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Lewis & Clark College

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Sacajawea guided Lewis & Clark’s expedition, and she guides students at their namesake college as they explore and discover.

“Exploration and Discovery” is a big theme at Lewis & Clark College, one of the few small, liberal arts colleges based in a major city.  L&C is about 6 miles from downtown Portland, and students take advantage of the job and internship opportunities, as well as cultural activities, that are just a quick 15 minute bus ride away.

The largest major at Lewis & Clark is psychology, but strong programs include Foreign Languages (students can become conversant in several languages in this major), English, International Affairs, Biology, Environmental Sciences, Economics, Philosophy and Sociology.  There is a fairly new Entrepreneurship program (not a major or minor, yet) which encourages students to come up with new business ideas and gives them funding to launch those concepts.  The Math department is also strong, and all Lewis & Clark students are required to take at least one math course during their time here.

The hallmark of the Lewis & Clark education is the close interaction with faculty, who truly care about providing a well-rounded education for their students.  Faculty help students take their liberal arts core and apply it to the real world.  I had dinner with Prof. Naiomi Cameron, who teaches in the math department.  Cameron is an inspiration and would make a fabulous mentor for any student who has even a fleeting interest in math.

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Students keep their on-campus mailboxes for all four years, and sometimes inherit the decorations of the last student to own that mailbox.

I loved the campus at Lewis & Clark and more importantly, I loved the feel.  The students we met were engaging and very happy with their college choice.  The professors were absolutely devoted to giving their students the best college experience imaginable.  Sixty-five percent of all students have an overseas/study abroad opportunity.  Freshmen and sophomores all live on campus; sixty percent of juniors and seniors stay on campus.  Students are very involved and about 40% participate in varsity, club or intramural sports.

About 10-12% of Lewis & Clark applicants opt not to send test scores, but these students are generally very high-performing in the classroom, with a 3.7 GPA.  Students who choose the ‘portfolio path’ must submit 2 pieces of graded work, one example of analytical writing, plus quantitative work (could be math or science) and 2 teacher recommendations.  Lewis & Clark’s admissions officers are happy to work with students who chose not to submit test scores, but want to make sure applicants are prepared for the rigorous academics here.

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The reflecting pond sometimes has a view of Mt. Hood.

Lewis & Clark’s campus is stunning, with Mt. Hood visible from several locations on this hilly and wooded campus.  I loved my tour of Lewis & Clark and took a quick video of my tour guide Megan; you can see that in this post.  You can see all of my photos from Lewis & Clark here.

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