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Reed College

  • Portland, OR
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Urban
    setting
  • 52%48%
    student ratio
  • 1,395
    total students
  • $45,750 | $45,750
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • January 15
    fall application deadline
  • 48%
    acceptance rate
  • Most Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 668
    sat math
  • 704
    sat reading
  • 679
    sat writing
  • 31
    act composite

Overview

Reed College

Reed College is a small liberal-arts college devoted to rigorous intellectual inquiry, passionate individualism, and supportive, engaging, and diverse community. Reed's 119-acre wooded campus is located in a quiet, residential section of southeast Portland. The nearby ocean and mountains of the Pacific Northwest provide a balance to the social and cultural offerings of the greater Portland metropolitan area. Portland is a comfortable, welcoming metropolis of 1.5 million people, offering every urban opportunity, crisscrossed by bike paths and excellent public transportation, home to a great local arts and food scene, tranquil Japanese and Chinese gardens a plethora of bridges, and the largest independent bookstore in the world.. Reed offers a challenging academic curriculum within a progressive, non-competitive, discussion-oriented classroom setting. The conference--Reed's primary teaching method--utilizes a vast diversity of individual experiences to unpack complex and difficult material within the humanities, social sciences, arts, and sciences. Known especially for its yearlong humanities curriculum and required senior research thesis, Reed offers students a tradition of academic excellence founded on engagement, inclusiveness, and the belief that finding the best questions is decidedly more satisfying than having all the right answers.

Academic Life at Reed College is Unique and Designed to Prepare Students for a Life of Learning

The diversity of the student body in background, life experience, and ideology enhances the hallmarks of academic life at Reed. The college values the small-group conference method of teaching and relies heavily on student participation. New students at Reed are introduced to a college with a de-emphasis of grades, a yearlong interdisciplinary humanities program, and an integrated academic program that balances the breadth of traditional course content and distribution requirements with flexibility in designing an in-depth senior thesis.

At Reed, the development of skills in preparation for a life of learning takes precedence over the mere memorization of facts. In addition to fulfilling the requirements for the major, taking the humanities course, and writing the senior thesis, students must satisfy a distributional requirement, consisting of two core classes from each of the following academic groups: literature, philosophy, and the arts; history, social sciences, and psychology; the natural sciences; and math, foreign language, logic, and linguistics.

The average class at Reed has 15 students. Students point to the opportunity to work closely with faculty members as one of the great benefits of a Reed education. Faculty members point to the opportunity to work with students who are serious scholars as one of the great benefits of teaching at Reed. Faculty members commit themselves primarily to teaching, with scholarly and scientific research furthering this primary goal; they view students as partners in learning, often serving as coauthors and co-investigators on professional papers and research projects. This close association is due, in large part, to a 10:1 student-faculty ratio and the one-on-one relationship between thesis adviser (a professor) and student during the senior year.

Reed Offers the Very Best in Academic Facilities and Social Opportunities for Students

Students have access to Reed's substantial library collection, and may borrow materials directly from academic libraries in the Portland area and around the world through interlibrary loan. In addition, the Reed library accommodates a first-rate art gallery, a language lab, and a music listening facility.

Computer technology is highly developed at Reed and widely used for instruction, research, and communication by all members of the college community. The science laboratories at Reed are among the best equipped of any undergraduate college in the United States, with improved student thesis space and new teaching labs. Reed's research nuclear reactor and radiochemistry lab are actively used for student research, instruction, and training. The campus also houses studio art facilities, 20 instrumental practice rooms, a computer music laboratory, a recording system, and an 800-seat auditorium. Slated to be complete in time for the fall 2013 semester, Reed's new $28-million Performing Arts Building represents a major step forward in the College's commitment to the important role the arts have played throughout Reed's first 100 years. For the first time in Reed's history, the departments of music, dance, and theatre will be housed in one building that includes rehearsal and performance space, offices, scene and costume studios, collaborative spaces, and a multimedia lab. Other popular facilities include a radio station and a modern sports center.

Campus social opportunities are open to all, with no closed clubs or student organizations; there are no sororities or fraternities at Reed. College community life is full of activity and variety with more than ninety student organizations, the origin and development of which results almost entirely from student effort and initiative. Although there are some competitive club sports at Reed, there are no varsity athletic teams. Reed students fill their free time by dedicating themselves to their quirky, interesting, non-academic passions.

Reed College Seeks Applicants Who Are Most Likely to Contribute in Positive Ways to the College Community

Reed welcomes applications from freshman and transfer candidates who are genuinely committed to the pursuit of a liberal arts education and a rigorous academic program. Those applicants are admitted who, in the view of the admission committee, are most likely to become successful members of and contribute significantly to the Reed community. The college is committed to maintaining a student body distinguished by its intellectual passion, yet diversified in its range of backgrounds, interests, and talents.

Admission decisions are based on many integrated factors, but academic accomplishments and talents are given the greatest weight in the selection process. A strong secondary school preparation, including honors and advanced courses where available, improves a student's chances for admission. Such a program usually includes 4 years of English and 3 to 4 years of mathematics (through pre-calculus), science, foreign language, and history or social studies. Given the wide variation in high school programs and quality, however, there are no fixed requirements for secondary school courses. Applicants are expected to have obtained a secondary school diploma prior to enrollment, although exceptions are occasionally made.

There are no "cutoff points" for high school or college grades or for test scores. Reed recognizes the qualities of character -- in particular, motivation, intellectual curiosity, individual responsibility, and social consciousness -- as important considerations in the selection process, beyond a demonstrated commitment to academic excellence. Thus, the admission committee looks for students whose accomplishments and interests in various fields of endeavor will contribute to the overall liveliness of the Reed community. Personal interviews, either on or off campus, are not a requirement in the admission process but are strongly recommended.


Location & Contact

Reed College

3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard
Portland, OR 97202-8199
USA

Reed College Office of Admission

Phone: 800-547-4750
Fax: 503-777-7553
Email: admission@reed.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • American Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Linguistics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Comparative Literature
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Chinese
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Russian
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • German
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • French
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Classics and Classical Languages
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biochemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Religious Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Anthropology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Relations and Affairs
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Dance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

48% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied2,893
    • Accepted1,404
    • Acceptance Rate48%
    • Enrolled1,395
    • Female Applicants1,646
    • Females Accepted800
    • Female Acceptance Rate48%
    • Male Applicants1,247
    • Males Accepted604
    • Male Acceptance Rate48%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.90
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen January 15th April 1st --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan November 15th December 15th --
    • Other early decision plan December 20th February 1st --
    • Transfer March 1st May 15th --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 704 660 750
    • SAT Math 668 620 720
    • SAT Writing 679 640 720
    • ACT Composite 31 28 33
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$45,750
    • Out-of-state tuition *$45,750
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$260.00
    • Room and board *$11,770.00
    • Room only *$6,120.00
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredNot Reported
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionNot Reported

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students1,395
    • Male Student Percentage48%
    • Female Student Percentage52%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino10.61%
    • Black or African American2.72%
    • White or Caucasian59.35%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.79%
    • Asian7.74%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.07%
    • Two or more races3.44%
    • Unknown8.1%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout7.17% representing 45 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students88% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Coed housing , Cooperative housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 67%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services Yes
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty161
    • Full-time Percentage95%
    • Part-time Percentage5%
    • Female Percentage44%
    • Male Percentage56%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio9:1 or 1,378 students to 157 faculty


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