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.