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Lewis & Clark College

Portland, OR 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate69%

Lewis & Clark College Admissions

It is very difficult to get into Lewis & Clark College. Around 69% of applicants get into Lewis & Clark College each year. Out of 6,663 applications received in 2023, 4,570 students were offered admission.

If you are planning on applying to Lewis & Clark College, the deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is 1/15 and there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Students who submit their applications to Lewis & Clark College for fall should hear back from Lewis & Clark College by April 1.

Lewis & Clark College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Lewis & Clark College's admissions stats.

Lewis & Clark College 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.7
Mean SAT Score 1330
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 15%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 9%
Waitlist Yes

Lewis & Clark College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Lewis & Clark College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 1 December 5
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes November 1 December 31
Regular Decision Yes 1 15 April 1

Want to Apply Early to Lewis & Clark College?

Lewis & Clark College offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

🗓️ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 5.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 1. Lewis & Clark College will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 31.

The early decision acceptance rate at Lewis & Clark College is 72%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 69%.

Lewis & Clark College accepts approximately 81% of early action applicants and 69% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, Lewis & Clark College admitted 54 of the 75 students who applied early decision. In 2022, Lewis & Clark College admitted 2,372 of the 2,945 who applied early action.

Some students apply early because they hope it will increase their chances of acceptance. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of acceptance, since it demonstrates that you are very interested in a school.

➡️ Explore a list of some competetive colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Lewis & Clark College Admissions

Transferring to Lewis & Clark College

Transfer student admissions is very difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Lewis & Clark College

In 2022, Lewis & Clark College waitlisted 937 students and 354 accepted a place on the waitlist. Of those, 69 eventually received an admissions offer.

What Does Lewis & Clark College Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are they consider most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Lewis & Clark College

Curious about the factors that are considered by Lewis & Clark College during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Application Essay Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Talent/Ability Important
Volunteer Work Important
Work Experience Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Class Rank Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Lewis & Clark College for more information on admission factors.

Lewis & Clark College Application Requirements

To apply to Lewis & Clark College, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with Lewis & Clark College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Lewis & Clark College?

Students admitted to Lewis & Clark College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.7.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Lewis & Clark College is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 15% of Lewis & Clark College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 9% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Lewis & Clark College?

To be competitive with other Lewis & Clark College applicants, you should aim to earn between 1270 and 1400 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Lewis & Clark College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1400 and 25% of scored lower than 1270, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Lewis & Clark College student is 1330.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Lewis & Clark College students scored 680 or higher and 75% of students scored 650 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Lewis & Clark College students scored 720 or higher, and 75% scored a 650 or higher.

To be most competitive at Lewis & Clark College, you should strive to earn between 29 and 32 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 32 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Lewis & Clark College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 32, and three out of four students scored lower than 32 on the ACT.

A 29 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Lewis & Clark College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 29.

More Information on Transferring to Lewis & Clark College

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to Lewis & Clark College.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is July 1.

Transfer students can enroll in Lewis & Clark College during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Lewis & Clark College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Lewis & Clark College?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Lewis & Clark College.

Does Lewis & Clark College accept transfer credits?

✅ Lewis & Clark College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Lewis & Clark College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Lewis & Clark College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Lewis & Clark College?

❌ No, Lewis & Clark College is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you should strongly consider submitting them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Lewis & Clark College's acceptance rate?

✅ Lewis & Clark College has an acceptance rate of 69%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Lewis & Clark College?

✅ Lewis & Clark College's early decision acceptance rate was 72% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Lewis & Clark College?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at Lewis & Clark College was 81% in 2021.

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Lewis & Clark College Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into Lewis & Clark College? Lewis & Clark College is a very selective institution. The Lewis & Clark College acceptance rate is 69%. This means that the institution accepts 68 out of every 100 applicants.


Lewis & Clark College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Jul 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Lewis & Clark College is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Lewis & Clark College is Jul 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Lewis & Clark College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1270 - 1400


Math SAT Range

610 - 680


Reading SAT Range

650 - 720

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1400 and Above


1270 to 1400


1270 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Lewis & Clark College students is 1330. Applicants with SAT scores of 1400 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Lewis & Clark College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1270 to 1400 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1270 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Lewis & Clark College.

Lewis & Clark College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Lewis & Clark College, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.72. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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