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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Admission Communications Timeline

Reed College Communications to the Community

Reed College COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about virtual events on our website. Visit the Reed College website for more information about their response and prevention efforts.

Frequently Asked Questions

Admitted Students & Families

  • What are the plans for the Fall 2020 semester?
    • Students will be welcomed onto campus this fall to take part in both in-person and online learning. Comprehensive information about safety measures can be found online
  • Where can I find information about Orientation?
    • Visit the New Students page to learn about Orientation, Academic Planning, and Pre-orientation Experiences. 
  • 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
  • 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 ( 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 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?
    • For the 2020-2021 academic year, Reed will accept self-reported test scores for the SAT and ACT. For those unable to take exams before the application deadline, the requirement will be waived. Please contact if you have questions or concerns. 
  • 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.

If you do not see your questions listed here, please contact the Admission Office or the Financial Aid Office.

Communications Timeline

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.

November 30 - Classes will resume online after Thanksgiving Break.

October 13
- The Admission Office welcomes our first in-person visitor to campus.

October 2
- Twice weekly rapid testing for on-campus (residential) students begins.

Late September
- Admission counselors begin virtually visiting high schools across the United States and abroad.

September 14
- Epidemiologist starts as full-time COVID-19 Response Coordinator.

August 31
- Hybrid classes begin.

August 4
- First day of regular, campus-wide COVID-19 testing, with results in 2-3 days.

July 2
- The Admission Office adopts the new test-blind policy.

June 30 - Reed's president Audrey Bilger announces plans for students to return to campus in the fall. 

“I am pleased to share that we are returning to campus in the fall with a measured and flexible approach that provides a mix of in-person and online education. . . . our return to campus will require every community member to diligently follow new protocols to keep each other safe. The plan we have set forth incorporates public health regulations that we all must adhere to.” - Audrey Bilger, President

June 15-19 - The Admission Office hosts the first virtual College Application Workshop Week, hosting hundreds of students to do interactive workshops on everything from Acing the Interview to Finding a College Virtually. Learn more.

April 25 - 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.