Office of the Registrar

Readmission to Reed

Students who 1) withdrew from the college, 2) were denied registration, 3) failed to return from an approved leave of absence or 4) failed to maintain continuous enrollment must apply for readmission if they wish to return to Reed. Readmission applications are processed through the registrar’s office. Students who have already attended Reed do not have to apply through the admission office. 

Contact the registrar’s office if you have a question about your status with the college at or call 503-777-7296.


Readmission for Spring 2021: December 1, 2020

Readmission for Fall 2021: June 1, 2021

Students are encouraged to submit readmission materials well in advance of these dates in order to allow adequate time for juniors and seniors to receive departmental input, and to meet deadlines for financial aid and Residence Life.

Readmission materials

Contact Martha Schlitt at or at 503-777-7296 to receive detailed information regarding readmission requirements specific to the student.

1. Completed application for readmission

The readmission application can be downloaded here. Students may submit this electronically to or by sending the completed paper document to:

Office of the Registrar
Reed College
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd
Portland, OR  97202.

2. Personal statement

Students may submit this electronically or by sending a completed paper document. The personal statement should address why the student left Reed, what the student has been doing while away, and why the student is ready to return to Reed. A student who was denied registration should also address what led to their poor academic performance, what steps the student has taken to address those challenges, and why the student is now ready to return. Students who were denied registration should also clarify how they have met any requirements for readmission that were stipulated by the faculty.

3. Official transcript(s)

Students must submit an official transcript directly from any institution they have attended while away. Grade reports are not sufficient for readmission. Transcripts can be sent on paper or electronically, but must be certified by the sending institution. Some students who were denied registration may be required to complete one semester, or two quarters, of full-time, transferrable work prior to applying for readmission.  This information can be found in the student’s letter of denial from the registrar’s office.  If the classes are in progress when the student submits an application for readmission, the readmission process will be delayed until the official transcript is received.

4. Health care provider’s statement

If a comprehensive health/mental health assessment was recommended for readmission, documentation of the care and recommendations should be forwarded as part of the readmission process.

Such documentation may be sent directly to the health and counseling center to assure confidentiality, but students should make a note that documentation is forthcoming in their readmission statement. Documentation should be sent directly from the provider on letterhead. The provider’s statement should verify the evaluation, speak to the student’s readiness to return, and outline recommendations for ongoing treatment. 

Students whose medical leave has expired must meet any requirement for returning from medical leave as outlined in the medical leave process.  Students should begin that process with student life prior to applying for readmission. Contact student life by email at, or by telephone at 503-777-7521.

5. Letters of recommendation (optional)

Students may wish to submit letters of support from faculty with whom they have worked and/or from an employer.  Submit a hard copy or a scanned PDF on letterhead.