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.

Application Deadlines

  Early Decision I Early Decision II Regular Decision Transfer
Applications Due November 15 December 20 January 1 March 1
Decisions Mailed December 15 February 1 April 1 by May 1
Reply Date  January 10 February 15 May 1 two weeks from date of decision mailing
Deadline to Complete Optional On-Campus Interview November 15 November 15 January 1 March 15

Financial Aid Deadlines

  Early Decision I Early Decision II Regular Decision Transfer
File the 2014–15 PROFILE and, if applicable, the Noncustodial PROFILE November 1 December 1 February 1 March 1
File the 2014–15 FAFSA February 1 February 1 February 1 March 1
File Student and Parent 2013 Federal Tax Forms, W-2s and Verification Worksheet April 15 April 15 April 15 April 15

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