Wellness at Lewis & Clark
At Lewis & Clark, we are committed to the success of each of our students. We believe that holistic wellness—mind, body, and soul—is imperative to that success. We also recognize that not all of our students have the same college journey or the same need for support. This is why we offer wellness resources in many forms: academic, mental, physical, spiritual, and more.
Ninety percent of Lewis & Clark undergraduates participate in at least one College Outdoors trip.
U.S. states represented in our undergraduate student body
Students can access 24/7 medical care or advice through the Health Service and after-hours nurse consultation line.
of our students are from countries other than the U.S.
College Outdoors offers over 100 trips per year.
Mental and Emotional Well-being
Many of our students can feel overwhelmed, anxious, or depressed due to the stress of academics, work, family, relationships, the world, and more. This stress can often directly affect your physical health, too. We believe in prioritizing the mental and emotional wellness of our students so they may reach their academic and personal potential. We offer many ways to connect with others to get the help and support you need.
Student Counseling Center
Our licensed mental health clinicians provide compassionate and comprehensive care through short-term individual, couples, and group therapy, as well as crisis counseling and some psychiatry services.
Confidential Advocates are trained to respond to and support sexual and interpersonal violence survivors. They offer nonjudgmental and confidential support to help you understand your options.
This student-led group supports students’ mental health and overall well-being through weekly peer-facilitated group meetings and events.
The Office of Spiritual Life provides programming with a focus on belonging, becoming, and connecting beyond ourselves. They recognize and celebrate the diversity of the Lewis & Clark community—from the deeply religious to the spiritually unaffiliated to the skeptical.
Mental Wellness Clubs and Organizations
There are plenty of student clubs and events that help promote mental wellness in a fun way!
- Our DeStress Fest is a week full of events to help students relieve stress as they prepare for finals.
- Our Group Nap believes rest is resistance. Inspired by Tricia Hersey and The Nap Ministry, community members are invited to come together and rest for as little or as long as they need.
- Meditation and mindfulness workshops happen in many forms: as nature walks, as spiritual life gatherings, as a student club, and even as part of an academic symposium on the apocalypse!
- The Let Out is a bimonthly mental health check-in event for BIPOC students.
- Art for Social Change is a committee of students, staff, and faculty who use art to create space for healing and challenge and dismantle systems of oppression.
Health Promotion and Wellness
The Office of Health Promotion and Wellness empowers students with knowledge and skills to create the best life for themselves and their communities through health education and promotion activities. The office is dedicated to a holistic approach to supporting the needs of students in their pursuit of creating and maintaining healthy, well-balanced lifestyles.
Equity and Inclusion
The members of Lewis & Clark’s community represent a wide array of ages, cultures, backgrounds, gender identities, nationalities, sexual orientations, races, ethnicities, and beliefs. We embrace them all, and we are committed to supporting a culture of respect and safety for all students. Every student should feel safe and supported, have equity of access to resources, and enjoy a learning environment free from all forms of abuse.
Through classes, activities, and resources, students learn to recognize and experience the positive benefits of building physical well-being and self-care habits, explore aspects of the body’s structure and function, and engage in experiences within a group or community setting.
The wide array of classes that satisfy the two-credit graduation requirement include physical education courses (from weightlifting to rock climbing to yoga to meditation), varsity sports, and dance and movement classes.
Student Health Center
Our health center staff provide compassionate and comprehensive care through evidence-based medical services with a focus that is student-centered and honors diversity and inclusion.
College Outdoors will take you on adventures with new friends. There’s really no better way to build a community than through shared experiences of hiking, mushroom-hunting, cross-country skiing, backpacking, whitewater rafting, kayaking, nature meditation, and more in the iconic Pacific Northwest. No experience or gear necessary!
We have a variety of athletic facilities for a range of sports and recreation, including a gym, weight room, training room, swimming pavilion, track, artificial turf field, and softball/baseball fields.
Active Clubs and Organizations
Moving your body and getting outdoors is a great way to relieve stress and build a community. We have eight club sports (like rugby, sailing, and Ultimate Frisbee), plus plenty of other active clubs like Climbing Club, Garden Collective, and Ski and Snowboard Club, just to name a few.
Explore Pamplin Sports Complex
One of the benefits of our personal approach to education is that we provide many resources to support students both in and outside of the classroom. The students who succeed at L&C are the ones who take advantage of the academic support resources available to them.
Our Office of Student Accessibility provides accommodations, education, consultation, and advocacy for students with disabilities, and supports all students with accessing resources to support overall health and wellness.
Our College Advising Center offers support to our students from before they arrive on campus to their last semester in college so they can explore academic possibilities and pathways.
There are multiple tutoring options available, including informal language practice in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish; one-on-one peer tutoring for a range of courses across departments; and peer tutoring specifically for STEM courses, including math, chemistry, physics, biology, economics, computer science, and data science.
Writing and Research
Our librarians are available for in-depth research assistance, and our Writing Center offers peer support to help you work on current writing projects and on improving your writing more generally.
Academic Clubs and Organizations
While academic clubs are no replacement for tutoring or your professor, they can be a fun way to connect with and learn from your peers. Some examples include Entrepreneurship Club, Math Club, Model United Nations, Pre-Health Professions Club, and many more.
Managing your money is a big deal! We want to help you be successful with your financial life—from repaying student loans to creating a realistic budget, saving for a goal, and beyond.
Our financial aid program creates solutions to serve students from diverse economic backgrounds and make our private, liberal arts education a reality.
Learning money management skills (and learning them early!) is incredibly important to build a foundation for future financial success.