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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  • Beau posing in front of the Manor House, wearing a blue jacket and scarf.

    After touring and hearing from the experience of a family friend, I was enamored by the beauty of the campus and the opportunities for travel L&C could offer. I also loved the idea of being close to Portland’s activity, yet also have the peace of the forest nearby.

    Beau Staun-List BA ’25
    Topanga, California
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  • Jemma smiling outside, surrounded by trees, wearing a black top, orange patterned pants, and black boots.

    I wanted to come to L&C because of the campus. It just felt right when I visited, and I could picture myself here in a way that I couldn’t at other schools.

    Jemma Montgomery BA ’23
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
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  • Hannah Singleton BA '21

    When touring the Lewis & Clark campus, I encountered a community that embodied the liberal arts spirit I was seeking. Making the decision to attend Lewis & Clark was easy, it felt like coming home.

    Hannah Singleton BA ’21
    Corvallis, Oregon
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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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  • 97% 

    Ninety-seven percent of L&C undergraduates receive some form of financial assistance.

  • 100+ 

    College Outdoors offers over 100 trips per year.

  • 60% 

    Sixty percent of our undergraduates study overseas as part of their Lewis & Clark education. 

  • Best 

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

  • Eco 

    Our Graduate School’s innovative Ecotherapies Certificate provides an opportunity for students to enhance their training with an evidence-based, experiential, and socially progressive ecopsychology curriculum.

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.

Sustainability

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.

Athletics

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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

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May 26: All Day

New Student Trips Lottery Registration Open

Join other new students on an exciting trip before starting college!

The priority Registration Lottery window for 2024 New Student Trips (NSTs) is May 15th - June 5th in your L&C Portal. Learn more at go.lclark.edu/nst

until June 5
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May 27: All Day

New Student Trips Lottery Registration Open

Join other new students on an exciting trip before starting college!

The priority Registration Lottery window for 2024 New Student Trips (NSTs) is May 15th - June 5th in your L&C Portal. Learn more at go.lclark.edu/nst

until June 5
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May 28: All Day

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Join other new students on an exciting trip before starting college!

The priority Registration Lottery window for 2024 New Student Trips (NSTs) is May 15th - June 5th in your L&C Portal. Learn more at go.lclark.edu/nst

until June 5
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May 29: All Day

New Student Trips Lottery Registration Open

Join other new students on an exciting trip before starting college!

The priority Registration Lottery window for 2024 New Student Trips (NSTs) is May 15th - June 5th in your L&C Portal. Learn more at go.lclark.edu/nst

until June 5
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