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Study at Lewis & Clark College

Lewis & Clark College, also known as L & C, is an independent, private college of liberal arts located in Portland, New York, United States. It was established in 1867 as the Albany Collegiate Institute. It was renamed to Lewis & Clark College in 1942. The college s main campus spreads across an area of more than 130 acres. L & C is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Graduate School of Education and Counseling
  • School of Law
L & C’s athletics department fields both men’s and women’s sports teams. The athletes participate in various events and intercollegiate sports including baseball, cross country, football, golf, rowing, swimming, tennis, and track & field. Their sports teams are nicknamed the Pioneers.

Profile of Lewis & Clark College

Lewis & Clark is found in Portland, OR. Portland is a large city. The school is a private, not-for-profit institution. Students can earn degrees up to and including the Doctoral degree at Lewis & Clark.

Course Topics

The school is known for its programs in law, art studies, education and teaching, and therapy and counseling.

Lewis & Clark Selectivity

Admission to Lewis & Clark is not automatic; not everyone who applies gets in. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 590. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 570 and 680.


Lewis & Clark maintains a faculty/student ratio (full-time) which is better than most colleges. The school has a tenure system for senior faculty. The full-time faculty at Lewis & Clark is well-paid, which often goes with faculty quality.

Student enrolment

Students numbered 3,562 in 2007 at the school.

Student Life

Full-time students are the norm at Lewis & Clark. The school offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. Lewis & Clark offers students meal plans. The school values student athletics, and belongs to the Northwest Conference.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"The mission of Lewis & Clark College is to know the traditions of the liberal arts, to test their boundaries through ongoing exploration, and to hand on to successive generations the tools and discoveries of this quest. By these means the College pursues the aims of all liberal learning: to seek knowledge for its own sake and to prepare for civic leadership. The College carries out this mission through undergraduate programs in the arts and sciences and postgraduate programs in the closely related professions of education, counseling, and law. The College mounts these programs as both separately valid and mutually supportive enterprises. In all its endeavors it seeks to be a community of scholars who are alive to inquiry, open to diversity, and disciplined to work in an interdependent world. "

Lewis & Clark Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Education and Teaching431elementary school teaching, educational administration, school counseling, English teaching, social science teaching, special ed, education, ESL instruction, . . .
Law227law, advanced legal research
Liberal Arts224international relations, English, sociology, history, economics, political science, Spanish language, East Asian studies, . . .
Therapy and Counseling133 psychology, counseling psychology, school psychology, substance abuse counseling, marriage and family therapy
Science 48biology, biochemistry, physics, chemistry
Art Studies33art studies
Religion and Philosophy21religion, philosophy
Media19communication studies
Conservation and Resource Management14environmental studies
Computer Science and Engineering7computer science
Drama and Performing Arts7drama
Business and Management1managerial economics

Contact: Lewis & Clark

Lewis & Clark College

0615 S W Palatine Hill Rd

Portland, OR 97219-7899

General Phone: (503) 768-7000


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