Graduate Student Life

At Lewis & Clark, we focus on building and nurturing the relationships that underpin the best teaching and counseling. Here, you will make lifelong connections with fellow students, faculty, and the communities you serve.

Life in Portland

From its vibrant food scene to its DIY arts and tech culture, Portland is consistently rated one of America’s top cities. But it’s also home to a thriving community of educators and counselors, many of whom serve as mentors and supervisors to graduate students during practicum and internship experiences. From teaching to research to service, our students and faculty serve and collaborate with vibrant and varied schools, mental health agencies, professional organizations, community groups and individuals. Our students are part of the engine that keeps Portland’s schools and mental health agencies thriving. 

Supporting You

We work to support students through their academic career, whether it’s health and wellness services, technology, or helping you find housing. Graduate students can connect for on-campus advocacy, organized social events, and academic and professional development through the Student Union Network (SUN).

For diverse students and those interested in multicultural perspectives and support, the Office of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement and the Graduate Students of Color Alliance (GSOCA) are wonderful resources. Other available resources are detailed on the Student Resources page.

Critical information about graduate school policies can be found in the student handbook, The Navigator


Many of our students have the opportunity to conduct research, either independently or collaboratively with faculty. Students are able to apply for travel funds in order to present original research.