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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics are pretty non existent at Lewis and Clark

3 College Junior

Athletics: No body seems to care unless they personally know someone on the team.

2 College Freshman

Athletics: Varsity athletics is not a forte of LC.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Unfortunately, Lewis & Clark College doesn't contain much school spirit and being a D-3 school, we don't often win our games. However, our women's basketball team is great!

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Being an athlete is fun, but athletes are not an esteemed part of school life and don't get great conditions (gym, money etc)

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 871st
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 1238th
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Alia Hatlani
Manama, Bahrain
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The majority of the student population generally overlooks the athletics at Lewis & Clark, and you’ll hardly ever find a non-athlete attending a home game. Athletes are usually the only people supporting each other, in addition to the professors. LC does have good exercise equipment, though, including a fully decked-out weight room that is open to the entire student body and an indoor pool that can be used during open hours.

There is definitely a split in the school between the athletes and the rest of the student body, as each group usually makes the choice to separate themselves from each other. Student support is greatly appreciated by the athletic teams. With that being said, it’s usually a big deal if a game has a big turnout, and you can always tell that the teams are grateful.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: Northwest Conference
Basketball: Northwest Conference
School Colors
Orange and black
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
154 - 20%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
161 - 14%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Dance
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Table tennis
  • Taekwondo
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Basketball
  • Capture the Flag
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Frisbee golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Table tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Boathouse at Oaks Park
  • Estate Pool and Estate Courts
  • Griswold Stadium
  • Huston Sports Complex
  • Milo McIver State Park
  • Pamplin Sports Center
  • Tennis Dome
  • Zehntbauer Swimming Pavilion
Most Popular Sports
The crew team has the largest number of participants and is the most talked-about sport on campus. Football has the next largest representation, but only people that are somehow connected to the athletics pay attention. Rarely do students who are uninvolved with the sports teams show up to games. Athletes tend to hang around each other, so most sports events are attended by student athletes, athletes' parents, old alums living in the past, Piolog reporters (the student-run newspaper) forced to write about the story, and photographers or friends who were guilted into attending. Sports do exist at the school; they're just overlooked by students that aren't athletes.
Most Overlooked Teams
All teams are overlooked and neglected by the general student body, excluding the athletes, who are usually the only ones attending the games.
School Spirit
School spirit does exist, just mainly pride for the school and not the athletic teams. Sporting events are usually only attended by the other athletic teams. There aren't any cheerleaders, but there is a dance team for halftime at football games. There's always a pretty good turnout to school events, such as Fall Ball, the International Fair, and Midnight Breakfast.
Getting Tickets
There is no need to worry about tickets for sporting events; all students attend for free. Tickets for things like dances are sold at tables outside Fields Dining Room and sometimes in J.R. Howard Hall, where many classes are held.
Best Place to Take a Walk
It all depends on the scenery the student is looking for. Tryon Creek State Park, just a five-minute walk from campus, features eight miles of hiking trails and gorgeous scenery. On campus, there are many trails running through the woods. When the weather is nice, Portland can be one of the greatest places for taking a stroll.
Did You Know?
Lewis & Clark offers the College Outdoors program, which offers more than 100 trips that include white-water rafting, sea kayaking, cross-country skiing, and hiking.

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 29 responses

  • 10% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 55% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 31% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 3% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 30 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 60% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 13% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 27% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 30 responses

  • 37% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 53% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 10% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
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