Reed Overnight Multicultural Experience (ROME)

Reed College students leaving the Performaing Arts Building

About ROME

Each year, the Reed Admission Office offers domestic high school seniors from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds (Asian American, Latino/a American, African American, Native American, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander) an opportunity to apply for a fly-in program called Reed Overnight Multicultural Experience. In 2014, the program will take place November 6-8Apply for ROME

The Program

Accepted students will receive a trip to Reed College for three days and two nights with all expenses paid by the college. ROME students stay on-campus with current students in their dorm rooms. During ROME you will experience Reed's academic environment firsthand by attending classes and interacting with the community. You’ll get a chance to hang out with Reedies, chat with admission staff, and have tea with professors. If you’re lucky, you might even meet the Doyle Owl! Students will also have the opportunity to meet Portlandia by exploring the plethora of things to do in downtown Portland, Oregon, like visiting Powell’s City of Books, or trying to pick a favorite food cart.

How to Apply

Applying demonstrates your interest in and excitement about Reed. There is no fee to apply for ROME. To be eligible for this fly-in program, you must be a domestic high school senior from a historically underrepresented racial or ethnic background who is a United States citizen or permanent resident. Priority is given to students who have not yet visited Reed. The online application requires two short essays as well as SAT/ACT/PSAT scores. In addition to the completed online application, we also require a high school transcript.

Submitting Your Application

The online application is available now and is due September 25. To be notified when the application is posted online, please join our mailing list. While the application is online, there are three methods by which you can send any supplemental information:

  • Email us at
  • Fax supplemental information to: 503.777.7553, ATTN: ROME
  • Mail supplemental information postmarked by the deadline to:
    Reed College Office of Admission
    3203 SE Woodstock Blvd.
    Portland, OR 97202

Feel free to contact us at 1.800.547.4750 or e-mail us at if you have questions about Reed or this program. We look forward to hearing from you!

John Perkins
Assistant Dean of Admission
Reed College

Melinda Williams '06
Senior Associate Dean of Admission
Reed College