• <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.

  • Professor Ken Clifton leading a safari in Tarangire.


    Sixty percent of our undergraduates study overseas as part of their Lewis & Clark education. 

  •    Students walking on campus under the cherry blossoms.


    U.S. states represented in our undergraduate student body

  • Lewis & Clark football players celebrating a touchdown.


    L&C has 21 varsity sports teams. See the full list!

  • Lewis & Clark students in the snow during a College Outdoors trip.


    College Outdoors offers over 100 trips per year.

  • International Fair 2019


    nationalities represented in our undergraduate student body

  • <blockquote><p><p> Along with basketball, the culture, curriculum, and community here will help me foster success long after college. L&C offered the perfect environment where I can play the sport I love, explore my passions with the support of a forward-thinking community, and experience the ever-evolving city of Portland!</p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18356-sebastian-deprez">Sebastian DePrez BA ’25</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Upland, California</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p><p> I wanted a small community that offered a supportive environment that was not cutthroat. I also wanted to be able to do an intense STEM major while playing tennis.</p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18331-arielle-bloom">Arielle Bloom BA ’24</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Portland, Oregon</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p><p> I ultimately chose Lewis & Clark because I felt that given my interests, the studies L&C has to offer best suited me and would prepare me for life after graduation.</p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/17800-jade-weihz">Jade Weihz BA ’23</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Phillipsburg, New Jersey</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I wanted to come to L&C because of the campus. It just felt right when I visited, and I could picture myself here in a way that I couldn’t at other schools.</span></p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18309-jemma-montgomery">Jemma Montgomery BA ’23</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Minneapolis, Minnesota</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The environment of Lewis & Clark was unlike any other college I visited. It is an amazing place to wake up to every day.</span></p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/16643-whitney-maxfield">Whitney Maxfield BA ’25</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Riverton, Utah</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> I tried going to another school, but I ended up struggling greatly there and had to withdraw for my own mental health. Once I felt ready for a four-year school again, I realized that the supportive, friendly environment I felt at L&C was exactly the kind of atmosphere I needed to be able to succeed at college—and I was right!</p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/19756-terin-trachtenberg">Terin Trachtenberg BA ’21</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Lincoln City, Oregon</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> I appreciated that L&C is in a place with easy access to the outdoors and a vibrant city, while also feeling like it held its own space. I also loved the flexibility of course selections. I was able to double major, pursue extracurriculars, and study abroad.</p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/19705-ana-sundvall">Ana Sundvall BA ’21</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Boulder, Colorado</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I wanted to come to L&C because the campus was so inviting when I visited. I loved how green the campus was, and the small class sizes were really attractive as well.</span></p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/16644-annabelle-rousseau">Annabelle Rousseau BA ’23</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Modesto, California</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p><p> I chose to attend L&C because I wanted a warm campus environment, while also having the ability to immerse myself in a new city.</p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/19888-tyler-langley">Tyler Langley BA ’22</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Los Angeles, California</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">L&C has changed me by being an accepting and welcoming environment in which I was able to spread my wings. I have left my comfort zone, created amazing relationships with my peers and professors, and become a more well-rounded individual during my time here.</span></p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/16642-zoe-sanderson">Zoë Sanderson BA ’24</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Eugene, Oregon</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p><p> I wanted a school small enough that I would be able to regularly see familiar faces on walks around campus, but big enough that I would still have opportunities to meet new folks, and L&C does just that!</p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/18354-mack-mae">Mack Mae BA ’25</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Ogden, Utah</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I wanted to go to a school where I’d have fruitful academic discussions with my professors and fellow students. I was also inspired by the beauty of the campus and, after visiting, felt like I was at home.</span></p></p><p class="quote-author"><a class="quoted-profile_name" href="/live/profiles/14674-mateo-kaiser">Mateo Kaiser BA ’23</a><br/><span class="quoted-profile_meta">Mountain View, California</span></p></blockquote>
  • <blockquote><p><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></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>

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


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.

Experience the Arts

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.

Program List

Student athlete competing in a cross country race

DIII Competition

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.