Transfer Applicants

You are considered a transfer applicant if you have graduated from high school* (or the equivalent) and have done any of the following:

  • Enrolled as a full-time or part-time student at an accredited institution of higher education (even if the term was not completed)
  • Earned a minimum of six Reed units of allowable transfer credit (six Reed units are equivalent to 24 semester hours or 36 quarter hours of credit)
  • Received financial aid at an accredited institution of higher education

*High school students graduating from dual-enrollment programs are not considered transfer applicants and should apply as first-year students.

Common Application

If you experienced technical difficulty with the Common Application, these issues have been resolved. You can now submit your application as usual.

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. When 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

Transfer Application Requirements

Common Application Requirements

-Common Application
-Reed Writing Supplement
-College Report from the most recent college attended (this form can be found at the Common Application or can be downloaded here)*
-Official high school transcripts*
-Official college transcripts from all colleges attended*
-Two letters of recommendation—one must be an academic letter of recommendation (teachers' assistants and graduate assistants may write letters); if you cannot supply a second academic recommendation, Reed will accept a letter from someone who has supervised or mentored you in a formal capacity—e.g., in employment or volunteer positions

*Reed understands that right now it may be challenging to obtain official documentation. As a result, Reed will accept unofficial high school transcripts, college transcripts, and Transfer College Report submissions for use in the application evaluation process. Offers of admission are contingent upon receiving official documents showing successful academic progress prior to enrollment. 


If you have questions about fulfilling any of these requirements contact Senior Assistant Dean of Admission, Grant Sewell.

Important Dates for Transfer Applicants


Spring Transfer 2022

Fall Transfer 2022

When to Apply November 15 Priority deadline: March 1*
Regular deadline: May 1
Notification from Reed  December

Priority deadline: Mid-May

Regular deadline: Mid-June

When to File CSS Profile November 15

Priority deadline: March 1

Regular deadline: May 1

When to File FAFSA November 15

Priority deadline: March 1

Regular deadline: May 1

When to File Student and Parent Federal Tax Forms, W-2s, and Verification Worksheet with IDOC** November 15

Priority deadline: March 1

Regular deadline: May 1

*Applications submitted after March 1 will be considered on a space-available basis.

**Reed College expects you and your parents to assume the primary responsibility for your educational expenses; therefore, unless you are 26 years old or older, a ward of the court or both of your parents are deceased, you will be required to complete the parental income and asset portions of the CSS PROFILE to be considered for institutional financial aid.

Reed College Curriculum and Graduation Requirements

Fifteen of the 30 units required to graduate must be completed at Reed;
Students without transfer credit equivalent to Reed’s Humanities 110 class may be required to take Humanities 110 or a combination of Reed’s humanities classes;
Physical education credits (PE) may be transferred to fulfill Reed’s PE requirement.

Transfer Credit and Class Standing

Transfer credit is given a preliminary analysis upon admission. Transfer credit will not be given for

  • Courses that cover work at a level below Reed’s introductory courses;
  • Courses that are vocational, technical, or experiential in nature;
  • Courses, or portions of courses, that teach general writing;
  • Courses for which a grade below C- was earned.

The number of units approved for transfer credit determines class standing. In general, class standing can be estimated as

1–6 Reed units: first year
7–12 Reed units: second year
15+ Reed units: junior year***

***Junior class standing at Reed is granted only with the approval of the intended major department. Due to the structure of the junior year at Reed and the required junior qualifying exam, it is very difficult to transfer in as a junior.

The college allows for certain decisions on transfer credit and college requirements to be made on a case-by-case basis through a petition process. Each transfer student is assigned an academic adviser with whom to consult before registration. The adviser will help arrange the student’s program of study, taking into account the student’s previous college work, educational goals, and Reed’s requirements. During this consultation, transfers can ask if petitioning their credit evaluation or remaining Reed requirements is an option.


On-campus housing requests are due by June 15. Space on campus is limited, and housing requests will be considered in the order in which they are received.