Location
Portland, OR
Undergrads
1,395
Tuition
$44,460
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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Local Atmosphere: Portland has everything you need, but nothing you really want. Everything shuts down by 8 p.m., even on the weekends, so the only thing there to do late is go to the theater. That works well enough if you have a car, but if you plan to rely on public transportation, you can expect to wait upwards of 45 minutes or so for a bus back to Reed. This can be scary late at night with all the homeless people around begging for money. There are other universities in Portland, but I don't think Reedies interact with students from the other schools much.

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Local Atmosphere: Portland is a mellow city, and it's a little on the small side. I'm from the suburbs of Chicago, so I've definitely lived around bigger cities. I appreciate Portland for the fusion of city and nature it has balanced. The bus system is very good; it's reliable, safe, and pretty good at getting you to where you need to go. Downtown Portland is unremarkable to me. I suppose it is nice relative to many smaller cities, but relative to Chicago, I was not impressed. Still, everywhere you look, even in the most metropolitan areas of the city, you can see green stuff growing. I like that.

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Guys & Girls: Well, Reed is a unique place for unique people. Everyone is really, really smart, but we aren't all socially adept. There certainly are very beautiful guys and girls here, but that's not what you should be coming for.

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Guys & Girls: Reed is not the place to go if you're looking to get booty or whatever. There are plenty of attractive people, but of those attractive people, I'd say about half are in seriously-committed relationships, and the other half are socially retarded in some way or another. I had a boyfriend all year last year, and this year I'm single and it sucks. At a normal school, I don't think I'd have that hard of a time finding someone, but here, I have to weed through all the people that I'm not interested in, and that leaves basically nobody.

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Guys & Girls: To write about the condition that, according to the girls, afflicts the majority of the male population at Reed (namely that their idea of courtship is ogling a person in class), would take more space than I am permitted. I like girls, but there are not enough of them.

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Guys & Girls: Reedies tend to be very intelligent and rather bookish. They might not all be what most people would call hot, but there are definitely some very attractive people. Anything that the average Reedie lacks on the outside in looks, they more than make up for with inner beauty. If you want a relationship with an airhead, you might need to do a bit of a search.

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Guys & Girls: People tend to be much more concerned with their academic lives-men and women both. Hotness tends to clump in groups, so you must seek them out.

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Guys & Girls: Depends on your tastes, but there are plenty of beautiful people here, and the upside is they're all smart! The only problem is that some Reedies are a little lacking in the social skills department, and this is due to a preference for books over people.

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Guys & Girls: Most everybody here has their own quirk. It may be hard to spot at first, but when you get to know people, you'll definitely be able to point out their quirk. It can be a strange hobby, ability, or skill that they possess that is utterly strange, yet cool. Most people here are white. It's a shame that diversity isn't rampant around here, but I think that'll change as the years go by. As for hot people, if you don't like the selection, you can always visit PSU.

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Guys & Girls: Reedies are a breed of their own, and most of us like it that way.

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Guys & Girls: There are extremely hot men and women, if you're not too bound to conventional ideas of beauty.

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Guys & Girls: Guys are generally attractive, white, and skinny. Same goes for girls. There are a number of attractive catches in both sexes.

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Guys & Girls: Reedies tend to be rather timid and awkward in social situations, so there are not that many couples. Hotness is not very valued here.

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Guys & Girls: People here are physically unattractive as a general rule. Whether they are otherwise attractive depends on your personality.

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Guys & Girls: Well, every year the freshman class is dubbed the hottest class yet. Unfortunately, through osmosis, they all start looking grungy and tired like the rest of us at some point. You have to like grungy, stressed people for Reedies to be attractive, but on average, we're college students. Aren't young, healthy people supposed to be attractive?

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Guys & Girls: The girls here are totally hot. So are the guys. Sometimes they don't bathe, though, and that's pretty icky. In general, though, it's felt recently that every incoming class is hotter than the last. However, Reedies don't date or have sex that often, because we're all too darn busy.

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Guys & Girls: My friend visiting from Boston said, `People are so ugly here!' I never would have said ugly, but then I go to other schools, and it seems like everyone is so good-looking.

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Guys & Girls: Guys at Reed vary a lot. Some are incredibly sociable, while others rarely leave their rooms. There are guys here that I find attractive, but I don't think it's fair to generalize guys (or girls) as generally hot or not.

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Facilities: Some buildings are new, others are old. Each has its own particular feel. On the whole, though, I find them very enjoyable spaces for learning and relaxing.

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Facilities: In general, facilities are very good where they need to be. This is assuming that you're not the kind of person seeking world-class swimming pools and pitches. A minor problem is that, for an institution of Reed's stature, the library's book stock is probably half of what it should be.

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Facilities: The facilities are all very nice. Everything is kept clean-even the men's bathrooms. There are facilities for almost anything you could want. Reed has a comic book library, some fairly recent movies to check out from the library or rent from the bookstore, many well-maintained computers, and even a nuclear reactor if you need something carbon dated.

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Facilities: I wouldn't know what to compare the facilities to, but I think the facilities are great. Nothing is rickety or breaking down. There seems to be a lot of new stuff around campus (building and equipment-wise), and it's always nice to play around with new toys.

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Facilities: The pool hall is awesome, and there is free pool for many hours of the day. I haven't used the athletic stuff, but it would be easy to do. Everything is maintained well, and use is not arbitrarily and excessively restricted.

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Facilities: The facilities on campus are nice. The sports center has all kinds of exercise equipment. The computer labs and the library are well-equipped with new machines and software.

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Facilities: Facilities at Reed are clean, warm, and inviting. The Student Union is pleasantly ratty, the student darkroom is accessible and rad, and the fact that a band practice room exists is way cool. The pool hall is my second home, and you've got the print shop.

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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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