Diversity

Location
Portland, OR
Undergrads
1,395
Tuition
$44,460
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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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.

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2 College Senior

Diversity: Feels very rich and white. 50% of students pay full tuition. Only 8 black freshmen last year... We're getting better w/latino folks and it's a safer space than many for people of all/most genders/sexual orientations. People from all of the country and world, which is nice. You can build a diverse group of friends, the MRC is great for this, but you sort of have to work for it.

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1 College Junior

Diversity: My experience of Reed's diversity has been *very* different from what others have described here. As someone who attended an economically and racially diverse public school for high school, I was shocked by Reed's monolithic whiteness and Reedies' overall privilege. There are definitely exceptions, but the dominant culture at Reed is very much upper-middle class. Most students (in my experience) attended expensive private high schools, and the vast majority of American students there are from California or the Northeast. While Reed is definitely accepting of quirkiness, different sexual orientations, and social awkwardness (and there's something to be said for those things), it lacks in the departments of socioeconomic and racial diversity. While Reedies are, or try to be, accepting of most people, in such a monolithic environment privilege is sometimes not noticed or called into question, resulting, at times, in a weird, pretentious, ivory-tower culture. Reedies have a tradition of proudly boasting that Reed isn't a trade school, for example (and one went so far as to shout this during a debate over whether or not the school newspaper should serve as a means of gaining experience in journalism). Most Reedies seem completely unaware of the classism inherent in demeaning trade schools. It's a small example, to be sure, but it's indicative of the way Reed's lack of diversity sometimes creeps into the public dialogue without being challenged.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Though Reed is not known for its Ethnic diversity, it is one of the most diverse environments I've met. People here come from different ages, socioeconomic classes, and mindsets. You will see every fashion sense, every learning disorder, and every type of crazy here, and you will love it. One of the things I tell people about Reed which I take pride in is how all of us are so accepting of sexuality that you might as well assume bisexuality. While I have learned a great deal of getting along with every different kind of person, I will not say that Reed is the most diverse campus, for it has almost a homogeneous White, USA-resident population.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: Very Diverse and Accepting – One of the things Reed College is famous for is its social acceptance of people of many different backgrounds, but it does lack in ethnic/racial diversity although not because the environment is not accepting of it. Also, Reed is known as a very liberal campus so that does often mean there are few highly religious students and very few Republicans.

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  • 97th
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  • 465th
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  • 1298th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Ben DuPree
Hometown
Los Angeles, Calif.
Major
English
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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.

Facts & Statistics

African American
2%
Asian
6%
Hispanic
8%
International
6%
Native American
0%
White
57%
Unknown
15%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
91%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • New York
  • Texas
  • Washington
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 46%
20-21: 43%
22-24: 7%
25+: 2%
Female Faculty
45%
Male Faculty
55%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 5%
Hispanic: 4%
International: 5%
Native American: 0%
White: 83%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Copious amounts of gay, lesbian, transgender, and bisexual students call Reed home, while the on-campus organization QA (Queer Alliance) gives them an active and loud voice in the community.
Political Activity
Reed students generally fall from moderate liberal to radical liberal on the political spectrum, with a few students per class being the notable exceptions. Students often choose to articulate their viewpoints through any number of political activities, from creating student-run organizations supporting presidential candidates to protesting in the greater Portland metropolitan area.
Economic Status
Although Reed students tend to come from all economic backgrounds, a large percentage of Reed students grew up in middle-class families.
Most Common Religions
There are numerous atheists and the traditional smattering of religious organizations, such as the Christian club called "Oh, for Christ's Sake!," the Jewish alliance Chaverim, a group for would-be pagans called the Pagan Circle, and a group for Unitarian Universalists. There is also an Interfaith Council.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Reed's multicultural organizations include Amnesty International, the Multicultural Resource Center, International Student Union, and Queer Alliance.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 9 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 44% Moderate
  • 33% Liberal
  • 22% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 11 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Moderate
  • 18% Not sure
  • 9% Liberal
  • 73% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 10 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 9 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 8 responses

  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 0% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 25% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 75% Very accepting.
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