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Reed College

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Introduction

Reed means being smart. Smart, in the biggest, most complicated, inspiring, and open sense of the word. Smart in the sense of taking risks, of seeking challenges, and of seeing in any answer an infinite array of more interesting questions. Smart in taking nothing for granted, and asking every day, “What does it mean to learn, to communicate ideas, to seek understanding?”

The 1,350 students who congregate on Reed’s 100-acre campus share a singular passion for learning in an academic environment that is as known for its intense intellectual rigor as it is for its out-of-the-box, open-minded, and liberal students. For many, Reed’s mixture of classical learning and independent living seems like a contradiction in terms; for those who see college as an adventure for the mind, as a challenge for the self, and as an opportunity to learn not for profit but for the intrinsic value of knowledge, Reed makes perfect sense. What, then, of a school that seeks to capture and cultivate smartness?

Intensity can exist without senseless competition. At Reed, grades exist, but they aren’t reported on individual assignments or placed on report cards. Students produce work because they value success as a measure of understanding. Classrooms come into being as spaces for discussion, where professors, called by their first names, guide studentdriven inquiry. There are no honors programs, no dean’s lists, or any exclusive club, organization, fraternity, or sorority—no NCAA or varsity athletics, either.

Trust creates true community. Students, faculty, and staff alike are governed by the Honor Principle, an unwritten commitment that takes the place of arbitrary rules and regulations. You’re expected to act honestly and with regard for the community in all matters, academic as well as social. From the college’s founding, this has meant that tests and examinations need not be proctored; you’re as likely to take your chemistry test in the library as you are to take it on the front lawn. In all matters, students must engage disagreement rather than support divisiveness. An all-student judicial board, chosen by student representatives, provides for true peer review.

Fun exists. Reedies take learning seriously, but they also, refreshingly, remember not to take themselves too seriously. There’s a college newspaper as well as a comic book library. And each year, students celebrate the Seventh Annual Nitrogen Day, a tribute to that element’s unique triple bond.

And while Reed can’t claim responsibility for Portland, the city that hosts the college’s splendidly green campus is also known for its smartness. An award-winning public transportation system connects you to a vibrant downtown and to the city’s many neighborhoods, whether you want to eat a great meal, go to a concert, or explore Forest Park’s many miles of hiking trails.

Reed offers a distinctive liberal arts education for students who seek smartness in its many forms. First and foremost, you’ve got to enjoy academic work and find fulfillment through intellectual inquiry. Reed mixes irreverence, creativity, and a dedication to community in a way that makes education an ongoing and open question. The combination of classical learning with extensive personal freedom fuels a continuous creation of diverse and meaningful experience. Smart, liberal, and passionate, Reedies shun consumption and senseless competition and embrace production and collegiality, limited only by their imaginations.

Academics

Legends abound as to the amount and the difficulty of the work at Reed. Some have used the metaphor of boot camp. Those less militaristic and more existential have offered the myth of Sisyphus. Don’t be afraid, though, of the hyperbole. There’s no doubt that the academics are hard, that expectations are high, and that people take thinking seriously. At the same time, you’re aren’t thrown in the deep end and expected to know everything on the first day of class. Above all, you need to be interested in and engaged by learning. With that in mind, you’ll find the challenges and satisfaction of studying at Reed to be as amazing as anything you might imagine.

Reed values the classical model of a liberal arts education, based on a requirement structure meant to ensure both breadth and depth in each student’s program of study. Tradition also reigns within the college’s department structure, with very few “interdisciplinary” or topical majors offered. The professors at Reed feel seriously that students need a grounding in their chosen major, with a comprehensive introduction to the various methods and theories of that discipline, past and present. This preparation gives you a solid foundation for the challenges you’ll face and the independence you’ll be given in upperdivision coursework. Such focused introductions don’t breed singularity of thought, however. Instead, they provide the basis for seriously considering similarities and differences in the various ways scholars both ask and answer questions. With this preparation, it’s no wonder that Reed graduates have such a fantastic track record for success in graduate school.

Classes, Professors, and Evaluations

One of the greatest parts of learning at Reed comes in the small, conference-based classroom environment that predominates on campus. Conferences at Reed average fifteen students, and all are taught by members of the faculty. You’re expected to be as active, involved and engaged as anyone around the table, including the professor. For starters, you can abandon the high school foolishness of hand raising. All students, shy and extroverted alike, develop their skills as conference participants during their time at Reed. Each meeting offers its own vibrancy and originality, and above all, you are learning how to think in harmony with others, how to ask questions and articulate your ideas. Faculty at Reed are called by their first names, and this openness exemplifies the interest and support they offer students. You have a faculty member as an academic advisor from the day you step on campus, and you can easily change advisors if your interests shift or you develop a connection with another professor. Every professor hosts many office hours each week, and e-mails receive quick yet thoughtful replies, sometimes even at two in the morning.

Because letter or number grades are not noted on your assignments, faculty evaluate your work with extensive and detailed comments. The criticism is as plentiful as it is constructive. You’re called to task on the strength and logic of your arguments, on the evidence you used or might have used. And you’re also given encouragement to further your strengths and develop your own original questions, in the classroom, library, and laboratory.

When I started at Reed, I figured I would check my grades at the end of first semester, just to get a sense of how I was doing. When the time came, though, I had no interest in asking. My whole sense of not only how I learned, but why I was in school, what it meant to be successful, had begun to change. After four years, I can’t imagine what it would be like to know your grades while in school, to be in an environment where people talked about or even worse were competitive about them.

Humanities 110

The summer before you arrive at Reed, the alumni association sends you a copy of Richmond Lattimore’s verse translation of Homer’s Iliad. With this text, new Reedies begin the shared and enduring experience of the required year-long introductory humanities course that focuses on ancient Greece in the first semester, and Imperial Rome and the rise of Christendom in the second. Course material consists mostly of primary sources in all classical fields, including art, with a minimum of secondary sources. Hum 110, as the course is known, has two distinct components. First, three times a week, the entire first-year class comes together for a lecture from one of the twenty or so faculty members drawn from a variety of departments who are teaching the course. You hear well-researched and thoughtprovoking talks that cover a given text or combination of works, offering useful contextual information as well as arguments on how you might develop your own interpretations. Second, each student is a member of a small, thirteen- or fourteen-student conference, led by one of the professors in the course. Conferences can vary in character depending on the home discipline of the professor, who might be a philosopher, political scientist, or art historian, yet all share the same syllabus and paper deadlines. In Hum 110, you learn as much about the classical humanities as you do about writing well, receiving academic feedback on your work, and participating in the conference environment.

Group Requirements

Part of attending Reed means having a broad interest in ideas and learning, and the curricular group requirements provide structure for ensuring breadth in each student’s education. A total of ten of the thirty units required for graduation are given to these requirements; most semester-long courses are valued at one unit. Two units must be taken from one department within each of four groups: literature, arts, philosophy, and religion; history, the social sciences, and psychology; laboratory courses in physics, chemistry, or biology; and, mathematics or a foreign language. In addition, students must also complete two more units in any single department outside the students major department. Though there is no specific order or timeline for taking these requirements, most students concentrate on them during their first two years at Reed, the advantage being that you gain exposure to a variety of different fields before choosing a major at the end of sophomore year.

Studying Off Campus

Close to thirty established foreign and domestic exchange programs allow Reedies the opportunity to study away from campus for either a semester or a full year. All of the programs are arranged in coordination with the faculty to support an aspect of the college’s academic program. For instance, if you’re studying Islam in the religion department, you might choose to take a semester intensively studying Arabic at the Al Akhawayn University in Morroco. Some programs offer more general opportunities for your exchange program, such as a year at Wadham College, Oxford, or at Ireland’s Trinity College. Because each program has a direct tie with Reed, students are assured that they will have a meaningful experience, and years of established relationships give Reedies access to the fullest privileges at partner institutions. In addition, the International Programs Office will work with students to craft any number of additional opportunities that suit a student’s particular interests. Unlike the established programs, however, those that you devise on your own are not covered by the college’s financial aid packages. Because of the general curricular requirements that each student needs to complete, fitting a study abroad year into your time at Reed can take some planning, so it’s worthwhile beginning to develop your plan for an exchange early on in your time at Reed. Many Reedies also choose to take time off to travel rather than participating in an official program, and the college is very flexible in granting leaves of absence. While a very different sort of experience, an independent adventure can often provide for some refreshing time away from the routines of a traditional academic semester.

The Junior Qualifying Examination

Before students can begin their senior year, they must pass a junior qualifying examination proctored by their major department. The “qual,” as it’s known, can vary widely in format from department to department, yet all are designed to test students’ initial mastery of the skills and methods of their chosen field. The exams don’t generally target a specific body of information that you need to cram into your brain in order to get through the test. Mostly, they are concerned with seeing if you’ve begun to get a handle on the way scholars in your department do research and communicate their findings, and the various methods and traditions that inform their work. Some departments, such as history and English, require specific Junior Seminar courses that play a role in preparing students for the exam. In all cases, the faculty of each department meets to discuss students’ performance on their exams, as well as their work in the courses they’ve had up to this point. With solid focus and preparation, the vast majority of students pass their qual outright the first time they take the exam. Some receive what is called a conditional pass; in this case, you need to meet a specific stipulation, such as retaking a particular section of the exam or taking a class in a particular area. For students, the qual serves as a good time to think about your particular interests in your major, and look toward a topic you might like to explore in your senior thesis.

The Senior Thesis

Your thesis is a defining experience of your time at Reed. Along with two or three other classes in your senior year, you are given the opportunity to embark on a sustained and original piece of scholarship on a topic of your choice in your major. You have an advisor specifically for your thesis, and you’re given the independence to shape your inquiry in a manner you find most engaging. Depending on your field, you usually complete one of three types of theses: experimental, research-analytical, or creative. Generally, those in the sciences take the experimental route; they get lab space for the year where they can base their work. If you’re writing in literature, the humanities, or social sciences, you get a thesis desk in the library. Studio space in the art building or access to the theater or dance studio is given to those who do a creative thesis in the arts.

Wherever your thesis project lands you, the space inevitably becomes a home away from home, with decorations, stashes of food, reminders to call your family, and an accumulation of coffee cups that helps as a material reminder of your progress. There are also funds available if your project requires travel away from campus, such as visiting an archive, doing fieldwork, or using lab equipment that’s not available at Reed.

Thesis means getting your hands dirty as a scholar, and Reedies produce amazing work that expresses their passion for thinking, for developing their ideas, and sharing them with others. Many a latenight conversation revolves around how everything in the world can be explained through your topic; the brilliance of this is that you present your case as eagerly as you listen to your friends explain theirs. Thesis gives you frustration and revelation and challenge, and ultimately, an unmatched experience for seeing how much you are able to accomplish through the cumulative education you’ve received in your time at Reed.

All theses are due to the college registrar by three o’clock on the last day of the semester, an event that is marked by Thesis Parade, an extraordinary celebration in which the community fetes all the seniors who have completed their projects. In the spring semester, the annual weekend-long Renaissance (Renn) Fayre celebration follows this ritual event. Later, during exam week, all students present their work for oral examination by a panel or four or five faculty members, including their thesis advisor. Tradition dictates that students bring plentiful refreshments for their orals board, and respond to two hours of faculty questioning. Orals mark the final completion of your thesis, confirmed with a handshake and congratulations from your advisor.

Serious Science

Reed is the only undergraduate college with a nuclear reactor, one of the many resources that support the college’s extraordinary science program. The 250 kW TRIGA research reactor is the only one in the world that is primarily operated by students (science majors as well as students of English and religion, among other departments), all of whom are licensed by the nuclear regulatory commission. Reed’s reactor also has more licensed female operators than all other research reactors combined.

Paideia

The Greek word for learning, Paideia also names the ten days before the start of spring semester at Reed, a time when students organize and teach a diverse program of classes and seminars on pretty much anything. Some of the hundreds of recent course offerings include: Tree- Sitting 101, Underwater Basket Weaving, Notebook Binding, Inside the Animal Mind, Bad Faulkner, Ben and Jerry’s Appreciation, Introduction to Photoshop, Catapult Construction Competition, and Japanese Monster Movies.

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Admissions

For more than ten years now, Reed has openly refused to participate in annual college rankings, a fact that captures the college’s attitude toward admission. Rather than rely on arbitrary numbers, presumptions of status and prestige, and the notion that colleges, like toasters or television sets, can be ranked from best to worst, Reed wants to be judged on its merits and chosen by students with a true interest in the education it offers. There is no one single Reed, either, in numbers, guidebooks, or online message boards, so you should explore as many angles of vision as possible to discover the school’s distinctive character. Ideally, a campus visit offers the most comprehensive picture. You can meet students, go on a tour, and find out that the food is actually quite good. During the school year, you can sit in on classes and spend a night in the dorms. If you’re not able to get to Portland, you should see if an admissions representative is traveling to your area, as interviews are offered in cities across the country in late summer and throughout the fall. Alumni interviews are also widely available.

Check out the school’s Web site, including the trees of Reed which document over 100 species of trees found on campus as well as individual student and professors’ pages. There are as many sorts of Reedies and Reed experiences as there are students on campus, so look to discover and enjoy both diversity and coherence in your explorations.

On the college’s end, Reed seeks to admit students with the same desire and ability for smartness that underlies the existing community. For starters, this assures that getting in is not a numbers game. Nor is it a matter of finding that most perfectly “well-rounded” person, as if the spherical was somehow the most nobly lived life. Reed is notable for “taking risks” with applicants who may be far from perfect on paper, but who have demonstrated in any number of ways their readiness and ability for success at Reed.

When I was looking at schools, Reed was the one college that didn’t try to impress me with how hard it was to get in, or to suggest that only some cadre of saintly elite might be worthy of admission. Everyone I spoke to wanted to know what I was interested in, how I thought about things, and why I wanted to go to college. Reed didn’t mix up education with pretension or exclusivity; it just asked that I be interested in ideas, want to learn, and be willing to share in challenging work. It seemed so simple an idea yet Reed was the only place I could find such honesty. And they had fun, too.

What Is Important?

At the same time, there are some familiar truisms that, much more often than not, carry the day. The better you do in high school, especially taking the most challenging courses offered by your school, the better your chances for admission. There are no specific curricular requirements, though it’s recommended that you have multiple years of coursework in all the major core subjects such as English, social studies, math, science, and foreign language. Involvement and extracurricular activities matter, though demonstrable passion, intellectualism, commitment, and thoughtfulness of involvement always triumph over resume building. Diversity of background, experience, and identity, including race, ethnicity, and gender play an important role in admission and in the larger Reed community.

Applying

First-year students can apply to Reed under either the November 15 or December 20 Early Decision options, both of which are binding, or at the January 15 Regular Admission deadline. Transfer students are to submit applications by March 1. If you’re certain that you want to attend Reed, applying Early Decision can give your application added advantage in demonstrating your commitment. All admission options require the general Common Application form and supporting materials such as teacher recommendations and so forth. Also required are results from either the SAT or ACT and the Reed supplement form, a graded writing sample, and an essay that answers, “Why Reed?” This last piece is quite important; you should use your essay to demonstrate your understanding of the school, most importantly by showing how you imagine yourself at Reed. You’re not being asked to write propaganda; instead, have fun and describe the potential adventures, challenges, and successes that draw you to the college.

Financial Aid

The best colleges and universities tend to be very expensive, and Reed is no exception to that rule. At the same time, the college is extremely committed to making its education accessible to students from all economic backgrounds. To do this, Reed offers entirely needbased financial aid that covers tuition, room, board, college fees, and other related expenses, and will meet one hundred percent of the demonstrated financial need of all accepted students. Need is determined by the Financial Aid Office using information from the FAFSA and Profile forms. Over half of current students receive aid, which is composed primarily of grants; it also includes loans and, in addition, gives students the opportunity to use any campus job toward their small work-study contribution. The average aid package is well over $30,000. Another benefit of being a small school, Reed’s Financial Aid Office can take the time to assist each student in maximizing the available resources for studying at Reed.

Gray Fund

In the early 1990s, Betty Gray, a long-time Reed benefactor, donated many millions of dollars for sponsoring fun activities on campus and adventures around the Northwest. A student, faculty, and staff committee plans events that have included bringing singer Ani DiFranco, historian and activist Howard Zinn, and spoken word poet Saul Williams to campus. Additionally, the Gray Fund sponsors trips almost every weekend, from white-water rafting adventures to trips to the Oregon coast or an afternoon at the art museum or movies. And the best part is, all trips are completely free—usually with an abundance of great food, too.

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Students

Reedies’ passions extend far beyond the classroom, and the myriad of organizations, activities, and events occurring on campus testify to their creativity and involvement. Campus life occurs within these webs of interest, with people engaging one another in refreshingly genuine terms. With no exclusive clubs or organizations, such as fraternities, sororities, and NCAA athletics, community at Reed has a true sense of openness and opportunity.

Residences

Though it’s not technically a requirement, pretty much every first-year student lives on campus. Dorms vary in size and location on campus, and generally the word actually designates the specific floor on which a student lives rather than an entire building. All dorms have students from every class year, and except for one all-women’s floor, are coed. Most first-year students share what’s called a “divided double,” composed of an inner and outer room, the latter with a door to the hallway. On average, the rooms are generously large, and give you the benefit of both having a roommate and also getting your own space. Upper-class students have single rooms and participate in a housing lottery that decides who gets to pick their room on campus first—those with fireplaces tend to get snapped up early. Some dorms have designated themes, recently including film appreciation, community service, and one called “Running with Scissors” that sponsored lots of children’s games. Language houses, each with a native speaker in residence, exist for the five modern languages taught at Reed. The college also owns a number of apartments on the west edge of campus, and this is a popular alternative to the dorms, one that doesn’t require students to stay on campus. All dorms have upper-class students serving as house advisors, usually called dorm “moms” and “dads.” About a third of students live off campus, a number of them in “Reed Houses” near the school. Original names such as “The Fridge” or “Red Barn” offer testimony to their having been occupied by Reedies for as long as anyone can remember. Most students walk, bike, or bus to campus, but there are no restrictions on having a car. Reed provides a nightly van service that will take you to your off-campus house until 2:30 each morning.

Funding Poll

At the beginning of each semester, the student senate initiates a funding poll, and any organization that wants student body funds—new or well established—must submit an entry in the poll. Every student on campus has a chance to vote preferentially on all of the proposals. Groups that receive the most student support receive priority in presenting their ideas to the student senate during funding circus, which in turn divvies up close to $200,000 each year. This open and directly democratic system reflects the autonomy given to students in governing campus life, and also assures that anyone with an idea has a chance to see it happen. Groups such as the campus newspaper, radio station, multicultural resource center, outdoor club, and political organizations always receive significant support. More exceptional groups have been created under banners such as the motorized couch collective, cookies for campus, and midnight theater.

I’ve always been amazed by how much goes on at Reed. It’s sort of like an incubator for people’s passions, and that means it’s never boring. One weekend a group of students turned the student union into a Nerf palace. Another group brought a mechanical bull to campus, for anyone who wanted to give it a whirl. And these are the same people who are licensed to operate the nuclear reactor, who have spent time researching plant fauna in Nepal, who developed a community exchange with a town in Nicaragua. As involved as I was, I also would just smile at the fact that so many people where getting to see their ideas take shape and participate in so many different activities.

Honor Principle

Reedies enjoy a remarkably large amount of freedom when it comes to campus life. Very few rules exist, and students respect this privilege by taking an active responsibility for their own conduct. The honor principle originated, and still thrives, as a hallmark of academic honesty. Professors opt not to proctor examinations, for instance, as an indication of the general trust extended to students for completing all of their work honestly and in good faith as assigned. More broadly, the honor principle has become a terms to designate the way of life agreed upon by all community members. Not a code of conduct to be adhered to—in fact, the honor principle isn’t codified or written down at all—students instead have a responsibility for being aware of their actions and of the comfort and well-being of those around them.

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Athletics

Playing sports at Reed means having fun more than anything else. A few competitive teams exist, most notably the very successful female rugby team, along with Ultimate Frisbee, basketball, and squash. While there certainly isn’t any jock culture on campus, Reedies do a good job of staying active, though generally through life sports such as tennis, squash, or hiking. Reed students must fulfill a general physical education requirement as well, and the available courses defy anything you might have found in high school gym class. Offerings include yoga, skiing at nearby Mt. Hood, canoeing, juggling, dance, SCUBA certification, and much more, assuring that there is something to suit everyone’s interest.

Traditions

Renn Fayre

Following the spring semester thesis parade, the entire Reed campus celebrates a weekend-long festival known as Renn Fayre. Inspired by the fairs of the European Renaissance, current Reedies transform the entire campus with decorations and continuous activities. Rooms are entirely filled with balloons for your romping pleasure, teams vie to win the softball tournament, and bands play day and night in the student union. Each year, Glo-Opera presents an after-dark performance animated entirely with glow-sticks, a humorous skit that creatively adapts in Reed spirit stories such as Calvin and Hobbes, Where the Wild Things Are, or Harold and the Purple Crayon. Creativity and imagination reign as Reedies pay tribute to the best of a modern Rabelaisian spirit.

Local Community

The City of Portland and Beyond

One of the greenest, most vibrant, and livable cities in the country, Portland provides an exceptional backdrop to the experience at Reed. The college itself is located in a residential area about five miles from the city center. Downtown, along with the many great neighborhoods around the city, can easily be reached by public transportation. The city has also won awards for being one of the most bicycle-friendly in the world. Opportunities for cultural and artistic activities abound, from opera to Indy-rock, along with an almost endless number of great, inexpensive restaurants. Beyond the city, you can be skiing at Mt. Hood in about two hours, where the college has a cabin that’s free for community members’ use. Seventy-five miles east, the Oregon coast offers astounding views and lends itself to picnics and hiking adventures. From the Columbia River gorge to the many wilderness areas all around Portland, the opportunity for outdoor activities is beyond comparison.

Reed Canyon

Over twenty acres of Reed’s campus are dedicated to a natural plant and wildlife habitat forming the headwaters of Crystal Springs Creek, the only natural lake remaining in inner Portland. Currently, the college is engaged in an ongoing restoration project to remove invasive plant species and return the canyon to a more natural state. The canyon’s waterway has been restored, including the installation of a fish ladder, in the hopes that salmon may again return to this site to spawn. Each year, Canyon Day brings members of the community together to get their hands dirty and celebrate this amazing part of campus. Every day, too, students enjoy exploring the canyon, whether for a biology research project or a relaxing and meditative middle-of-the day walk. To learn more, visit the canyon Web site at web.reed.edu/canyon.

Alumni

Reed graduates take on the world with the same intellectual, creative, and open-minded energy that defined their undergraduate education. Success for Reedies means finding satisfaction and fulfillment in the challenges of the world, and little judgment exists as to whether that ought to mean starting your own organic farm, becoming a professor, or making your way in the marketplace. While there are no business or preprofessional programs on campus, many alumni have made successful careers in business, law, and medicine. Nearly ten percent of alumni are practicing artists or have direct involvement in the arts. A large contingent of graduates work for nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations, from international agencies such as the United Nations to smaller community-driven efforts. Most often, Reedies pursue careers in education at all levels and in any manner of ways.

Almost three years after finishing Reed, I am still struck by how transformative an experience I enjoyed while in college. The amount of possibilities I see in the world, the amazing diversity of friends I made who have found such interesting paths to follow, make me realize exactly how Reed empowers your education. The personal rewards of independent thinking, of being critically aware, provide a bridge between the academic and the practical, the theoretical and the everyday. That bridge isn’t handed to you; it’s something that you begin building at Reed and continue to recognize in everything you do, always finding innovation and insight in whatever challenges you confront, whether at your job, taking action in your community, or simply continuing to explore the world.

No matter what path is chosen, Reed graduates more often than not attend graduate school, regularly gaining acceptance to the best programs in the country. In fact, nearly three out of every four alumni have earned a graduate degree, and one quarter of all graduates have a Ph.D. Reed’s tremendous legacy of academic and intellectual achievement has included widespread recognition for its alumni, including thirty-one Rhodes Scholarships, sixty-four Watson fellowships, twenty-five Mellon awards, and two MacArthur “Genius grants.”

Prominent Grads

  • Gary Snyder, ’51, Pulitzer Prizewinning poet
  • Barbara Ehrenreich, ’63, Writer and Author of Nickled and Dimed
  • Barry Hansen, ’63, a.k.a. “Dr. Demento,” Musicologist and Radio Personality
  • Peter Norton, ’65, Founder of Norton Computer Software Company
  • Richard Danzia ’65, Deputy Secretary of Defense
  • Janet Fitch, ’78, Novelist and Author of White Oleander
  • Gina Turrigiano, ’84, Professor of Biology, winner of MacArthur “Genius Grant”
  • Jennifer Ferenstein, ’88, President of the Sierra Club

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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 15 1.02
Robbery 2 0.14
Arson 9 0.61
Burglary 29 1.97
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 2 0.14
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 1,842 0.31
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 20 0.00
Forcible Rape 258 0.04
Robbery 917 0.16
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 4,303 0.73
Larceny 22,494 3.81
Vehicle theft 3,225 0.55

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Portland, OR 97202-8199
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population37,411 (37,411 urban / N/A rural)
Households16,868 (2.15 people per house)
Median Household Income$39,879
Families8,106 (2.81 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate Colleges — Arts & Sciences
UndergraduateArts & sciences focus, no graduate coexistence
GraduateSingle postbaccalaureate (other field)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingSmall four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4103

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 81st for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $45,750 $45,750 $45,750
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $260 $260 $260
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $1,943 $1,943 $1,943
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $1,038 $1,038 $1,038
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $59,630 $59,630 $59,630
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $54,440 $54,440 $54,440
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $47,860 $47,860 $47,860

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $42,800 $44,460 $42,800 $44,460 $42,800 $44,460
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $950(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $11,050 $11,460
On-Campus – Other Expenses $900(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,240 $6,580
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $900(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $900(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application FeeN/A
Graduate Application Fee$75
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 2,893 (1,247 male / 1,646 female)
Admitted 1,404 (604 male / 800 female)
Admission rate 49%
First-time Enrollment 354 (172 male / 182 female)
FT Enrollment 354 (172 male / 182 female)
PT Enrollment N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment1,411

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Recommendations
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

ACT Test Admission

47th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 36%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 29 / 34
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 26 / 32
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 28 / 33

SAT Test Admission

50th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 84%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 660 / 750
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 620 / 720
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1280 / 1470

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity954
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$6,120
Board Fee$6,040

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 15 6 24 20 2 185 70 339
American/United States Studies/Civilization 1 1
Anthropology 1 2 7 5 17
Art/Art Studies, General 1 5 5 11
Biochemistry 1 3 5
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 2 1 2 1 20 8 34
Chemistry, General 1 11 2 15
Chinese Language and Literature 2 3 1 6
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 1 3 3 7
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 3 1 4
Economics, General 4 1 11 2 19
English Language and Literature, General 2 1 2 12 9 29
Environmental Studies 1 1 2
French Language and Literature 1 1 2 1 5
German Language and Literature 1 1
History, General 1 2 11 2 18
International Relations and Affairs 1 1 2
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 2 4 6
Linguistics 1 8 9
Mathematics, General 1 8 3 13
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 3 9 3 16
Music, General 1 2
Philosophy 1 6 1 8
Physics, General 3 1 18 5 27
Political Science and Government, General 3 3 7 15
Psychology, General 2 6 3 24 5 41
Religion/Religious Studies 1 2 3 5 11
Russian Language and Literature
Sociology 2 1 1 2 1 8
Spanish Language and Literature 4 3 7

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 377th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $90,824 ($95,916 male / $80,112 female)
Number of FT Faculty 156 (88 male / 68 female)
Number of PT Faculty 156
FT Faculty Ratio 1 : 1
Total Benefits $6,246,497

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