1867; four-year, private college of liberal arts and sciences.
Campus on 137 acres in a wooded, residential area 6 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.
Bachelor of Arts
Two 15-week semesters and summer school
159 full-time faculty
85 full-time female faculty
0 graduate assistants
93% of full-time faculty hold a PhD or highest degree in field.
88% of classes have 29 or fewer students. Average class size is 18.
|Anthropology, see Sociology and Anthropology|
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|Spanish, see Hispanic Studies|
Business (4-2 BA/MBA Program)
Education (4-1 BA/MAT Program)
Engineering (3-2 and 4-2 Programs)
Academic English Studies (ESL)
Overseas and Off-Campus Study
Major Distribution, Graduating Class of 2017
(11% of students chose to double major, 31% chose a minor)
42% Social Sciences
25% Math and Natural Sciences
6% Visual and Performing Arts
5% Interdisciplinary 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
Overseas and off-campus study forms an integral part of the total educational experience at Lewis & Clark. Through our consistently top-ranked program—which is one of the top 10 for undergraduates, according to the U.S. Department of State—our students perform research in dynamic environments, build cultural and linguistic proficiency, and prepare for lives as global leaders. Sixty percent of Lewis & Clark students take advantage of these opportunities, with approximately 300 students participating in one of our more than 35 overseas and off-campus study offerings each year.
Scheduled Programs, 2017–20
Language-intensive programs: Chile, China, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Japan, Russia, Senegal, Spain.
General culture programs: Australia, China, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, England, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya and Tanzania, Morocco, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Vietnam.
Domestic programs: Arizona: Border Studies; New York City; Washington, D.C.
Summer programs: Ecuador, Japan.
Academic English Studies/Intensive English Language Program
Since 1972, Lewis & Clark has enrolled students from around the world in English-language courses.
During the 2016–17 academic year, there were 58 Academic English Studies students representing nine different countries. Thirty-eight percent of these students were female; 62 percent were male.
Our 11 residence halls are staffed by full-time area directors and student resident advisors. To help foster the sense of community at Lewis & Clark, we have a 4-semester on-campus residency requirement. Living-learning community options are available. All residence halls are smoke-free. Food service options range from 10 to 19 meals per week, some with flex points; vegetarian and vegan options offered at all meals.
Clubs, Interest Groups, and Other Student Organizations
More than 120 student-run clubs and groups, plus athletics, music ensembles, and more, featuring:
- International, cultural, and diversity groups
- Religious and spiritual life organizations
- Academic organizations and student-led symposia
- Social justice and service organizations
- Wide variety of special-interest groups
- Student-run media groups including a radio station and weekly newspaper
- Comprehensive arts program of films, speakers, music concerts, theatre, dance performances, and art exhibits
- Numerous ensembles sponsored by the music department; several student-run a cappella groups
- 19 varsity sports (NCAA Division III, member of the Northwest Conference); numerous club and intramural sports
- College Outdoors program, offering more than 70 outdoor expeditions throughout the year
- No fraternities or sororities
Enrollment, fall 2016
College of Arts and Sciences: 2,134
Visiting/nondegree students: 101
Degree-seeking students: 2,033
States represented: 46, as well as Washington, D.C., and several U.S. territories
Countries represented: 75
U.S. students of color: 24%
International students: 5%
First-generation students: 13%
Pell-eligible students: 19%
U.S. students abroad: 6%
For additional details, see lclark.edu/offices/institutional_research/glance/cas-at-a-glance.
Also enrolled at Lewis & Clark:
Graduate School of Education and Counseling: 581
School of Law: 600
Tuition and student body fee: $48,988
Room (double) and board (14-meal flex plan): $11,996*
Students should also allow an estimated $3,102 for books, supplies, personal expenses, and transportation costs.
All students must provide evidence of health insurance that meets the minimum criteria established by the college, or pay for enrollment in the student health insurance program. Visit go.lclark.edu/insurance/comparability for more information.
*Apartment series: add $1,918 for room. Eligibility rules apply.
Ninety percent of students receive financial assistance through merit-based scholarships, need-based grants, loans, or campus employment. More than $62 million in financial aid is distributed annually.