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Admissions

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Lewis & Clark College brings together challenging, supportive academics; an institutional commitment to sustainability; conservatory-calibre fine arts offerings; leadership in overseas and off-campus study; and an inclusive, welcoming community. The icing on the (Voodoo!) donut is that we do this on arguably the most beautiful campus in the U.S. in the cool, progressive city of Portland, Oregon.

We’d love for you to join us.

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  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p> L&C has a great variety of classes and majors. I came into college wanting to pursue something where I could write and learn about interesting, relevant events and discussions. Plus, the campus is incredibly gorgeous!</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>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Aside from the campus being gorgeous, L&C was the only college where I could really see myself attending. I got a vibe that this would be somewhere I could thrive, and this ultimately is how I made my decision. I have yet to be disappointed.</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> I chose L&C not only for the campus beautiful, but also the fact that the faculty and students were an unusual combination of intelligent and down to earth. The whole environment felt very welcoming and comfortable.</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> I chose Lewis & Clark because of the beautiful campus, the close-knit athletic programs, and the highly regarded programs and faculty.</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/19823-megan-sawyer">Megan Sawyer BA ’20</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Battle Ground, Washington</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> I knew I wanted to go to a small college in a cooler climate with lots of trees and greenery, making sure to avoid a cutthroat and competitive academic environment.</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18340-avi-strok">Avi Strok BA ’25</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Los Angeles, California</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p> Along with basketball, the culture, curriculum, and community here will help me foster success long after college. L&C offered the perfect environment where I can play the sport I love, explore my passions with the support of a forward-thinking community, and experience the ever-evolving city of Portland!</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18356-sebastian-deprez">Sebastian DePrez BA ’25</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Upland, California</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p> The things that stood out about Lewis & Clark while I was applying were the rigorous academics, various and many clubs and activities, beautiful surroundings, a small campus with a strong community feel.</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> Lewis & Clark’s combination of academic excellence, community, and location made it a great fit for me.</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> I chose L&C because I knew I would be connected with people and places that allow me to expand my perspective on life, community, and the world.</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18271-grace-blunck">Grace Blunck BA ’24</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Milwaukee, Wisconsin</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p> Lewis & Clark checked all my boxes for what I wanted in a school. The campus is gorgeous and near the forest, the school is small with a close-knit community, and the professors are passionate about their work.</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/20604-clover-sinning">Clover Sinning BA ’26</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta"> Minneapolis, Minnesota</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p> I have the opportunity to explore most of my interests without having to leave campus, get mentors in my disciplines of interest, gain work and volunteer experience both in and outside of campus, and participate in student run activities or organizations. Lewis & Clark has changed my way of thinking.</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/20603-kiara-y-gonzalez">Kiara Y. González BA ’27</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Moca, Puerto Rico</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p> When I first visited Lewis & Clark I immediately felt a sense of belonging and that this was the place I could make my dreams a reality. I was taken aback by the natural beauty of campus, and I knew it was the perfect place to embark on my passion for science and the environment.</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><span style="font-weight: 400;">I was focused on finding a place with a community that strives for mutual inspiration and support. That was what I saw at Lewis & Clark.</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> The campus took my breath away. Everything felt wet and alive and vibrant. It was small enough that I could see myself finding a community quickly, but not so small as to be constraining. There was room to grow without getting lost in a sea—a perfect-sized pond if you will.</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/19829-jonah-svihus">Jonah Svihus BA ’18</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Monterey, California</span></p></blockquote>

February 2024 Update

Reply Deadline Extension for Early Action and Regular Decision applicants

In light of the government’s recent additional FAFSA delay, we have pushed back our deadline to reply to offers of admission to June 1. This applies to Early Action and Regular Decision applicants! We understand the uncertainty around the FAFSA process can cause stress to students and families. We are here to help! Please contact admissions@lclark.edu with any questions or concerns.


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Visiting our beautiful campus is the best way to get to know us. Whether you are just starting to think about college or you’re an admitted student (congrats!) on the brink of making your decision, we have virtual and in-person options for you.

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Admission Requirements for First-Year Applicants

Lewis & Clark accepts the Common Application, and there is no application fee. A leader in test-optional admissions since 1991, we will be adopting a test-free admissions policy beginning with the fall 2025 entering class. As part of your application, you will need to submit:

  • A secondary school report
  • A personal essay
  • A teacher recommendation

Optional Application Submissions

  • Academic and nonacademic work
  • Interview

Lewis & Clark Admission Deadlines

Application Deadline to Apply Notice of Decision
Early Decision (binding) Deadline: November 1 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time Late November
Early Action (nonbinding) Deadline: November 1 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time Mid-December
Regular Decision (nonbinding) Deadline: January 15 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time Mid-March
Transfer Deadline: Rolling
(recommended all credentials submitted by April 1)
Rolling
  • I am a big advocate of the “keep throwing spaghetti at the wall until something sticks” mentality, and by trying a lot of activities, I got to meet a lot of people.

    Will Toppin BA ’23
    Political Science | Conifer, Colorado
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  • I’ve met some of my closest friends through the Queer Student Union. Now that I am involved in leadership, I am so grateful to be in a position to give back to the queer community on campus.

    August van Nieuwenhuysen BA ’25
    Biology | Gender Studies | Tustin, California
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  • One of my favorite memories is from my first year when there was a show at the COOP. All of my friends and I were dancing and having so much fun together.

    Eli Bricknell ’24
    Sociology and Anthropology | Gender Studies | Seattle, Washington; Kalamazoo, Michigan
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Learning at Lewis & Clark

We offer 29 majors, 33 minors, and robust preprofessional programs. You will graduate ready to take on the world with a bachelor of arts (BA) degree. Our liberal arts curriculum emphasizes the top things you need for success in any career: critical thinking, written and verbal communication, teamwork, and problem solving.

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Find Your Pacific Northwest Home

Portland, Oregon, is the perfect launching pad for adventures throughout the gorgeous Pacific Northwest, and Lewis & Clark is the perfect community to find friends who will want to adventure with you.

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