Explore Advanced Study
Most Reed graduates go on to earn an advanced degree (or two or three . . . ) If more schooling is the path for you, we can help you to navigate the often complex application process.
If you want to attend graduate school right after graduation, plan to meet with your faculty adviser or a somone at the Center for Life Beyond Reed during the spring of your junior year to discuss and begin the process.
Graduate School Counselors by Discipline
General Graduate/Professional School
- Your faculty adviser is always a good person with whom to have an initial discussion about your graduate school plans, no matter what the discipline.
- Julie Kern Smith, associate director of career development, Center for Life Beyond Reed
- Jeff Parker, George Hay Professor of Economics
- John Kroger, president of Reed College
- Julie Kern Smith (pre-law), associate director of career development, Center for Life Beyond Reed
Faculty with Interest in the Law, brief bios of faculty with legal ties
- Paul Currie, Professor of Psychology
- Arthur Glasfeld, Amgen-Perlmutter Professor of Chemistry
- Jay Mellies, Professor of Biology
- Janis Shampay, Professor of Biology
- Julie Kern Smith (pre-med), associate director of career development, Center for Life Beyond Reed
These pages list top graduate schools for a variety of Reed majors.
Managing the Application Process
Planners & Timelines
Applying to graduate school takes advanced planning. Don Asher '83 created this Graduate School Workbook (PDF) that enumerates all of the ins and outs of the process. You can also use these discipline-specific timelines to help keep your process on track.
Personal statements—also called "application essays" or "statements of purpose"—are essays that explain why you are seeking to attend graduate school. There is no formula to follow in shaping your response, only choices for you to make, such as whether you should write an essay that is more autobiographically focused or one that is more professionally focused. The following sites can help guide you:
- Writing Personal Statements Online (Penn State)
- Writing the Personal Statement (Purdue University Online Writing Lab)
Letters of Recommendation
Our Reference Protocol (PDF) outlines all of the etiquette around letters of recommendation. Remember: give your references 4–5 weeks' notice when requesting a letter!