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Beth Sorensen
Office of Communications


Last week letters and emails went out to the applicants offered admission to the Reed College class of 2007. From an all-time record applicant pool of 2,276, Reed admitted 996 students—a 44 percent admit rate, which is considerably lower than last year’s rate of 55 percent and 71 percent two years ago. Reed hopes to welcome 325 new freshmen to Reed next fall.

Behind the statistics (SAT mean of nearly 1400, GPA mean of 3.955, and ACT mean of 30), the admitted students are clearly those whose love of learning is palpable, whose interest in ideas is contagious, and whose talents and interests are impressive. We are confident that the admitted students will carry on the Reed tradition of intellectual engagement and community involvement.

The students admitted will bring diverse backgrounds to Reed. They are from 31 foreign countries and 47 states. They are multicultural: 22 percent identify themselves as students of color. They resist categorization: 12 percent chose not to identify their ethnicity.

Reed College looks forward to welcoming admitted students and their families to campus in April during Reed Activity Days, a concentrated period when all sides of Reed are on display. For those who have already been to campus or cannot schedule a visit, the college will hold gatherings in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, Seattle, and San Francisco. Faculty members and current Reed students will represent Reed at several of these gatherings.

Reed College, in Portland, Oregon, is an undergraduate institution of the liberal arts and sciences dedicated to sustaining the highest intellectual standards in the country. With an enrollment of about 1,360 students, Reed ranks third in the undergraduate origins of Ph.D.s in the United States and second in the number of Rhodes scholars from a liberal arts college (31 since 1915).

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