. Our law students have the choice between multiple specializations in nationally recognized programs, multiple clinics and other hands-on practical skills options, and are ready for any career they choose thanks to the highest bar passage rate of all Oregon law schools. All of our students have access to career-readiness experience that you will be hard-pressed to find anywhere else.

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Skill Development

Hands-on learning is a pillar of all three of our schools’ education models, and a reason why our students are better prepared for careers or future degrees. Our undergraduate students gain real-world experience through internships, by leading an academic symposium, conducting graduate-level collaborative research with faculty, and much more. Our graduate students apply their coursework in a real teaching and counseling environment and gain critical insights that can only be gleaned by working in the field. Our law students learn from experts and network with the robust legal community in Portland, all while acquiring hands-on experience through the L&C Advocacy Center, clinics, externships, and a practice courtroom.

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A Voice for Change

Lewis & Clark is deeply committed to matters related to sustainability. Our research and actions extend beyond the classroom into Portland and the wider world. We build on best practices while recognizing the interrelatedness of ecology, economy, and equity. Over the last decade, we’ve made sustainable endowment policies including environmental, social, governance criteria (ESG), fossil fuel divestment strategies, and an institutional net zero investment policy, which has us on track to completely eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from our portfolio by 2040.


Diverse Minds With a Shared Vision

As an educational institution committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, Lewis & Clark engages in efforts to foster a multi-identity community where all feel supported and a sense of belonging, while being challenged to venture from their comfort zone as they grow and learn.

Equity and Inclusion

Champion Athletics

Lewis & Clark’s 21 varsity sports teams—composed of almost 20 percent of our undergraduate students—compete mainly in the Northwest Conference against eight NCAA Division III institutions. Our outstanding athletic facilities, including newly renovated Huston Sports Complex, mean our student-athletes get the best in the classroom and on the field.


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A Global Education

Lewis & Clark’s commitment to creating global citizens has been evident in our unique approach to overseas study since 1962. In fact, at a time when overseas study programs were few and far between—and programs outside Western Europe even less common—Lewis & Clark started its overseas study program by making the bold decision to send students across the Pacific to Japan for a semester of learning and adventure. We have continued to be a leader in overseas study ever since.

Overseas and Off-Campus Programs

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Find Your People

Our diverse student body is made up of American students, international students, and students in between (Third Culture Kids), all learning together by sharing their cultures, beliefs, and worldviews. No matter where your passport was issued, we pride ourselves on creating a community that feels like home.

Your Pacific Northwest Home

Love Where You Live and Study

Our location in Portland, Oregon, provides countless professional opportunities in a vibrant, progressive city with endless networking, entertainment, and cultural resources—just one of the many reasons to earn your degree at Lewis & Clark.

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Upcoming Events

July 15: 1:00pm - 4:30pm

We are the Most Beautiful People | Adults with Disabilities: A Disability Justice Panel Discussion [Online]

Monday, July 15, 2024, 1-4:30 p.m.  |  3.5 CEUs

July 16: 12:00pm

Rogers Tuesday Talks

Student-faculty collaborative science research

July 16: 12:00pm

Summer Pickleball

Come join us for some fun!  Fridays will always be in the Tennis Dome and Tuesdays will be either in the dome or the Estate Tennis Courts.  Follow the engagement@lclark.edu calendar for location or look below.  No experience necessary!  Email chau@lclark.edu if you have any questions or needs!

July 16: 12:00pm

Summer Pickleball

Come join us for some fun!  Fridays will always be in the Tennis Dome and Tuesdays will be either in the dome or the Estate Tennis Courts.  Follow the engagement@lclark.edu calendar for location or look below.  No experience necessary!  Email chau@lclark.edu if you have any questions or needs!

Lewis & Clark Employee Run and Walk Club
July 16: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

L&C Run and Walk Club

An inclusive-pace run and walk club for L&C staff, faculty, and friends every Tuesday at noon! Contact Devan Freeman with questions.

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