This Is Reed

Reed students are creative, self-propelled, passionate, and analytical. They have a boundless enthusiasm for learning and an unexpected ability to embrace paradoxes. And they love Reed, one of the most intellectual colleges in the country.

This is Reed.

Reed Facts

Located in the progressive, dynamic city of Portland, Oregon, the Reed campus encompasses 116 acres of rolling lawns and winding lanes, a century of distinct periods of architectural design, over 2,000 trees representing more than 125 species, and a 28-acre watershed that is home to a growing population of wildlife and native plants.

Enrollment

1,400 Undergraduate Students

15 Average Class Size

9:1 Student-to-Faculty Ratio

1 Honor Principle

0 Fraternities or Sororities

Infinite Points of View

In 2013–14, Reed's 1,395 students came from 37 states, the District of Columbia, and 46 countries.

Class of 2018 Geographic Distribution

28% California

19% Northeast

14% Oregon & Washington

12% International

10% Midwest

9% Mountain/Southwest

5% South

3% Alaska & Hawaii

Class of 2018 Demographics

31% Domestic-born Students of African, Asian, Hispanic, Pacific Island, or Native American Descent

8% First-Generation-To-College

#1 in Professors Get High Marks, Princeton Review 2015

Costs and Financial Aid

50% of Reed Students Receive Financial Aid

100% of Demonstrated Need is Met for Every Admitted Student

Total Cost of Attendance (2014–15)
$59,960

Average Financial Aid Package (2013–14)
$41,175

Average Total Debt for Reed Graduates (2013)
$20,079

Top 20 in Great Financial Aid, Princeton Review 2015

Honors Prizes Scholarships

3 MacArthur Fellows

156 National Science Foundation Fellows

89 Fulbright Students

31 Rhodes Scholars

65 Thomas J. Watson Fellows

A Wisdom of Skeptics

Reed is an incubator for creative problem solvers and innovators.

A Reed education is characterized by close interaction between students and faculty in an atmosphere of shared scholarly concern and active learning.

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#1 in Best Classroom Experience, Princeton Review 2014

Honor, Independence. Reed's Honor Principle promotes a culture of trust and respect: exams are unmonitored and community members engage in conscientious self-reflection about their words and deeds.

HUM 110 serves as a powerful common experience for first-year Reedies, all of whom are reading the same works at the same time and sharing a significant base of knowledge.

A Little Help From Your Friends. Roughly 50 percent of students make use of Reed's peer tutoring program—many of the 200+ tutors have been tutored themselves.

 

Majors

  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Chemistry-Physics
  • Chinese
  • Classics
  • Classics-Religion
  • Dance-Theatre
  • Economics
  • English
  • Environmental Studies
  • French
  • General Literature
  • German
  • History
  • History-Literature
  • International and Comparative Policy Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Literature-Theatre
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics-Economics
  • Mathematics-Physics
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Russian
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Theatre

Teacher Scholars

There is a crucial interconnectedness between teaching and research at Reed—faculty culture supports both superb undergraduate teaching and high-level research. Students work side by side with professors in the classroom, on the senior thesis, and on faculty research.

"The opportunity to collaborate with curious and passionate students is one of the extraordinary features of the Reed academic experience." —Sarah Schaack, Assistant Professor of Biology

Biology Professor Bob Kaplan has led students on summer trips to Korea for 28 years to get hands-on experience in field research—his own research is focused on the Oriental fire-bellied toad. Learn more.

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A Stronghold of Griffins

Close friendships are forged in an intellectual quest that lasts a lifetime.

At Reed, students challenge each other and take care of each other.

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Students eating dinner around a table.

Forms of Living. Residential life at Reed includes a variety of theme dorms: the kitchen forms the heart of the Co-op; an international Fulbright Scholar lives with students in the Arabic Culture House; outdoor enthusiasts are drawn to the Outhaüs; a Mad Science dorm holds late-night biochemistry study sessions; and, while one does not simply walk into Mordor, students do walk into Tír na nÓg, where dragons, science fiction, and a friendly community of like-minded folk welcome you home.

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#3 in Unique Traditions, Unigo 2013

It began on a misty night in 1913 when a group of Reedies from Doyle House snatched a concrete owl and gave it a lofty new perch high atop Old Dorm Block. Ever since, the Doyle Owl has been pursued, defended, and brandished.

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In a prelude to the celebration of Thesis Parade, seniors dressed in costume burn their notes and drafts in a bonfire after turning in their final copies and earning their laurels. Watch the video.

Watch the thesis parade video
Student skiing on Mount Hood.

Mountain Hideaway. Just 90 minutes from campus, Reed's ski cabin on Mount Hood is a great place to unwind with friends after a day exploring the mountain.

Students hiking.

ADVENTURE. Reed's Gray Fund provides students with cost-free cultural, social, and recreational opportunities—from barn dancing and white water rafting to hot-air balloons and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Aerial view of downtown Portland.

Portland. The big city that feels like a small town, the urban center that is a forested garden. Take Trimet (Portland's fantastic public transit system) to head downtown or go by bike to explore food carts, concert venues, vintage stores, galleries, and museums.

Top 25 in Outdoor Adventures, Outside magazine 2014

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It's not just a beautiful campus—it's a residential college in an incredible city that will inspire your passions and engage your imagination.

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An Exuberance of Originals

Reedies go on to lead fascinating, purposeful lives.

The fellowship of Reed—the traditions in which you participate, the academic milestones you achieve, and the relationships you form here—is yours for a lifetime.

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Young Alumni

"I didn't imagine working at a place like Instagram, or in Silicon Valley for that matter, while I was in college, but I've always tried to surround myself with people who motivate and inspire me—which is why I went to Reed— and which is what I found at Instagram." —Josh Riedel '07

Josh Riedel

Josh Riedel '07 / English
Community Manager at Instagram

Roger Hobbs

Roger Hobbs '11 / English
Author of the New York Times best-selling novel Ghostman.

Georgia Kirkpatrick

Georgia Kirkpatrick '08 / Biology
Owner and Designer at Silvania, her Portland-based, Peruvian-inspired clothing line.

Suraj Pant

Suraj Pant '12 / Economics
Research Analyst at the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics, and Policy in New Delhi.

National Public Radio Correspondent Robert Smith '89 leads a radio workshop during Working Weekend, an alumni-hosted event to help Reedies—both current students and young alumni—explore a range of career paths.

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Ranked Percentage Of Graduates Who Go On To Earn Doctorates

Reed is ranked:

  • 4th in percentage of graduates who earned doctorates in all disciplines
  • 3rd in percentage of graduates who earned doctorates in science and math
  • 5th in percentage of graduates who earned doctorates in the humanities and arts
  • 3rd in percentage of graduates who earned doctorates in the social sciences

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Love Reed.

You will gain wisdom, join a stronghold of griffins, and graduate from Reed prepared to make your own exuberant difference in the world.

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