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3203 SE WOODSTOCK BLVD
PORTLAND, OR 97202

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About Reed...

  • Common App Accepted
  • Liberal Arts
  • No App Fee
  • Private
  • SAT/ACT Optional

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From Reed College

One of the most distinctive colleges in the nation, Reed provides a singular example of the liberal arts experience: a structured curriculum with an emphasis on independent inquiry; extensive written and in-person feedback from professors on assignments; and a deeply collaborative academic environment. Classes are small, faculty members are highly accessible, and students are active participants in the production of new knowledge.

The breadth, depth, and rigor of the curriculum provide excellent preparation for nearly any career. Reed is ranked second in the nation in the percentage of graduates who earn PhDs in the humanities, third in the nation in the percentage who earn PhDs in the physical sciences, and fourth across all disciplines. Many Reed alumni win major graduate fellowships, found or lead companies and organizations, and earn medical or law degrees.

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  1. Sept7

    Reed in 20 Minutes

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    Just starting to explore Reed? This is a great way to get a quick overview of our unique academic offerings and campus community. Milyon Trulove, Vice President and Dean of Admission & Financial Aid, will break it down in 20 minutes!Please complete the form below to register for this session. You will receive a confirmation email after you submit your registration, which will include a link to the pertinent Zoom connection information. Please note that all times are listed in Pacific Time.If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the Office of Admission at 503/777- 7511. We look forward to connecting with you!

    Just starting to explore Reed? This is a great way to get a quick overview of our unique academic offerings and campus community. Milyon Trulove, Vice President and Dean of Admission & Financial Aid, will break it down in 20 minutes!Please complete the form below to register for this session. You will receive a confirmation email after you submit your registration, which will include a link to the pertinent Zoom connection information. Please note that all times are listed in Pacific Time.If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the Office of Admission at 503/777- 7511. We look forward to connecting with you!

  2. Sept8

    Is Early Decision Right for Me?

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    Have you heard about Early Decision but been uncertain about its pros and cons? Do you know how financial aid works with this binding application type? Are you curious to know if applying Early Decision will improve your chance of being admitted? In this session, Grant Sewell, Senior Assistant Dean of Admission, will debunk Early Decision myths and answer these questions and more. With more information and your questions answered, you will leave this session feeling prepared to decide on your application round. Please complete the form below to register for this virtual session. You will receive a confirmation email after you submit your registration, which will include a link to the pertinent Zoom connection information. Please note that all times are listed in Pacific Time.If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the Office of Admission at 503/777- 7511. We look forward to connecting with you!

    Have you heard about Early Decision but been uncertain about its pros and cons? Do you know how financial aid works with this binding application type? Are you curious to know if applying Early Decision will improve your chance of being admitted? In this session, Grant Sewell, Senior Assistant Dean of Admission, will debunk Early Decision myths and answer these questions and more. With more information and your questions answered, you will leave this session feeling prepared to decide on your application round. Please complete the form below to register for this virtual session. You will receive a confirmation email after you submit your registration, which will include a link to the pertinent Zoom connection information. Please note that all times are listed in Pacific Time.If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the Office of Admission at 503/777- 7511. We look forward to connecting with you!

  3. Sept13

    Reed in 20 Minutes

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    Just starting to explore Reed? This is a great way to get a quick overview of our unique academic offerings and campus community. Milyon Trulove, Vice President and Dean of Admission & Financial Aid, will break it down in 20 minutes!Please complete the form below to register for this virtual session. You will receive a confirmation email after you submit your registration, which will include a link to the pertinent Zoom connection information. Please note that all times are listed in Pacific Time.If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the Office of Admission at 503/777- 7511. We look forward to connecting with you!

    Just starting to explore Reed? This is a great way to get a quick overview of our unique academic offerings and campus community. Milyon Trulove, Vice President and Dean of Admission & Financial Aid, will break it down in 20 minutes!Please complete the form below to register for this virtual session. You will receive a confirmation email after you submit your registration, which will include a link to the pertinent Zoom connection information. Please note that all times are listed in Pacific Time.If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the Office of Admission at 503/777- 7511. We look forward to connecting with you!

  4. Sept14

    Writing Your Personal Statement

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    The personal statement is an open space for you to share something unique about yourself. Think of it as a conversation with the admission committee that helps them get to know you. After reading thousands of essays, our counselors are experts in what works and what falls short in the personal statement. In this interactive workshop, Roja Ross, Assistant Dean of Admission, will help you think through essay topics, share tips on the writing and editing process, and break down examples of real college essays. Gain clarity and direction from this workshop and find the focus you need to finish your best college application essay.Complete the form below to register for this session. You will receive a confirmation email after you submit your registration, which will include a link to the pertinent Zoom connection information. All times are listed in Pacific Time.Feel free to reach out to the Office of Admission at 503/777- 7511. We look forward to connecting with you!

    The personal statement is an open space for you to share something unique about yourself. Think of it as a conversation with the admission committee that helps them get to know you. After reading thousands of essays, our counselors are experts in what works and what falls short in the personal statement. In this interactive workshop, Roja Ross, Assistant Dean of Admission, will help you think through essay topics, share tips on the writing and editing process, and break down examples of real college essays. Gain clarity and direction from this workshop and find the focus you need to finish your best college application essay.Complete the form below to register for this session. You will receive a confirmation email after you submit your registration, which will include a link to the pertinent Zoom connection information. All times are listed in Pacific Time.Feel free to reach out to the Office of Admission at 503/777- 7511. We look forward to connecting with you!

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Admissions

Application Deadline

Deadline for application submissions. Please contact the school for more details.

January 15

Acceptance Rate

42%

SAT Range

1320-1520

ACT Range

30-34

Application Fee

$0

SAT/ACT

Neither required nor recommended

High School GPA

Required

Accepts Common App

Yes

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Cost

Net Price

$33,980/ year

National

$15,523

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Average Total Aid Awarded

$41,611/ year

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National

$7,535

Students Receiving Financial Aid

60%

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Student Faculty Ratio

8:1

Evening Degree Programs

No

96%

of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.24 responses

84%

of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.32 responses

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Majors

Most Popular Majors

  • Psychology

    26 Graduates

  • Economics

    23 Graduates

  • Political Science and Government

    20 Graduates

  • Biology

    19 Graduates

  • History

    18 Graduates

  • Information Science

    18 Graduates

  • Physics

    18 Graduates

  • Liberal Arts and Humanities

    17 Graduates

  • English

    15 Graduates

  • Chemistry

    13 Graduates

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The Senior Thesis at Reed

Reed is one of very few undergraduate institutions where every student writes a thesis in their senior year. Undertaken with significant support from a professor, the thesis is an opportunity for students to explore a research question of their own devising. Reed theses represent an incredible range of topics, from the pollutants in wild fire smoke to the music videos of Beyoncé.

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Online Programs Offered

Total number of complete undergraduate programs offered online or through distance learning.

(Video) Springtime Walk at Reed College in Portland with Cherry Trees Blooming

Offers Online Courses

College offers distance education courses.

Yes

Online Certificate Programs

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Online Associates Programs

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Online Bachelor's Programs

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  • Mix of Online and on Campus

    70%

  • On Campus

    8%

  • Online

    22%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment

1,338Undergrads

Part-Time Undergrads

28

Undergrads Over 25

1%

Pell Grant

9%

Varsity Athletes

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Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus

99%

Poll

100%

of students say they don't have Greek life.23 responses

Poll

92%

of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.38 responses

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What one word or phrase best describes your school?

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20 responses

  • Special

    30%

  • Alternative

    20%

  • Intense

    15%

  • White

    15%

  • Eclectic

    10%

  • Expensive

    5%

  • Home away from home

    5%

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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation

$42,200/ year

National

$33,028

Graduation Rate

77%

National

49%

Employed 2 Years After Graduation

88%

National

83%

82%

of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.11 responses

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FAQs

Is Reed College conservative or liberal? ›

How prestigious is Reed College? ›

An extraordinary number of Reed graduates go on to graduate school. Reed is ranked second in the nation in the percentage of graduates who earn PhDs in life sciences, third in the nation in the percentage of graduates who earn PhDs in the humanities, and fifth across all disciplines.

What is Reed College best known for? ›

Founded in 1908 in southeast Portland, Oregon, Reed College is a coeducational, independent liberal arts and sciences college. Referred to as one of the most intellectual colleges in the country, Reed is known for its high standards of scholarly practice, creative thinking, and engaged citizenship.

What kind of people go to Reed College? ›

Reed students are creative, self-propelled, passionate, and analytical. They have a boundless enthusiasm for learning and an unexpected ability to embrace paradoxes. And they love Reed, one of the most intellectual colleges in the country.

What happened at Reed College? ›

Reed College students stage multi-day protest over video that showed a professor making racist remarks. College leaders said the professor's actions are under investigation to determine if he should be disciplined for unprofessional conduct.

Is Reed College rigorous? ›

Academics at Reed are completely unparalleled. This is one of the most academically rigorous and challenging academic institutions you can attend in the country. Students are passionate and excited about their studies, investing most of their time in their work.

What are the new Ivy League schools? ›

List of New Ivies
Boston CollegeBowdoin CollegeCarnegie Mellon University
Colby CollegeColgate UniversityDavidson College
Macalester CollegeNew York UniversityOlin College of Engineering
Pomona CollegeReed CollegeRensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rice UniversitySkidmore CollegeTufts University
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Why does Reed College have a nuclear reactor? ›

The Reed Reactor Facility is primarily used for instruction, research, and analysis, especially trace-element analysis. Since the initial startup, the reactor, in addition to providing student research opportunities, has worked to educate the surrounding community on the principles of nuclear engineering and energy.

How liberal is Reed College? ›

RAR has a sympathetic audience: Reed is home to the most liberal student body of any college, according to The Princeton Review. It's also ranked the second most-studious—a rigor inculcated in Hum 110.

Does Reed College have parties? ›

Reed parties are pretty cool. There is usually alcohol available, but no pressure to drink. There are sometimes other drugs, depending on who is in attendance. There's usually an off-campus party every other weekend, and there's something on campus every weekdend.

What is BC acceptance rate? ›

What's the acceptance rate for NYU? ›

How difficult is Reed College? ›

For every 100 applicants, 35 are admitted. This means the school is very selective. If you meet Reed College's requirements for GPA, SAT/ACT scores, and other components of the application, you have a great shot at getting in.

Does Reed College have Greek life? ›

Fraternities and sororities do not exist at Reed.

What is Reed College motto? ›

Comrades of the Quest,” the motto Foster adopted as Reed's rallying cry when the college opened in 1911, captured more of the crusading force he had in mind.

Does Reed need blind? ›

Reed College moved to a need-aware policy in 2009 because of an endowment drop. GW's highly publicized retreat from advertising a need-blind admissions policy this week brought a wave of backlash against the University for passing over needier students while shaping its freshman class.

How many students are at Reed College? ›

How are grades given at Reed College? ›

A conventional letter grade for each course is recorded for every student, but the registrar's office does not distribute grades to students, provided that work continues at satisfactory (C or higher) levels. Unsatisfactory grades are reported directly to the student and the student's adviser.

Is Reed a dry campus? ›

Reedies are incredibly smart and the relaxed approach to discipline does lead to an availablity of drugs on campus. However, contrary to popular belief, the entire student body DOES NOT USE DRUGS.

What is the acceptance rate for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo? ›

Is Reed College good for math? ›

Reed was ranked #55 on College Factual's most recent list of the best schools for math majors. This puts the bachelor's program at the school solidly in the top 15% of all colleges and universities in the country. It is also ranked #1 in Oregon.

What is the easiest Ivy League school to get into? ›

While all Ivy League schools are incredibly difficult to get into, Cornell University would likely be considered the easiest since it has the highest acceptance rate of all Ivies. As of fall 2021, Cornell's acceptance rate for first-year applicants was 9%. Most other Ivies have acceptance rates of around 4-6%.

What college has the happiest students? ›

Vanderbilt is the Happiest University in the US
  • 1 Vanderbilt University.
  • 2 Rice University.
  • 3 University of Oklahoma.
  • 4 Tulane University.
  • 5 College of William and Mary.
  • 6 Kansas State University.
  • 7 Colby College.
  • 8 Saint Anselm College.

What is the best Public Ivy? ›

However, the following five schools are widely considered the cream of the crop when it comes to Public Ivies:
  • University of California, Berkeley.
  • University of California, Los Angeles.
  • University of Michigan.
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • University of Virginia.

Does Rhode Island have a nuclear power plant? ›

Located on the University of Rhode Island's Bay campus, the RINSC is the home of Rhode Island's sole nuclear reactor. The RINSC reactor was built in 1960 and went critical in 1964. It is a 2 Mega-Watt, light water cooled, pool type reactor.

Does Reed College still have a nuclear reactor? ›

There are 27 research reactors. Reed College is the only liberal arts college in the world with a nuclear reactor.

Does Harvard have a nuclear reactor? ›

Back at Harvard, there's no reactor. The University's experimental nuclear research is located at the Medical School, where two-inch-long mice receive injections of radio-pharmaceuticals intended to reveal the presence of millimeter-wide tumors.

Does Reed College meet 100% demonstrated need? ›

Reed meets 100 percent of the demonstrated need of all admitted students, international or domestic, for all four years. Scholarships, grants, employment opportunities, and loans are all part of Reed's financial aid program.

Does Reed College have a good computer science program? ›

Popularity of Math & CompSci at Reed

During the 2019-2020 academic year, Reed College handed out 2 bachelor's degrees in mathematics and computer science. Due to this, the school was ranked #41 in popularity out of all colleges and universities that offer this degree.

How liberal is Reed College? ›

RAR has a sympathetic audience: Reed is home to the most liberal student body of any college, according to The Princeton Review. It's also ranked the second most-studious—a rigor inculcated in Hum 110.

Is Reed College hard to get into? ›

The acceptance rate at Reed College is 35%.

For every 100 applicants, 35 are admitted. This means the school is very selective. If you meet Reed College's requirements for GPA, SAT/ACT scores, and other components of the application, you have a great shot at getting in.

What are the new Ivy League schools? ›

List of New Ivies
Boston CollegeBowdoin CollegeCarnegie Mellon University
Colby CollegeColgate UniversityDavidson College
Macalester CollegeNew York UniversityOlin College of Engineering
Pomona CollegeReed CollegeRensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rice UniversitySkidmore CollegeTufts University
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What is the acceptance rate for Reed College? ›

What is the motto of Reed College? ›

Comrades of the Quest,” the motto Foster adopted as Reed's rallying cry when the college opened in 1911, captured more of the crusading force he had in mind.

Does Reed need blind? ›

Reed College moved to a need-aware policy in 2009 because of an endowment drop. GW's highly publicized retreat from advertising a need-blind admissions policy this week brought a wave of backlash against the University for passing over needier students while shaping its freshman class.

What is the acceptance rate for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo? ›

What is the acceptance rate for Harvard college? ›

What is the easiest Ivy League school to get into? ›

While all Ivy League schools are incredibly difficult to get into, Cornell University would likely be considered the easiest since it has the highest acceptance rate of all Ivies. As of fall 2021, Cornell's acceptance rate for first-year applicants was 9%. Most other Ivies have acceptance rates of around 4-6%.

What college has the happiest students? ›

Vanderbilt is the Happiest University in the US
  • 1 Vanderbilt University.
  • 2 Rice University.
  • 3 University of Oklahoma.
  • 4 Tulane University.
  • 5 College of William and Mary.
  • 6 Kansas State University.
  • 7 Colby College.
  • 8 Saint Anselm College.

What is the best Public Ivy? ›

However, the following five schools are widely considered the cream of the crop when it comes to Public Ivies:
  • University of California, Berkeley.
  • University of California, Los Angeles.
  • University of Michigan.
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • University of Virginia.

How many students are at Reed? ›

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