• <a href="/live/image/gid/668/width/650/87387_EVNT-C-0919-0130.jpg" class="lw_preview_image lw_disable_preview" tabindex="-1"><picture class="lw_image lw_image87387"> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(max-width: 500px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/668/width/500/height/240/crop/1/87387_EVNT-C-0919-0130.rev.1614276655.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/668/width/500/height/240/crop/1/87387_EVNT-C-0919-0130.rev.1614276655.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/668/width/500/height/240/crop/1/87387_EVNT-C-0919-0130.rev.1614276655.jpg 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(max-width: 800px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/668/width/800/height/383/crop/1/87387_EVNT-C-0919-0130.rev.1614276655.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/668/width/800/height/383/crop/1/87387_EVNT-C-0919-0130.rev.1614276655.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/668/width/800/height/383/crop/1/87387_EVNT-C-0919-0130.rev.1614276655.jpg 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(max-width: 1200px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/668/width/1200/height/575/crop/1/87387_EVNT-C-0919-0130.rev.1614276655.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/668/width/1200/height/575/crop/1/87387_EVNT-C-0919-0130.rev.1614276655.jpg 2x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(min-width: 1201px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/668/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/87387_EVNT-C-0919-0130.rev.1614276655.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/668/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/87387_EVNT-C-0919-0130.rev.1614276655.jpg 2x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/668/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/87387_EVNT-C-0919-0130.rev.1614276655.jpg" alt="On our residential campus, everything you need is right outside your door!" width="1440" height="690" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/668/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/87387_EVNT-C-0919-0130.rev.1614276655.jpg 2x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2136"/> </picture> </a><div class="hero-full_image_caption collapsable-caption"> On our residential campus, everything you need is right outside your door!</div>

Your Pacific Northwest Home

Where Is Lewis & Clark?

Lewis & Clark is located in the cool, progressive city of Portland, Oregon, in the bountiful Pacific Northwest. We’re just a bit north of the halfway point between the North Pole and the equator, at roughly the same latitude as Lyon, France; Milan, Italy; and Sapporo, Japan. We’re also at the same latitude as Burlington, Vermont; and Minneapolis, Minnesota (but without the subzero temperatures).

Our student body is made up of American students, international students, and students in between (Third Culture Kids), all living and learning together. This means easy and constant exposure to new cultures and beliefs, challenged assumptions, and expanded worldviews. No matter where your passport was issued, we pride ourselves on creating a community that feels like home.

  • Student performers at the 2019 International Fair.

    of our undergraduate students are from outside the U.S.

  •    Students walking on campus under the cherry blossoms.

    U.S. states represented in our undergraduate student body

  • New Zealand overseas program

    Lewis & Clark offers over 30 study-abroad programs on 6 continents.

  • LC students studying outside

    Average class size for undergraduate students

  • Student athlete competing in a race

    of Lewis & Clark students are varsity athletes.

  • <blockquote><p><p> I was fully convinced to come to L&C after sitting in on a class and experiencing the supportive and collaborative learning environment. </p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/19889-emma-celebrezze">Emma Celebrezze BA ’20</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Saint Paul, Minnesota</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p><p> I was immediately drawn to Lewis & Clark by its natural beauty, and I was also on the hunt for a smaller school that offered close relationships with professors and peers alike.</p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/19658-bijou-macdonald">Bijou Macdonald BA ’21</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Broomfield, Colorado</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I was captivated by the gorgeous scenery, and only grew more in love as our tour guide talked about the small class sizes, the warm community, and the variety of programs L&C offers. I have felt at home since the moment I arrived.</span></p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/14557-haley-wildhirt">Haley Wildhirt BA ’22</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Longmont, Colorado</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p><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></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><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></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><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></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> 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></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> 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></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> What made me come to Lewis & Clark is how much it felt like home. I immediately fell in love with the campus.</p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18310-katie-shimaura">Katie Shimaura BA ’24</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Mililani, Hawai‘i</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p><p> After touring and hearing from the experience of a family friend, I was enamored by the beauty of the campus and the opportunities for travel L&C could offer. I also loved the idea of being close to Portland’s activity, yet also have the peace of the forest nearby.</p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18475-beau-staun-list">Beau Staun-List BA ’25</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Topanga, California</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p><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></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><span style="font-weight: 400;">I liked the small class sizes of Lewis & Clark, and I wanted to be somewhere a little more secluded. When visiting the campus for the first time, I liked the way the school felt like its own little community.</span></p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/14673-elana-goff">Elana Goff BA ’22</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Palo Alto, California</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p><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></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> 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></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>
  • <blockquote><p><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I decided to come to L&C because I wanted to attend a school that would allow me to explore my interests in science without having to sacrifice my love for the humanities.</span></p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/16650-sofia-reeves">Sofia Reeves BA ’23</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Sacramento, California</span></p></blockquote>

Find Your People

At Lewis & Clark, we rally around our shared experience while celebrating and learning from our differences. Our students pride themselves on being individuals, but that does not diminish the feeling of community that you feel on our campus.

You’ll have a chance to both live and study with your classmates, in a close environment that fosters mutual support and understanding. The members of our community represent a wide array of ages, cultures, backgrounds, gender identities, nationalities, sexual orientations, races, ethnicities, and beliefs. We embrace them all.

First-generation students, students of color, and allies find a solid community of support and empowerment led by the Office of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement (IME). IME is dedicated to helping historically marginalized and underrepresented students achieve academic success and become critically conscious and inclusive leaders.

Heart of the City

Straddling the line between a big city and a small town, Portland offers attractions and opportunities for almost any interest. Being so close to downtown provides not only boundless entertainment options, but also internship and job opportunities.

Explore Portland

Experience the Arts

Our arts departments offer some of the most robust opportunities available at a small liberal arts college anywhere. All programs are open to majors and nonmajors alike, with over 70 percent of our students participating deeply in the arts during their time here. You’ll find a strong sense of camaraderie and belonging in the fine arts, as all of our departments are infused with a collaborative spirit and focus on community.

The Platteau is a student art center with the goal of fostering a creative space, open to artists and creative thinkers alike. Students can work in the ceramics studio, darkroom, dance studio, and music studio, or hang out in the central space. The Platteau also hosts regular student events such as open mic nights, poetry readings, and the Drag Show.


Get Involved

College life is definitely not all work and no play. Lewis & Clark’s 110+ student-led clubs and organizations are one of the many ways you can kick back, relax, and have fun. Sure, student clubs and orgs provide opportunities for leadership development, discussion, personal exploration, and intentional learning. But having fun is almost always part of the plan. We have some clubs you’d expect and some you’d never imagine, like Fire Dancing, Prison Abolition, and Cooking With Chemistry.

Student Life

Support When You Need It

Whether you need help with a class paper or someone to talk to, there are many ways to be supported as a student at Lewis & Clark. Successful students are the ones who utilize our resources.

Wellness at Lewis & Clark

Students interacting with faculty in the lab


Lewis & Clark is a place where to love learning is the expectation, and where intellectual engagement is a point of connection. Your classmates will help you unpack complex ideas, and in doing so, you’ll get to know and trust each other. Your professors are part of your community, too, and they will support you as a student and as a person.

Student athlete competing in a cross country race


Our varsity student-athletes are a big, 21-sport family, with room for club sports and intramural athletes, too. Supported by coaches, trainers, and tutors, the athletic community at Lewis & Clark is noteworthy in its strength.

Join Our Community

Ready to immerse yourself in the rich cultural and environmental experiences of the Pacific Northwest region? Embrace the unique opportunities that Lewis & Clark College offers in the heart of the PNW!

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