Location
Portland, OR
Undergrads
1,395
Tuition
$44,460
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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Reviews 411 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Reed has medical amnesty policies.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: The pressure is very high.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Computers: Almost all Macs. Not very PC friendly.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Academics: Reed is well known for its academics.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Portland's housing market is very competitive.

4 College Junior

Parking: No need for a car.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are no chain or fast food places nearby.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Scholarships: Get everything in writing from the office.

4 College Junior

Majors: We have to take qualifying exams.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Weather: The gloomy skies make it easier to study.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Scholarships: The financial aid office is great and always willing to explain the process to students.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Computers: Computer services is pretty excellent.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Weather: People will tell you that you won't ever see the sun again, but that's not true. Yes, it rains. Yes, it's grey a lot. But it doesn't get too cold, it hardly snows, and fall, spring, and summer are gorgeous.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There aren't a ton of options immediately in the neighborhood, but what is there is good and it isn't hard to venture out farther to more spots. Portland is a foodie city!

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Transportation: The bus system is pretty good in Portland and I use it all the time.

2 people found this useful Report
2 College Junior

Athletics: Organized sports are relatively non existent, though there is a huge variety of PE courses.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Dorms can vary pretty vastly, but the nicest ones are quite nice.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Junior

Nightlife: It's different to typical colleges.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Academics: It is challenging and rigorous and you will become a better student for it.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Academics: For a small college we have a pretty broad selection of courses and every department is pretty great in their own ways.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Junior

Diversity: It's not known for being hugely diverse, but I think the college does try to promote diversity and I think we have a surprising amount of international students for being such a small school.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Portland is a very cool and amazing city. I feel more at home here than at my real home!

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I have learned such an incredible amount since beginning Reed and do not think other schools will teach you how to think as well.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Computers: You can get wireless internet almost all over campus. I've found this really convenient for my phone bill, because I can get a minimal data plan.
Unless you are crazy about printing everything, you really don't need a printer. Printers are all over campus, and you get a decent amount of printing credit to begin with. I printed only when I had to, and ended up with a lot of money left over. The speed has never been an issue; I could easily stream Netflix any time of the day.
Some words of warning, however: Like many campuses, Reed is really strict on illegally downloading copyrighted content. You can get you internet suspended for a week or two for torrenting a single song. So be careful there.

6 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of food carts all over Portland provide good, cheap food. There are a few decent places within close walking distance, but taking a short bus ride will give you greater options.

6 people found this useful Report
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Ben DuPree
Hometown
Los Angeles, Calif.
Major
English
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Looking back on the person you were when coming to Reed is often like looking through an opaque window. You still see the frame and some features of your old self, but the greater part of who you are rests on this side of the mirror, having been tempered by your experiences at Reed. Often after four years, students’ reasons for coming to Reed still hold up: the desire to attend a small school with an intimate academic setting, amidst a liberal and open culture of mostly-nice and genuine individuals. Many students choose Reed because they do not want to be another face in the crowd at a large state school. Empirically, Reed’s commitment to making critical thinkers and writers out of its students separates it from other academic institutions. Although many other institutions will train their students to write and think, Reed bombards your mind with reading, writing, and thought, helping many realize a level of intellectual self-awareness that they never thought possible. Students push themselves hard because they choose to, just as they go here because they want to. Any Reedie who wishes to be somewhere else has already left for that place. People stay at Reed and endure its academic rigors because they truly love and are committed to what the college has to offer.

Essentially, most students believe in Reed. Although they may feel disenchanted with their institution of higher education at times, most Reedies accept their school’s shortcomings for what they are, and accept that they cannot see themselves anywhere else. Reed is not just a college; it is an academic, personal, and social experience, and Reedies respect and cherish it.

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