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Apply

Apply to Lewis & Clark and Join Our Community!

You’ve spent your time and energy learning about us … now it’s our turn to do the same for you! We’re eager to know how you will contribute to our great student community.

Apply on the Common App Website Check Your Application Status

Application Deadlines

Application Date
Early Decision (binding) Deadline: November 1 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time
Early Action (nonbinding) Deadline: November 1 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time
Regular Decision (nonbinding) Deadline: January 15 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time
Transfer Deadline: Rolling (recommended all credentials submitted by April 1)

Application Requirements for First-Year Applicants

It’s easy to apply to Lewis & Clark through the Common Application site. We don’t charge an application fee, and we’ve been leaders in the movement of test-optional admissions since 1991. We believe in your potential beyond standardized test scores, but for those that do wish to submit scores, we will include them in our holistic review of your application materials for admission (they do not play a role in the awarding of merit- or need-based financial aid).

Transcripts

First-year applicants need to submit a secondary school report that shows completion of a rigorous curriculum including at least four years of math and English, three to four years of history and social science, two to three years of foreign language, three years of lab science, and a year of fine arts.

Letters

Teacher recommendation completed by a teacher who taught you in an academic course (English, mathematics, science, world language, history, or social studies) in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade.

Essay

We require one personal essay. Your writing helps us get acquainted with you in ways different from courses, grades, test scores, and other objective data. It also gives you a chance to demonstrate your ability to organize your thoughts and express yourself. Not sure what to say? Check out our tips!

Check Your Application Status

Your L&C Portal gives you access to the most up-to-date information about your application credentials. The first time you log in, use the temporary PIN provided in the email sent upon receipt of your application.

Optional Submissions

  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The main reasons I came to L&C were the liberal arts education and the small size of the school.</span></p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/14637-william-lew">William Lew BA ’23</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">San Ramon, California</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p> When touring the Lewis & Clark campus, I encountered a community that embodied the liberal arts spirit I was seeking. Making the decision to attend Lewis & Clark was easy, it felt like coming home.</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/19800-hannah-singleton">Hannah Singleton BA ’21</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Corvallis, Oregon</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I chose L&C because it has small class sizes, is close to home, and offered me 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;">I was looking for a small liberal arts school that had good student-to-teacher ratios, as well as a breadth of majors to choose from, and L&C fit that description.</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> When looking into L&C, I felt like almost every single thing was grabbing my attention. The student clubs, the community, the various events and possibilities for integration, the support, and the genuine happiness and satisfaction that was apparent in the students enrolled. </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> My decision to come to L&C was largely influenced by the potential to be able to bond with my professors and build on my capacities through it.</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18330-mithila-tambe">Mithila Tambe BA ’25</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Pune, Maharashtra, India</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p> I chose L&C because the liberal arts education was super exciting to me. I wanted room in my schedule to take an art class, or even yoga as my physical education. Studying abroad was also a priority for me.</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> While walking the tree-lined cobblestone paths that wind through campus, I immediately felt at home. I also felt that the intimate classroom sizes and smaller college community would be a great support system for me to grow and to learn.</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> I was drawn to Lewis & Clark’s beautiful campus, its proximity to Portland, and the stellar reviews I had heard of the school’s faculty and staff.</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> I fell in love with the campus and greatly appreciated the open-discussion classroom settings. The discussion-based learning was really incredible and I felt like I learned more and was more involved in my education. </p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/19795-isabel-bowen">Isabel Bowen BA ’19</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Bozeman, Montana</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p> With small class sizes, you are able to truly collaborate and challenge each other, which coupled with the diversity on campus, ends up raising important questions.</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><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> The diverse community of international students, study abroad programs, College Outdoors trips, and small class sizes made me want to come to Lewis & Clark.</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/19821-uwella-rubuga">Uwella Rubuga BA ’19</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Dar es Salaam, Tanzania</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p></p><div class="lw_profiles_774"><p> I was especially drawn to L&C because of the small class sizes and the opportunities to form interpersonal connections on campus.</p></div><p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/19794-carley-laplaca">Carley LaPlaca BA ’22</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Santa Clara, California</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>

After Applying

The waiting is always the hardest part, but there are still plenty of things to do and learn after you’ve submitted your application. Here are some of the most important things to know about Lewis & Clark.

Undergraduate campus

Affordability

The cost of college can be daunting, but don’t be discouraged. The sooner you can submit the FAFSA for financial aid consideration, the better! Our federal school code is 003197, and our Office of Financial Aid is here to help.

Financial Aid


Student life on campus

Campus Living

There’s no better place to live than in the residence halls, where you’re surrounded by friends and close to your classes and activities. Get a feel for what on-campus life is all about.

Living on Campus


Students studying outside

Programs

We offer 29 majors, 33 minors, and robust preprofessional programs. Get a sense for what it’s really like to be a student here—and what our alumni do with their degrees—by browsing our program pages and reading student, alumni, and faculty profiles.

Academic Programs


Application FAQ