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About Reed College

Reed College is a private, nonprofit school in an urban setting in Portland, Oregon. Reed College was founded in 1908 and now enrolls around 1,503 students a year, including 1,366 undergrads. Reed College provides on-campus housing for students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.

There are many ways for students to get involved at Reed College! Love music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Reed College's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Reed College students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

There are no fraternities or sororities at Reed College, so it might be a good choice if you're not interested in Greek life.

Planning to play sports? Reed College has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Reed College on the Student Life page.

Learn more about life at Reed College on the Student Life page.

Mark your calendar! The deadline to apply regular decision to Reed College for Fall 2022 is January 15.Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should hear from Reed College by April 1.

2021 Reed College Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 35%
Average GPA 3.9
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 61%
Tuition $62,420

Is Reed College a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a school 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.

Let's take a closer look at each of these factors to get a clearer idea of what Reed College offers and if it could be the right college for you.

2021 Acceptance Rate for Reed College

It is very difficult to get into Reed College. Around 35% of applicants get into Reed College each year. Last year, 5,957 students applied to Reed College and 2,087 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Reed College

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

About 88% of students who start at Reed College return the next year. Around 81% of students who started at Reed College earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes for Reed College Grads

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Reed College

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need. Reed College meets 100% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Reed College full-time are awarded $48,044 a year in financial aid, on average.

Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $28,286 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Reed College. 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 ask yourself: Is Reed College a good school for you?

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Where is Reed College Located?

Reed College is located in the urban setting of Portland, Oregon.

If you want to see Reed College for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take I-5 to Portland, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Portland International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Reed College and Portland are like without leaving home.

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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

May 1

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

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

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


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Reed College ACT Scores


ACT Range

30 - 33

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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


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Math SAT Range

640 - 760


Reading SAT Range

670 - 740

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Reed College Tuition & Fees

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Wondering what life at Reed College is like? There are approximately 1,503 students enrolled at Reed College, including 1,366 undergraduate students and 137 graduate students. 106% percent of students attend school full-time, 14% percent are from OR and 86% percent of students are from other states.


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