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Admissions

You have an enterprising spirit, a thirst for knowledge, and a hunger for something new. Artists, scientists, historians, musicians, entrepreneurs, linguists, coders, and more: discover your calling here at Lewis & Clark.

What the world needs most is what we do best.

Lewis & Clark College brings together challenging, supportive academics; an institutional commitment to sustainability; 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 to tell you all about our academic, athletic, and extracurricular programs so that you can decide why Lewis & Clark is right for you. Parents and guardians, we know you’re curious too!

Student information request form Parent information request form

Students presenting at the 2020 Winterim pitch competition.

96%

Within six months of graduation, 96% of the Lewis & Clark Class of 2020 was already changing the world through employment (72%) and continuing studies (24%).

Professor Freddy Vilches at a round table with 4 other students looking over study materials.

12:1

Lewis & Clark College has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1.

Class of 2025 on the Glade

2,096

As of fall 2021, there are 2,096 degree-seeking students enrolled at Lewis & Clark College.

Norma Velazquez Ulloa meeting with a student in the Biology lab.

29+32

Lewis & Clark offers 29 majors and 32 minors.

Aerial view of the campus with Portland in the background.

Best

We’re on Newsweek’s list of “50 Best Colleges in Big Cities.”

Career Success

Studying the liberal arts at Lewis & Clark means that your education is grounded in the essential skills you need to succeed in any career. You will build relationships with professors and peers, gain practical experience through internships in Portland and beyond, and create connections among ideas and across disciplines. The Career Center and the Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership will support your career success through advising, networking, resources, programming, and more.

There are also multiple ways to make the most of your future here at L&C through clear and direct pathways to our Graduate School of Education and Counseling and Law School! Our 4-5-6 Commitment will get you where you want to go.

4: BA

A bachelor of arts degree in four years—eight semesters. Or we pay for the ninth.

5: BA+MAT

A bachelor of arts degree, along with a master of arts in teaching (MAT)—and professional licensure!—from our Graduate School of Education and Counseling in five years.

6: BA+JD

A bachelor of arts degree, along with a Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) from our Law School in just six years, compared to the usual seven.

Did you know? The top five career competencies identified by the National Association of Colleges and Employers align perfectly with the core values of a liberal arts education:
  1. critical thinking/problem solving
  2. work ethic
  3. teamwork/collaboration
  4. oral/written communications
  5. leadership
  • L&C taught me the value of being multifaceted. If your desired path through life doesn’t exist, then you have the tools to figure out how to create it.

    Ben Kolligs BA ’18
    Physics | Mathematics | Berkeley, California
    More about Ben
  • If it weren’t for L&C’s focus on discovering passions and meaning, I doubt I would have made the leap into the unknown of starting my own business.

    Devin Owen BA ’14
    Psychology | Oakland, California
    More about Devin
  • Lewis & Clark opened doors for me and helped me get a foothold in the Portland music scene. L&C classes gave me the confidence to believe in myself and my own ideas. I am lucky to still be making connections through L&C.

    Coco Bender 2016
    Piano performance | Eugene, Oregon
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