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Incoming Class, Snapshot by the Numbers


The class of 2016 has arrived. At 320 students, it is a small but impressive group. To maintain a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio, Reed reduced the incoming class from a three-year average of 370.

The admission department received 3,131 applications to join the freshman class, of which 1,125 were accepted, for an acceptance rate of 36 percent, down from 40 percent last year.

Eleven incoming students were the valedictorians of their graduating classes, and 17 percent were in the top 5 percent of their classes. Their average GPA was 3.9 and the mean SAT scores were 714 for reading, 670 for math, and 692 for writing

Half of the incoming class came to Reed from California or the Northeast states. Nine percent of are Oregonians, and ten percent are the first in their families to attend college.

Fifty-five Percent are women and 45 percent men. Of the 302 non-international students, 27 percent reported an ethnic minority background, including Hispanic (13%), African American (3%), Native American (3%), and Asian or Pacific Islander (9%).