Reed College

“If you’re a genuine intellectual, live the life of the mind, and want to learn for the sake of learning, the place most likely to empower you is … the most intellectual college in the country — Reed, in Portland, Oregon.
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Reed College
3203 SE Woodstock Boulevard
Portland, Oregon 97202-8199
503.777.7511 / 800.547.4750
admission@reed.edu
www.reed.edu
⋅ 1,400 students
⋅ 9:1 student-to-faculty ratio
⋅ Average class size: 14
⋅ Students come from all across the U.S. (35 states) and from 35 countries; 15% from the Northwest and 29% from California.
⋅ Comprehensive Fee: $67,870
⋅ Roughly half of students received need-based awards, which cover 100% of evaluated need.

Character
  • Private, independent, coeducational college of liberal arts and sciences founded in 1908.
  • Beautiful 115-acre campus located in a safe, tree-lined residential neighborhood, 20 minutes from downtown Portland, OR, which was recently described by Outside magazine as one of “The Best Towns in the U.S.”
  • Self-directed, intellectually curious, creative, passionate students love Reed.
  • Nationally known education and career advisor Donald Asher ’83 characterizes Reed as “an extremely liberal student body wedded to an extremely conservative curriculum … liberal in the old sense of free and conservative in the old sense of guarding a known good.”

Worth Noting
  • The Hidden Ivies guidebook writes, “Reed has remained true to its original mission to provide intelligent, intellectually passionate young men and women with a first-rate education in an atmosphere of free inquiry and reflection … A premium is placed on the quality of teaching and advising since intellectual dialogue and study is the key point of the Reed experience.”
  • Reed is skeptical of numerical college rankings and, as a result, does not submit data to U.S. News & World Report for their so-called “America’s Best Colleges” issue.
  • One of the nation’s top producers of future Ph.D. recipients as a percentage of all graduates; 70% of alumni earn a graduate degree.
  • 31 Rhodes Scholars to date.
  • While Reed maintains a traditional transcript for students, feedback from professors is qualitative and does not include letter grades.
  • Reed is the only college in the country with a research nuclear reactor that is staffed primarily by undergraduates. The Reed reactor has more female reactor operators than all other research reactors combined.

Faculty & Academics
  • More than 10% of faculty attended Reed as undergraduates.
  • No classes taught by graduate teaching assistants.
  • Extensive faculty/student collaborative research opportunities: students research and write a thesis during their senior year.
  • Access to faculty members is one-on-one and this teaching method — coupled with small, interactive conference-style classes — demands students’ active participation.

Areas of Study
For the most current listings, please check the college website.

Majors
American Studies
Anthropology
Art
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Biology
Chemistry
Chemistry – Physics
Chinese
Chinese Studies
Classics
Classics – Religion
Creative Writing
Dance
Dance – Theatre
Economics
English
Environmental Studies
French
Literature (general)
Literature – Theatre
German
History
History – Literature
International and Comparative Policy Studies (ICPS)
Linguistics
Mathematics
Mathematics – Economics
Mathematics – Physics
Music
Philosophy
Physics
Political Science
Psychology
Religion
Russian
Sociology
Spanish
Theatre

Dual Degree and Special Programs
Applied Physics and Electronic Science
Computer Science
Computer Science and Engineering
Engineering
Forestry – Environmental Sciences
Pre Medical and Pre Veterinary program
Visual Arts

Campus Life
  • More than 80 ever-changing student organizations funded by student vote
  • 10 volunteer-coached athletic teams and a P.E. requirement, but no varsity sports
  • Exclusive organizations are not permitted (no fraternities or sororities).
  • Frequent lectures, readings, theatrical performances, and community events.

Varsity Sports

While Reed does not participate in varsity sports, Reed has active teams in basketball, rugby, soccer and Ultimate Frisbee. These teams compete regularly against other schools in intercollegiate and club competition.

Furthermore, all Reed students are required to fulfill a physical education requirement that includes a variety of activities, ranging from sailing to soccer, from Ultimate Frisbee to yoga, from juggling to fencing.

Life After College
  • In addition to the second-highest number of Rhodes Scholars from a liberal arts college (31) and 139 National Science Foundation Fellowship winners, Reed College also has two Pulitzer-Prize winning alumni: Edward Cony (1961) and Gary Snyder (1975).
  • A large percentage of Reed alumni continue their education after leaving Reed: 70% attend graduate, law, or medical schools, and a quarter of Reed graduates continue on to earn a Ph.D. But Reed is more than just “Ph.D. prep.” Thirty-one percent of Reed alumni have found careers in business and industry, creating small tech start-ups, contributing to major corporations, and working in national security advising, policy, law, and management.

Academic Profile of Entering Class
  • Middle 50% SAT composite scores: 1290-1480 (Math and Verbal)
  • Mean composite ACT score: 31
  • Average GPA: 3.9
  • 8% of students are in the first generation of their family to attend college.
  • 28% of freshmen are from historically underrepresented minority groups.