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Reed Admission Requirements

Portland, Oregon

Chances of getting into Reed College

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
35%
Admission Difficulty for Reed College
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionHigh

How hard is it to get into Reed and can I get accepted? The school has a 35% acceptance rate ranking it #1 in Oregon for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 2,087 out of 5,957 applicants were admitted making Reed a highly competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has exceptionally high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 9 percent. Reed College typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 17% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top half of their high school class.

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Find out which students are getting accepted at Reed, which are not, and how your GPA, SAT, or ACT scores compare.

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Reed SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1310-1520
Applicants Submitting SAT
61%
SAT Scores for Reed College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 670
SAT Math 25th 640
SAT Composite 25th 1310
SAT Scores for Reed College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 750
SAT Math 75th 770
SAT Composite 75th 1520
Average SAT Score 1420

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Reed College?

Reed College typically requires applicants to be in the top 11 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1310 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1200. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1420 out of 1600. The school ranks #1 in Oregon for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 61 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Reed College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1520 and Above Good >48%
1415 to 1520 Avg + 35%-48%
1310 to 1415 Avg - 24%-35%
1205 to 1310 Reach 16%-24%
Less than 1205 Low <16%
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Reed ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
30-33 
Applicants Submitting ACT
51%
ACT Scores for Reed College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 30
ACT Math 25th 27
ACT Composite 25th 30
ACT Scores for Reed College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 32
ACT Composite 75th 33
Average ACT Score 31

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Reed?

Admission data indicates that Reed regularly accepts students with ACT's of 30 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 7 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 28 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 32 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 33 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #1 in Oregon for highest average ACT composite score. 51 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Reed College.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Reed College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
33 and Above Good >52%
31 to 33 Avg + 35%-52%
30 to 31 Avg - 27%-35%
29 to 30 Reach 21%-27%
Less than 29 Low <21%
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Reed GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.9
Typical High School Grades
A-

What GPA do you need to get into Reed College?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into Reed. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Reed College was 3.9 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #2 in Oregon for highest average GPA. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to Reed will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Reed College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 67% Good
3.50 to 3.75 18% Avg -
3.25 to 3.50 8% Reach
3.00 to 3.25 5% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 2% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 N/A% Low
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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High School Class Rank

62% of Reed College freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Reed College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 62%
Top 25% of class 27%
Top 50% of class 98%
Bottom 50% of class 2%
Bottom 25% of class 0%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

Reed College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 3,543 2,414 5,957
Accepted 1,275 812 2,087
Acceptance Rate 36% 34% 35%
Enrolled 203 160 363
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 16% 20% 17%

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 15, 2021
Days left to Apply
118

Applicants have 118 days left until the Fall 2021 term applications are due on Jan 15, 2021.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Reed College and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Reed College Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Reed College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=209922 IPEDS survey data for Reed College.

FAQs

Does Reed College prefer SAT or ACT?

61% of students submit their SAT scores to Reed. 51% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Reed College?

35% of those who apply are granted admission to Reed. Admission competition is high and the college has elite admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Reed College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1310 and 1520. 61% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Reed College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 30 and 33. 51% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.