Admission

First-year Applicants

First-Year Application Platforms

Reed College accepts applications from three platforms: the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success, the Common Application, and Reed's Application. Applicants may only submit one application per year and may select from one of these platforms. None of these applications is favored in the admission decision process. Finally, Reed will neither require nor use testing results from the SAT or ACT in our admission review for the fall 2021 and fall 2022 cycles.

The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success is a new application platform developed by over 150 institutions that share the vision that the college application process should be accessible to all students. The Coalition Application allows students to amass materials over their high school years in their “locker” that can be shared with their support network and the schools they are applying to should those schools request them. If applying via the Coalition Application, students will be required to submit the Coalition Application, a Reed writing supplement, and an item chosen from the student’s locker; this item can be an essay, another piece of writing, or other original works.

The Common Application is a consortium of more than 600 colleges and universities. Each year, over 3.5 million applications are submitted via the Common Application. If applying via the Common Application, students will be required to submit the Common Application, a personal essay, and a Reed writing supplement, which can also be emailed to admission@reed.edu.

Reed's Application is specific to Reed. If applying via the Reed Application, students will be required to complete the application and Reed's essay.

First-Year Application Requirements

Coalition Application and Common Application Requirements

Coalition Application Common Application Reed Application
Coalition Application Common Application Reed Application
An item from the locker and an explanation of why that item was chosen Reed Writing Supplement Reed's Essay
Self-reported SAT or ACT scores if available (neither will be used in our evaluation) Self-reported SAT or ACT scores if available (neither will be used in our evaluation) Self-reported SAT or ACT scores if available (neither will be used in our evaluation)
School Report (completed by your counselor; this form is available through the Coalition Application) School Report (completed by your counselor; this form is available through the Common Application) School Report (completed by your counselor; this form is available through the Reed Application)
Counselor recommendation Counselor recommendation Counselor recommendation
Official high school transcripts Official high school transcripts Official high school transcripts
Official college transcripts (for any college you have attended, whether or not you want credit for those courses at Reed) Official college transcripts (for any college you have attended, whether or not you want credit for those courses at Reed) Official college transcripts (for any college you have attended, whether or not you want credit for those courses at Reed)
Two Teacher Evaluations (from two different academic disciplines; must be different from the counselor recommendation, as well) Two Teacher Evaluations (from two different academic disciplines; must be different from the counselor recommendation, as well) Two Teacher Evaluations (from two different academic disciplines; must be different from the counselor recommendation, as well)

Early Decision Agreement

(ED I and ED II applicants only, must be signed by the applicant, parent/guardian, and high school counselor)

Early Decision Agreement

(ED I and ED II applicants only, must be signed by the applicant, parent/guardian, and high school counselor)

Early Decision Agreement

(ED I and ED II applicants only, must be signed by the applicant, parent/guardian, and high school counselor)

Additional information for
international applicants

Early Decision, Early Action, and Regular Decision

Most students apply to college through Early Action (EA) or Regular Decision (RD). Students can apply Regular Decision to as many schools as they would like, and in most cases can do the same with Early Action unless they are applying to a school with a Restrictive Early Action policy. The deadline for EA applications is November 15, with offers of admission sent out in early February. The deadlines for RD application typically fall in early January, with offers of admission sent out April 1.

First-year applicants for whom Reed is their first-choice college may apply under our binding Early Decision (ED) plan. Students may submit an ED application to only one institution, although they may submit Early Action or Regular Decision applications to other institutions. If admitted to Reed under the ED plan, students are expected to withdraw all EA and RD applications to other colleges and to initiate no new applications.

Reed offers two timelines for ED; the only differences between applying ED I and ED II are the application deadline and notification dates. Traditionally, about 30 percent of Reed’s incoming class will enter through Early Decision. Students who want to choose between multiple offers of admission and financial aid should apply through the Early Action or Regular Decision plan.

  • International applicants may apply under the EA, ED I or ED II plans
  • If you are denied as an EA, ED I, or ED II candidate you may not submit another application (RD) for the same year.

Application Deadlines

  Early Decision I Early Decision II Early Action Regular Decision
Applications Due November 15 December 20 November 15 January 15
Decisions Mailed December February February April 1
Reply Date  Within 2 weeks of admission or 10 days of receipt of financial aid, whichever is later Within 2 weeks of admission or 10 days of receipt of financial aid, whichever is later May 1 May 1
Suggested Interview Deadline December 1 December 31 December 10 February 1

 

AP, IB, and College Credit

If you have taken Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or college courses during secondary school, we view this as significant evidence of your academic preparation. In some cases, incoming students may receive credit toward graduation for work completed before enrollment at Reed. To learn more, see our First-Year Student College Credit Guide.

Students graduating from dual enrollment high school programs are considered first-year applicants to Reed, not transfer applicants.

Deferred Admission

Are you planning to make an impact before starting college? Here are the steps you need to take and important things to know:

  • Admitted first-year students may request to defer entrance for one year once they have made their first $400 non-refundable enrollment deposit.
  • Students who wish to request deferred admission must send a written plan outlining how they will spend their deferral year to the Vice President and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid via email to admission@reed.eduStudents who submit their deferral requests by June 10 can expect a decision no later than July 1. 
  • To support international students experiencing delays in the visa process due to the pandemic, some domestic and international students may defer their entrance for one semester only and start in January 2022. Please contact your admission counselor if you are interested in this option.
  • Students are required to submit their second enrollment deposit by July 1.
  • Once the deferral request is approved, the submitted enrollment deposits will reserve a place in the following year's entering class and will be applied toward the student's first-semester tuition at Reed.
  • Students granted a deferral year may not enroll at another college or university as full-time or part-time students and may not apply to other colleges or universities.
  • Students granted a deferral year will be asked to confirm their intent to enroll by submitting a $400 confirmation deposit to the Office of Admission by January 10 of the deferral year. Like the two enrollment deposits, the confirmation deposit will be applied towards the student's first-semester tuition at Reed.
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  • Transfer students are not eligible for deferred entrance except in the case of military or religious service or medical necessity (documentation may be required).
  • Students admitted from the waitlist are not eligible for deferred entrance.
  • Please see COVID-19-related updates for the 2021-2022 academic year.