Lewis-Clark State College

500 8th Ave, Lewiston, ID 83501-2698

School Details

Lewis-Clark State College is a four-year public school located in Lewiston, Idaho.  Governor William J. McConnell founded the school in 1893 as the Lewiston State Normal School, a teacher training school.  In 1917, the school’s Administrative Building suffered from severe damage in a fire that was later concluded to be the act of arson and was believed to be committed by a student. In 1951, the school was closed after too many veterans funded by the G.I. Bill were accepted into the school and there weren’t enough teachers to supply the new inflow of students. In 1955, the school re-opened and in 1971 the school’s name was officially changed to Lewis-State College. 

Lewis-Clark State College is located on 46 acres on the historic Normal Hill nearby the Clearwater and Snake Rivers. The city of Lewiston, Idaho has a population of about 35,000 people and is known as the Banana Boat of Idaho due to its mild climate.

Lewis-Clark State College offers certificates of completion, associate’s degrees, and bachelor’s degrees. In addition to these degrees, LCSC offers continuing education courses, distance education programs, workshops, conferences, apprenticeships, workforce training programs, and various non-credit educational programs.The most popular programs at Lewis-Clark State College are Criminal Justice, Education, Nursing, and Technical Programs.

Lewis-Clark State College has 4,693 students (all undergraduates) and 252 faculty members, giving the university a 16 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio. The average class size ranges from 25-30 students. Of all faculty members, 157 teach full-time and 95 teach part-time. About 60% of undergraduate students study full-time and 40% study part-time. 

The student body contains 59% female students and 41% male students. About 84% of all students are white with the remaining students being American Indian (2%), Asian (1%), black (1%), Hispanic, (5%), two or more races (3%), or the student’s race is unknown (5%). About 66% of students are ages 24 and under with 34% of students being ages 25 and above. About 81% of students are from Idaho, 17% are from out-of-state, and 2% are from a foreign country. The student body comes from over 30 different states and 20 different countries. 

The retention rate for first-time, full-time students is 56% and the retention rate for first-time, part-time students is 39%. The overall graduation rate is 31% and the overall transfer-out rate is 29%.

Special learning opportunities include: ROTC for Army, Navy, and Air Force; teacher certification, distance education opportunities, and study abroad. Students have access to services such as: remedial tutoring, academic counseling, career counseling, employment services for students, placement services for completers, and on-campus daycare. 

Campus life at Lewis-Clark State College includes: student clubs, student government, theater, intramurals, school newspaper, and a school magazine. Activities that students can participate in off-campus include: skiing, rollerblading, camping, shopping, golfing, jet skiing, fishing, or going to a concert.

Lewis-Clark State College athletic teams go by the “Warriors” and compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, mostly in the Frontier Conference. The school’s colors are navy blue, white, and red. Sports offered include: men’s baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s track and field, and women’s volleyball.

On-campus living is provided at Lewis Clark-State College and is estimated to cost $6,600 per year with $3,650 in additional living expenses. It is not required for any one to live on campus, but is recommended for first-year students. Student housing includes: Clearwater Hall, Talkington Hall, Clark Hall, and Parish House.

Tuition costs $5,562 per year for in-state students and $15,476  per year for out-of-state students. Books and other supplies are estimated to cost  $1,630 per year. Tuition payment plans are offered. Financial aid is offered in the form of state grants, federal grants, scholarships, and loans. To qualify to receive financial aid, you must complete a FAFSA form and be evaluated to be in financial need. Approximately 96% of those attending Lewis-Clark State College receive financial aid.

Lewis-Clark State College receives over 1,000 applications per year and accepts about 99% of those students. To apply to LCSC, students must submit a completed application with the $35 application fee, submit test scores, and submit all official transcripts (GED if applicable). The application deadline for the fall semester is August 8 and the deadline for the spring semester is January 8. Additional requirements may be necessary for specific programs.

Lewis-Clark State College is accredited by Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. LCSC’s baccalaureate nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the Idaho State Board of Nursing. The teacher education program is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. The Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, and LCSC’s Professional-Technical Medical Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. The Business division’s baccalaureate programs are accredited by the International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education. 

The College is a member of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, the University Professional and Continuing Education Association, and the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.




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    Public, 4-year or above
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    Bachelor's degree
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