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4 College Freshman

Athletics: There isn't as much emphasis on the varsity athletics. There are multiple classes and intramurals that are designed to be inclusive and fun though!

4 College Junior

Athletics: The entire school community is passionate about all of their sports teams.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The athletics ties the student community together.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: There are sports, but not a lot of fan support

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics here play a very small part. If you are going to join a team make sure you love the sport, because very few people will ever show up to games, races, or meets. Club sports, like the frisbee team, are open to anyone and seem to be more fun and more popular that the actual athletic teams on campus.

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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 popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 54 responses

  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 11% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 57% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 31% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 54 responses

  • 35% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 11% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 50% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 4% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 53 responses

  • 2% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 43% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 49% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 6% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
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