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Lewis & Clark College
Motto Explorare, Discere, Sociare (Latin)
Motto in English To explore, to learn, to work together
Established 1867
Type Private
Endowment $231.2 million [1]
President Interim President Jane Monnig Atkinson
Staff 745 (All three schools)
Undergraduates 1,964 (fall 2005)
Postgraduates 1,469 (fall 2005)
Location Portland, OR, USA
45°27′03″N 122°40′12″W / 45.450891°N 122.670117°W / 45.450891; -122.670117Coordinates: 45°27′03″N 122°40′12″W / 45.450891°N 122.670117°W / 45.450891; -122.670117
Campus Residential, 137 acres
Mascot Pioneers

Lewis & Clark College is a private, independent, liberal arts college in Portland, Oregon, United States. It was chartered as the Albany Collegiate Institute in 1867 in the town of Albany, 65 miles (105 km) south of Portland by Willamette Valley Presbyterian pioneers, and relocated to Portland in 1938. With antecedents dating to 1858, Lewis & Clark is one of four colleges in Oregon (along with Willamette University, Pacific University, and Linfield College) with foundations that predate Oregon's statehood. The College has been coeducational since the first class, which graduated in 1873.

In 1942 the school adopted the name Lewis & Clark College after the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Today, the three schools of the college and their supporting offices occupy a campus of 137 acres (554,000 m²), centered on the M. Lloyd Frank Estate on Palatine Hill in the Collins View neighborhood of Southwest Portland.



Albany College Administration Building

The college was founded as the Albany Academy in Albany, Oregon, with incorporation in 1858.[2] In 1866, the school name was changed to Albany Collegiate Institution, and the next year the Presbyterian church founded Albany College.[2] The early school’s campus of 7 acres (28,000 m2) in Albany was situated on land donated by the Monteith family. In 1892, the original school building was enlarged, and in 1925 the school re-located south of Albany where it remained until 1937.[2]

A junior college was established in 1934 to the north in Portland, with the entire school moving to Portland in 1939.[2] The campus grounds later became home to the federal government's Albany Research Center.[3] In 1942 the College trustees acquired the Lloyd Frank (of the historic Portland department store Meier & Frank) “Fir Acres” estate in Southwest Portland, and the school name was changed to Lewis & Clark College.[2] The original school mascots, the Pirates, was changed to the Pioneers in 1946.


University rankings (overall)

USNWR Liberal Arts[4] 71

The three schools of the college include the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), the Law School, and the Graduate School of Education and Counseling.

CAS departments include Art, East Asian Studies, English, Foreign Languages and Literatures (French, Chinese, German, Greek, Spanish, Latin, Russian, and Japanese), History, Music, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Theatre, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science & Mathematics, Environmental Studies, Physics, Communication, Economics, Classical Studies, Gender Studies, International Affairs, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology, and Academic English Studies.

Lewis & Clark has nationally-regarded programs in Biology, International Affairs, Psychology and Environmental Studies, and several Political Science students have recently received prestigious awards in that field.[citation needed] The college has held two worldwide symphonic festivals in the past five years with professional-level performances in Dublin and the Greek islands. Lewis & Clark is ranked 71st in the list of best liberal arts colleges in U.S. News & World Report's 2009 rankings.[5]



Campus overview

Frank Manor House

Lewis & Clark's 137 acre forested campus sits atop Palatine Hill in the Collins View neighborhood of Portland, Oregon, and is contiguous with the 645-acre (2.61 km2) Tryon Creek State Natural Area. Campus buildings include an award-winning environmentally sustainable academic building,[6] as well as notable historic architecture such as the Frank Manor House and Rogers Hall (formerly Our Lady of Angels convent of The Sisters of St. Francis).[citation needed] Due in large part to the college's natural environment, Lewis & Clark was recently named one of America's top ten "Most Beautiful Campuses" by the Princeton Review,[7] as well as an independent architecture blog.[8]

Residence halls

Stewart Residence Hall

All students are required to live on campus for the first two years, unless already a Portland resident.[9] Residence halls include SOA (Stewart-Odell-Akin), Forest, Hartzfeld, Platt-Howard, Copeland and also include East, Roberts, and West, the on campus apartments.

Several of the student residence halls have themes. Stewart is "Substance Free/Wellness", providing a home for those who wish to live in a drug and alcohol-free environment. Akin is known as the "Multicultural Dorm", hosting a majority of students from outside of the United States as well as some U.S. students with international experience. Platt-Howard: Platt West houses the Platteau student-run arts center, and the "Visual and Performing Arts" (or VAPA) and Howard has an "Outdoor Floor". Hartzfeld requires sophomore standing or higher to live in. East Hall, Roberts Hall and West Hall are a series of on-campus apartments completed in 2003 and require junior class standing or higher to live in. The college is also experimenting with Language Floors beginning in the academic year 2009-2010.

Student Life


Roses are abundant at Lewis & Clark College.

Sustainability is an important issue for many students, faculty, and college administrators. Currently, wind power provides 30% of the college's total electricity[10], and LEED 'Certified' level must be met for all of the college's projects.[11]


Lewis & Clark maintains 9 male and 10 female varsity sports teams, and athletic facilities including Pamplin Sports Center and Griswold Stadium.[12] One in five undergraduates are officially designated student athletes.[13] While some athletic events are well attended, there has long been tension between varsity athletes and non-athletes regarding perceived social and cultural differences, as well as the substantial financial support varsity sports teams enjoy.[14][15]

A large number of smaller club and intramural sports such as Ultimate Frisbee,[16] Boffing,[17] and college outdoors[18] enjoy broad participation. Lewis & Clark students have invented several intramural competitive sports, including Ninja[19] and Wolvetch,[20] which are popular at Lewis & Clark but seldom played elsewhere.


Throughout the year the college operates a shuttle bus between campus and Pioneer Square in downtown Portland (called the Pio Express, or colloquially The Raz, due to its operation by Raz Transportation). During winter months they also operate a weekly shuttle to Mount Hood Meadows Ski Resort. TriMet line 39 operates between the college and the Burlingame transit center, where students can transfer to buses to downtown Portland. First year students are not permitted to have cars on campus.

Notable faculty, staff, and trustees

Miller Center for the Humanities

Notable alumni

Flanagan Chapel, site of various on-campus religious services and weddings.


  1. ^ About Lewis & Clark - Quick Facts Lewis & Clark College
  2. ^ a b c d e Corning, Howard M. Dictionary of Oregon History. Binfords & Mort Publishing, 1956.
  3. ^ Friedman, Ralph (1990). In Search of Western Oregon. Caxton Press. p. 499. ISBN 9780870043321. 
  4. ^ "Liberal Arts Colleges Rankings". America's Best Colleges 2009. U.S. News & World Report. 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-18. 
  5. ^ Liberal Arts Colleges: Top Schools America's Best Colleges 2008 - U.S. News & World Report
  6. ^ "College dedicates Howard Hall, celebrates sustainability efforts". Retrieved 2009-12-11. 
  7. ^ "Quality of Life: Most Beautiful Campus". Princeton Review. Retrieved 2009-12-11. 
  8. ^ "America's ten "most beautiful" college campuses". StructureHub. Retrieved 2009-12-11. 
  9. ^ Housing Information Lewis & Clark College
  10. ^ "Implementation Profile for Lewis & Clark College". ACUPCC. Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  11. ^ "Green Building". Lewis & Clark College. Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  12. ^ "Lewis & Clark Athletic Facilities". Lewis & Clark. Retrieved 2009-12-19. 
  13. ^ "The Weekly Wheel House: Unexcused absence". The PioLog. Retrieved 2009-12-19. 
  14. ^ "The Neverending Story". The PioLog. Retrieved 2009-12-19. 
  15. ^ "Athletics giveaway sparks controversy among LC students". The Piolog. Retrieved 2009-12-19. 
  16. ^ "LC Golf and Ultimate". The Piolog. Retrieved 2009-12-19. 
  17. ^ "Boffing!". The Piolog. Retrieved 2009-12-19. 
  18. ^ "Lewis & Clark College Outdoors". Lewis & Clark. Retrieved 2009-12-19. 
  19. ^ "This is a video about ninjas at Lewis & Clark". Lewis & Clark. Retrieved 2009-12-19. 
  20. ^ "Wolvetch Crawls on All Fours". The Piolog. Retrieved 2009-12-19. 
  21. ^ Stephen Dow Beckham Lewis & Clark College
  22. ^ "Spider Woman" The New Yorker, March 5, 2007
  23. ^ Schmidt, Peter (November 28, 2008). "4 Faculty Members Win U.S. Professor of the Year Awards". The Chronicle of Higher Education: p. A9. 
  24. ^ Lewis & Clark's Michael Mooney: The Real Story Willamette Week
  25. ^ Board of Trustees, 2007-08 Lewis & Clark College
  26. ^ Rutsala gives reading at Lewis & Clark Lewis & Clark College
  27. ^ Kim Stafford's Home Page Lewis & Clark College
  28. ^ An Unknown Treasure Among Us: The Work of Lewis & Clark’s Own William Stafford Letter of the Law
  29. ^ Publications and Presentations Campus Connections
  30. ^ Granted - Mary Szybist Electronic Potery Review
  31. ^ Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR 3rd)
  32. ^ [1] Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
  33. ^ [2] Lewis & Clark College Past Alumni Award Recipients
  34. ^ Ever Carradine '96 Lewis & Clark Alumni
  35. ^ Class News - 1990s Lewis & Clark Chronicle
  36. ^ United States Military Biography
  37. ^ "Judges of the United States Courts". Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  38. ^ Media frenzy descends on Lewis & Clark Pioneer Log
  39. ^ Ronald A. Marks Lewis & Clark Alumni
  40. ^ Moore wins Miss Oregon USA title Lewis & Clark College
  41. ^ [3] Lewis & Clark College Forensics
  42. ^ Pete Ward Sports Illustrated


  • Lewis & Clark College (2005). "Academics". Retrieved July 26, 2005.
  • Princeton Review (2006). [4]

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