About Lewis & Clark

Lewis & Clark is a private institution with a public conscience, a residential campus with global reach. Students and faculty throughout all three of Lewis & Clark’s 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 learning with forward-thinking collaboration. 

  • Student making art.
    Artsy 

    Portland is the third most creative city in America, as reported by alumna Lizzy Acker BA ’05 for the Oregonian.

  • Lewis & Clark students on the first ever overseas program in Japan.
    11K+ 

    More than 11,000 students have participated in our overseas and off-campus programs since they began in 1962.

  • Students smile for the camera at the 2019 International Fair.
    10% 

    of our students are from countries other than the U.S.

  • Student presenting their research during Festival of Scholars and Artists
    Top 50 

    Lewis & Clark is in the top 50 on U.S. News & World Report’s 2022–23 “Most Innovative Schools” list

  • Student athlete competing in a race
    17% 

    of Lewis & Clark students are varsity athletes.

Our students represent the next generation of global thinkers and leaders, unafraid to discard conventional thinking, civic complacency, and outmoded preconceptions. Yet they value what Lewis & Clark offers: an education built from the time-tested elements of careful study, original research, and spirited debate.

So what makes the experience of our students unique? How about the inspiring beauty of our natural setting, on 137 wooded acres in Portland’s southwest hills. Or our rich history and our diverse, multicultural present. Or our commitment to interdisciplinary academic learning, as well as community engagement here in Portland and around the world.

Add to this our well-stocked libraries, award-winning green buildings, and outstanding athletic facilities; our implementation of technology and the innovative research it allows; and above all our committed and engaged students, teachers, mentors, staff, alumni, donors, and friends. It all adds up to Lewis & Clark, a place where agile minds come to learn, to explore, and to work together.

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