I agree that Reed is a stretch, so she’d have to do a good sales job. But in many ways, I think she’s just what they’re looking for and I think it would be a great fit for her. If she & you decided she might be interested, I’d schedule a visit and try to set up an interview while you were there. I’d also try to get an interview with an alum. If we were looking for the cookie cutter credentials that would match a school at this level, it wouldn’t be her. But she has so much else going for her that I could see the right school really taking an interest. Reed strikes me as the school that just might do that. Real life accomplishments mean more than numbers. Intellectual curiosity is a lot more impressive than GPA. She has both accomplishments and curiosity in abundance. A special young woman.
Here are a few others to consider which won’t be as challenging for admissions but have a lot to offer. Look past your initial impression of each to see what’s there.
St. Mary’s College of California
Willamette University (OR)
Whitman College (WA)