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.


1,533 Undergraduate Students

16 Average Class Size

9:1 Student-to-Faculty Ratio

1 Honor Principle

0 Fraternities or Sororities

Infinite Points of View

In 2021, Reed's incoming class came from 44 states and 17 countries.

Class of 2025 Geographic Distribution

27% California

17% Northeast

17% Northwest

13% Mountain/Southwest

11% Midwest

7% South

1% Alaska & Hawaii

7% International

Class of 2025 Demographics

33% Domestic-born Students of African, Asian, Hispanic, Pacific Island, or Native American Descent

Class of 2025 Educational Backgrounds

70% Public Schools

21% Private Schools

6% Parochial Schools

3% Charter or Home Schools

#1 in Best Classroom Experience, Princeton Review 2021

Costs and Financial Aid

100% of Demonstrated Need is Met for Every Admitted Student

Total Cost of Attendance (2021-22)

Average Financial Aid Package (2021-22)

Average Reed Grant Awarded (2021-22)

#6 in Great Financial Aid, Princeton Review 2021

Honors Prizes Scholarships

3 MacArthur Fellows

187 National Science Foundation Fellows

116 Fulbright Students

32 Rhodes Scholars

69 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.

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#2 in Professors Get High Marks, Princeton Review 2021

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


  • Chinese
  • Dance
  • Economics
  • English
  • Film and Media Studies
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Greek and Latin
  • Latin
  • Music
  • 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.

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

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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, and students live together in "neighborhoods" arranged by class year. Our housing program cultivates the skills students need to promote conversation, resolve conflict, build community, and spark lifelong friendships.

Housing Highlights

  • All of Reed College housing is gender inclusive.
  • Students are able to select their own roommates if they wish. They are able to select roommates of any gender and can do so as an incoming or returning student.
  • All communities on campus have access to full kitchens, as well as ample common spaces for group studying and spontaneous conversation.

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Reedies Celebrate Unique Traditions

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.

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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.

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.

#6 Best Running Cities, Runner’s World

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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.

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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.

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Young Alumni

"I knew that in college I would gain thinking and writing skills. What I did not expect was that Reed would grant me worldly experiences that would completely change my perspective. Before arriving, I had never left the country. Now, I have experience working and learning in multiple cultures and countries, contacts across disciplines, and friends from far and wide. Reed has changed what I thought was possible." —Shea Seery ’20

Zesean Moiz Ali ’20 / Chemistry
Graduate student at Harvard.

Maya Campbell ’15 / History
Associate at Edelson PC.

Shea Seery ’20 / Comparative Literature
Artist Representative and Manager at Eva Flatscher Art.

Suraj Pant '12 / Economics
Healthcare Policy Researcher at Acumen, LLC.

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.

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Ranked Percentage Of Graduates Who Go On To Earn Doctorates

Reed is ranked:

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

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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.

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