About Reed

Intellectual. Inspiring. Transformative.

Reed is a coeducational, independent liberal arts and sciences college located in Southeast Portland, Oregon. Referred to as one of the most intellectual colleges in the country, we are known for our high standards of scholarly practice, creative thinking, and engaged citizenship.

As a Reed student, you can pursue a bachelor of arts degree in one of our 26 academic departments. We offer 38 majors, 13 of which are interdisciplinary, and you can even create your own major with college approval. Our curriculum includes a yearlong humanities course, broad distribution requirements, and a senior thesis.

Our professors will be your mentors and advocates. They adhere to conference-style teaching, which leads to stimulating discussion, subject mastery, and unparalleled critical thinking skills. Reed also offers a graduate program that leads to a master of arts degree in liberal studies, allowing for a flexible and diverse interdisciplinary course of study. We welcome you to explore Reed College—a place where academic rigor and a commitment to intellectual inquiry thrive.

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Who We Are

Mission and History

Founded in 1908, Reed College is committed to the value of a liberal arts education and the pursuit of critical thinking and inquiry. Close student-faculty collaboration, independent undergraduate research, and both breadth and depth of study shape the Reed experience.


Learn about the people shaping Reed’s vision and direction, from the Office of the President to the Board of Trustees. Discover how their collective leadership inspires our community and drives our commitment to academic excellence and innovation.

Office for Institutional Diversity

Reed College is a community dedicated to serious and open intellectual inquiry, one in which students, faculty, and staff can fully participate, regardless of ethnicity, race, religion, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, socioeconomic status, or disabilities.

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Success on Campus and Beyond

Explore the remarkable journeys and achievements of our talented students and graduates. Learn about their transformative experiences at Reed College and their career trajectories to see the lasting legacy of a Reed education.

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