Lewis & Clark College: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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Lewis & Clark College is a private liberal arts college with an acceptance rate of 74%. Located in Portland, Oregon, Lewis & Clark has a strong global focus and has won national recognition for its efforts to promote community service and careers in public service. Its academic strengths have earned Lewis & Clark a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. The college has a 12-to-1 student / faculty ratio, and an average class size of 17. Undergraduates have a choice of 29 bachelor's degree programs with psychology, sociology, and international relations among the most popular.

Considering applying to Lewis & Clark College? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Lewis & Clark College had an acceptance rate of 74%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 74 students were admitted, making Lewis & Clark's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 6,139
Percent Admitted 74%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 12%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Lewis & Clark College has a test-optional standardized testing policy. Applicants to Lewis & Clark may submit SAT or ACT scores to the school, or they may submit an optional academic portfolio. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 53% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 640 710
Math 590 680
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that of those students who submitted scores during the 2017-18 admissions cycle, most of Lewis & Clark's admitted students fall within the top 20% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Lewis & Clark scored between 640 and 710, while 25% scored below 640 and 25% scored above 710. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 590 and 680, while 25% scored below 590 and 25% scored above 680. While the SAT is not required, this data tells us that a composite SAT score of 1390 or higher is competitive for Lewis & Clark.

Requirements

Lewis & Clark College does not require SAT scores for admission. For students who choose to submit scores, note that Lewis & Clark participates in the scorechoice program, meaning that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates. Lewis & Clark does not require the essay section of the SAT.

Applicants who apply test-optional must submit an academic portfolio consisting of: one graded analytical paper, one graded quantitative/scientific work, and two academic teacher evaluations.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Lewis & Clark has a test-optional standardized testing policy. Applicants to Lewis & Clark may submit SAT or ACT scores to the school, or they may submit an optional academic portfolio. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 39% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 27 34
Math 25 29
Composite 27 31

This admissions data tells us that of those who submitted scores during the 2017-18 admissions cycle, most of Lewis & Clark's admitted students fall within the top 14% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Lewis & Clark received a composite ACT score between 27 and 31, while 25% scored above 31 and 25% scored below 27.

Requirements

Note that Lewis & Clark does not require ACT scores for admission. For students who choose to submit scores, Lewis & Clark participates in the scorechoice program, meaning that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all ACT test dates. Lewis & Clark does not require the ACT writing section.

Applicants who apply test-optional must submit an academic portfolio consisting of: one graded analytical paper, one graded quantitative/scientific work, and two academic teacher evaluations.

GPA

In 2018, the middle 50% of Lewis & Clark College's incming class had high school GPAs between 3.74 and 4.33. 25% had a GPA above 4.33, and 25% had a GPA below 3.74. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Lewis & Clark have primarily A grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Lewis & Clark College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Lewis & Clark College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Lewis & Clark College. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Lewis & Clark, which accepts fewer than three-quarters of applicants, has a competitive admissions pool with high average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs. However, Lewis & Clark also has a holistic admissions process and is test-optional, and admissions decisions are based on much more than numbers. A strong application essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. The college is looking for students who will contribute to the campus community in meaningful ways, not just students who show promise in the classroom. While not required, Lewis & Clark recommends interviews for interested applicants. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and scores are outside of Lewis & Clark's average range.

In the scattergram above, the blue and green dots represent students admitted to Lewis & Clark. Most had SAT scores of 1200 or higher, ACT composite scores of 25 or higher, and high school averages of a "B+" or higher. Grades and test scores above these lower ranges will improve an applicant's chances, and you can see that the great majority of admitted students had grades in the "A" range. Note that test scores are less important than grades in the admissions process due to Lewis & Clark's test-optional admissions process.

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