Reed College

Portland, OR

Reed College

Portland, OR

“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 nexus 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 their senior thesis. They work alongside professors who share their 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 can reinvent yourself constantly. Whether it’s 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: 9:1
• Average class size: 17 students
• Bachelor of Arts available in the following majors and interdisciplinary areas:
- American Studies
- Anthropology
- Art
- Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
- Biology
- Chemistry
- Chemistry—Physics
- Chinese
- Classics
- Classics—Religion
- Comparative Literature
- Comparative Race and Ethnicity Studies
- Computer Science
- Dance
- Dance—Theatre
- Economics
- English
- Environmental Studies
- French
- General Literature
- German
- History
- History—Literature
- International and
Comparative Policy Studies
- Linguistics
- Literature—Theatre
- Mathematics
- Mathematics—Computer
- Mathematics—Physics
- Mathematics—Statistics
- Music
- Neuroscience
- Philosophy
- Physics
- Political Science
- Psychology
- Religion
- Religion—Political Science
- Russian
- Sociology
- Spanish
- Theatre
• Three dual-degree (3-2) programs: Engineering, Forestry—Environmental Science, and Visual Arts
• Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

Student Profile
• Undergraduate enrollment as of July 2019:
- Women: 773 (52.5%)
- Men: 699 (47.5%)
- Total: 1,483
• SAT, middle 50% (Class of 2023): 1350–1490
- SAT Math: 660–780
- SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing: 670–750
• ACT: 30–34
• High school class rank (Class of 2023) for schools that report rank:
- Top 25% of class: 92 (23% of the incoming class)
- Top 10% of class: 57 (14% of the incoming class)
- 20 valedictorians and four salutatorians
• High schools represented:
- Public schools: 64%
- Private schools: 22%
- Parochial schools: 10%
- Charter or home schools: 4%

Costs and Financial Aid
• Tuition, room, board, and student fees for 2018–2019: $70,550
• Reed meets 100% of demonstrated institutional need based on the FAFSA and CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE; 55% of the student body currently receive financial aid. The average financial aid package for incoming students (2019–2020) was $47,547.

• Reed has produced the second-highest number of Rhodes Scholars from a small college (32).
• Among all institutions, Reed ranks fourth in the nation of future PhDs. It ranks second in the nation in life sciences and third in the nation in social sciences (source: NSF WebCASPAR; data compiled by HEDS).
• 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, Berkely, and Oregon; Harvard; Stanford; Cornell; Yale; Columbia; and Lewis & Clark Law School

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