Office of Admission COVID-19 Related Communications
This page is intended to serve as a resource for families to gain information about adjustments that have been made to the admission process as a result of COVID-19. We will continue to make updates to this page as they are available.
Admitted Students & Families
- When is the deposit deadline?
- The first deposit of $400 is due by May 1. This deposit ensures your place in the class of 2024 and will enable you to register for housing and classes on time. If you have questions or concerns about the May 1 deposit deadline, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- What are the plans for the Fall 2020 semester?
- We expect to be able to welcome students to campus in the fall and hold classes in-person. Reed is dedicated to providing a rigorous academic experience to every student. We will continue to monitor the guidelines for safety and follow government recommendations. If we must change our plans, students will be notified well in advance of the fall term start date.
- Can I defer my admission?
- Admitted first-year students may request to defer entrance for one year once they have paid their first $400 nonrefundable enrollment deposit. Students who wish to request deferred entrance must send a written detailed plan for the deferral year to the Vice President and Dean of Admission & Financial Aid by email (email@example.com) by June 15, 2020. Deferral requests will not be considered without an enrollment deposit. Approximately 50 percent of deferral requests are granted. Transfer students and students admitted from the Wait List are not eligible for deferral except under certain circumstances.
- We will honor our commitment to respond by July 1 for those who submit all required materials by May 15. For all others, we will respond by July 20 or earlier.
- My family’s financial situation has changed due to the coronavirus outbreak. Am I able to get more financial aid?
- You may qualify for submitting a financial aid appeal. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about the financial aid appeal process. You may also register for a virtual meeting with a financial aid counselor.
Prospective Students & Families
- When will campus re-open for visits?
- As soon as the government and public health authorities and the Reed COVID-19 task force determine person-to-person interactions are safe, we will resume in-person admission events and on-campus visits. We have not set a date but will communicate with you as soon as we know more.
- Will Reed’s SAT/ACT testing requirement change?
- We expect that students will be able to sit for their exams before our first application deadline. Please contact email@example.com if you have specific concerns about your ability to sit for your exams.
- Will I be at a disadvantage in the admission process if I’m unable to sit for AP or IB exams?
- No, AP and IB scores are an optional part of the application process.
In February 2020, Reed College announced a task force to study, determine, and guide the college through the unprecedented events of the novel coronavirus outbreak. Since that time, the Admission Office has followed the lead of the task force to promote the health and safety of the Reed community and ensure the safety of our visitors and prospective students.
In order to adhere to social distancing guidelines, we have transferred all admission programming to online and virtual formats. We understand the importance of making an informed college decision and we’re doing everything we can to support students and families this spring. The following timeline records our communications about adjustments, events, and new resources.
April 25 - Reed's president, Audrey Bilger, communicates with families about plans for the fall semester.
The Admission Office announces a second live, virtual conversation with Audrey, a second panel with Reed's Institutional Diversity and Student Life team, as well as continuing events with Reed faculty.
The office also extends the deadline for deferral requests from May 15 to June 15.
April 24 - The Admission Office creates the opportunity for students and families to submit questions to Reed faculty and alumni.
April 17 - The Admission Office announces several new virtual offerings:
- A Conversation with President Audrey Bilger
- Student Life Virtual Panel
- Academics at Reed Virtual Panel
- Parent Q&A with the Dean and Director of Admission
- Reedies Virtual Panel
- Admitted Student Hangouts with current Reedies
April 9 - The Admission Office launches one-on-one meetings for admitted and prospective students to meet with current Reedies.
Admission representatives co-host the first virtual roundtable discussion with Reed faculty for admitted and prospective students.
April 8 - The Financial Aid Office debuts one-on-one meetings for admitted students and a financial aid counselor.
April 3 - The Admission Office co-hosts the first faculty office hours event for prospective and admitted students.
March 30 - The Admission Office hosts the first virtual information session for transfer students.
March 27 - The Admission Office launches one-on-one virtual meetings between admission counselors and prospective and admitted students.
March 24 - The Admission Office hosts the first virtual information session.
March 21 - The Admission Office announces virtual information sessions for prospective and admitted students and their families as well as forthcoming virtual offerings.
March 15 - President Audrey Bilger announces that classes will be held online for the remainder of the semester following Spring Break. Students are asked to depart campus beginning on Wednesday, March 18 and to leave no later than March 27. Students with special circumstances are invited to petition to stay on campus as needed.
March 13 - The Admission Office postpones Reed Admitted Days I and II, Junior Visit Day III, Admitted student receptions, Junior Scholars visits to campus, and cancels all overnight visits to campus and outgoing spring travel. The office also suspends prospective student visits to campus for the remainder of the spring term, beginning on March 23
March 3 - Reed College establishes a COVID-19 task force charged with implementing recommendations made by government and public health authorities, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Oregon Health Authority, and Multnomah County Health, and responding to situations that might have been unique to Reed.