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Reed College Ranks Fourth in Preparing Future Ph.D.s in Engineering and the Sciences


Since 1975, Reed has ranked in the top five among schools whose graduates go on to earn Ph.D.s in all fields


PORTLAND, OR (July 16, 2008) -- The National Science Foundation has released its latest data on Ph.D. production by undergraduate colleges. Reed College, known for its rigorous liberal arts curriculum, was found to prepare the fourth highest percentage of Ph.D.s in the fields of science and engineering. California Institute of Technology, Harvey Mudd College, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, respectively, are the only schools that have prepared a higher percentage of undergraduates who went on to earn doctorate degrees in those fields since 1997.

"These data reflect Reed's on-going commitment to maintaining the highest academic standards,” said Reed dean of the faculty Peter Steinberger. “We have long been recognized nationally for the excellence of our science programs and for our remarkable record of producing top-flight scientists. It is gratifying to see the NSF findings, which powerfully confirm our continuing success in this area."

Reed dean of admission Paul Marthers agrees. “I think this is a great affirmation of Reed’s commitment to maintaining the highest academic standards, and equally of the liberal arts education," he said. "Nine of the top 20 schools on the NSF’s list are liberal arts colleges. There seems to be a perception among the general public that liberal arts colleges are weak in the sciences. The NSF’s findings should help to dispel that myth.”

Since 1975, Reed has ranked in the top five among schools whose graduates go on to earn Ph.D.s in all fields, and since 1992, Reed’s medical school acceptance rate is 85 percent. Based on the 2008 alumni database, there are currently 5,400 Reed alumni in the U.S. workforce—36 percent in business and industry, closely followed by 35 percent in the field of education.