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Reed College receives record 3,051 applications – up 15 percent – for 345 spaces in its Class of 2010

A 76 percent jump in five years may reflect added appeal of Reed's special status among national elite liberal arts colleges

PORTLAND, OR (February 24, 2006) – Reed College has received a record 3,051 applications for 345 freshman spaces in its Class of 2010.

"This represents a 15 percent increase over last year and is the fourth consecutive record year for applications," Dean of Admission Paul Marthers said. "While a number of our peer institutions are also reporting higher applicant numbers this year, few if any can match the unbroken expansion in appeal reflected in Reed's 76 percent increase since 2000–01. We think this may be an indication that Reed's special status even among small, selective national liberal arts colleges is attracting more and more attention from students and parents."

In the past year, Reed's tradition of strong attention to intellectual pursuits at the undergraduate level has received a number of prominent mentions in the nation's press. Princeton Review rated Reed first in the nation in "overall academic experience" and U.S. News featured a flattering profile of Reed in its 2006 college annual even though the College continues to refrain from submitting rankings data.

Marthers said he anticipates that Reed will offer admission to 40–42 percent of those who have applied, down from 45 percent last year. The Reed admission office will mail decision letters near the end of March and immediately prepare to host visits, throughout the month of April, from admitted applicants and their families.


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With an enrollment today of about 1,360 students, Reed has produced the second highest number of Rhodes Scholars (31), for any liberal arts college, as well as over 50 Fulbright Scholars, over 60 Watson Fellows, and two MacArthur ("Genius") Award winners. A very high proportion of Reed graduates go on to earn Ph.D.s, particularly in the sciences, history, political science, and philosophy. Reed is third in percentage of its graduates who go on to earn Ph.D.s in all disciplines, after only the California Institute of Technology and Harvey Mudd. Reed is first in this percentage in biology. Visit for further information.