Resources › For Students and Parents Reed College: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics Share Flipboard Email Print Dale Cruse / Flickr / CC BY 2.0 For Students and Parents College Admissions College Profiles College Admissions Process College Rankings Choosing A College Application Tips Essay Samples & Tips Testing Graphs College Financial Aid Extracurricular Activities Advanced Placement Homework Help Private School Test Prep College Life Graduate School Business School Law School Distance Learning View More By Allen Grove College Admissions Expert Ph.D., English, University of Pennsylvania M.A., English, University of Pennsylvania B.S., Materials Science & Engineering and Literature, MIT Dr. Allen Grove is an Alfred University English professor and a college admissions expert with 20 years of experience helping students transition to college. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Allen Grove Updated January 15, 2020 Reed College is a private liberal arts college with an acceptance rate of 39%. Located in a suburban area 15 miles from downtown Portland, Oregon, Reed often makes the list of the country's best liberal arts colleges. For its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences, Reed was awarded a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Reed consistently ranks highly for the number of students who go on to earn PhDs, and has impressive number of Rhodes scholars. The Reed faculty takes pride in teaching, and the college can boast of a 10-to-1 student/faculty ratio and an average class size of 15. Considering applying to Reed College? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students. Acceptance Rate During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, Reed College had an acceptance rate of 39%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 39 students were admitted, making Reed's admissions process competitive. 8Admissions Statistics (2018-19) Number of Applicants 5,815 Percent Admitted 39% Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 17% SAT Scores and Requirements Reed College requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 61% of admitted students submitted SAT scores. SAT Range (Admitted Students) Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile ERW 670 750 Math 655 770 ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing This admissions data tells us that most of Reed's admitted students fall within the top 20% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Reed scored between 670 and 750, while 25% scored below 670 and 25% scored above 750. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 655 and 770, while 25% scored below 655 and 25% scored above 770. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1520 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Reed. Requirements Reed does not require the SAT writing section. Note that Reed participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates. At Reed, SAT Subject tests are optional. ACT Scores and Requirements Reed requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 51% of admitted students submitted ACT scores. ACT Range (Admitted Students) Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile English 30 35 Math 27 32 Composite 30 33 This admissions data tells us that most of Reed's admitted students fall within the top 7% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Reed received a composite ACT score between 30 and 33, while 25% scored above 33 and 25% scored below 30. Requirements Note that Reed does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. Reed does not require the ACT writing section. GPA In 2019, the average high school GPA of Reed College's incoming freshmen class was 4.0. This data suggests that most successful applicants to Reed have primarily A grades. Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph Reed College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex. The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Reed College. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account. Admissions Chances Reed College has a highly competitive admissions pool with a low acceptance rate and high average SAT/ACT scores. However, Reed has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. A strong application essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. You can further improve your chances by writing a convincing supplemental essay and by participating in an optional interview. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their test scores are outside of Reed's average range. In the scattergram above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that the majority of successful applicants had high school GPAs in the "A" range, combined SAT scores of 1300 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 28 or better. A 4.0 GPA is not unusual for a Reed applicant. 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