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Reed College is a private institution that was founded in 1911. It has a city setting. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Reed College's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 75. Its tuition and fees are $42,800 (2011-12).
At Reed College, a small liberal arts institution in Portland, Ore., students won’t find a few traditional college staples: Greek organizations, varsity sports, or course grades. Instead, students—or Reedies, as they’re called—can select from about 150 other student organizations and can compete on intramural and club sports teams. Professors assign a letter grade for coursework, but students will only be informed of the grade if it is below a C. There is no dean’s list or honor roll because the school evaluates students on a pass or no-pass scale. Out of classes, which tend to be rigorous, there are celebrations throughout each semester to keep students entertained. In the fall, students gather for the Halloween Harvest Ball, among other formal dances, and the campus celebrates the end of classes each spring with the weekend-long Renn Fayre Festival. Freshmen do not have to live on campus, but they are guaranteed a dorm room. Portland, a city of more than 1 million people, is about a 15-minute bus ride away. To enjoy Oregon’s outdoors, students can join in on planned Outing Club trips or organize their own. Skiers and snowboarders may want to take advantage of the Reed ski cabin, a lodge in Mount Hood where students, alumni, and faculty can stay. The ski cabin is less than 90 minutes from campus by car. Water sports fans can also find surfing and sea kayaking options in the Pacific Ocean about 90 minutes from campus.
Following its tradition of a liberal arts undergraduate education, Reed offers a master’s degree in liberal studies as well. Graduate students do not have to specify a track of study and can devise their own broad curriculum as they wish. Undergraduate students may enroll in five-year dual degree programs, completing a liberal arts degree at Reed in three years and a specialized degree at a cooperating institution in two. Dual degree options include the B.A./B.S. program with a computer science degree from the University of Washington and a liberal arts degree from Reed, and a B.A./B.S. program with an engineering degree from California Institute of Technology, Columbia University, or Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Reed liberal arts degree. Among Reed’s distinguished alumni are Steve Jobs, cofounder of Apple Computer; Janet Fitch, author of White Oleander; and Mark Worthington, art director for films including Austin Powers in Goldmember and Legally Blonde 2.
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When applying to Reed College, it's important to note the application deadline is January 15, and the early decision deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due March 1. The application fee at Reed College is $50. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 39.9 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||39.9%|
|Application deadline||January 15|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||March 1|
The student-faculty ratio at Reed College is 10:1. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 89.7 percent.
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|Tuition and fees||$42,800 (2011-12)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data