Reed College


Reed is a college for intellectual, passionate, authentic, and unconventional students to pursue academic excellence in an extraordinary environment. Reedies share a love of learning, a spirit of friendship and independence, a commitment to responsibility and integrity, and a capacity for insight and intellectual growth. All of these qualities combine to form a top-notch population of liberal arts students. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 9:1 and all classes taught by professors rather than by teaching assistants, undergraduate education at Reed comes first. The conference method of learning brings together small groups of students to discuss great ideas, read primary texts by leading thinkers, and to form opinions and defend them with skill and nuance. Guided by a thoughtfully constructed sequence of topics and architecture of ideas, students map an academic course that culminates in the senior thesis. Reedies also lead a full and exciting social life. There are currently over 100 student-led organizations on campus, ranging from the usual, like a debate team or newspaper, to the completely unique, like DxOxTxU, a club in which students build huge play structures for the community at large to enjoy. Likewise, Reedies have always balanced development of mind and body, often pursuing physical activities that utilize the environmental treasures of the Pacific Northwest such as skiing, kayaking, and mountaineering. As for traditions and lore, Reed has plenty, including the Doyle Owl, Thesis Parade, and the Stop Making Sense dance party (among many others).

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Open House, Fly-in, Visit Junior Scholars Program

Junior Scholars, Reed's spring travel scholarship, invites a highly qualified group of high school juniors from historically underrepresented communities to visit Reed between February 1-28, March 1-9, 20-23. Students are encouraged to visit during our Junior Visit Day on Monday, February 20, a program designed to help students explore the college admission process. All air travel, on-campus meals, and on-campus lodging will be covered by the college. Visiting Reed is transformative. We have a saying here that "only Reed feels like Reed" and we make sure that all of our campus visitors have the opportunity to truly engage with our community. As part of this program, you'll be able to: • stay overnight with a current Reed student; • attend classes of interest; • enjoy meals with current Reed students; • learn more about Reed through an information session and campus tour; • attend Junior Visit Day (if you are selected to come on February 20). Learn more about Junior Scholars Program

Open House, Fly-in, Visit Discover Reed Fly-in Program

Reed invites a highly qualified group of high school seniors from around the US to campus for a three-day, two-night exploration of Reed and the City of Portland. Students stay in residence halls with current students and participate in Discover Reed, a program of classroom visits and student-professor engagement opportunities. Just ten minutes from downtown Portland, Reed also arranges trips to explore highlights of the city. All travel is arranged and paid for by the college (including flights to and from Portland). Learn more about Discover Reed Fly-in Program

Scholarship & Financial Aid 100% of demonstrated financial need met

At Reed, we believe in making a remarkable college experience available to talented students from a wide range of income levels. Reed offers need-based financial aid, using both the FAFSA and the CSS Profile to evaluate each family's financial resources and determine eligibility for financial aid. Reed meets 100% of demonstrated need for admitted students. Half the student body—including both low-income students and middle-income students whose families find the full cost of college prohibitive--receives aid. Reed keeps loan debt low. In 2014, the average total loan debt for Reed graduates who received financial aid was $19,151—lower than the national average ($29,400). Financial aid packages include a moderate loan and work-study expectation, and a student's remaining need is met with grant aid, which is not repaid after graduation.

First-Year Experience & Transition Peer Mentor Program

Reed College’s Peer Mentor program serves to provide support to first-year students who may need a little more guidance through the transition. Candidates are matched up with experienced Reedies, who can provide everything from tutoring to moral support to camaraderie! Mentees and mentors participate in both group and one-on-one activities. Administered through the Office for Inclusive Community, this program helps to foster a sense of multiculturalism and community at Reed. Learn more about Peer Mentor Program

Student Diversity

  • 1,430
  • 46/54
  • 13%
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 5%
  • 2%
    Black or African American
  • 11%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 60%
  • 8%
    Two or more races
  • 6%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 8%

Student Success

  • 88%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 82%
    Six-year graduation
  • 73%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 99%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 67%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 147
    Full-time faculty
  • 25
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 9:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Biology Anthropology English Mathematics Psychology

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Multicultural Resource Center (MRC), Queer Alliance, Language Houses: French, German, Russian, Spanish, Chinese, and Arabic


Cost of Attendance

  • $51,850
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $300
    Required Fees
  • $13,150
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $27,976,542
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $42,289
    Average aid package
  • $19,528
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 13%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 53%
    Students with financial need
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 100%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 5,706
    # of applicants
  • 31%
  • 3.90
    Average HS GPA
  • 31
    ACT Composite
  • 690—760
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 650—750
    SAT Math
  • 640—730
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 01/01
    Regular application closing date
  • n/a
    Application Fee
  • n/a
    Application Fee (online)
  • n/a
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • yes
    Early decision plan
  • 11/15
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date