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Reed College Class of 2012 Competitively Selected, Diverse Group


Over the next few days, Reed College’s acceptance envelopes will be landing in the mailboxes of anxious applicants in 46 U.S. states and 35 foreign countries.


PORTLAND, OR (March 27, 2008) -- Over the next few days, Reed College’s acceptance envelopes will be landing in the mailboxes of anxious applicants in 46 U.S. states and 35 foreign countries. In all, 1,110 acceptance letters have been sent for an expected incoming freshman class of 325. The 31.9 percent acceptance rate represents one of the most competitively selected classes in Reed’s history. Reed has received record numbers of applications in each of the past six admission cycles, with this year’s totaling 3,484. The application volume has increased by 103 percent since 2000.

Reed ranks among the nation’s top undergraduate colleges in developing future Ph.Ds. The college has built a reputation for intellectual rigor and attracts students who have academic plans beyond a bachelor’s degree. A survey of last year’s incoming freshmen showed that 95 percent of those polled aspired to at least one post-baccalaureate degree.

The Class of 2012 is also an ethnically diverse group, with 30.8 percent students of color, which increases to 32.5 percent when international students are included. “The admitted students are collectively a group that exhibits passion for learning, intellectual curiosity, strong writing, and interest in joining a campus atmosphere that fosters independent thinking and commitment to a community honor principle,” said Reed dean of admission Paul Marthers.

Standard indicators of academic quality that are used by college admission personnel back Marthers’ claim. The admitted class has an average SAT score of 1409, ACT of 31, and GPA, including weighted grades, of 4.039.  Of students ranked by their high schools, 18 percent are valedictorians, 76 percent are in the top 10 percent of their class, and 91 percent are in the top 20.  Approximately 11 percent of the admitted students are the first in their family to attend a four-year college.