Reed College: Narrative Description

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3203 Southeast Woodstock Blvd.
Portland, OR 97202-8199
Tel: (503)771-1112
Free: 800-547-4750
Admissions: (503)777-7511
Fax: (503)777-7553
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1908. Setting: 98-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $337.4 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $16,238 per student. Total enrollment: 1,341. Faculty: 130 (115 full-time, 15 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 10:1. 2,485 applied, 47% were admitted. 59% from top 10% of their high school class, 87% from top quarter, 98% from top half. 9 National Merit Scholars, 25 valedictorians. Full-time: 1,276 students, 55% women, 45% men. Part-time: 36 students, 56% women, 44% men. Students come from 50 states and territories, 29 other countries, 86% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 5% Hispanic, 2% black, 6% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 3% 25 or older, 65% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 87% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; English; biological/life sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, independent study, double major, part-time degree program, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Oregon Independent Colleges Association, Pacific Northwest College of Art. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA, interview, SAT Subject Tests, SAT II: Writing Test. Entrance: most difficult. Application deadlines: 1/15, 11/15 for early decision plan 1, 1/2 for early decision plan 2. Notification: 4/1, 12/15 for early decision plan 1, 2/1 for early decision plan 2.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. Comprehensive fee: $38,970 includes full-time tuition ($30,670), mandatory fees ($230), and college room and board ($8070). College room only: $4240. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to degree level. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $5100 per course. Part-time tuition varies according to course level and degree level.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 41 open to all. Most popular organizations: Reed Recycling, Movie Board, Outdoor Club. Major annual events: Renaissance Faire, Paideia, Reed Arts Weekend. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, 24-hour emergency dispatch. 838 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Hauser Library with 528,000 books, 237,354 microform titles, 10,232 serials, 19,662 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $3.3 million. 360 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See Portland State University.

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