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Intellectual. Free-thinking. Classical. Curious. Paradoxical. This constellation of features only begins to describe Reed: one of the most distinctive colleges in the nation.

Reed attracts serious scholars who don't take themselves too seriously. Always engaged and often engrossed in a demanding, exhilarating educational adventure, "Reedies" thrive on a mix of classical study, critical analysis, and guided inquiry that rewards creativity, independence, and reflection. Classes are small, faculty members are highly accessible, and students adhere to an honor principle both inside and outside the classroom.

Reed students hail from 48 states in the nation and Reedies travel the farthest to attend Reed out of any school in the nation. The student body is also composed of 11 percent international students. Reed ranks second among U.S. liberal arts colleges in the percentage of graduates going on to earn doctoral degrees and fourth among all institutions of higher education. The breadth, depth, and rigor of the curriculum provide great preparation for nearly any career. Many Reed alumni found or lead companies and organizations, earn medical or law degrees, write books or create works of art, and work to make life on the planet better for all.

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Overview

Applicants
5,652
Acceptance Rate
36%
Average HS GPA
3.90

GPA Breakdown

70%
Over 3.75
19%
3.50 - 3.74
9%
3.25 - 3.49
2%
3.00 - 3.24
1%
2.50 - 2.99

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
670 - 740
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
640 - 760
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
30 - 33

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 15

Early Decision II — December 20

Early Action — November 1

Regular — January 15


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
156
with Terminal Degree
147

92
Men
64
Women
24
Minority
5
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
65%
Graduate in 5 years
77%
Graduate in 6 years
80%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • American/United States Studies/Civilization.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Molecular Biology.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • Creative Writing.
  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Chinese Language and Literature.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Linguistics.
  • Russian Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Studies.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Economics, General.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Dance, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Music, General.


Students Say

Reed is a college synonymous with academic rigor and a “passion for learning” certainly permeates this campus. A political science major steadfastly agrees stating, “Reed’s commitment to academic excellence blew me away. The students here work like demons and love it!” In fact, “Reedies are proud that the most popular location on campus is the library, regardless of the night of the week.” Fortunately, “there is a collective humor on campus and no one takes themselves too seriously.” Undergrads also closely adhere to an “Honor Principle” which ensures that “cheating, peer-pressure or antagonism of any kind [is] extremely rare.” This also helps to foster a culture where “people would rather help each other learn than be the best.” Additionally, small classes are integral to the academic experience here. The 10:1 “student to faculty ratio assures that the professors have the time to devote to their students, and students have plenty of opportunities to use that time, be it in thesis meetings, regular office hours, or just to bug the professor about a question they had about that day’s conference or lab.” And these undergrads are eager to lap up conversation with their “brilliant” professors who “love teaching” and “will not allow you to settle for mediocrity.” All in all, the college “breeds free thought, pushes students to their intellectual limits, and strengthens each student’s character all in the context of the welcoming environment that is the Reed campus and the surrounding city of Portland, Oregon.”

Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Howard Vollum
co-founder of Tektronix, Inc.

John G. Sperling
CEO Apollo Group, parent company of U. of Phoenix

Gary S. Snyder
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet

Richard Danzig
former Secretary of the Navy

James Russell
inventor of the compact disc

Robert Morris
sculptor

Susan Sokol Blosser
vintner

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
65%
Graduate in 5 years
77%
Graduate in 6 years
80%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$51,100

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$103,900

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$53,400

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$112,700

Percent High Job Meaning
51%

Percent STEM
26%


Students Say

The aptly named Center for Life After Reed is dedicated to connecting students with experiential learning during their time in college and with professional contacts for their future careers. Paid summer internships abound through the Internship Advantage Initiative, and winter Externships let Reedies learn even more about interesting career paths. SEEDS links students to service learning gigs throughout the year, and the weekly e-mail digest Beyond Campus Opportunities reminds them about upcoming fellowship deadlines, interesting employment opportunities, and more. According to PayScale.com, Reed graduates report average starting salaries of $53,400, and 51 percent derive a high level of meaning from their work.

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Business Farm Supp
FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$39,129

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$38,994

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,124

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
50%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$17,467

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$34,856

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$56,030
Required Fees
$310
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,050

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,800
Transportation for Commuters
$2,000

On-Campus Room and Board
$14,210
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,447
Foreign Countries Represented
46

Demographics

6.22%
Asian
2.12%
African-American
10.39%
Hispanic
59.51%
Caucasian
2.97%
Unknown
10.32%
International

54% female
46% male
93% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time

Students Say

As you probably already gleaned, the typical Reedie has “an overwhelming curiosity and desire to question everything.” “Socially liberal” and a tad “socially awkward,” these undergrads also define their peers as “witty and talented,” and “smart.” A content sophomore explains, “Everyone brings their own unique spin to everything—everyone has a hidden talent or skill that they would love to teach you about, or a wealth of knowledge in some obscure subject you’ve probably never heard of. Everyone is passionate about something, and it creates a dynamic and wonderful atmosphere.” Additionally, “fitting in isn’t hard, because student interests are so diverse that there’s almost always a number of other people who like the same things you like and want to do the same things you want to do.” Finally, a succinct sophomore sums up, “At Reed I found the kind of student body I craved in high school.”

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
65%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Cooperative
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Students Say

Intellectual discussions and debates are most definitely woven into the fabric of life here. As a physics major reveals, “One of my favorite things about Reed is how often people will strike up engaged discussions about anything. Be it conversations about the axiom of choice, the existence of free will, or the various merits of 1990s television shows, every conversation is fascinating. Best, you’ll hear these conversations everywhere you go: dining hall, dorms, academic buildings, even just people walking around campus.” Of course, this isn’t wholly surprising given that life at Reed “revolves around academics.” But fear not; even Reedies cannot survive by books alone. And, “while work and fun are, in many cases, synonymous, the need to break free from the library manifests on the weekends by campus dances and other forms of spontaneous creativity.” A psychology major quickly adds, “I’m never bored because there’s always something going on and it’s never the same. Glittery dance parties in the Student Union? Check. Movie night in one of the Language Houses? Check. Debate-watching in Vollum? Check. Visiting lecturers? Check. Pool hall tournament? Check. RPG gaming night? Check.” Finally, undergrads may take advantage of anything downtown Portland has to offer.

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
130
Number of Honor Societies
1

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
5

Sports

Athletic Division
Other


Student Services

Health

Sustainability


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple Computer

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Jenny Gadda
Assistant Director of Campus Visits

Address
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd.
Portland, OR 97202-8199

Phone
1-800-547-4750

Email
admission@reed.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Thesis Tower
Reed Research Reactor
Reed Canyon/watershed
Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Columbia Gorge
Oregon beaches
Powell's Books
Mt. Hood/Ski Cabin
Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times:
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
N/A

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Contact Email Address for Visit
admission@reed.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Reed College is in a southeast Portland neighborhood, five miles from the downtown area and 12 miles from Portland International Airport. From the airport you can reach Reed by car, bus, taxi, or airporter van. For taxis, call Broadway Cab at 503-227-1234, New Rose City Cab at 503-282-7707, or Radio Cab at 503-227-1212. Cab fare from the airport to Reed is approximately $35. Cabs can be found at the airport taxi-limousine area. Ask the driver to take I-205 to the Foster Road exit. Travel time is 20-30 minutes. The Blue Star Airporter (503/249-1837) will take you from the airport to campus for $30.00 (plus a $.75 airport fee). The shuttle leaves the airport every half-hour. Travel time is 20-30 minutes. The roundtrip fare is $56.75. For an even cheaper ride, take Tri-Met MAX light rail or bus from downtown or the airport for $2.05. Board the Tri-Met MAX from the airport taxi-limousine area. Transfer at 60th Avenue MAX station or at Hollywood MAX station. Travel time varies; plan on an hour and a half. To find out when the next bus runs, call 503/238-RIDE, or check online at www.transit.org. Amtrak trains and Greyhound buses serve Portland. From the station, take a Tri-Met #1, 5, 9, or 40 bus on N.W. Broadway going south to the transit mall on S.W. 5th Ave.; transfer to bus #19, (Woodstock) which will take you to the front of the college.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the north on I-5: Take the I-84 East exit (#301), then the 39th Avenue exit (#2). Turn right (south). Travel 3.5 miles to SE Woodstock Boulevard, then turn right (west). Reed is on the right. From the south on I-5: Take the Ross Island Bridge exit and follow the signs to cross the bridge. At the east end of the bridge, take the 99East/Milwaukie exit. Follow 99E (McLoughlin Boulevard) to the Eastmoreland/Reed College exit. Just off the exit, turn right (east) onto SE Bybee Boulevard. Veer left (north) onto SE 28th Avenue [the Eastmoreland Golf Course will now be on your left (west)], and drive north to the intersection of SE 28th Avenue and SE Woodstock Boulevard. Reed is directly ahead. From the airport: By car, take I-205 south to the SE Powell Boulevard exit. Travel west on Powell to SE 39th Avenue. Turn left (south) on 39th Avenue, passing through several major intersections until you reach SE Woodstock Boulevard. Turn right (west) on Woodstock. Reed will be on the right hand side

Local Accommodations
For accommodations in Portland please visit the Admission web page at: http://www.reed.edu/apply/accommodations.html


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