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Reed College admits 1,112 Students to Class of 2011 from a Record-Breaking Applicant Pool


Reed has accepted 33 percent of its 3,363 applicants this year, the lowest acceptance rate ever for the college.


PORTLAND, OR (April 12, 2007) – Reed College has selected 1,112 students for admission from a record-breaking pool of 3,363 applicants. Based on previous years, Reed expects this group of admitted students to yield a first-year class of approximately 330 students next fall. The overall admission rate for the class of 2011 is 33.1 percent, down from 40 percent for the class of 2010, and down from 71 percent just six years ago for the class of 2005.

Reed's fifth consecutive annual rise in applications represents a 94 percent increase since 2001, reflecting increased awareness throughout the U.S. and abroad of Reed’s distinctive curriculum and academic excellence. Reed continues to have more admitted students from California than from any other state, followed by Washington, New York, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Texas.

Of the 1,112 students admitted, 360—or 32.4 percent—self-identify as students of color; 30.1 percent identify themselves as domestic students of color. Both figures are record-highs for the college. “The increased ethnic diversity of the admitted students results from Reed’s ongoing efforts to attract intellectually curious students from all ethnic backgrounds,” said Dean of Admission Paul Marthers.

Forty-eight states and the District of Columbia are represented in the admitted class. Including U.S. citizens living abroad, 89 students from 38 countries were admitted; in all, foreign citizens comprise 4.3 percent of students selected for admission.

The average SAT (1410) and ACT (31) scores of the admitted class are slightly higher than in previous years. Many of the students admitted to Reed have weighted grade point averages above 4.0, with the average GPA at 4.024. Reed's admitted class this year includes at least 89 high school valedictorians. Of admitted students who chose to report class rank, 75 percent are in the top 10 percent of their graduating high school class, and 91 percent are in the top 20 percent.

“Reed continues to take a holistic approach to admission,” Marthers said. “We look for evidence of passion for learning and the ability to negotiate a rigorous course of study. We don't admit by the numbers, yet, when all is said and done, Reed's admission numbers are high—in part because the college attracts a self-selected pool of academically motivated achievers looking for a place where the life of the mind is venerated.”

Admitted applicants have until May 1 to reply. In the interim, Reed will play host to admitted students and their families during Reed Activity Days (RAD). Scheduled for April 12, 13, and 16, RAD offers admitted students an opportunity to go to class with current Reed students, stay overnight in the dorms, attend evening lectures, and experience Reed's dynamic intellectual atmosphere.