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


149 full-time faculty
70 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, 1999-2013

Fulbright Scholarships (48), 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 (15), NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship (1), Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship (1), Rhodes Scholarship (1), Truman Scholarships (8), Udall Scholarships (6).

Other Content


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)
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 2013

(10% of students chose to double major, 27% chose a minor)

43% Social Sciences
19% Humanities
21% Math and Natural Sciences
10% Visual and Performing Arts
7% 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 30 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 11,442 students and 275 faculty members have participated in 828 programs in 67 countries or geographic areas. Some 65 percent of Lewis & Clark’s programs go to countries outside Western Europe.

Scheduled Programs, 2013-16

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, Japan, Swaziland.

English as a Second Language

Students from 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. Active participation by students in residence hall councils and association. 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

MOSAIC (Asian Student Union, Black Student Union, Gente Latina Unida, Native Student Union), Chinese Club, Feminist Student Union, French Club, German Club, Hawai'i Club, International Students of Lewis & Clark (ISLC), Japanese Club, Mentor Program, 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, 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
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, Buddhist Group, LDS study group (Mormon), Common Ground (earth spirituality and pagan), Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Muslim Student Association, Meditation Group, Mystical Grooves—Deepening Roots, Expanding Skies.


Enrollment, Fall 2012

College of Arts and Sciences: 2,039
Visiting/nondegree students: 111

Also enrolled at Lewis & Clark:

Graduate School of Education and Counseling: 783
School of Law: 770

Geographic Distribution, Fall 2012 (College of Arts and Sciences)

29% California
21% Oregon
9% International students
8% Mountain states
8% Northeast
8% Washington
7% Midwest
4% Southwest
4% U.S. students abroad
2% Alaska/Hawai'i
2% Southeast

States represented: 47
Countries represented: 78

First-Year Class, Fall 2013 (as of June 1, 2013)

6,453 students applied
62% admitted
500 students expected to enroll (In addition, approximately 50 transfer students enroll each year.)
76% from public high schools, 24% from private high schools
76% ranked in top quarter of graduating class
20% U.S. students of color
4% international citizens

Ranges for middle 50% of class:
GPA 3.6-4.2
SAT 1790-2010
SAT 1190-1340 (CR+M only)
ACT 26-31

Costs 2013-14

Tuition and student body fee: $41,928
Room and board (14-meal plan): $10,372*

Students should also allow an estimated $1,050 for books and supplies, and an additional $2,052 for personal and transportation expenses.

*Apartment series: add $1,632 for room. Eligibility rules apply.


Financial Aid

Eighty-one percent of students receive financial assistance through merit-based scholarships, need-based grants, loans, or campus employment. More than $48 million in financial aid is distributed annually.