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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, and we don’t charge an application fee. As 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:

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> I was eager to attend a school teeming with hiking trails and evergreen trees, and specifically a liberal arts college with an emphasis on cultivating relationships with surrounding local community members and organizations.</p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18324-leah-huffington">Leah Huffington BA ’25</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Long Beach, California</span> </p> </blockquote>
  • <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> 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> 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 visited Lewis & Clark and knew it had everything I wanted, which was to be at a small, liberal arts college in a Pacific Northwest city. It was also important to me to be able to join the swim team and go to an academically rigorous college.</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> I choose Lewis & Clark for its academic rigor, its faculty-to-student ratio, and its commitment to ensuring its students have access to a wealth of research opportunities. The campus’ proximity to both natural areas and Portland, a city built for creatives, informed my decision as well.</p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/19822-justin-howerton">Justin Howerton BA ’21</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Memphis, Tennessee</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> 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-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> 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> <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> The environment of a smaller liberal arts college was the best fit for me, allowing for the right opportunities to succeed. I was also excited to have the opportunity to continue my track and field career while also being in a rigorous academic environment. </p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/19669-syrah-starnes">Syrah Starnes BA ’20</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Corvallis, 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 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> <span style="font-weight: 400;">I wanted to attend a college that was smaller and more personal, but still allowed me to have access to a big city.</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> The beautiful campus drew me in, but ultimately the small class sizes, professor to student ratio, and the unique community led me to make my decision to come to L&C.</p> </div> <p></p> <p class="quote-author"> <a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/19638-claire-lyman">Claire Lyman BA ’18</a> <br/> <span class="quoted-profile_meta">Wilmette, Illinois</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