Admission

Applying to Reed

Each year, Reed enrolls students who will contribute to—and benefit from—our distinctive academic and social environment.

Reed College students in lab

We admit students who are serious about intellectual inquiry and scholarship, who will thrive in a conference-style classroom or lab, who will honor the diversity of thought that comes with a range of philosophical and cultural differences, and who will be passionate about pursuing their own interests and questions. While we do not require a specific set of secondary school courses, the most competitive applicants have pursued the most demanding program of study available to them at the secondary level.

Admission is based on a close examination of your credentials, including your academic performance; your unique accomplishments, pursuits, and perspective; and your understanding of Reed.

Reed does not charge an application fee.

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Application Deadlines

  Early Decision I Early Decision II Regular Decision
Applications Due November 15 December 20 January 1
Decisions Mailed December 15 February 1 April 1
Reply Date  January 10 February 15 May 1
Deadline to Complete Optional On-Campus Interview November 15 November 15 January 1

Transfer Deadlines

Applications Due March 1
Decisions Mailed by May 1
Reply Date two weeks from date of decision mailing
Deadline to Complete Optional On-Campus Interview March 15

Financial Aid Deadlines

  Early Decision I Early Decision II Regular Decision
File the PROFILE and, if applicable, the Noncustodial PROFILE November 15 December 20 January 1
File the FAFSA November 15 December 20 January 1
File Student and Parent Federal Tax Forms, W-2s and Verification Worksheet November 15 December 20 January 1

Transfer Financial Aid Deadlines

File the CSS PROFILE and, if applicable, the Noncustodial PROFILE March 1
File the FAFSA March 1
File Student and Parent Federal Tax Forms, W-2s and Verification Worksheet March 1

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Testing Requirements

Reed requires all applicants to submit the official results of the SAT or the ACT. Results of additional tests, such as Advanced Placement (AP), SAT II (subject tests), and International Baccalaureate (IB), are optional. If test scores are recorded on your official high school transcript, Reed will consider those to be official scores.
Know Reed’s codes
SAT 4654
ACT 3494
TOEFL 4654

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is a federal law that requires colleges to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses. Community safety at Reed is responsible for overall security on the Reed campus and issues the disclosures required by the Clery Act in the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. A physical copy of the report can be obtained at Reed's community safety office in building 28 West on the Reed campus.