Reed at a Glance
Reed College was founded in 1908 as an independent, coeducational, nonsectarian college of the liberal arts and sciences. Reed provides one of the nation's most intellectually rigorous undergraduate experiences, with a highly structured academic program balancing broad distribution requirements and in-depth study in a chosen academic discipline. Social life at Reed consists a wide variety of on- and off-campus opportunities for diversion, including art, music, theatre, lectures, movies, and sports.The list of activities and organizations is long and constantly growing—with every activity open to all.
- Approximately 1,400 students
- 55% women, 45% men
- 25% minority enrollment
- 139 faculty members
- 10:1 student faculty ratio
- Conference-style interactive teaching method with small classes (average of 13 students)
- 25 departmental and 13 interdisciplinary majors in the arts, sciences, humanities, and social sciences
- Humanities course taken by all first-year students
- Junior qualifying exam in major field
- All students write a substantial and challenging senior thesis
- Opportunities for dual degree and study abroad programs, as well as internships and career advising
- Reed College ranks in the top three of all U.S. colleges and universities for the percentage of graduates who earn Ph.D.s in all fields.
- In the life sciences, Reed produces the second highest number of Ph.D.s among institutions of higher learning.
- Students regularly win Fulbright (79), Watson (64), National Science Foundation (139), and other fellowships.
- Reed has produced 31 Rhodes scholars, second only to one other liberal arts college
- The faculty has received national recognition for commitment to teaching
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Campus and Environs
- Reed College is on a beautiful 116-acre tree-lined campus in residential southeast Portland. The campus features a lake and canyon with abundant wildlife and native plants.
- Facilities include 24 buildings and 23 residence halls
- Recent improvements include a new technology building, expanded and renovated physics laboratories, and additions and expansions to the library, biology building, studio arts building, sports center, and psychology building.
- Four new dormitories built in summer 2008
- Ground broken on a new performing arts center in summer 2011
- Downtown Portland is about 15 minutes by bus
- Mt. Hood and Reed's ski cabin are about 90 minutes away
- The Pacific coast is about 90 minutes the other way
For a more complete list of facts about Reed, visit the institutional research website.