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

Faculty within the College of Arts and Sciences

143 full-time instructional faculty

71 full-time female faculty

28 faculty of color

0 graduate assistants

92% of full-time faculty hold a PhD or highest degree in field.

Faculty-Student Ratio


Class Size

88% of classes have fewer than 30 students. Average class size is 17.

Major Minor Discipline
Anthropology, see Sociology and Anthropology
X Art (Studio)
X Art History
X Art and Art History
X X Asian Studies
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 Economics
X X English
X X Environmental Studies
X Ethnic Studies
X 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 Middle East and North African Studies
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
X World Languages

Preprofessional Preparation

Business (4-2 BA/MBA Program)
Education (4-1 BA/MAT 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, Graduating Class of 2018

39% Social Sciences
28% Math and Natural Sciences
20% Humanities
  9% Visual and Performing Arts
  4% Interdisciplinary Programs

(9% of students chose to double major; 30% chose a minor)

Alumni Association

College of Arts and Sciences students become part of the Alumni Association, which currently features more than 23,000 members, upon graduation. Coordinated by the Office of Alumni and Parent Programs and governed by the Board of Alumni, the association promotes both on-campus and regional events around the globe with the purpose of fostering connections among alumni, parents of current and former Lewis & Clark undergraduates, current students, and other members of the Lewis & Clark community, as well as providing opportunities for continuing education, career networking, and lifelong learning. An annual calendar of events includes worldwide Black and Orange Parties, Homecoming and Family Weekend, the Alumni Honors Banquet, and Alumni and Reunion Weekend, as well as several events in major cities around the United States and overseas. The Alumni Gatehouse is the home of the Alumni Association, and includes a lounge available to small groups of alumni and students for meetings and social activities. 

Members of the Board of Alumni serve as representatives of the worldwide alumni community. Board members facilitate the relationship between Lewis & Clark and its alumni with the goal of maintaining and deepening lifelong connections between the institution and the alumni, as well as across generations of alumni. Board members are nominated by the Lewis & Clark community, elected by the sitting board, and may serve in various capacities, including event promotion, diversity and inclusion awareness, fundraising, career networking, and other special projects. 

International Programs

Lewis & Clark offers 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, 2018–21

Language-intensive programs: Chile, China, 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, 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 2017–18 academic year, there were 70 Academic English Studies students representing 10 different countries. Thirty-one percent of these students were female; 69 percent were male.

Student Life

Campus Living

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 and club sports
  • Student-run media groups including a radio station, biweekly newspaper, and annual academic journals
  • Comprehensive arts program of films, speakers, music concerts, theatre, dance performances, and art exhibits
  • Numerous ensembles sponsored by the music department and several student-run a cappella groups
  • 19 varsity sports (NCAA Division III, member of the Northwest Conference) and several intramural sports
  • College Outdoors program, offering more than 70 outdoor expeditions throughout the year
  • No fraternities or sororities


Enrollment, fall 2017

College of Arts and Sciences: 2,106
Visiting/nondegree students: 85
Degree-seeking students: 2,021

States represented: 46, as well as Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, several U.S. territories and overseas military bases
Countries represented: 72
U.S. students of color: 26%
International students: 5%
First-generation students: 15%
Pell-eligible students: 20%
U.S. students abroad: 6%

For additional details, visit the Office of Institutional Research.

Also enrolled at Lewis & Clark:

Graduate School of Education and Counseling: 647
School of Law: 586

Costs 2018–19

Tuition and student body fee: $50,934
Room (double) and board (14-meal flex plan): $12,490*

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 $2,014 for room. Eligibility rules apply.

Financial Aid

Ninety-three percent of students receive financial assistance through merit-based scholarships, need-based grants, loans, or campus employment. More than $68 million in financial aid is distributed annually.