September 01, 2011

Rankings celebrate sustainability, teaching, and more

National rankings give the College high marks for student experiences in the classroom and beyond.
  • Assistant Professor of Art History Dawn Odell, voted Lewis & Clark 2011 Teacher of the Year, meets with students

This fall, Lewis & Clark has received high marks in a variety of national rankings that honor everything from service-oriented students to sustainability to exceptional faculty. Focusing on how colleges contribute to society, Washington Monthly named Lewis & Clark among the top 25 liberal arts colleges in the country.

Take a closer look at some of the rankings below and learn why Lewis & Clark is proud of its heritage and its position as a private institution with a public conscience and international reach.

Academic leadership

In honor of the College’s outstanding faculty, U.S. News & World Report ranked Lewis & Clark 15th in the nation for liberal arts colleges with the best undergraduate teaching. Learn more about how U.S. News & World Report praises Lewis & Clark for offering opportunities for exploration, at home and abroad.

At Lewis & Clark, virtually any combination of coursework is possible, including majors and minors in the natural sciences, social sciences, or arts and humanities, as well as student-designed majors. As a result, the College took the fifth spot in Newsweek rankings highlighting colleges that are the most accommodating to freethinking students.

With a low faculty-to-student ratio, diverse course offerings, and numerous opportunities for faculty-student collaboration, Lewis & Clark provides countless paths for student exploration.


Local and global engagement

In Newsweek’s 2011 college rankings, Lewis & Clark came in fifth among the nation’s most service-oriented schools.

Each day thousands of alumni, students, faculty, and staff initiate positive changes in communities around the globe, including those close to home in Portland.

For many students, the commitment to service begins before they ever step foot in a classroom at Lewis & Clark. While all new students offer service during orientation, some spend their first week as Pioneers on service projects dedicated to addressing issues like hunger and poverty.


Integrated sustainability

The top Oregon pick for Sierra magazine’s “Coolest Schools” list, Lewis & Clark emphasizes innovation and integration in sustainability.

The College’s commitment to sustainability extends beyond green energy and LEED buildings. From the interdisciplinary Environmental Studies Program to student initiatives like campus gardens, the Lewis & Clark community engages in a broader way of thinking and acting sustainably.

Lewis & Clark provides educational experiences in sync with the desire of students to be effective innovators and leaders in creating a more sustainable world.


Beautiful surroundings

Lewis & Clark has one of the most beautiful campuses in the country, according to two different national rankings. The College took the number two spot in the Princeton Review list and number seven in Newsweek.

Just six miles from downtown Portland, Lewis & Clark has a park-like campus nestled among towering trees and trillium-lined creeks in a quiet residential neighborhood. Students enjoy their beautiful natural surroundings, like the view of Mount Hood and proximity to Tryon Creek State Park, just across the street.


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