How To Apply

When you enroll at ӰƵ, you become part of a community that values intellectual inquiry and high standards of scholarly practice, creative thinking, and engaged citizenship. But we don't believe in ivory towers. That's why we've waived application fees and implemented a test-blind policy.

We're looking for students who are seriously curious, community-minded, and ready to engage in conference-style classrooms. We value diversity of thought and welcome students from all philosophical and cultural backgrounds. If you are passionate about exploring hard questions and never settle for easy answers, Reed might be the place for you. Start your journey by learning how to apply today.

Steps to Apply to ӰƵ

ӰƵ accepts applications through the Common Application and the Coalition for College platforms. Learn about how to apply and decide which application is right for you.

  1. Learn about application deadlines: We offer multiple deadlines if you are applying early decision, early action, or regular decision. View important dates and deadlines.

  2. Identify your student applicant type: First-year, transfer, international, and visiting applicants will apply using one of the two application platforms. If you are an auditing or non-degree student, contact Reed’s admission office.

  3. Choose your application platform: All first-year applicants can choose to complete either the or the . If you are a transfer or visiting applicant, you must apply using the Common Application.

  4. Gather important information and materials: What you’ll need to submit—transcripts, test scores, recommendations—depends on your student type. Review what’s required and make sure you have everything you need to complete your application.

  5. Create an account and fill out your application: Both types of applications require a Reed writing supplement. Review your answers carefully and then submit!

For more specific information about your application process and admission requirements, select the type of student you are below.

Student Applicant Types and the Interview Process

Important Dates and Deadlines

Early Decision I Early Decision II Early Action Regular Decision
Applications Due November 1 December 20 November 1 January 15
Decisions Mailed December February February April 1
Reply Date Within 2 weeks of admission or 10 days of receipt of financial aid, whichever is later Within 2 weeks of admission or 10 days of receipt of financial aid, whichever is later May 1 May 1
Deadline to Complete Optional Interview November 15 December 31 December 1 February 1

Reed Writing Supplement

As part of your application, ӰƵ requests a writing supplement of up to 500 words. The writing supplement may be submitted via the Common or Coalition Application or emailed to admission@reed.edu. In your supplement, we ask that you address the following question:

For one week at the end of January, Reed students upend the traditional classroom hierarchy and teach classes about any topic they love, academic or otherwise. This week is known as Paideia, after the Greek term signifying “education”—the complete education of mind, body, and spirit. What would you teach that would contribute to the Reed community?

Testing Requirements

Reed will neither require nor use testing results from the SAT or ACT in our admission review. Results of additional tests, such as Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) may be submitted for Reed credits upon enrollment.

Taking either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System assessment (IELTS), or Duolingo is strongly encouraged for international students who do not speak English at home or who attend a school where the language of instruction is not English. The average internet-based TOEFL score for international students entering Reed is 110.

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TOEFL 4654

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Learn about Financial Aid

Have questions about how much a Reed education will cost? We meet 100 percent of the demonstrated financial need of all admitted students, international or domestic, for all four years.

Costs & Financial Aid

Statement of Nondiscrimination

ӰƵ prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital or familial status, military status, veteran status, genetic information, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, status as a parent, family relationship, or any other category protected by law. The college’s Title IX policy and procedures may be found on our . Inquiries may be directed to the college's Title IX Coordinator by email at title-ix@reed.edu, by phone at 503-517-4842, or on campus in Eliot 108A. Inquiries may also be directed to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office for Civil Rights, US Department of Education. Read the full Notice of Nondiscrimination.