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Portland, OR
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$44,460
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Hard
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Reviews 411 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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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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Facilities: I don't spend much time in the computer labs or the athletic center, but from all reports, they are nice. I avoid the Student Center, but that's because most of the hanging out I do is in friends' rooms and the library, which is fabulous.

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Facilities: Things in general are quite nice here. The athletic equipment, while possibly not as extensive as at other schools, is always in good repair. As I said before, the computers are good. Student lounges in various class buildings are always nice, with a mixture of furniture. There's some nice furniture originally provided by the college, and scrappier but still comfortable furniture brought in by students.

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Facilities: The new sports center is really nice. It has even got TVs in front of the treadmills. I like its contrast to the rest of campus. It's fun to take a break from studying and work out.

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Facilities: Everything is nice here. Some people complain, but that's because they're spoiled and have never been to an actual college campus where stuff is falling apart and nobody cares.

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Facilities: The facilities on campus are very nice and well-kept. The athletic facilities are especially nice for a college with so little emphasis on sports. There's a great weight room, basketball, and racquetball courts, dance studios, a matroom for martial arts, and a swimming pool. Computer User Services has three computer labs full of new Macintoshes.

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Facilities: There are many facilities on campus, but with the exception of the computers, they are not state-of-the-art. The sports center is obviously from another decade, but the offerings for PE are quite varied. The pool hall is always full, but the Student Union is not really used for anything.

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Facilities: The athletic facilities are top-of-the-line, albeit somewhat under-used by the students. The central dining and campus center building is very nice. There is some rather odd and eclectic decorating at Reed, which could appear sketchy and unprofessional to some people. If you like it, then you're probably meant to be here.

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Facilities: The facilities are pretty good, I guess. The sports center is clean and open most hours, if a bit crowded during peak hours. The computer center is spacious and always open. Plus, it has a fireplace! I've taken my fair share of naps in the ETC building before. The Student Center is there, but no one uses it! I don't mind because my floor has a good dorm community, and so I don't need to go out much to meet people. For those who end up somewhere without a good dorm community, though, I'd imagine the lack of a good Student Center would be something of a drawback.

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Campus Dining: Food isn't bad, but then again, it isn't good. You can live off the food in the student center, but the selection starts to get old after a few months.

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Campus Dining: Sometimes, Commons comes up with good stuff, but often times, they come up with disgusting crap that's indigestible. It's sort of like a grab bag, I suppose.

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Campus Dining: In my freshman year, it was middling, but the dining hall has shown improvement this year. Bearing in mind that this is on-campus canteen food, they show a surprising affinity for wild mushrooms, and the use of fish and shrimp has been so much better this year that I no longer have a `no-seafood-at-Commons' rule.

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Campus Dining: Commons is the only place on campus that consistently has perishable food that is not frozen. The food at Commons is usually pretty good. The menu offers some variety, but the same food items tend to circulate back onto the menu, so the menu can eventually seem a bit unoriginal. There are days when nothing looks appetizing and other days when there are too many good things to choose from.

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Campus Dining: Good spots? Yeah, right. Commons is better than my experience of other schools' food, but it's not fabulous. The Paradox has decent coffee, but avoid their mochas, for they are bad.

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Campus Dining: The food in Commons gets tedious, but Expo is usually good, and they do a good job of trying to offer variety. There's a lot of catering to vegans, vegetarians, and the occasional, barbaric meat-eater.

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Campus Dining: The only food hall on campus is Commons, which is fairly good. Like any cafeteria, it gets old after a while, but they really are innovative. They have gotten several recent awards for bringing interesting dishes into the college environment. There are always vegetarian, and yes, vegan choices, though the meat is pretty good, too. The hours are good, except on weekends. At what other college can you get sushi for lunch?

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Campus Dining: Food sucks at Commons. The food is overpriced and often inedible. There are some nearby restaurants that are good, but that's even more money out of your pocket. I personally shop at Trader Joe's.

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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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