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Reed College

Portland, OR 4-Year Private

About Reed College

Reed College is a private, nonprofit school located in the urban setting of Portland, OR, less than an hour from Portland.

Founded in 1908, Reed College currently enrolls around 1,503 students a year, including 1,366 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

Admissions Facts About Reed College

Acceptance rate: 35%

Average GPA: 3.9

Mean ACT score: 32

Early Decision or Early Action: Yes/Yes

2022 Regular Decision Deadline: January 15

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date: April 1

Reed College Acceptance Rate

It is very difficult to get into Reed College. Around 35 percent of all applicants are admitted to Reed College each year.

The average high school GPA for a student at Reed College is 3.9 on a 4.0 scale. The mean ACT scores is 32.

In 2021, 1,331 applicants were waitlisted and 80 waitlisted students got accepted.

Is Reed College a good school?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Retention, graduation, and job placement statistics all give valuable information about the quality of the student experience, before and after graduation.

Retention and graduation rates

About 88 percent of students who start at Reed College return for their second year of college. Out of the 320 students who started at Reed College as first-time freshman, 218 graduate within four years.

Reed College's six-year graduation for undergrads is 81 percent. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61 percent for public schools and 67 percent for private.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. In 2020, students graduated with an average of $28,286 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Reed College sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So the real question to ask yourself: is Reed College a good school for YOU?

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The deadline to apply to Reed College for Fall 2022 is January 1. All applicants should hear back from Reed College by April 1.

Read on to find out more about the admissions requirements and deadlines, student life, academics and majors and more. You can also see what others are saying about Reed College in the College Confidential forums and get personalized recommendations for other colleges that might be perfect for you.

College Info

3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard Portland, OR 97202-8199

Campus Setting: Urban

Reed College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Reed College is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Reed College is Mar 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Reed College ACT Scores


ACT Range

30 - 33

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

33 and Above


30 to 33


30 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Reed College is 32. Students with an ACT score of 33 and above have a good chance of getting into Reed College. Students with an ACT score that falls between 30 and 33 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 30 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Reed College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

640 - 760


Reading SAT Range

670 - 740

Reed College Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees


In State


Cost Breakdown
In State
State Tuition

Student Life

Wondering what life at Reed College is like? There are approximately 1,503 students enrolled at Reed College, including 1,483 undergraduate students and 20 graduate students. 98% percent of students attend school full-time, 7% percent are from OR and 93% percent of students are from other states.


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Part Time


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