An Education Like No Other
Intellectual. Intense. Inspiring. Transformative. For over 100 years, Reed has sought to provide the finest educational program in the country, offering students an extraordinary environment in which to discover their passions and pursue them with depth and determination.
As the primary stewards of the curriculum, Reed faculty ensure that students develop the kind of creative thought, experimentation, and critical thinking for which the liberal arts experience is known and cherished. Professors return papers, exams, and lab exercises with extensive feedback from faculty rather than letter grades, strengthening intellectual engagement and unparalleled personal attention.
Beginning with Humanities 110—an immersive experience shared by all first-years—Reed students progress through a series of academic milestones that culminates in the senior thesis. This capstone project is the most flexible and also rigorous aspect of the curriculum—students work intensively with a faculty adviser to produce a substantive, original contribution to scholarship in their area.
The breadth, depth, and rigor of the curriculum provide excellent preparation for nearly any career. Reed is ranked number one in the nation in the percentage of STEM majors who go on to earn PhDs in STEM fields, second among U.S. liberal arts colleges in the percentage of graduates going on to earn doctoral degrees, and fourth among all institutions of higher education. Many Reed alumni win major graduate fellowships, found or lead companies and organizations, and earn medical, business, or law degrees.
Reed’s campus is designed to bring people together. Residence halls are arranged into neighborhoods shaped by class year and student interest, and ample common spaces allow for group studying and spontaneous conversation. Reed’s Residence Life staff is committed to providing secure, comfortable, and inclusive spaces for living and learning.
Student life in residence halls is guided by the Honor Principle, which promotes self-governance and encourages students to be respectful of one another and of all community members. With dorm leadership positions available every year, Reed’s housing program cultivates the skills students need to promote conversation, build community, and spark friendship.
At Reed, community is built on inquiry and integrity. Student events may be structured, spontaneous, intellectual, or fantastic, but they never depend on sororities or fraternities (we have never had them), and they are always grander and more elaborate than seems possible. Reedies question everything—you’ll overhear passionate dialogue about Plato in the sports center and get caught up in string theory in the Quad—and they live by the Honor Principle, both academically and personally, which says, whoever you are (even if you’re still deciding who that is), you belong. Reedies find comrades here: in the classroom, in student groups, and residence halls.
Learn more about Reed, one of the most distinctive colleges in the nation, by visiting reed.edu/apply.
- Early Decision I: November 15
- Early Decision II: December 20
- Early Action: November 15
- Regular Decision: January 15
November 15 is the earliest opportunity to apply to Reed. First-year applicants for whom Reed is their first-choice college may apply under our binding Early Decision (ED) plan. Students may submit an ED application to only one institution, although they may submit Regular Decision (RD) applications to other institutions.
If admitted to Reed under the ED plan, students are expected to withdraw all RD applications to other colleges and to initiate no new applications. Reed notifies ED I applicants by December 15.
First-year applicants may also apply to Reed by November 15 for the Early Action (EA) plan. EA is non-binding. Reed notifies EA applicants by February 15.
Early Decision II applications are due December 20. Reed delivers offers of admission to ED II applicants by February 1.
The final date to apply as a first-year is January 15 through Regular Decision (RD). RD applicants may apply to as many schools as they would like. Reed notifies applicants in March or April.
Required Application Materials*
- Coalition application
- One item from student locker
- Reed-specific essay
- School report (completed by your counselor)
- Counselor recommendation
- Two teacher recommendations (from different academic disciplines; must be different from the counselor recommendation, as well)
- Official high school transcripts
- Official college transcripts (for any college you have attended, whether or not you want credit for those courses at Reed)
- Early Decision Agreement (ED I and ED II) must be signed by the applicant, parent/guardian, and high school counselor
*For the 2021-2022 academic year, Reed will not require or use standardized test scores (SAT/ACT) in our admission evaluation.
Reed is one of the few schools that meets 100 percent of the demonstrated need of all admitted students, international or domestic, for all four years. Need-based scholarships, grants, employment opportunities, and loans are all part of Reed's financial aid program.
- Use Reed's Net Price Calculator to estimate your expected family contribution (EFC).
- Over half of our student body receives financial aid.
- The average need-based financial aid package for incoming students of 2025 was $52,264.
- The average loan debt for Reed's graduates is well below the national average for four-year private colleges.
Learn more about financial aid at Reed by visiting reed.edu/financialaid/.
Visit Reed College in person or online. You can take an in-person or online campus tour, attend an information session, have a one-on-one meeting with an admission counselor, and join us for special events designed to help you with college search and application process. Be sure to check out recordings of past sessions and exclusive alumni interviews on our YouTube Channel.