Undergraduate Catalog

College Profile


1867; four-year, private college of liberal arts and sciences.


Campus on 137 acres in a wooded, residential area six miles from downtown Portland, Oregon (metropolitan area population 2 million). Pacific Ocean 80 miles to the west; Mount Hood and the Cascade Mountains 50 miles to the east.


Temperate (winter temperatures rarely reach freezing, summer temperatures rarely go above 85 degrees). Average annual precipitation is 37 inches.


Undergraduate Degree

Bachelor of Arts

Academic Calendar

Two 15-week semesters and summer school


155 full-time faculty
80 full-time female faculty
0 graduate assistants
96% of full-time faculty hold a Ph.D. or highest degree in field.

Faculty-Student Ratio


Class Size

88% of classes have 29 or fewer students. Average class size is 19.

National Student Honors, 2000-2014

Fulbright Scholarships (65), Gates Cambridge Scholarship (1), Goldwater Scholarships (21), Hertz Foundation Fellowship (1), Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellowship (1), Luce Scholarship (1), Madison Fellowship (1), Mellon Fellowship (1), National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships (23), NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship (2), Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship (1), Rhodes Scholarship (1), Truman Scholarships (9), Udall Scholarships (6). 

Major Minor Discipline
    Anthropology, see Sociology and Anthropology
x   Art (Studio)
x   Art History
  x Art and Art History
x   Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
x   Biology
x x Chemistry
  x Chinese
x x Classics
x x Computer Science
x   Computer Science and Mathematics
  x Dance
x x East Asian Studies
x x Economics
x x English
x x Environmental Studies
  x Ethnic Studies
x   Foreign Languages
x   French Studies
  x Gender Studies
x   German Studies
x   Hispanic Studies
x x History
x   International Affairs
  x Japanese
  x Latin American Studies
x x Mathematics
x x Music
  x Neuroscience
x x Philosophy
x x Physics
  x Political Economy
x x Political Science
x   Psychology
x x Religious Studies
x x Rhetoric and Media Studies
  x Russian
x   Sociology and Anthropology
    Spanish, see Hispanic Studies
x   Student-Designed Major
x x Theatre

Preprofessional Preparation

Business (4-2 B.A./M.B.A. Program)
Education (4-1 B.A./M.A.T. Program)
Engineering (3-2 and 4-2 Programs)
Entrepreneurship Curriculum
Pre-Law Advising
Pre-Med Curriculum

Additional Offerings

Academic English Studies (ESL)
Geological Sciences
Overseas and Off-Campus Study
Physical Education
ROTC (Army)

Major Distribution, Class of 2014

(15% of students chose to double major, 26% chose a minor)

43% Social Sciences
25% Humanities
19% Math and Natural Sciences
9% Visual and Performing Arts
4% Interdisciplinary Programs

International Programs

One of the nation’s strongest international education programs, including a requirement to participate in an approved overseas program or take two courses on campus that focus on the history and culture of another region of the world. 

Overseas and Off-Campus Study

Over 35 programs are offered annually. Many groups have 20 to 24 student participants and one faculty leader. More than half of graduating seniors have participated in a program. Since the overseas program began in 1962, more than 11,750 students and 280 faculty members have participated in 861 programs in 68 countries or geographic areas. Sixty-five percent of Lewis & Clark’s programs go to countries outside Western Europe.

Scheduled Programs, 2014-17

Language-intensive programs: Chile, China, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Japan, Russia, Senegal, Spain.

General culture programs: Australia, China, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, England, France, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya and Tanzania, Morocco, New Zealand, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Vietnam.

Domestic programs: Arizona: Border Studies; New York City;
Washington, D.C.

Summer programs: Australia, Ecuador, Ghana, Japan, Swaziland.

English as a Second Language

Students from as many as 60 countries have enrolled in Lewis & Clark’s English language courses since 1972.

Student Life

Campus Living

Eleven residence halls staffed by full-time area directors and student resident advisors. First-year and second-year students required to live on campus. Themed community options available. All residence halls smoke-free.

Food Service

Options ranging from 7 to 19 meals per week, plus flex plans; vegetarian and vegan options at all meals.

Clubs and Interest Groups

Nearly 70 student organizations. No fraternities or sororities.

Music Groups

Chamber Vocal Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Orchestra, Cappella Nova, Women’s Chorus, Percussion Ensemble, Javanese Gamelan, African Marimba, West African Rhythms, African Rhythm and Dance, Community Chorale, four student-run a cappella groups.

International, Cultural, and Diversity Groups

Chinese Club, Feminist Student Union, French Club, German Club, Hawai'i Club, International Students of Lewis & Clark (ISLC), Japanese Club, Leading to Engage All Pioneers (LEAP) Mentor Program, MOSAIC (Asian Student Union, Black Student Union, Gente Latina Unida, Native Student Union), Russian Club, Saudi Club, Shinobi, Spanish Club, Third Culture Kids/Global Nomads, United Sexualities.

College Outdoors

More than 70 outdoor expeditions per year including hiking, backpacking, skiing, snowshoeing, whitewater rafting, camping, caving, kayaking. Wilderness First Responder and Wilderness Leadership courses annually.


Nearly 64 percent of students participate in one or more of 19 varsity sports, 14 club sports, and numerous intramural sports. Lewis & Clark belongs to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III and Northwest Conference.

Varsity Sports Men Women
Baseball x
Cross countryxx
Track and fieldxx


Active-Sports Clubs Men Women Coed
Dance teamx
Field hockeyx
Ping-pong x
Sailing x
Ultimate Frisbee xx
Water polox

Radio station, weekly newspaper, environmental studies journal, literary review, journal of international and cross-cultural affairs, journal of foreign languages and cultural expression, journal of gender studies and sexuality, journal of dramatic expression, artEXPO.

Cultural Arts

Comprehensive program of films, speakers, concerts, theatre, dance performances, art exhibits.

Religious and Spiritual Life

Six-hundred-seat chapel, regular ecumenical services, weekly Bible studies and prayer groups, monthly Catholic Eucharist, monthly Taizé prayer service. Service projects, spiritual renewal retreats, and special spiritual life lectures and programs offered each semester. Student groups including Newman Club (Catholic students), Interfaith Council, Greater Portland Hillel, Agape (Campus Crusade for Christ), Unitarian Universalist Group, LDS study group (Mormon), Common Ground (earth spirituality and pagan), Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Muslim Student Association, Buddhist group, Meditation Group, Mystical Grooves—Deepening Roots, Expanding Skies.


Enrollment, Fall 2013

College of Arts and Sciences: 1,985
Visiting/nondegree students: 141
States represented: 47
Countries represented: 80
U.S. students of color: 18%
International students: 10%
U.S. students abroad: 5%

Also enrolled at Lewis & Clark:
Graduate School of Education and Counseling: 758
School of Law: 685

First-Year Class, Fall 2014 (as of June 1, 2014)

6,286 students applied
550 students expected to enroll (In addition, approximately 60 transfer students enroll each year.)
77% from public high schools, 23% from private high schools
78% ranked in top quarter of graduating class
24% U.S. students of color
5% international citizens

Ranges for middle 50% of class:
GPA 3.6-4.2
SAT 1820-2030
SAT 1190-1350 (CR+M only)
ACT 27-31

Costs 2014-15

Tuition and student body fee: $43,382
Room and board (14-meal flex plan): $10,906*

Students should also allow an estimated $2,112 for books, supplies, and personal expenses. Transportation cost will vary.

*Apartment series: add $1,680 for room. Eligibility rules apply.


Financial Aid

Eighty-six percent of students receive financial assistance through merit-based scholarships, need-based grants, loans, or campus employment. More than $51 million in financial aid is distributed annually.