A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    A-
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B-
Reed College is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference
Address
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd
Portland, OR 97202
Website
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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.

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.

Reed College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
January 17
Acceptance Rate
31%
SAT Range
1280-1480
ACT Range
29-33
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$27,805/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $11,963/ year
  • $30-48k
    $16,630/ year
  • $49-75k
    $17,437/ year
  • $76-110k
    $24,046/ year
  • $110k+
    $39,301/ year
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Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
9:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
96%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.24 responses
43%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.47 responses
62%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.47 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,379Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
14%
Varsity Athletes
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 35 responses
Report
  • Easily offended
    26%
  • Elitist
    23%
  • Intellectual
    23%
  • Self important
    11%
  • Frustrated
    9%
  • White
    6%
  • Weird
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
100%
of students say they don't have Greek life.38 responses
Poll
94%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.53 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 36 responses
Report
  • Overpriced
    28%
  • White
    19%
  • Unsafe
    19%
  • Alternative
    11%
  • Special
    11%
  • Eclectic
    6%
  • Limiting
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$37,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
78%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
88%
National
83%
82%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.11 responses
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I graduated from Reed recently and I now work in financial services in NYC. Reflecting on my undergrad experience, I received a wonderful liberal arts education from a faculty of amazing professors. Reed offers a rigorous academic program, but also has a wonderfully quirky and liberal culture / social scene. Other miscellaneous thoughts: students have lots of autonomy, most campus dorms are nice or new, the campus is very safe and scenic, renn fayre is fun, the cafeteria (Commons) has good food, and Portland is an awesome city with lots to do, great food to eat, and lots of beer to drink.
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I have received a very good education at Reed College. My professors have been very invested in my individual growth, and the small class size has been very good for me in terms of my ability to feel comfortable speaking up. I love the dance department here, although it does not have a rigorous technical dance training regime. It has a strong emphasis on dance studies which has its own pros. I have developed good relationships with almost all of my professors, and have been able to go to them for help in class or with grants or future career advice.

I find the social culture of Reed to be claustrophobic. There is a strong sense of identity, of being a 'Reedie,' here and that idea has a lot of aesthetic ideals and a very specific mindset. I find it difficult to relate to people here often as there is a pressure to be a certain way when a lot of people are not. I have heard that a lot of people feel this way and also feel very lonely because of it.
Reed college is a beautiful, unique intellectual community. People are kind, passionate, warm and genuinely care about one another. The workload is tough, but there is a great variety of programs and resources to make use of to stay on track. Though notoriously liberal, it is not an "echo chamber" because students all form their own opinions and ideas within that "liberal" umbrella. Professors are engaged and care deeply for students. The living situation is incredibly nice - dorms are "divided doubles" most of the time, meaning that you get both a roommate and your own room. Reed is the best education that this nation offers if you are able to fit it.