L&C is a great place for student who are motivated to learn, who want to give back to their community, and who appreciate a well-rounded education. The professors are so helpful and available - take the time to get to know them! And if you want to have fun outside of school, get to know Portland. There are so many opportunities for music, theatre, amazing food, and outdoor activities!
Lewis and Clark is an excellent small liberal arts college nestled in the forest on the SW side of Portland, Oregon. Besides being extremely gorgeous, the campus is conveniently located just 10 minutes from downtown. The school is very welcoming and the academics are great. The only issue I've found is the high school like drama that students can sometimes get wrapped up in.
The professors here are really great, and go out of their way to meet with you in office hours, or outside of office hours. I have had problems with the financial aid office. When I went in and asked for more information about scholarships, and whether or not sophomores could get a scholarship that covers all of the expenses, the head of the financial aid department just laughed at me. The campus is beautiful, and the library is nice but often noisy.
It's extremely expensive. Little socioeconomic diversity. Very liberal. Very politically active. A lot of overachievers in the sciences. The social culture is kind of strange and not super inclusive. Lots of emphasis on studying abroad - they make it very easy to do so without your class schedule/track to graduation. Not a ton of variety of places to study abroad, though (but it IS a small school). Very small class sizes and lots of discussions.
While at times it can seem like a bit of a privileged bubble, Lewis & Clark College is a fantastic institution that fosters learning and communication. The community is small enough that it feels personal, but close enough to a big city that students can be a part of a larger group. There are resources for every student; one-on-one time with professors, help with personal issues, and places to go for advice. The international studies program is incredible, and from personal experience, the study abroad options are life-changing. I wouldn't change my decision to attend Lewis & Clark if I had the option--I believe this school has made me a bigger, more outgoing, and curious person, a proficient adult, and really prepared me for life after graduation.
I absolutely love my school. Honestly, I think the biggest downside that people have is it is so extremely liberal that if you're conservative or even moderate, you may feel it's difficult to speak your mind politically. But that's it. The food is ok/pretty good. It's actually pretty good, but the problem is it's a weekly menu so it's very repetitive, and you get used to the food so it doesn't seem as great. Housing is pretty good, some of the halls have new bathrooms, others have new carpet and mattresses. There's not a huge party scene on campus; you can rely on the sports teams to have parties, but that's it, otherwise it's just up to you and your friends. The campus is beautiful; there's a reflecting pool that looks out to Mt Hood, lots of greenery and gardens, and there's a ravine through the middle of campus. The problem is that parking is limited, so basically only upperclassmen and professors have cars, and the school is in a residential area, so you have to Uber or Lyft to get to restaurants or stores. There is a free shuttle that runs to Portland, but if you want to go to any of the other surrounding areas you have to rent a car or Uber. I find everyone to be pretty friendly, and the professors are wonderful. They're easy to talk to and have office hours, sometimes you run into them at the coffee shop on campus and they'll buy you a drink. I love my school and highly recommend it to others who are interested.
Not worth your money and not worth your time.
Lewis and Clark college is a great place to go for undergraduate. There are many ways to explore options for majors and professors are available to guide you to your dream. I think that if I could do it all again I would choose Lewis and Cark becauseI have found a group of students who all want to engage intellectually in and outside of the classroom and who make learning fun.
The IT team sucks. They have draconian internet. Expect to install programs that run on a low level on your computer. Don't expect to get any assurance that the program does not monitor you.
If you're looking for a liberal arts college it's the place for you. The campus is beautiful and quiet. They are willing to work with you on finances, and the college is competitive. Being right outside of Portland there is a lot of opportunity for off campus fun. There are shuttles available for students to go into the city.
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