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3 College Junior

Diversity: We have athletics and various international students, and a high acceptance for the LGBT community, which allows the campus to be diverse.

5 College Sophomore

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

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: most people are very liberal, which is very different than my hometown. It was almost too open for me because some things felt as though the heterosexual individuals were the ones treated differently

2 College Freshman

Diversity: This is one of my biggest warnings. IF YOU ARE NOT EXTREMELY LIBERAL, DO NOT GO HERE. They are NOT accepting of diverse political beliefs. Aside from that, there's a bit of ethnic and a lot of sexual orientation and gender diversity.

2 College Junior

Diversity: SO many white people, and then the international students...

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  • 23rd
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  • 608th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Alia Hatlani
Manama, Bahrain
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Though the school’s population itself may not be very diverse, Lewis & Clark definitely tries its best to emphasize its international education. There are two major fairs each year, the Multicultural Fair and the International Fair, which consist of the international students on campus coming together to celebrate diversity. There is always food from around the globe, plus music, dancing, and traditional dress. Students spend the first six months leading up to the International Fair planning for it, so it is usually a big event. That being said, the school tries, but in reality, it's definitely lacking in diversity statistically, as only 9 percent of the undergraduate student body consists of international students.

The majority of the school’s population is made up of middle- to upper-class white kids, and there’s a good chance they’re from California. On the other hand, Portland itself is a very white city. Though the school is lacking in ethnic diversity, students are definitely very accepting of those who come from international backgrounds. There is a noticeable Asian population at the school, and quite a few Middle Eastern students, too. Since LC has a great English as a Second Language (ESL) program, a lot of international students will come for a year to get their English up to par. With the school’s massive study abroad program, LC is not in need of international emphasis, but a larger international population.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Foreign countries
  • Minnesota
  • Washington
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 29%
20-21: 29%
22-24: 17%
25+: 26%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 1%
Asian American: 3%
Hispanic: 4%
International: 1%
Native American: 1%
White: 78%
Unknown: 12%
Gay Pride
The students at Lewis & Clark are extremely open as well as accepting of homosexuality. There is also the Unisex support group on campus.
Political Activity
Politically and socially, students at Lewis & Clark are very liberal, and some are drawn to the school for that reason. That's not to say students at LC aren't accepting; you just may want to anticipate a debate or two every now and then. Also very popular is environmental activism, with many students majoring in environmental studies.
Economic Status
LC has a pretty good financial aid program, as well as a good amount of merit scholarships that students can apply for or are simply awarded. Despite this, a good majority of the LC student body comes from middle- to upper-class white families from California, Washington, and Oregon. While the campus may not be very diverse, the administration does try to celebrate what little diversity the school has through events such as the Multicultural Fair.
Most Common Religions
Christianity is the most common religion; however, you have to look pretty hard to find somebody overly religious at LC. A lot of students that come to the school religious usually end up reconsidering their religious fervor by the end of their undergraduate career.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Black Student Union, Hawaii Club, Unisex, Jewish Student Union, LC College Republicans, Third Culture Kids, and the Asian Student Union (ASU) are a few minority groups on campus.
Did You Know?
The Third Culture Kids program aims to bring together students from across the globe to connect and share their experiences.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 27 responses

  • 4% Libertarian
  • 4% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 4% Conservative
  • 22% Moderate
  • 41% Liberal
  • 26% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 26 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 4% Conservative
  • 8% Moderate
  • 0% Not sure
  • 23% Liberal
  • 65% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 28 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 27 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 27 responses

  • 7% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 4% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 26% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 63% Very accepting.
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