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Reed College

Since its founding in 1908 as an independent undergraduate institution, Reed College has remained steadfast to one central commitment: to provide a balanced, comprehensive education in liberal arts and sciences, fulfilling the highest standards of intellectual excellence.

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.


The Reed education balances broad study in the various areas of human knowledge and a structured, in-depth study in an academic discipline through degree requirements established by the faculty.

The educational program’s pedagogies are characterized by close interaction of students and faculty in an atmosphere of shared intellectual and scholarly concern and active learning. Small conference and laboratory classes are the norm, providing students the opportunity to demonstrate intellectual initiative and creative engagement.


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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.

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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

Social life on the Reed campus is informal, and all activities are open to all who are interested. There are no fraternities or sororities. Nearly seventy-five percent of the students live on campus, and the small house groupings in the residence halls provide a congenial social environment without exclusiveness. A variety of extracurricular opportunities abound in cultural affairs, community service, and recreational sports.

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

One of the great things about Reed is that it’s easy to get involved and find your niche. If you don’t see what you want in the student organization database, feel free to start your own group. Above are some of the student organizations:

  • Art Club
  • Ait Force (Aerial Acrobatics Troupe)
  • American Indians at Reed
  • Anime Appreciation Society
  • Band Practice Room
  • Brewers Guild
  • Chabad at Reed
  • Cheese Club
  • Creative Writing, the Club
  • Dance Troupe
  • Film Kollectiv
  • Herodotones


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.

Student Reviews

Reed College Brief Overview
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Reed has given me a lot of self confidence both in my personal life and my academic life. The professors can be really great. The administration is lacking, and not as supportive of the student body as it could be. However, financial aid is amazing.

Portland, Oregon, United States

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