Admission

First-year Applicants

First-Year Application Platforms

Reed College accepts applications from two platforms: the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success and the Common Application. Applicants may only submit one application per year and may select from one of these two platforms. Neither of these applications is favored in the admission decision process.

The Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success is a new application platform developed by over 90 institutions that share the vision that the college application process should be accessible to all students. The Coalition Application allows students to amass materials over their high school years in their “locker” that can be shared with their support network and the schools they are applying to should those schools request them. If applying via the Coalition Application, students will be required to submit the Coalition Application, a Reed writing supplement, and an item chosen from the student’s locker; this item can be an essay, another piece of writing, or other original works.

The Common Application is a consortium of more than 600 colleges and universities. Each year, over 3.5 million applications are submitted via the Common Application. If applying via the Common Application, students will be required to submit the Common Application, a personal essay, and a Reed writing supplement.

First-Year Application Requirements

Coalition Application and Common Application Requirements

Coalition Application Common Application
Coalition Application Common Application
Item from locker and explanation of why that item was chosen Reed Writing Supplement
SAT or ACT scores SAT or ACT scores
School Report (completed by your counselor; this form is available through the Coalition Application) School Report (completed by your counselor; this form is available through the Common Application)
Counselor recommendation Counselor recommendation
Official high school transcripts Official high school transcripts
Official college transcripts (for any college you have attended, whether or not you want credit for those courses at Reed) Official college transcripts (for any college you have attended, whether or not you want credit for those courses at Reed)
Two Teacher Evaluations (from two different academic disciplines; must be different from the counselor recommendation, as well) Two Teacher Evaluations (from two different academic disciplines; must be different from the counselor recommendation, as well)

Early Decision Agreement

(ED I and ED II applicants only, must be signed by the applicant, parent/guardian, and high school counselor)

Early Decision Agreement

(ED I and ED II applicants only, must be signed by the applicant, parent/guardian, and high school counselor)

Additional information for
international applicants

Early Decision and Regular Decision

Most students apply to college through Regular Decision (RD), and they can apply Regular Decision to as many schools as they would like.  The deadlines for RD application typically fall in early January, with offers of admission sent out in March or April.

First-year applicants for whom Reed is their first-choice college may apply under our binding Early Decision (ED) plan. Students may submit an ED application to only one institution, although they may submit Regular Decision applications to other institutions. If admitted to Reed under the ED plan, students are expected to withdraw all RD applications to other colleges and to initiate no new applications.

Reed offers two timelines for ED; the only differences between applying ED I and ED II are the application deadline and notification dates.

  • International applicants may apply under the ED I or ED II plan
  • If you are denied as an ED I or ED II candidate you may not submit another application (RD) for the same year.

Traditionally, about 30 percent of Reed’s incoming class will enter through Early Decision. Students who want to choose between multiple offers of admission and financial aid should apply through the Regular Decision plan.

 Options and Deadlines

Reed's regular decision deadline has been extended to January 17, 2017 for the 2016-17 application cycle. 

Admission Option Early Decision I Early Decision II Regular Decision
When to Apply
November 15 December 20 January 17
Notification from Reed (postmark) December 15 February 1 April 1
Reply Date January 10 February 15 May 1
When to File
CSS Profile
November 15 December 20 January 17
When to File FAFSA November 15 December 20 January 17
When to File Student and Parent Federal Tax Forms, W-2s, and Verification Worksheet with IDOC November 22 December 20 January 17

AP, IB, and College Credit

If you have taken Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or college courses during secondary school, we view this as significant evidence of your academic preparation. In some cases, incoming students may receive credit toward graduation for work completed before enrollment at Reed. To learn more, see our First-Year Student College Credit Guide.

Students graduating from dual enrollment high school programs are considered first-year applicants to Reed, not transfer applicants.

Deferred Admission

Admitted first-year students may request to defer entrance for one year once they have made their $400 nonrefundable enrollment deposit. Students who wish to request deferred entrance must send a written detailed plan for the deferral year to the Vice President and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid via email to admission@reed.edu by May 15Deferral requests will not be considered without an enrollment deposit.
 
If the deferral request is approved, the submitted enrollment deposit will reserve a place in the following year's entering class and will be applied toward the student's first-semester tuition at Reed. Students granted a deferral year may not enroll at another college or university a full-time or part-time student, and may not apply to other colleges or universities. Students granted a deferral year will be asked to confirm their intent to enroll by submitting a $400 confirmation deposit to the Office of Admission by January 10 of the deferral year and, like the enrollment deposit, it will be applied towards the student's first-semester tuition at Reed.
 
Reed approves approximately 50% of deferral requests. In general, Reed will not approve a deferral year where the student does not have a set, structured, formalized plan arranged for the entire year. Students that have submitted their deferral request by the May 15 deadline can expect a decision no later than June 15. If the deferral request is not granted, Reed anticipates the student will enroll in the fall. If the student chooses to forfeit enrollment after May 1 the enrollment deposit will not be refunded.
Transfer students are not eligible for deferred entrance except in the case of military or religious service or medical necessity (documentation may be required).
 
Students admitted from the wait list are not eligible for deferred entrance.