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.

  • 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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  • 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
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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 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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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> Although clubs, activities, and sports all provide their own, more unique support systems and communities, going to a small school like Lewis & Clark almost guarantees some sense of community anywhere you go.</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18326-gen-coutant">Gen Coutant BA ’25</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Queensbury, New York</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I like to spend time with other United World College graduates, as well as with other members of the chess club.</span></p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/14558-carlos-garcia-moran">Carlos García Morán BA ’24</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Madrid, Spain</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p> I found my community through my first-year residence hall, College Outdoors, and Climbing Club. This club was a huge source of my college community. We would spend weeknights at the gym together and go on organized trips on weekends and school breaks.</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18266-hannah-goldblatt">Hannah Goldblatt BA ’15, JD ’20</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Shoreline, Washington</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I’ve found a lot of community through clubs. Being very involved with Chinese Club and College Democrats have connected me with friends I wouldn’t have made otherwise.</span></p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/14619-jason-kowalski">Jason Kowalski BA ’23</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Vancouver, Washington</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I find community by delving into student organizations that align with my passions or identity.</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;">I find community in the dining hall, in the residence halls, and at the IT Service Desk where I work.</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;">Since Lewis & Clark is a small school, it is easy to find your pocket of community and stick with it. While one may think the smallness is a limiting factor, it is quite the opposite.</span></p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/19789-sarah-lind-macmillan">Sarah Lind-MacMillan BA ’22</a><br/></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I found community through being a part of the swim team as well as through student-led events on campus.</span></p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/16643-whitney-maxfield">Whitney Maxfield BA ’25</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Riverton, Utah</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I find community in all aspects of my life at L&C: in the greetings before class, the walks to the academic quad, in class group chats with my peers, in office hours with professors, and in my extracurricular activities.</span></p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/16640-greta-burton">Greta Burton BA ’22</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Portland, Oregon</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><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> While researching L&C, I felt like almost every single thing was grabbing my attention. The student clubs, community, various events and possibilities for integration, support, and genuine happiness and satisfaction that was apparent in the students. </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><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><span style="font-weight: 400;">The biggest challenges I have faced here are the same challenges I would face at any other institution. Because of how many different types of people are at this college, it was hard to find</span> <i><span style="font-weight: 400;">my</span></i><span style="font-weight: 400;">people. But once I did, I was really happy to be here.</span></p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/16642-zoe-sanderson">Zoë Sanderson BA ’24</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Eugene, Oregon</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p> I have met amazing people in my time at Lewis & Clark. I am so grateful for all of the campus walks, res hall hangouts, dinners, and celebrations that I share with such a lovely community of friends.</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18338-grace-marchant">Grace Marchant BA ’25</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Upland, California</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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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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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.

  • My New Student Trip was very formative when I was starting at L&C. Having an established group of people who I felt comfortable with before attending classes was extremely helpful, especially when navigating a new environment.

    Brynn Doty BA ’25
    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology | Seattle, Washington
    More about Brynn
  • I was able to connect in a really personal way with the other people on my New Student Trip, and we were able to bond, ask questions, and soothe some of our nerves about starting college.

    Sofia Reeves BA ’23
    Biology | Gender Studies | Sacramento, California
    More about Sofia
  • I got to backpack the Deschutes River and it was stunning. I made a lot of awesome friends during that trip, some of them ended up being my neighbors the following year.

    Cami Hildum BA ’24
    Economics | Undecided with an interest in environmental studies and theatre | Corbett, Oregon
    More about Cami


 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><span style="font-weight: 400;">With the liberal arts, you have a chance to explore so many topics with so many lenses. I find numerous similarities and crossovers between my classes, even in courses from distinct departments.</span></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><span style="font-weight: 400;">The liberal arts make it so easy to personalize your education around what inspires and interests you, while also getting you out of your comfort zone.</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> 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 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> Deep knowledge about one subject is a very good thing, but it’s made even better when you have a much broader knowledge base from which you can draw connections, find common ground, understand how other people may feel differently, and seek answers to the more complex questions.</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/19756-terin-trachtenberg">Terin Trachtenberg BA ’21</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Lincoln City, 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 challenges you to embrace the uncomfortable. Where else can you take a biology or acting class as an economics major?</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/17233-annika-clunk">Annika Clunk BA ’20</a><br/></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> Having a liberal arts education allows for personal development and a unique touch to one’s professional development. </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><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><span style="font-weight: 400;">The liberal arts are a symbiotic relationship between freedom of choice and rigorous academics. I am always pushing myself to learn new things outside of my comfort zone and constantly find overlaps between my classes each semester.</span></p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/16682-helen-guyton">Helen Guyton BA ’23</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Cologne, Germany</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p> A liberal arts education was super exciting to me, because I knew I wanted the opportunity to learn from different departments beyond my major.</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/17728-julia-salomone">Julia Salomone BA ’23</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Parkland, Florida</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> 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><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">By building a curriculum that has the goal of giving students exposure to classes they otherwise wouldn’t take, we are exposed to new ideas and new perspectives that make us more whole.</span></p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/16642-zoe-sanderson">Zoë Sanderson BA ’24</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Eugene, Oregon</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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Lewis & Clark Extends Its Run as a Top Fulbright Producer

For the seventh time in 10 years, Lewis & Clark has been named one of the top producers of Fulbright Award winners in the country, according to the U.S. Department of State. With four Fulbright grants in 2023–24, Lewis & Clark is in the Top 50 baccalaureate producers of student Fulbrights in the nation.

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Entrepreneurial Thinking, Networking, and Pitching on Display at Winterim 2024

In mid-January, the Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership hosted its annual entrepreneurial workshop, known as Winterim. The event brought 29 students to campus prior to the start of spring semester for a week of learning, networking, and mentoring, which culminated in a pitch competition for $13,000 in prizes.

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Career Pathways: One Student. Two Alumni. One Renewable Energy Company.

Lena Essak BA ’24 spent her summer as a paid community relations intern in the Portland office of EDP Renewables. Thanks to the Bates Center Summer Sustainability Internship course, she was able to learn, grow, and gain hands-on experience while working alongside two supportive Lewis & Clark alumni.

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Lewis & Clark Students Visit Meta in Seattle

Two Meta employees, who are also Lewis & Clark alumni, welcomed students to Meta’s Seattle office and shared their career stories.

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Paid Summer Research Enables Faculty-Student Collaboration

Over the summer, Lewis & Clark offers students paid, hands-on research experiences that rival those of graduate-level institutions.

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Student Interns Get ‘Green’ Job Experience

This summer, L&C students gained hands-on work experience through paid internships in the green sector, thanks to L&C’s Career Center and the Bates Center Sustainability Internship course. Check out the experiences of some of these students!

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;">I chose Lewis & Clark because of the small class sizes and proximity to home, and I was offered a generous financial aid package.</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><span style="font-weight: 400;">The generous merit-based awards and need-based financial aid at L&C were a significant reason for my pursuit of higher education at this fine academic institute.</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><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;">The generous merit aid package that L&C offered me made me feel like the college was prepared to invest in me. So I try to make good on that investment by engaging with my classes and organizing student projects.</span></p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/14674-mateo-kaiser">Mateo Kaiser BA ’23</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Mountain View, 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> My financial aid award was a significant part of my decision. Without the generous aid, I would not have been able to attend Lewis & Clark.</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/20468-kryton-gackle">Kryton Gackle BA ’25</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Miles City, Montana</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> Lewis & Clark’s financial aid package was the best I received. I was blown away by the college’s active support and flexibility before I even accepted the offer to attend. It made me respect the school’s dedication to provide accessible education to students.</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> 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><span style="font-weight: 400;">The financial aid package I received made Lewis and Clark feasible. It allowed me to push myself to go out of state to a location that I knew I would thrive in.</span></p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/16643-whitney-maxfield">Whitney Maxfield BA ’25</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Riverton, Utah</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p> The financial aid package offered by the college played a significant role in my decision, and Lewis & Clark was among the most generous schools in this regard.</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/17730-hashim-salman">Hashim Salman BA ’25</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Amman, Jordan</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> I felt that I could not pass up the opportunity to attend a reputable college that was willing to support my goals and future. My award knocked all other prospective colleges off of my list. I am forever grateful for the financial aid that I have received as it has changed my life in remarkable ways.</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/20471-jade-valdez">Jade Valdez BA ’25</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Woods Cross, Utah</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p> I am so grateful that, throughout my time at Lewis & Clark, I’ve been granted opportunities to apply to new scholarships as my academic career has developed. Receiving a SAAB grant to fund a film, as well as becoming a Mary Stuart Rogers scholar in recognition of my academic rigor, has furthered my growth and success at L&C. </p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/20473-liv-ladaire">Liv Ladaire BA ’25</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Orange County, 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>

  • 4-5-6 

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

  • 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.

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.



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



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



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



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

  • DITL: Spain Overseas
    Join Bode Dalton ’25 on a day in his life studying abroad in Spain.
    Bode sitting outside Albany Quadrangle. He is wearing a checkered shirt and blue jeans.
  • DITL: London Overseas
    Join Alex Wally ’23 on a day in her life studying abroad in England.
    Alex posing outside. She is wearing a long-sleeved dark shirt under overalls with one strap hanging down.

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.

  • 70% 

    70% of our students are involved in the arts.

  • Artsy 

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

  • 53% 

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

  • 5 

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

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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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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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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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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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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.

  • What made me choose Lewis & Clark over other similar schools were the interactions I had with the International Students and Scholars office prior to coming to L&C. They were incredibly welcoming and reassured me that there would be a place for me on campus, even though I was coming from abroad.

    Helen Guyton BA ’23
    Sociology and Anthropology | Environmental Studies and Japanese (double) | Cologne, Germany
    More about Helen
  • 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
  • I stay connected to L&C through the international community. As an alumna, it is important to me to be able to provide guidance, experience, and support to current international students that might need it,

    Vanja Pešić BA ’22
    German Studies, Psychology (double) | Leskovac, Serbia
    More about Vanja

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.


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.


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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