In the 2013–14 academic year, international students comprised 13% of our incoming class. A valuable part of the wide spectrum of cultural and academic perspectives that shape the Reed community, international students hail from 44 different countries, including Argentina, Bulgaria, China, India, Ireland, Nepal, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, and Zimbabwe.
Education at Reed is about becoming a better critical thinker. Most Reed courses are taught as conferences—small discussion groups of 10 to 15 students and a professor. As they sit around the conference table testing concepts and debating ideas, students challenge themselves and each other with new and innovative interpretations of traditional academic material. Labs, lectures, reading assignments, and writing assignments enhance the discussion, the success of which is based on a genuine excitement for learning.
In addition to in-depth exploration in a major area of study, students are required to take a broad range of courses from the great divisions of academic knowledge: natural science, mathematics, social science, literature, the arts, and humane studies. Because Reed’s curriculum is strong across the board, it is as common for students to major in the sciences as it is for them to major in the humanities.
Faculty members at Reed are among the most qualified instructors and scholars in the nation, and their dedication to teaching does not end when class is over. Many students design faculty-supervised independent study projects or assist professors with scholarly research. Beyond these formal, academic interactions are numerous opportunities for students and professors to meet over lunch, at a local coffee shop, or on the softball field.
Reed chooses to not provide data to the US News & World Report rankings each year because we believe that the one-size-fits-all methodology behind most college ranking systems does not capture the unique experience of a classroom, a community, or an institution. However, there are some other rankings that may give you a sense of our campus.
- #1 Best Classroom Experience (Princeton Review 2014)
- #2 Best Professors (Princeton Review 2014)
- #3 Unique Traditions (Unigo 2013)
- Top 25 Amazing but overlooked colleges (Daily Beast 2013)
Reed students, who call themselves Reedies, have created over 80 clubs and organizations that are open to all students. These clubs reflect all manner of interests, from debate and environmental sustainability to bicycling and baking pies.
Reed also has programming geared specifically toward international students. Upon arrival to campus, international students participate in a pre-orientation program to assist with the transition from their home countries to Reed and to the United States. Over the course of the next four years, students receive support from the college through local host families, the international student services office, and a mentor program called InterConnect.
These services provide guidance with issues relating to visa paperwork, questions about the Reed curriculum, and cultural adjustment to the United States. On-campus housing is guaranteed for international students and all students at Reed have access to the health center.
A student-composed leadership body called the International Student Advisory Board (ISAB) serves as a channel between students and faculty, providing an open forum for discussion of issues pertaining to the international student population. ISAB also offers recreational opportunities!
All financial aid at Reed is granted on the basis of demonstrated financial need. We offer no academic or athletic scholarships. Need is determined through an assessment of your family’s financial resources and ability to contribute toward the cost of your education.
Reed meets the full demonstrated need of all admitted students. Since our funds are limited, we can offer financial aid to approximately 20 to 25 international students each year. In a typical year, 200 to 250 qualified international first-year and transfer applicants compete for these few awards. Reed will not admit a student who demonstrates need without offering a financial aid award. All offers of financial assistance include grants, work opportunities, and loans.
If you are requesting financial assistance
If you are a non–US citizen and plan to apply for financial aid from the college, you must complete the College Scholarship Service (CSS) PROFILE. For information about the CSS PROFILE, visit the College Board's website. Students who submit a letter of financial hardship from their school counselor to the financial aid office may also receive a waiver for the cost of the PROFILE. The PROFILE must be submitted by February 1 in order to be considered eligible for financial aid.
If you are a permanent resident of the United States, you must submit a photocopy of your Permanent Resident Card (I-551) with your application. Permanent residents who wish to apply for financial aid must follow the application process for domestic students, filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and CSS PROFILE. Detailed instructions and deadlines are available on Reed's financial aid website.
Costs for the 2013–14 school year
|Tuition and fees (direct)||$46,010|
|Room and board (direct)||$11,460|
|Books and supplies (indirect)||$1,850|
*A quick note: The total cost of attendance will also include transportation between your home country and the United States once a year, meaning that the total cost of attendance will be different from student to student.
Reed’s campus is located in a residential section of Portland, a mid-sized city of 600,000 residents. Despite its metropolitan location, campus is home to over a hundred varieties of trees, a protected wildlife preserve, and a small, beautiful lake with connections to the Willamette River and the Pacific Ocean. Portland’s downtown, just 10 minutes from campus, is home to the world’s largest independent bookstore. In addition to being one of the greenest cities in the United States, Portland is known for its progressive urban planning, its innovative music scene, weekend brunches, and delicious coffee.
Reed College seeks students who are well prepared academically and who are serious about a broad-based education. Admission to Reed is competitive; it is based on a close examination and comparison of credentials from many highly qualified applicants. Intellectual curiosity, academic performance, and an understanding of Reed are among the criteria used to evaluate each applicant’s candidacy.
To apply for admission to Reed, students will need to fill out the Common Application and provide a “Why Reed” supplemental essay. All application materials can be accessed through Reed’s website, as well as at the Common Application website.
For evaluating applications, the admission committee requires full secondary school transcripts (and college or university records, if any). Students studying under a system that requires examination (for example, the International Baccalaureate or the British System) are asked to submit exam results at the time of completion. Predicted results for exams that are in progress should be sent with the application. British System candidates are expected to sit for A-Levels. Students who successfully complete A-Level, International Baccalaureate, Abitur, or Lycée programs may be eligible for up to one year of advanced credit from Reed.
We require results from the SAT I or ACT.
International applicants whose native language is not English are encouraged, but not required, to submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The average TOEFL score for international students entering Reed is approximately 650 paper-based and 110 internet-based.
We require two teacher recommendations from two different academic disciplines. If the recommendations are not written in English, the inclusion of an accurate translation is expected.
Early Decision option I application forms must be submitted by November 15. (International citizens cannot apply for Early Decision option II.) Freshman application forms must be submitted by January 15; decisions are mailed from the college in late March. International students applying for transfer admission must submit an application by March 1.
To expedite the receipt of materials from around the world, we welcome correspondence by fax or email.
Reed's focus on academics and research is invaluable in preparing students for continued study. Graduate and professional schools most frequently attended by Reed alumni include the following:
University of Washington
University of Chicago
University of Oregon
Lewis & Clark Law School
University of Oregon
University of Washington
New York University
University of Chicago
Portland State University
University of Pennsylvania
University of Washington
Oregon Health and Sciences University
University of Washington
Washington University (St. Louis)
University of Southern California
Case Western Reserve
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WHO GO ON TO EARN A PHD
Pamela Cox ’75, senior vice president for change management at the World Bank
Richard Danzig ’65, former US Secretary of the Navy
Arwen Isaac Dave ’89, design engineer for NASA’s International Space Station
Nancy Farmer ’63, Newberry and National Book Award–winning author
Janet Fitch ’78, New York Times best-selling author of White Oleander.
Steve Jobs ’76, founder of Apple Computer
Peter Norton ’65, creator of Norton Utilities
Eric Overmyer ’73, writer and producer of HBO’s The Wire and Tremé
Emilio Pucci MA ’37, legendary Italian fashion designer
Preetha Rajaraman ’94, epidemiologist with the National Cancer Institute
Elizabeth Robinson ’82, CFO for NASA
Larry Sanger ’91, cofounder of Wikipedia
Georgia Kirkpatrick ’08, Biology
In her final year at Reed, Georgia began to explore what it would take to relaunch the clothing and textiles business her grandmother, Silvia Lawson, had founded in Peru in the 1950s. Following graduation, Georgia spent six months in Peru researching how to develop an organic line. She then undertook an internship with Textile Exchange and returned to Portland for a year of sewing, drawing, design, and silk-screening classes. Georgia launched Silvania—based in Portland and inspired by both her grandmother’s artistry and her mother’s love of nature—in 2010 and designed her first collection the following spring.
Suraj Pant ’12, Economics
After graduating from Reed, Suraj moved to Washington, DC, to work as a research analyst at the national association of Foreign-Trade Zones. At the same time, he began an internship at the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics, and Policy (CDDEP), where he was hired after a few months as a full-time research analyst and relocated to New Delhi. In his position with CDDEP, Suraj helps to track and compare antibiotic resistance across hospitals in India; creates interactive visualizations to compare antibiotic use and resistance across countries and regions; and creates a weekly summary of the major news on drug resistance and other relevant topics in public health.
Josh Riedel ’07, English
Josh bounced around after graduating, working in coffee shops, briefly operating a Ferris wheel, teaching in Hanoi, and joining a few startups in Silicon Valley. Eventually, he took a chance on Instagram as their community manager—becoming the company’s first nonfounding employee and helping them to grow services to 7 million users before expanding. Facebook has since acquired Instagram.