Say Yes to Lewis & Clark

Congratulations on your acceptance to Lewis & Clark! We are excited to welcome you as a member of our community on the most beautiful college campus in the country. There are so many reasons why we think you should choose L&C. Here’s our insider’s guide to life on Palatine Hill that will give you all the insight you need to say YES to L&C.

You Belong at Lewis & Clark

 We support all new students—first year and transfer—throughout their entire first year, not just when they arrive on campus. We believe that fostering a sense of belonging as you transition to college is one of the most important things we can do as an institution. Our First-Year Experience program connects you to resources and hosts events that help you find your place at Lewis & Clark.

This support starts over the summer, and ramps up during the five-day New Student Orientation. You will engage in fun and informative activities to learn about academics, resources, social outlets, community engagement, and more.

During NSO, you will also be assigned to a small cohort of other new students, led by a peer mentor. Your group will meet regularly throughout orientation, will be the same peers in your Core Seminar class (for first-year students), and will connect for programming throughout the year. Your mentor will also facilitate check-ins with you throughout the year.

  • Grace smiling outside wearing a blue tank top with a flower design.

    Being a member of New Student Orientation is one of my fondest memories on campus. It is rewarding to see new students explore what interests them on campus and form connections with each other during the first few weeks of school.

    Grace Marchant BA ’25
    Philosophy | Probably Gender Studies | Upland, California
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  • Burton, sitting on a bench outside Albany Quadrangle, wearing a floral printed top.

    I met some of my best friends during the week of New Student Orientation my first year. Something funny about my friend group is that out of the 10 of us, there is no overlap between majors. I guess we are the perfect example of a liberal arts college friend group!

    Burton Scheer BA ’25
    English | Gender Studies | Gainesville, Florida
    More about Burton
  • Grayson smiling outside the Manor House on the undergrad campus. She is wearing a white top and blue jeans.

    I would recommend sitting with as many different people as possible during New Student Orientation because you will eventually run into them and it’s really nice to see friends around campus who you can chat with.

    Grayson Smith BA ’25
    Studio Art | Oakland, California
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Residential Life

Most new students live in Copeland, Platt-Howard, or Akin. Take quick video tours of those three residence halls, and get all the details on the Campus Living website.

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Akin Residence Hall


Akin houses up to 85 students on two floors in double occupancy rooms. Each floor has a large lounge and kitchen. The hall is home to the Social Change Living-Learning Community.

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Copeland consists of seven connected wings, and each wing has up to four floors consisting of 8 to 13 people. Rooms are singles, doubles, triples, and quads. A kitchen and bathroom complete every floor, and lounges can be found throughout every wing. Copeland is also home to the Holistic Wellness Living-Learning Community.

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Platt-Howard Halls have double, triple, and quad rooms. Platt houses the Platteau—a student-run art center—and the Visual and Performing Arts Living-Learning Community. Howard is home to the Global Languages and Cultures Living-Learning Community.

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Students walking in Fields Dining Hall


Lewis & Clark’s undergraduate campus has four locations to grab meals, coffees, and snacks, and you can choose from a variety of selections to accommodate your dietary needs and restrictions. There are several meal plan choices, but the most popular selection for first-year students is 14 meals with flex points.

Get Involved and Find Your People

 One of the most frequently used words when our students describe L&C is “community,” and frankly, we’re not surprised. (Another one is “beautiful,” but that’s just a given.)

Our 110+ student-led clubs and organizations play a huge role in building that community on campus. At Lewis & Clark, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to join clubs where you will develop lifelong friendships through shared interests, discover new passions, or recruit others to start a brand-new organization.

  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_774"> <p> <span style="font-weight: 400;">I find community on campus in my classes by forming study groups. It’s easy to make friends after working together in group projects. I have also found community by participating in clubs such as Fire Arts, Garden Club, and Campus Activities Board.</span> </p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/16684-cami-hildum">Cami Hildum BA ’24</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Corbett, Oregon</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_774"> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I am always learning from my coeditors at</span> <i><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Mossy Log</span></i><span style="font-weight: 400;">. Being able to work with such an amazing group of people has helped me grow as a person and a peer.</span></p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/14603-aubrey-roche">Aubrey Roché BA ’23</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Beaverton, Oregon</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_774"> <p> <span style="font-weight: 400;">This year I became more involved than I have been since the pandemic as I was a part of the Alumni Weekend Planning Committee, and attended Alumni Weekend. L&C truly has an amazing community, and I was so happy to reconnect to other alumni, and the school, through those events.</span> </p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/19769-hannah-harrington">Hannah Harrington BA ’19</a> <br/> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_774"> <p> I have found many spaces on campus where I have developed a strong sense of belonging through leadership, including as copresident of the LC Dance Company and as a trip leader for College Outdoors.</p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18351-bryn-romig">Bryn Romig BA ’25</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Albuquerque, New Mexico</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_774"> <p> <span style="font-weight: 400;">I found my community on campus in the athletic department. The athletic community is very tightknit and is where I found my closest friends.</span> </p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/19785-laurel-marchant">Laurel Marchant BA ’22</a> <br/> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_774"> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">My initial community on campus was with international students. Dance is very welcoming and fun.</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">College Outdoors</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">and my student jobs on campus also became great places to find community and meet new friends on campus.</span></p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/14675-katrina-kuzmina">Katrina Kuzmina BA ’23</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Moscow, Russia</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_774"> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I find community in the Office of</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">. Participating in their Great Expectations mentorship program made me feel like I’m not alone on campus and that I belong here.</span></p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/16641-htoo-ray-wah">Htoo Ray Wah BA ’23</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Portland, Oregon</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_774"> <p> I found my community while on my study abroad program. </p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/19884-ashley-brown">Ashley Brown BA ’20</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Napa, California</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_774"> <p> I am really fortunate to have found Hawai<span style="font-weight: 400;">‘</span>i Club, which makes me feel even more at home. I was able to find people that understand my background and are willing to share our culture with everyone at L&C.</p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18310-katie-shimaura">Katie Shimaura BA ’24</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Mililani, Hawai‘i</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_774"> <p> The biggest factor in finding my community on campus were my Spanish language classes, where I made lifelong friends.</p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/19797-yancee-gordon">Yancee Gordon BA ’21</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Salem, Oregon</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_774"> <p> I found others like me—first-generation students who had to work and also had an atypical time in college. There were also other students I met in various classes that made my time easier and who I could commiserate with when I needed to.</p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/17195-ocean-eale">Ocean Eale BA ’19</a> <br/> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_774"> <p> I am confident that there’s a community for everyone at Lewis & Clark, and if it’s not there it’s so easy to create it and find people with the same interests.</p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/19820-yoana-stoyanova">Yoana Stoyanova BA ’20</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Sofia, Bulgaria</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_774"> <p> As a member of the varsity swim team, I have a close-knit group of teammates who rely on each other for support and a coach who does all he can to help us grow in and out of the pool. I have met some of my closest friends on campus through swim, as well as through the small classes and clubs L&C offers.</p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/17799-claire-baco">Claire Baco BA ’25</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Shingle Springs, California</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_774"> <p> L&C is full of people that are here to make sure that our experience is the best it can be. I am very happy with the support systems and social outlets that L&C has to offer.</p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18352-luke-bass">Luke Bass BA ’24</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Chandler, Arizona</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_774"> <p> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Whatever student organization or club you join will make you feel welcomed and part of a community. Personally, the Third Culture Kid (TCK) club, Gente Latina Unida (GLU), the IME office, French club, and Russian club are my communities.</span> </p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/14559-juan-martin-lopez-melendez">Juan Martín López Meléndez BA ’23</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">La Piedad, Michoacán, México/Fresno, California/Las Vegas, New Mexico</span> </p> </blockquote>

Pacific Northwest Playground

 A huge advantage to Lewis & Clark’s location in Portland is our immediate access to the stunning Pacific Northwest. Our College Outdoors program will take you on adventures like hiking, mushroom-hunting, cross-country skiing, backpacking, whitewater rafting, kayaking, nature meditation, and more, all while you get to connect with your peers in nature. No experience or gear are necessary!

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Students on a College Outdoors trip

Leadership Opportunities

There’s more to College Outdoors than just fun trips. Their robust leadership program provides a structured way to build skills that apply indoors and out.

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L&C students kayaking on a College Outdoors trip.

New Student Trips

All students have an opportunity to launch their Lewis & Clark career in a fun and adventurous way by going on a New Student Trip just before arriving on campus for orientation. You’ll be able to form great friendships, connect with nature, and learn new skills, all before heading to the nonstop activity on campus.

  • Mateo, in gray pants and a blue collared shirt, crouching on the ground in front of trees and next to a beehive smoker.

    I went on the Opal Creek New Student Trip where we hiked in the hills around an abandoned mining town. After a week of hiking through the old-growth forest, I got to know the other students, and it was a relief to see those familiar faces again around campus during orientation.

    Mateo Kaiser BA ’23
    History and international affairs (double) | Political economy | Mountain View, California
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  • Bode sitting outside Albany Quadrangle. He is wearing a checkered shirt and blue jeans.

    I went on a New Student Trip, and it was probably the best decision I could have made coming in as a first-year student. It was the perfect way to become introduced to the L&C community and helped so much with my nerves as an incoming student.

    Bode Dalton BA ’25
    Rhetoric and Media Studies | Entrepreneurial Leadership and Innovation | Idaho Springs, Colorado
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  • Venus Edlin BA '23

    I always recommend incoming students take a New Student Trip because it was one of the most formative experiences for me coming into college. The memories and connections I made from the trip are everlasting.

    Venus Edlin BA ’23
    Rhetoric and Media Studies | Dance | San Jose, California
    More about Venus


 Our varsity student-athletes are a big, 21-sport family, with room for club sports and intramural athletes, too. Supported by coaches, trainers, and tutors, the athletic community at Lewis & Clark is noteworthy in its strength.

The Liberal Arts Advantage

 Lewis & Clark’s liberal arts education gives you the opportunity to take a wide variety of classes and explore connections across disciplines. Our academics are challenging and rigorous, but you will be supported every step of the way. All of your classes will be grounded in critical thinking, written and verbal communication, teamwork, and problem solving. You’ll draw on these skills throughout your life, no matter where you work or what you do.

Your general education courses—which account for approximately one-third of your total coursework—can be both a pathway to discovering your major and a complement to the specialized classes you will take within your major.

First-year students: our innovative Core Seminar consists of two courses: Words and Numbers. In each of these courses, you will explore a specialized topic with a faculty member and the same peers from your New Student Orientation group.

  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_774"> <p> The liberal arts brings a lot of different students together who are studying different topics. I believe this diversity enhances every type of class.</p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18331-arielle-bloom">Arielle Bloom BA ’24</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Portland, Oregon</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_774"> <p> I describe the liberal arts as being strongly based on independent thinking with an emphasis on inclusivity and challenging what we are told is right.</p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/14604-alie-cicero">Alie Cicero BA ’24</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Arcadia, California</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_774"> <p> The liberal arts challenges students to learn a foundation of knowledge from all areas of study before choosing a major.</p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18339-burton-scheer">Burton Scheer BA ’25</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Gainesville, Florida</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_774"> <p> I would describe the liberal arts as the chance to “learn everything about something and something about everything.” Liberal arts allows you to learn about a wide variety of topics, build upon your writing, research, math, and world language skills, and hone in on a field of study you are passionate about.</p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/19706-hannah-rose-jay">Hannah Rose Jay BA ’20, MA ’22</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">El Paso, Texas</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_774"> <p> <span style="font-weight: 400;">I think of studying the liberal arts as a way to explore connections between different subjects and gain an understanding of how to approach problems from multiple directions using several different perspectives.</span> </p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/16685-drew-blauth">Drew Blauth BA ’23</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Redlands, California</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_774"> <p> The liberal arts prioritize well-rounded and balanced education. You’re encouraged to go outside your field of interest and try new things without sacrificing your major’s goals.</p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/17729-luz-vazquez">Luz Vazquez BA ’25</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">San Francisco, California</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_774"> <p> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Studying the liberal arts gives me the ability to embrace my love of learning, rather than just studying to get a degree. Learning how to communicate your ideas well, think critically, solve problems, and make respectful and compelling arguments are skills that are crucial for life outside of the classroom.</span> </p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/16679-emily-larabee">Emily Larabee BA ’25</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Anchorage, Alaska</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_774"> <p> <span style="font-weight: 400;">The liberal arts present numerous opportunities to grow as an individual, both academically and socially. You are engaged with many people outside of your academic focus, and are encouraged to take advantage of courses offered outside of your major.</span> </p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/16644-annabelle-rousseau">Annabelle Rousseau BA ’23</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Modesto, California</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_774"> <p> The breadth of knowledge gained from the liberal arts experience allows people to draw really interesting connections between sometimes seemingly disparate topics, and can lead to better, more creative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems.</p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18377-raiven-greenberg">Raiven Greenberg BA ’17</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Huntington Beach, California</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_774"> <p> Part of being at a liberal arts college is the diversity in subject matter, but what I love most about studying English and biology is exploring the area where the two intersect; the power of the written word and the diversity of life on our planet inspire me like no other. </p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18342-liv-nicks-turnley">Liv Nicks-Turnley BA ’23</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta"> Longmont, Colorado</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_774"> <p> <span style="font-weight: 400;">I strongly believe a liberal arts education is essential to becoming a well-rounded, better informed person. I really enjoy the freedom to sample all manner of disciplines and interests.</span> </p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/16674-leo-mcnaughton">Leo McNaughton BA ’24</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Milwaukie, Oregon</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_774"> <p> I think my idea of the liberal arts is a place where many different disciplines can overlap and come together to provide a richer experience for the students. It also makes me think of a more intimate experience of education.</p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18362-cloe-moreno">Cloe Moreno BA ’24</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">San Diego, California</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_774"> <p> The liberal arts are an open, colorful door that rounds your learning experience into a sphere of history, culture, science, and art.</p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/19664-alex-olsen">Alex Olsen BA ’20</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Elmira, Oregon</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_774"> <p> <span style="font-weight: 400;">The liberal arts are an opportunity to learn how to build a community. They teach the value of communication, problem solving, and adaptability. By opening myself up to different perspectives and opinions, I have learned how to look beyond myself and understand that there are a million different ways of looking at a problem.</span> </p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/16676-laura-everson">Laura Everson BA ’22</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Sitka, Alaska</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_774"> <p> Earning a liberal arts degree has given me the foundation to understand the social sciences and humanities on a broader scale. My education has transcended all aspects of my life.</p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/17388-sam-helms-galbraith">Sam Helms-Galbraith BA ’21</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Chandler, Arizona</span> </p> </blockquote>

Careers in Training

 Your learning doesn’t stop when you set foot outside the classroom. Lewis & Clark has robust experiential and hands-on learning opportunities so you can jumpstart your career as an undergrad. Internship sponsors and employers value the critical thinking and problem solving skills that liberal arts students bring to the table—and Lewis & Clark can help you get a seat.

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Azucena posing outside, wearing a white dress and glasses.

Community Builder Wins College’s Highest Honor

Azucena Lizbeth Morales Santos BA ’24, who double-majored in Hispanic studies and sociology/anthropology, received this spring’s Rena J. Ratte Award, the undergraduate college’s highest honor. Named for an esteemed professor, the award recognizes a senior whose abilities and commitment have combined to produce work of the highest distinction.

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Alexandra posing outside, wearing a floral dress.

Fulbright Winner to Pursue Passion of Teaching Language

As the recipient of a prestigious Fulbright award, Alexandra Flory BA ’24 will serve as an English teaching assistant in Germany beginning this fall.

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Decoding Cellular ‘Shape-Shifters’

Biologist Sharon Torigoe and her students investigate the mechanisms that determine a cell’s fate.

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A Peace Corps Top 10 Producer

Lewis & Clark has made the Top 10 list of small colleges and universities that have produced the highest all-time number of Peace Corps volunteers since the agency’s inception in 1961.

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History in Action at the Southern Border

Lewis & Clark history students are putting their research skills to work for asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border.

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International Affairs Symposium Focuses on Control

The 62nd annual Lewis & Clark International Affairs Symposium is one of the oldest student-run symposia in the country. This year’s event, which runs from April 8 to April 10, is titled Strings Attached: Tracing the Global Systems That Bind.

Financial Aid

A private, liberal arts education is often more affordable than you think, and our Office of Financial Aid is here to help you every step of the way.

  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_774"> <p> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Lewis & Clark offered competitive prices, so that I would be able to receive a liberal arts education for the same price as a public institution.</span> </p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/14672-keilani-vega">Keilani Vega BA ’22</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Pasadena, California</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_774"> <p> <span style="font-weight: 400;">I received a generous financial aid package that sealed the deal. Between the colleges I was choosing from, Lewis & Clark’s offer was the best, and because I already was interested in attending, it helped me make my decision even quicker.</span> </p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/16647-adam-schwarz">Adam Schwarz BA ’23</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Daly City, California</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_774"> <p> <span style="font-weight: 400;">L&C offered me a really generous financial aid package. I can’t tell you how impactful it was not to come out of school with a mountain of debt.</span> </p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/16540-spencer-byrne-seres">Spencer Byrne-Seres BA ’13</a> <br/> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_774"> <p> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Lewis & Clark provided me with a substantial financial aid package, which made the decision to attend this school easier.</span> </p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/16644-annabelle-rousseau">Annabelle Rousseau BA ’23</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Modesto, California</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_774"> <p> <span style="font-weight: 400;">My financial aid package was a deciding factor in my decision to attend L&C. Without it, it wouldn’t have been possible for me to attend college, and I am so grateful to my scholarship donors.</span> </p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/16683-ashleen-smith">Ashleen Smith BA ’23</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Madras, Oregon</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_774"> <p> The scholarships and financial aid I was offered made it possible for me to choose Lewis & Clark.</p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/19828-sophie-vigeant">Sophie Vigeant BA ’19</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Tomales, California</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_774"> <p> The financial aid provided from the school made L&C a definite yes. As an international student, being able to rely on so much support made the process so much easier.</p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/17735-kenan-imamovic">Kenan Imamovic BA ’25</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_774"> <p> The generous financial aid and accepting inclusive culture made me want to come to Lewis & Clark.</p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/20425-christi-san-diego">Christi San Diego BA ’27</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Gypsum, Colorado</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_774"> <p> I chose to come to L&C because of the overall support I knew I would receive with financial aid, academic life, and student affinity groups.</p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/17133-rocio-yao">Rocío Yao BA ’24</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Cuidad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina; Guangzhou, China; Northglenn, Colorado, United States</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_774"> <p> L&C was one of the most generous in terms of financial aid, and I couldn’t pass up the chance to study abroad with the support of the school behind me. With L&C’s help, I’ve been able to prioritize my studies while also balancing a light part-time job.</p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18475-beau-staun-list">Beau Staun-List BA ’25</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Topanga, California</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_774"> <p> I am incredibly grateful that Lewis & Clark has continued to increase my financial aid during my time here, and that they have given me extra aid when my financial circumstances changed.</p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/16673-brenna-ketchum">Brenna Ketchum BA ’23</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Fort Collins, Colorado</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_774"> <p> The financial aid package provided by Lewis & Clark made it so that not only I could attend a college in general, but that I would be able to attend my dream college! The scholarship I received changed everything and set me on a new path.</p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/20424-ashtyn-aponte">Ashtyn Aponte BA ’26</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Milwaukie, Oregon</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_774"> <p> My financial aid package had a major influence on my decision to attend L&C. It provided me with the most affordable path toward obtaining my undergraduate degree compared to the other institutions I had gotten accepted into. </p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18357-savannah-bishop">Savannah Bishop BA ’25</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Portland and Bend, Oregon; Budapest, Hungary; Accra, Ghana</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_774"> <p> <span style="font-weight: 400;">My financial aid package made a college education achievable for my family and me. The generous aid I received was a motivating factor for me to attend L&C, so that I could have a wonderful education without graduating with mountains of debt.</span> </p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/16650-sofia-reeves">Sofia Reeves BA ’23</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Sacramento, California</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote> <p></p> <div class="lw_profiles_774"> <p> The financial aid package I received greatly influenced my decision to go to Lewis & Clark. Without it, I wouldn’t have the opportunities I have today.</p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/20470-ainsley-rios">Ainsley Rios BA ’27</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Hillsboro, Oregon</span> </p> </blockquote>

  • 96% 

    Within six months of graduation, 96% of the Lewis & Clark Classes of 2018–2022 were already changing the world through employment (76%), continuing studies (19%), and service work (1%), like the Peace Corps.

  • 97% 

    Ninety-seven percent of L&C undergraduates receive some form of financial assistance.

  • 4-5-6 

    Lewis & Clark’s 4-5-6 Commitment can help you make the most of your future.

Study Abroad 

 Our commitment to creating global citizens is evident in our unique approach to overseas study. Over 60 percent of our students participate on one or more of our 30+ study abroad programs offered on 6 continents.

Students on an overseas program


You will study abroad for either a semester or full year, giving you a deeper context for understanding the world.

Students on an overseas program.


No matter what your major—even the sciences—you will be encouraged to study overseas. Athletes: this applies to you too!

Students hiking on a rocky cliff overlooking the East Africa landscape.


The cost is comparable to a semester or year on campus and your financial aid applies.

Overseas photo contest winner


You will receive full academic credit for all of our overseas programs, many of which are led by L&C faculty.

The Stage Is Calling

 Lewis & Clark is a great place to get creative. Whether you’re a maker, an audience member, a behind-the-scenes collaborator, or some of each, opportunities abound for you in the fine arts. Our conservatory-caliber faculty will train you to live your dream as a working artist, or nurture your desire to grow creatively while pursuing other life paths. With over 70 percent of our students involved in the arts during their time at L&C, we promise: there’s a place for your ideas and your voice here.

  • 24% 

    Accomplishment in the arts is important to 24 percent of first-year L&C students, compared to 15 percent at peer institutions.

  • Artsy 

    Portland is the third most creative city in America, as reported by alumna Lizzy Acker BA ’05 for the Oregonian.

  • 70% 

    70% of our students are involved in the arts.

  • 5 

    The average L&C student graduates with an average of five arts courses.

  • 53% 

    Fifty-three percent of our graduates have taken three or more arts courses.

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Student painting.


Our students practice the visual arts and study art in historical and theoretical contexts in an exciting learning environment. Lewis & Clark prepares you to pursue advanced degrees in graduate school; for careers as visual artists or in galleries, museums, or arts administration; and for a life enriched by the visual arts.

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Writing at a computer

Creative Writing

Lewis & Clark College has one of the longest-standing creative writing programs in America. Our faculty members have been recognized for excellence in teaching and have won some of the country’s most prestigious writing awards. Courses include poetry, fiction writing, creative nonfiction, playwriting, and screenwriting.

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Close-up image of student playing wind instrument.


Performance and academic courses are taught by faculty who are distinguished performers, composers, and musicologists. Lewis & Clark will prepare you for further musical study, careers in music, and global citizenry. We offer merit-based music scholarships to all students who demonstrate skill and potential, regardless of their major.

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Professor Mitch Reyes describes the department using these three words: Intellectual, engaged, dynamic.

Rhetoric and Media Studies

Lewis & Clark’s rhetoric and media studies department is one of the first programs in the country to offer a major that integrates training in film/television studies with media and rhetorical analysis. Our students learn tools for understanding how public messages, images, texts, stories, conversations, and symbols work through challenging curriculum and collaborative research.

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Our arts departments--art, creative writing, dance, music, rhetoric and media studies, and theatre--offer some of the most robust opportu...

Theatre and Dance

Over 1,000 students a year participate in theatre and dance as performers, designers, directors, writers, dancers, production crew, and audience members. Our production program invites all students, regardless of major, to participate in creating professional productions ranging from classics to contemporary work to musicals to original student-written work.

International Student Experience

 At Lewis & Clark, everyone in the International Students and Scholars office will know you by name, even before you arrive on campus. From student groups to specialized advising, you’ll be supported every step of the way.

  • Hanna smiling at the camera wearing a navy blue top and a bright blue cardigan.

    The support and camaraderie that I experienced in the International Students and Scholars Office helped me find a sense of belonging and made L&C feel like a home away from home.

    Hanna Lyubinina BA ’19
    Computer Science and Mathematics and Psychology (double) | Concord, California
    More about Hanna
  • Mithila Tambe BA '25

    The International Students and Scholars Office is my secret hideout and safe space on campus. The office and everyone who makes it run so smoothly is super accessible and welcoming. They make it a point to check up on us very frequently.

    Mithila Tambe BA ’25
    Art History | Pune, Maharashtra, India
    More about Mithila
  • Ruth Makonnen BA '22

    I came to Lewis & Clark for its ideals, how welcoming and supportive it is to international students, and its location.

    Ruth Makonnen BA ’22
    Psychology | Gender Studies | Ethiopia; the Netherlands
    More about Ruth

Support and Wellness 

 At Lewis & Clark, we are committed to the success and wellness of each of our students, and we offer support in many forms: academic, mental, physical, spiritual, and more.

Student leaders of the Pio Support Network from the Summer '23 retreat

Palatine Support Network

Lewis & Clark’s Palatine Support Network—a peer-led, free mental health resource—supports our students through group dialogue and fun activities, like this Goats on the Glade event.

a picture of Flanagan Chapel with z'scoming out of the roof

Rest Is Resistance

Lewis & Clark’s Group Nap, inspired by Tricia Hersey and The Nap Ministry, is sponsored by the Office of Spiritual Life as a way to hold space for rest. Whether that means sleep, deep breathing, meditation, or something else entirely, our students are able to engage in a moment of rejuvenation.

Parents and Families

 Parents, we care about you, too! Our Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement offers an information hub of resources, and is always available to answer any questions.

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