“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 best empower you is...the most intellectual college in the country—Reed, in Portland, Oregon.”
— Loren Pope
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Located just 10 minutes from downtown Portland, Oregon, Reed College is a haven for a diverse group of scholars who wrestle with big ideas and explore ways to apply those ideas to the world around them.
With a student-faculty ratio of 10:1 and all classes taught by professors rather than teaching assistants, undergraduate education comes first at Reed. Guided by a thoughtfully constructed sequence of topics and architecture of ideas, students map an academic course that culminates in the senior thesis. They work alongside their professors, with whom they share a deep enthusiasm for scholarship, inquiry, and academic excellence. If you’re ready to look beyond the superficial, to seek the truth and discover unlimited possibilities, you’re ready for Reed.
Whoever you are (even if you’re still deciding who that is), you’ll find that Reed is a humanizing place of infinite subsets where you have an opportunity to reinvent yourself continuously. Whether at a comic book reading, on a trip to Mount Hood, or on the rugby field, you’ll find your people at Reed.
Reed College Fast Facts
• Founded in 1908
• Four-year, private, nonsectarian coeducational college of the liberal arts and sciences
• #5 in Professors Get High Marks, The Princeton Review, 2017
• Student-faculty ratio: 10:1
• Average class size: 15
• Bachelor of Arts available in the following majors and interdisciplinary areas:
- American Studies
- Biochemistry and
- Computer Science
- Environmental Studies
- General Literature
- International and Comparative Policy Studies
- Mathematics—Computer Science
- Political Science
• Four dual-degree (3-2) programs: Computer Science, Engineering, Forestry—Environmental Science, and Visual Arts
• Master of Arts in Liberal Studies
• Undergraduate enrollment for 2016–2017:
- Total: 1,410
- Women: 773 (55%)
- Men: 637 (45%)
• SAT concordances, middle 50% (Class of 2021):
- SAT Math: 670–760
- SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 670–750
• ACT: 30–33
• High school class rank (Class of 2021) for schools that report rank:
- Top 25% of class: 84%
- Top 10% of class: 58%
- Valedictorian or salutatorian: 14%
• High schools represented:
- Public school: 61%
- Private school: 30%
- Parochial school: 4%
- Charter or home school: 5%
Costs and Financial Aid
• Top 20 in Great Financial Aid, The Princeton Review, 2016
• Tuition, room, board, and student fees for 2017–2018: $67,870
• Reed meets 100% of demonstrated institutional need based on the FAFSA and CSS/PROFILE; 50% of the student body currently qualifies for aid. The average financial aid award in 2016–2017 was $44,798.
• Reed has produced the second-highest number of Rhodes Scholars from a small college (32).
• Among liberal arts colleges, Reed ranks fourth in the nation in production of future PhDs in all disciplines. Among all institutions of higher learning, it ranks third in the nation in life sciences and third in the nation in social sciences (Higher Education Data Consortium, 2010).
• Reed is the only undergraduate college in the country with its own nuclear research reactor. The reactor is used for science courses and senior thesis research. Any student can become certified to operate the reactor, regardless of major.
• Graduate schools most frequently attended by Reed alumni for Law, Medicine, Business, and other graduate studies include the Universities of Chicago, California, Oregon, and Washington; Yale; Harvard; Stanford; Cornell; MIT; and Johns Hopkins.