Location
Portland, OR
Undergrads
2,121
Tuition
$40,330
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: People here are really interesting people. I'm continually amazed at how many really cool, nice, educated and passionate people I meet.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: While our diversity could, and hopefully will be better, the institution really values diversity, and I appreciate that.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Students don't have to declare a major until the end of their sophomore year, although they can any day they want--a friend declared his on the first day of school!

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5 College Sophomore

Majors: There is a fund in my department that reimburses me for different events (professional conferences, networking events, etc.) related to my major.

College Sophomore

Nightlife: I haven't spent enough time exploring the nightlife to give it a rating--that being said, everything I have done has been awesome.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I am so happy that I chose Lewis & Clark. I think a majority of students are too... I really love how easy it is to get involved in things here, the location, the academics and professors, the campus itself, and my fellow students.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: My department is the math department, and it's great. It's pretty small, but that means it's close-knit and there are a ton of opportunities if you look for them.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Most students really care about academics, and are passionate about what they've chosen to study. It's a really non-competitive environment, which I love. The professors I've had have all been awesome and have been interested in knowing me as more that just a student.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: One of my favorite things is all of the wonderful places to eat and explore in downtown Portland (a free 20 minute bus ride from campus). There's such a wide variety of restaurants and food carts that you could never get bored.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The campus is seriously so beautiful. Also, the library is really great and is open 24/7.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The location and aesthetics of the campus are hard to beat. Also exceptional is the College Outdoors program--google it!

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I haven't had an internship, but I've had professors and alumni help me look for opportunities. I was a TA, which was really fun. The class I was a TA for was really small, so the students had my or the professor's whole attention whenever they wanted it. All classes are taught only by professors, so a TA is only there for extra help/extra office hours.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I really like my major choice so far, in the math department. The math department is really friendly and there are always students hanging out in the lounge by the math teachers' offices. I've been to professional conferences already--paid for by the math department--and I'm confident about finding a job after I graduate.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food here is delicious. If only the desserts weren't so good, it would be really hard to not be healthy. I especially love the salad bar and all of the local, organic vegetables. If there's something that you're not seeing and wish you were, there's a good chance that if you write a note and ask for it, you can get it. For instance, last year there never used to be cucumbers and tomatoes at breakfast, but somebody requested them, and now they are served at every breakfast.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I think campus safety is mainly concerned with making sure students are safe, and less concerned with catching people. The officers are really friendly, and for a while last year one of them was bringing his puppy in to play with students who missed their dogs.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't attempted to live off campus so far, but I've been to several different students' houses off campus which were within walking distance, seemed really nice and fun. I think the whole process varies a lot student-to-student. I guess in this part it's worth noting that under most circumstances, students are required to live on-campus for their first two years.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I've never felt unsafe on campus. I've also found the student health office really friendly and helpful in dealing with an injury I got and vaccinations I needed to get before going overseas.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Lewis & Clark feels like it's in a forest separated from Portland, which it kind of is, but the school makes it so easy to go downtown into Portland. We have a free bus that leaves every hour from the student center to the middle of downtown (Pioneer Square, or "Portland's living room"), and on the weekends the bus runs extra late. Portland is wonderful, and has awesome public transportation. There's so much good food and music in Portland, and tons of interesting things to do besides that. I've always felt safe, and Portland locals--the ones that I've met--have a positive view of L&C. I feel like students at L&C are really integrated into Portland. Personally, I go about once a week or more to eat, drink tea, or just hang out.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Fun fact: there's free laundry! Dorms, size-wise, are fairly typical for a college campus. They're really conveniently situated to classes, and the walk to the academic side of campus is stunning. I still haven't gotten used to how beautiful the campus is. I think each dorm has a different vibe and community, but I love that you can always go hang out in different dorms if you're looking for a different feel, and people are really accepting of that. I also think that the campus living staff is awesome--the RAs are some of the kindest, most interesting, and involved people on campus.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I have a great scholarship, which I'm really grateful for. There are also a wide variety of scholarships offered by departments and different offices once you're a student here, that you can get if you look and work for them. Beyond scholarships and work study, there are jobs on campus you can have without needing work study like being a TA, grading papers, being a tutor, etc. I've found an abundance of scholarships, paid research opportunities, reimbursements for special events/workshops, grants, etc.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: I think the student athletes here are a really involved, great bunch. This is not a super athletically-focused school, but I think people come here knowing that and expect to be involved in more than just sports. The athletes are really supportive of each other regardless of team, so it's typical to see a bunch of basketball players at the girls volleyball team.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: I really wish athletics were more popular on campus... I went to every game that I could, but the only other people who would show up, were athletes from other sports. There was absolutely no school spirit. The basketball teams, and the baseball team were the only strong sports that the school had.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I did not have a car, so dining off campus was rather difficult. Unless going with a friend with a car, I would have to take the bus to downtown Portland, but there were not much dining within walking distance of the bus stop, you had to cross the river which was at least a 30 minute walk.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: We do not have a Greek system at L&C. However, that does not keep people from having opinions about it. The popular belief on campus is that those who go greek at other schools are "stupid, self-centered, snobby, and rude." They say that the only thing they are good for is when you visit another school and hit up the parties.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: My comments are solely based on what friends have told me. It is difficult to find reasonably priced off campus living that in near campus. Other than that, every thing is pretty average. L&C is located in a well off neighborhood, making the housing around campus extremely expensive, and the Portland area itself is very expensive.

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Alia Hatlani
Hometown
Manama, Bahrain
Major
Communication
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Though it may be a small school, LC has a lot to offer; the student just has to be willing to go out and get it. While marijuana is openly used on campus, it is not impossible to get away from it, and it's not usually an issue to most students. It is not uncommon to see people walking barefoot in the rain to their classes. But students at LC have a unique bond, due to the small campus size, and it is impossible for a student to walk to class without running into at least two people he or she knows. Of course, the campus is small, and it doesn’t take long for that to become apparent. That being said, the Pioneer Express shuttle comes in handy, making it easy to get away from what can sometimes be referred to as the “LC Bubble."

The academics are challenging, but rewardingly so, and the school’s environment is comfortable enough that the students find it easy to get to know their teachers. It is common for professors to invite students over to their homes for dinner, and most professors usually have daily office hours of which students take advantage. The school offers many opportunities for volunteer work, resume-building workshops, and internships that students can get credit for. The classes at LC are commonly very small and hardly ever exceed 60, with some being as small as 20 students. The students at Lewis & Clark are motivated to do more than sit in a classroom and learn; most are outgoing and have goals they wish to pursue, and are always willing to go out of their way to prepare themselves for whatever it is they wish to achieve.

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