How do I apply?
Admission to the program is highly competitive. The admission process requires completion of the application forms by the stated deadlines. Applicants should forward the following required components directly to the Reed special programs office. (if using the electronic forms, applicants should refer their teachers and counselors to this website for access to the forms.):
Applicants, counselors and teachers may download and fill out the forms electronically. (Please use Adobe Reader to download, complete, and save the forms.) You may print and mail the completed forms to the Office of Special Programs, or send as an email attachment:
Requests for a hard copy of the application packet may be addressed to the office of special programs.
Important: Notification about receipt of applications and interview scheduling will be sent via email from the director.
- Application for participation and personal statements.
- A graded paper or exam from the field, or related area, that the student wishes to pursue at Reed.
- One high-school counselor recommendation.
- Two teacher recommendations. (Students should obtain recommendations from teachers who have taught them in a subject related to the course they wish to take at Reed.)
- Current high-school transcript. (Students should request their high schools to send an official sealed or electronic copy directed to Reed's special programs office.)
- Transcripts for any college work completed, if relevant.
- Scores of SAT, ACT, or PSAT tests, if available. (If the test scores are not recorded on the high-school transcript, the college counselor may note the scores on the recommendation form.)
After all forms have been received, the director of special programs will contact the applicant via email to arrange a required interview. Please be sure to note clearly and accurately your email address in the requested space on the application form.
Preference is given to applications received and completed by April 1, 2014, for admission to fall, 2014 semester courses. Notification of acceptance will be mailed in early June. No applications for fall semester will be accepted after June 30, 2014. Occasionally there are openings for spring semester enrollment; interested students should complete an application by December 1, 2014 for entrance in mid-January, 2015.
An application will not be evaluated until the special programs office has received all required information.
Scheduling an Interview
All applicants to the Young Scholars program are required to interview with the director of special programs. This informal interview is an opportunity for you to address any outstanding questions from your application, and to learn more about course selection and the college in general.
The director of special programs will notify you via email when your application is complete. At that time, you will receive a password and instructions on accessing the interview appointment schedule.
The office of special programs is in Eliot Hall, room 422. Eliot Hall is the large, Tudor Gothic building that faces Woodstock Blvd. with the flag pole out front.