Undergraduate Catalog

College Profile


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.


Undergraduate Degree

Bachelor of Arts

Academic Calendar

Two 15-week semesters and summer school


153 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.

Major Minor Discipline
Anthropology, see Sociology and Anthropology
XArt (Studio)
XArt History
XArt and Art History
XBiochemistry and Molecular Biology
XXComputer Science
XComputer Science and Mathematics
XXEast Asian Studies
XXEnvironmental Studies
XEthnic Studies
XForeign Languages
XXFrench Studies
XGender Studies
XGerman Studies
XHispanic Studies
XInternational Affairs
XLatin American Studies
XPolitical Economy
XXPolitical Science
XXReligious Studies
XXRhetoric and Media Studies
XSociology and Anthropology
Spanish, see Hispanic Studies
XStudent-Designed Major

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 2015

(12% of students chose to double major, 26% chose a minor)

39% Social Sciences
25% Humanities
25% Math and Natural Sciences
8% Visual and Performing Arts
3% 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. Most 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 12,050 students and 290 faculty members have participated in 890 programs in 68 countries or geographic areas. Seventy percent of Lewis & Clark’s programs go to countries outside Western Europe.

Scheduled Programs, 2016-19

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: Australia, Ecuador, Ghana, Japan.

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

Jazz Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Orchestra, Cappella Nova,  Percussion Ensemble, Javanese Gamelan, African Marimba, West African Rhythms, African Rhythm and Dance, Community Chorale, Voces Auream Treble Chorus, Guitar Ensemble, Opera and Musical Theatre Workshop, four student-run a cappella groups.

International, Cultural, and Diversity Groups

Arabic Club, 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), Project Pengyou, 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 two-thirds of students participate in one or more of 19 varsity sports, 10 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
Ping-pong x
Sailing x
Ultimate Frisbee xx

Radio station, weekly newspaper, 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 include 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, Spiritual Que(e)ry, Mystical Grooves—Deepening Roots, Expanding Skies.


Enrollment, Fall 2014

College of Arts and Sciences: 2,039
Visiting/nondegree students: 140
States represented: 47
Countries represented: 76
U.S. students of color: 21%
International students: 10%
U.S. students abroad: 5%

Also enrolled at Lewis & Clark:
Graduate School of Education and Counseling: 673
School of Law: 652

Class of 2019 (as of July 15, 2015)

7,368 students applied
660 students expected to enroll (in addition, approximately 75 transfer students enroll each year)
73% from public high schools, 27% from private high schools
25% U.S. students of color
7% international citizens

Ranges for middle 50% of class:
GPA 3.6-4.2
SAT 1800-2060
SAT 1210-1420 (CR+M only)
ACT 27-31

Costs 2015-16

Tuition and student body fee: $45,104
Room (double) and board (14-meal flex plan): $11,218*

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

*Apartment series: add $1,748 for room. Eligibility rules apply.

Financial Aid

Ninety percent of students receive financial assistance through merit-based scholarships, need-based grants, loans, or campus employment. More than $57 million in financial aid is distributed annually.