Reed College is a private, independent, liberal arts learning institution located in Portland, Oregon. Founded in 1908, the Reed Institute, as the school is legally called, held its first classes in 1911. Named after Oregon pioneers Simeon Gannett Reed and Amanda Reed, the college had a campus located in Eastmoreland in Portland with architecture that reflected the Gothic style.

Reed College is remembered by people for a number of things. For one, it has a mandatory humanities program for freshmen and requires a thesis from seniors. Secondly, it is the only undergraduate college whose science programs are supported by a nuclear reactor. And third, the college is well-known for the great number of graduates who are able to ease into a PH.D. and other postgraduate degrees.

A total of 1,481 students is currently enrolled at the college ably assisted in their pursuit of a higher education by 57 tenured professors. With a student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1 and the average class size no more than 15, students enrolled at Reed College are assured of a focused, one-on-one interaction with their teachers.

Cost of attendance at Reed College for academic year 2009-2010 includes full-year tuition of US$39,440; fees of US$260; on-campus room and board at a rate of US$10,250; books and supplies at US$950; personal expenses of US$900; and transportation cost that ranges from US100 to US$1,800.

To help students pay for their cost of tuition and fees as well as housing requirements, the university extends financial aid in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work-study arrangements.