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2 College Junior

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

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Not a lot of people enjoy sports at Reed. There isn't a big following for any of the sports and the facilities are alright.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: There is a one and a half year PE requirement at Reed, but not all PE is athletics per se - like dance, yoga, and martial arts. There are skills classes in sports like tennis and squash and training/conditioning classes. Some PE classes like rowing, sailing, hiking and skiing travel off-campus. Sports Center facilities are good. Outside of PE, IM teams and club sports are not well organized.

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1 College Sophomore

Athletics: We have no sports except for Ultimate Frisbee and Rugby. Anything else is unofficial. The Sports Center is quite nice I believe... I've only been inside a handful of times but the facilities seem up to date and clean and not too crowded and all that.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: A Hobby, Not a Competition – Reed doesn't have "real" sports teams. We have groups of students who play sports in place of P.E., and they sometimes play games with students from other schools. However, these teams are the exception, not the rule. Depending on where your dorm is, you may spend the whole year without hearing anything about team sports.

On the other hand, the P.E. classes are quite excellent. There are a variety of activities ranging from meditation to ballroom dancing to weight lifting. You won't be bored, and the "obligation" is small (and generally pleasurable).


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  • 1208th
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 1339th
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Ben DuPree
Los Angeles, Calif.
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Contrary to popular belief, Reedies are not athletic stars. However, despite the dearth of athletic activities on campus and the complete absence of varsity sports, Reedies do enjoy sports (weather permitting). Although some of the student responses may lead you to believe that Reedies shun the playing fields for the safety of their library, many enjoy being physically active. Both the women's rugby team and the ultimate Frisbee team are popular fixtures on campus, and both travel to tournaments and do reasonably well for teams of a school Reed's size. Besides those two teams, Reedies enjoy playing for other club teams that exist around campus, from soccer to basketball. Otherwise, students generally prefer studying and partying to sporting; the usually inclement weather often prohibits all but the most extreme activities.

Aside from sporting for fun, Reed requires students to complete six quarters (or three semesters) of physical education classes. Reed's sports center offers a diverse assortment of classes that students can take to fulfill their requirement: different types of yoga, ultimate Frisbee, fencing, bowling, snowboarding, kayaking, judo, tai chi, multiple dancing styles, and myriad other options. Students greatly appreciate and love the variety of offered PE classes, and often use their requirement to branch out and explore the wide world of sports.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Division
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: N/A
School Colors
School Nickname
The Griffin
Men Playing Varsity Sports
0 - 0%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
0 - 0%
Men's Varsity Sports
Women's Varsity Sports
Club Sports
  • Basketball
  • Curling
  • Rowing
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Basketball
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
Athletic Fields & Facilities
Watzek Sports Center
Most Popular Sports
The most popular sports at Reed are rugby and ultimate Frisbee. Both teams competitively engage their northwest rivals. In terms of PE classes, bowling, yoga, Frisbee, and the dance classes are most popular. Many people do participate in weight training and use the weight room. Also, people do receive gym credit for actively swimming in the Reed pool.
Most Overlooked Teams
Men's basketball gets little love from the student body. Additionally, although lots of people enjoy soccer, the campus as a whole rarely stops to take notice of the sport.
School Spirit
School spirit at Reed usually falls into two categories: academic and athletic. In terms of athletics, Reed possesses almost no school spirit. Although a few die-hards exist who unwaveringly support the Frisbee and rugby teams, most students remain ever-apathetic to the sporting events of Reed. Academically, however, Reedies show a great deal of school spirit. Reed students proudly believe that their school is among the best, if not the best, in America, possessing the most knowledgeable professors, the best curriculum, and a great combination of classics reading and personal insight. Often, Reedies even brag amongst themselves about how much more work they have than their peers.
Getting Tickets
Tickets to sporting events do not exist. All sporting events at Reed are free to the public; just go and watch.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Walking around the Reed Canyon provides a picturesque view of the flora and fauna of a wildlife refuge.

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 14 responses

  • 50% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 29% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 21% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 0% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 14 responses

  • 21% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 50% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 7% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 21% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 14 responses

  • 93% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 7% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 0% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
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