Reed College

Founded in 1908 in southeast Portland, Oregon, Reed College is a coeducational, independent liberal arts and sciences college. Referred to as one of the most intellectual colleges in the country, Reed is known for its high standards of scholarly practice, creative thinking, and engaged citizenship.

Master's Programmes

Humanities (1)



Reed College was founded in 1908, and its first classes were held in 1911. Reed is named for Oregon pioneers Simeon and Amanda Reed. Simeon Reed had been an entrepreneur in trade on the Columbia River; in his will he suggested that Amanda “devote some portion of my estate to benevolent objects, or to the cultivation, illustration, or development of the fine arts in the city of Portland.


Reed offers a liberal arts education of high quality under unusually favorable conditions, including a challenging curriculum involving wide reading, conference- and laboratory-based teaching in small groups, and a student body motivated by enthusiasm for serious intellectual work.


Reed's institutional research office collects, analyzes, and interprets information about Reed and its activities, including its students and staff, programs, management, and operations. 


The top employers of Reed graduates nationally are typically institutions of higher education. The most frequent higher education employers are: University of Washington; Oregon Health & Science University; Reed College; University of California, Berkeley; Stanford University; Harvard University; Columbia University; Portland State University; University of California, San Francisco; University of Chicago.


Student services

  • Disability Support Services
  • Health & Counseling
  • International Student Services
  • Office for Inclusive Community
  • Residence Life

Housing services

The following accommodations offer discounts to the Reed community:

East Side

  • Northeast (near the airport)
  • Southeast (near Reed)

West Side

  • Downtown
  • Southwest

Library services

The Reed College library is a central part of intellectual and cultural life at Reed. Its mission is to provide collections and services that support the educational goals of the college. An expansion and renovation of the building completed in 2002 provides additional computer workstations and study spaces with wired and wireless network connections.

ICT services

General-purpose student computing labs, known as the Information Resource Centers (IRCs), are located in the Educational Technology Center.  All current students have access to the IRCs 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for work on course assignments or independent projects.

Medical services

If you have your own insurance coverage and do not want to join the Reed plan, you must provide proof of comparable health insurance coverage annually by submitting a completed health insurance waiver form via paper waiver or online through IRIS under Student Forms.

Student Life

Campus life

Established early in the twentieth century on the site of the former Crystal Springs Farm, the Reed College campus features the best of the traditional, the new and innovative, and the natural, just what you would expect in Oregon.

Sports facilities

Reed provides everything you need to take advantage of Oregon’s active lifestyle. Lace up your shoes, dive into the pool, grab some gear from the backpack coop, or go trekking into the wilderness: It’s your adventure.

Student clubs

Reed College student organizations represent a wide variety of interests, ideologies, spiritual practices, identities, and activities.


Reed College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and the American Chemical Society, and is a member of the Association of Liberal Studies Programs.

Portland, Oregon, United States