Reed College

Reed College

Reed College was established in 1908 as an independent, private college of liberal arts. The college has a residential campus covering an area of approximately 116 acres, and is situated in Southeast Portland, Oregon.

Reed College, most popular for its program in humanities, offers more than 20 majors from which to choose. This is the only private, undergraduate college which has a nuclear reactor to support its science programs. Reed College has the following five academic divisions:

  • Division of Arts
  • Division of History and Social Sciences
  • Division of Literature and Languages
  • Division of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
  • Division of Philosophy, Religion, Psychology, and Linguistics

Students of Reed College participate in a variety of sports including rafting, sailing, hiking, soccer, rugby, kayaking, skiing, tennis, and juggling. The college also sponsors clubs and organizations such as the the Student Senate.

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Reed College
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd
Portland , OR 97202-8199
General Phone: (503) 771-1112

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Reed College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts161American studies, linguistics, Chinese language, Russian language, German language, French language, Spanish language, Classical languages, English, ...
Science71biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics
Therapy and Counseling31psychology
Art Studies13art studies
Religion and Philosophy12philosophy, religion
Drama and Performing Arts2drama

Number of programs and degrees for Reed College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree29927
Master's degree51

Reed College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Reed College had a total enrollment of 1,492 students (1,323 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 41%
Women 59%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 97%
Graduate 3%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 58%
Black 3%
Hispanic 6%
Asian 8%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 17%
(Foreign Students) 6%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 35%
20-21 42%
22-24 18%
25-29 2%
30-34 0%
35-39 0%
40-49 1%
50-64 1%

Reed College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 91 %

Reed College Room and Board (2007)

Reed College offers campus housing for 959 of its 1,323 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Portland, Oregon for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Oregon Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Reed College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal660760
SAT Math630710
SAT Writing650740
ACT Verbal2934
ACT Math2732
ACT Composite2932

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT92%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT8%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Reed College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 38,190
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 38,190
Room and board $ 9,920
Room charge $ 5,180
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,740
Books and supplies $ 950
Other expenses $ 900

Financial Aid:
Reed College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 321700)

Reed College Faculty

Reed College has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year44$107,98622$99,943
Associate professoracademic year16$77,99412$78,345
Assistant professoracademic year11$65,69011$65,256
No academic rankacademic year25$65,04414$63,968
All faculty totalacademic year96$86,95859$80,547

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Reed College Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Liberal Arts
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Chinese Language and Literature
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Russian Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Music, General

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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