Admission

International Applicants

As an international applicant, you bring a global perspective and meaningful lived experiences that enrich the Reed community.

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Applying to Reed

You are considered an international applicant if you are neither a US citizen nor a permanent resident of the United States.

Permanent residents must submit a photocopy of their Permanent Resident Card (I-551), but should otherwise follow the instructions for domestic students.

To apply for admission to Reed, you will need to complete either the Coalition Application or the Common Application.

Required Documents

English Proficiency

  • Either TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, ACT, or documentation that you attended an English medium school.
  • If you attended an English medium school or English medium program, we do not require testing.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English are encouraged but not required to submit results of English proficiency. While there is no minimum score that we are looking for, these are the average scores we see:
    • SAT: 600+ for the evidence-based reading/writing score
    • ACT: Reading and English scores of 28+
    • TOEFL: 110+
    • IELTS: 7+
    • Duolingo: 145+
  • Reed College’s test codes are 4654 (TOEFL) and 4654 (Reed College PROFILE).

Interviews

International interviews at Reed are by invitation. Once you have submitted your application, the Office of Admission may reach out and ask you to interview with us. If you are selected for an interview, it will last approximately 30 minutes. We will ask you questions regarding your academic pursuits, your extracurricular activities, and your other interests. We will also provide you time to ask us any questions you have. Please note, not being invited for an interview does not lower your chances of getting admitted to Reed. Each year, we admit students who do not interview with us and they go on to be very successful Reedies.

School Report

Your school completes the school report. This document provides context about your school and aids in the holistic review process.

Counselor Recommendation

The counselor recommendation is completed by your guidance counselor, college/career counselor, homeroom teacher, or principal. This document helps us to evaluate your application within the context of your academic background.

Teacher Recommendations

  • Reed requires two teacher recommendations from two different academic disciplines.
  • If the recommendations are not written in English, an accurate translation should be included.

Official Secondary School Transcripts

  • Secondary school transcripts can be emailed to admission@reed.edu.
  • Transcripts must come from the school to be considered official. The admission committee requires full secondary school transcripts (and college or university records, if any). These transcripts must be translated into English.
  • Students studying under a system that requires examination (for example, the International Baccalaureate or the British system) are asked to submit exam results at the time of completion.

Certification of Finances

  • Certification of Finances (required). This form will be used to create the student visa document if you are admitted to Reed College and choose to enroll.
  • CSS Profile (required for international applicants who wish to apply for financial aid). International applicants admitted without financial aid are not eligible to receive financial aid during their time at Reed. Learn more about financial aid at Reed on our costs & financial aid page.

Permanent Resident Card

  • If you are a permanent resident of the United States, you must submit a photocopy of your Permanent Resident Card (I-551).

Financial Aid

  • All financial aid at Reed is granted on the basis of demonstrated financial need. Reed offers no academic or athletic scholarships. Need is determined through an assessment of your family’s financial resources and ability to contribute toward the cost of your education.
  • Reed meets the full demonstrated need of all admitted students. Reed will not admit a student who demonstrates need without offering a financial aid award. All offers of financial assistance include grants, work opportunities, and loans.
  • If you are a non–US citizen and plan to apply for financial aid from the college, you must complete the College Scholarship Service (CSS) PROFILE. For information about the CSS PROFILE, visit the College Board's website.
  • Students who submit a letter of financial hardship from their school counselor to the financial aid office may also receive a waiver for the cost of the PROFILE. The PROFILE must be submitted by the same date as your application in order to be considered eligible for financial aid.
  • If you are a permanent resident of the United States, you must submit a photocopy of your Permanent Resident Card (I-551) with your application. Permanent residents who wish to apply for financial aid must follow the application process for domestic students, filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and CSS PROFILE. Detailed instructions and deadlines are available on Reed's financial aid website.

Visa Process

Once you have been issued and received your I-20 or DS-2019, you are ready to begin applying for your visa. In order for Reed to provide you with the documents you need to obtain a student visa, you must complete an International Student Certification of Finances form and include supporting documentation.

A visa permits entry into the United States and is granted by an official of the US Department of State, located in an embassy or consulate in your home country. Degree-seeking students attending Reed College for four years will enter the United States on an F-1 student visa, and exchange students (one semester or one year) will enter on a J-1 student visa. Learn more about the visa process on our international student services website.

Online Classes

During the 2021–22 academic year, most Reed classes will take place in person. However, we recognize that many international students will stay in their home countries due to travel restrictions instituted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, many courses will still be offered online.

Course offerings remain largely unchanged in terms of course content. Reed faculty have designed their courses as in-person or online in order to maintain the strong student-faculty and student-student academic interactions valued in a Reed education.

Rankings

Reed chooses not to provide data to the U.S. News & World Report rankings each year because we believe that the one-size-fits-all methodology behind most college ranking systems does not capture the unique experience of a classroom, a community, or an institution. However, there are some other rankings that may help you explore Reed’s distinctive teaching philosophy and the ethos of the Reed community.

  • #2 Professors Get High Marks (Princeton Review 2020)
  • #1 Best Classroom Experience (Princeton Review 2020)
  • #3 Unique Traditions (Unigo 2013)
  • #1 Students Travel Farthest from Home (Niche Ink 2014)
  • #4 Graduates who Go on to Earn Doctorates in All Disciplines (National Science Foundation and Integrated Postsecondary Education Data)
  • Top 25 Amazing but overlooked colleges (Daily Beast 2013)

Portland

Reed’s campus is located in a residential section of Portland, a midsize city of about 600,000 residents. Despite its metropolitan location, the campus is home to over a hundred varieties of trees, a protected wildlife preserve, and a beautiful lake with connections to the Willamette River and the Pacific Ocean.

Portland’s downtown, just 10 minutes from campus, is home to the world’s largest independent bookstore as well as great vintage stores, movie theaters, and art galleries. In addition to being one of the greenest cities in the United States, Portland is known for its progressive urban planning, innovative music scene, weekend brunches, and delicious coffee.

Reed College is 30 minutes away from Portland International Airport, which is accessible by public transportation.

To learn more about the local area, visit our Portland and the Northwest page.

Orientation

International Student Orientation is an essential part of the international student experience and is carefully designed to help launch you into a successful semester at Reed College. International orientation happens before first-year orientation and is required for all F-1 and J-1 visa holders. 

The program orients international students to the United States and Reed and also connects each student with an InterConnect peer mentor who will guide students through their first semester. There is no registration fee for International Student Orientation; all activities and meals are free for participants. Learn more about the international orientation program on our website for new students.

Residence Life

From the discovery of new interests to the formation of lifelong friendships, a lot happens in Reed housing. Our on-campus residential community provides a safe and welcoming environment to support students in their academic pursuits, personal growth, and participation in an interdependent community. All first-year and sophomore Reed students live on campus. Learn more about on-campus housing on our residence life page.

Contact Us

If you have additional questions about applying as an international student, contact us at admission-international@reed.edu.

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