This Is Reed

Reed students are creative, self-propelled, passionate, and analytical. They have a boundless enthusiasm for learning and an unexpected ability to embrace paradoxes. And they love Reed, one of the most intellectual colleges in the country.

This is Reed.

Reed Facts

Located in the progressive, dynamic city of Portland, Oregon, the Reed campus encompasses 116 acres of rolling lawns and winding paths, a century of distinct periods of architectural design, over 2,000 trees representing more than 125 species, and a 28-acre watershed that is home to a growing population of native wildlife and plants.


1,400 Undergraduate Students

16 Average Class Size

9:1 Student-to-Faculty Ratio

1 Honor Principle

0 Fraternities or Sororities

Infinite Points of View

In 2020–21, Reed's incoming class came from 36 states, the District of Columbia, and 13 countries.

Class of 2024 Geographic Distribution

30% California

17% Northeast

17% Northwest

13% Mountain/Southwest

9% Midwest

6% South

8% International

Class of 2024 Demographics

36% Domestic-born Students of African, Asian, Hispanic, Pacific Island, or Native American Descent

10% First-Generation-To-College

#1 in Best Classroom Experience, Princeton Review 2020

Costs and Financial Aid

58% of Reed Students Receive Financial Aid

100% of Demonstrated Need is Met for Every Admitted Student

Total Cost of Attendance (2020-21)

Average Financial Aid Package (2019-20)

Average Total Debt for Reed Graduates (2018)

#6 in Great Financial Aid, Princeton Review 2020

Honors Prizes Scholarships

3 MacArthur Fellows

187 National Science Foundation Fellows

116 Fulbright Students

32 Rhodes Scholars

68 Thomas J. Watson Fellows


A Reed education is characterized by close interaction between students and faculty in an atmosphere of shared scholarly concern and active learning.

Next section

#2 in Professors Get High Marks, Princeton Review 2020

Honor, Independence. Reed's Honor Principle promotes a culture of trust and respect: exams are unmonitored and community members engage in conscientious self-reflection about their words and deeds.

HUM 110 serves as a powerful common experience for first-year Reedies, all of whom are reading the same works at the same time and sharing a significant base of knowledge.

A Little Help From Your Friends. Roughly 50 percent of students make use of Reed's peer tutoring program—many of the 200+ tutors have been tutored themselves.



  • American Studies
  • Ancient Mediterranean Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Chemistry-Physics
  • Chinese
  • Comparative Literature
  • Comparative Race and Ethnicity Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Science-Mathematics
  • Dance
  • Dance-Theatre
  • Economics
  • English
  • Environmental Studies
  • French
  • German
  • History
  • History-Literature
  • International and Comparative Policy Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Literature-Theatre
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics-Economics
  • Mathematics-Physics
  • Music
  • Neuroscience
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Religion-Ancient Mediterranean Studies
  • Russian
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Theatre

Teacher Scholars

There is a crucial interconnectedness between teaching and research at Reed—faculty culture supports both superb undergraduate teaching and high-level research. Students work side by side with professors in the classroom, on the senior thesis, and on faculty research.

"The opportunity to collaborate with curious and passionate students is one of the extraordinary features of the Reed academic experience." —Sarah Schaack, Associate Professor of Biology

Chemistry Professor Kelly Chacón is proud that her students laid the groundwork for her recent National Science Foundation grant. Learn more.

Next section


At Reed, students challenge each other and take care of each other.

Next section

Students eating dinner around a table.

Forms of Living. Residential life at Reed is designed to bring people together: the kitchen forms the heart of the Co-ops; an international Fulbright Scholar lives in the Arabic Culture House; students live together in "neighborhoods" arranged by class year to develop lasting bonds as they continue through their Reed experience.

Next section

#3 in Unique Traditions, Unigo 2013

It began on a misty night in 1913 when a group of Reedies from Doyle House snatched a concrete owl and gave it a lofty new perch high atop Old Dorm Block. Ever since, the Doyle Owl has been pursued, defended, and brandished.

Next section

In a prelude to the celebration of Thesis Parade, seniors dressed in costume burn their notes and drafts in a bonfire after turning in their final copies and earning their laurels. Watch the video.

Watch the thesis parade video
Student skiing on Mount Hood.

Mountain Hideaway. Just 90 minutes from campus, Reed's ski cabin on Mount Hood is a great place to unwind with friends after a day exploring the mountain.

Students hiking.

ADVENTURE. Reed's Gray Fund provides students with cost-free cultural, social, and recreational opportunities—from barn dancing and white water rafting to hot-air balloons and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Aerial view of downtown Portland.

Portland. The big city that feels like a small town, the urban center that looks like a forested garden. Take Trimet (Portland's public transit system) to head downtown or go by bike to explore food carts, concert venues, vintage stores, galleries, and museums.

Top 25 in Outdoor Adventures, Outside magazine 2014

Next section

It's not just a beautiful campus—it's a residential college in an incredible city that will inspire your passions and engage your imagination.

Open the Reed map image


The fellowship of Reed—the traditions in which you participate, the academic milestones you achieve, and the relationships you form here—is yours for a lifetime.

Next section

Young Alumni

"At Reed, I learned that asking a good question is more important than—and often just as difficult as—coming up with a good answer. Developing that ability to tackle a problem head on, sideways, upside down, and backward has been essential to my success after Reed, first as a PhD student and now as a researcher in the software industry." —Zan Goldblatt Clark ’07

Nisma Elias

Nisma Elias ’12 / Economics
Economist at the Ministry of Education, Zanzibar, Tanzania.

Zan Goldblatt Clark

Zan Goldblatt Clark ’07 / Religion
Anthropologist at Adobe, San Francisco.

Georgia Kirkpatrick

Georgia Kirkpatrick '08 / Biology
Owner and Designer at Silvania, her Portland-based, Peruvian-inspired clothing line.

Suraj Pant

Suraj Pant '12 / Economics
Research Analyst at the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics, and Policy in New Delhi.

National Public Radio Correspondent Robert Smith '89 leads a radio workshop during Working Weekend, an alumni-hosted event to help Reedies—both current students and young alumni—explore a range of career paths.

Next section

Ranked Percentage Of Graduates Who Go On To Earn Doctorates

Reed is ranked:

  • 4th in percentage of graduates who earned doctorates in all disciplines
  • 2nd in percentage of graduates who earned doctorates in the humanities
  • 3rd in percentage of graduates who earned doctorates in the physical sciences
  • 3rd in percentage of graduates who earned doctorates in the social sciences

Next section

Love Reed.

You will gain wisdom, join a stronghold of griffins, and graduate from Reed prepared to make your own exuberant difference in the world.

Learn more.

Follow us.