Diversity at Reed

Admission

Diversity-focused Admission Efforts

The Reed College admission office engages in a number of efforts to help ensure the most diverse freshman class possible. In addition to our off-campus work connecting with students in their hometowns and our outreach through publications and mailings, we host the four following on-campus programs designed to recruit, admit, and enroll students from under-represented groups.

Local College Admission Workshop

Early October

Each fall the we offer a college admission and financial aid workshop for local students, college guidance counselors, and community-based organizations. The program is designed specifically for students of color and students from lower-income backgrounds. The agenda includes an overview of the college search and application process, a conversation about financial aid, and an opportunity to review and discuss sample applications with Reed college admission counselors. Those interested in attending need only to make a reservation for the event. Family members are welcome.

Fall Fly-In: Reed Overnight Multicultural Experience (ROME)

Early November

In early November, Reed welcomes 30–35 high school seniors from historically underrepresented groups to campus. These selected students come from all over the country to spend three days and two nights getting to know Reed, its community members, and the surrounding area. While here, students have the opportunity to sit in on classes, tour campus, eat in the dinning hall, sleep in the dorms, and maybe even read a comic book in our comic book library or throw a Frisbee with our Ultimate team. Applications for the program are due in early October. The program is cost-free.

Spring Fly-In Programs

Late March and Mid-April

During our two spring fly-in programs, 20–25 students come visit Reed, free of expense. For these events, we invite students from historically underrepresented groups who have submitted an application to Reed. The spring fly-in events are similar to the fall fly-in program and provide students an in-depth and engaging visit experience.

Additional information about these programs.

2013–14 Students

Fall 2013 Entering Class (356 students)

African American / Black  5%
American Native 3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 10%
Caucasian 56%
Hispanic 11%
Multiracial 18%
Unknown 5%
First generation 10%
International 10%

In 2013–14, students came from 45 countries in addition to the U.S.:

Australia
Belgium
Bolivia
Brazil
Bulgaria
Canada
China
Hong Kong   
Croatia
Cyprus
Ethiopia
France

Germany
Ghana
India
Israel
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Kenya
Latvia
Malaysia
Mexico
Myanmar (Burma)   

Nepal
New Zealand   
Nicaragua
Nigeria
Pakistan
Philippines
Romania
Saudi Arabia
Singapore
South Africa
South Korea
Switzerland
Taiwan
Thailand

Tibet
Turkey
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
Vietnam
Zimbabwe