While Reed continues to work toward acquiring a greater degree of diversity, nearly everyone on campus believes that Reed's diversity continues to be the school's weakest characteristic. On certain days, spotting more than a handful of ethnic students can be difficult. More than two-thirds of Reed's student body is Caucasian. Although the school is hurting for a greater degree of diversity, students agree that Reed is working hard to better the situation. The Admissions Office has worked to branch out to minority students in an attempt to increase Reed's diversity. Additionally, students find that, despite the lack of ethnicity, Reed continues to be one of the most progressive-minded colleges in the United States.
Although lacking in ethnic diversity, a great deal of social diversity does exist at Reed. The progressive and accepting nature of the campus draws many GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transexual) students to Reed. Furthermore, Reedies tend to come from all economic and sociopolitical backgrounds. In terms of the sexes, Reed's balance rests at nearly half and half, with the women slightly outnumbering the men. And, of course, if you want all ranges of liberalism, from moderate to crazy, then Reed's your place. Although some students may find the Caucasian liberalism of Reed overwhelming at times, most students enjoy studying at an institution where they can critically discuss liberal political issues with their peers.