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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Great People, but Shy and Busy – Most people here are wonderfully interesting and usually passionate about something, whether it be academic, political, or some particular skill or hobby. People are generally not unattractive, but not a huge amount of capital is placed on being super hot. Most people are great to be friends with, but are often too shy to initiate relationships, or don't have the time to put into them what with the heavy academics.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Not a Concern – The people at Reed are, for the most part, coequal with the general population. On the other hand, that doesn't mean that Reed students are the same as everywhere else. Reedies aren't preoccupied with their appearance, so they tend to (but don't invariably) have a relatively relaxed look. Not only is appearance not a major concern, but we are generally too busy for elaborate (and potentially misleading) appearances.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Nerds, Hippies, and Hipsters – Reedies are wonderful, awkward, beautiful, granola, nerdy, and against labels. I wouldn't say the majority of students here are of the stereotypical "hot" description, though if you're into happy, adorable people, then this is the place for you--especially if nerds are to you the new blondes (not that they're mutually exclusive here or anything). I absolutely love Reedies and all of their quirks.

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The Social Norm – Guys and girls at Reed College vary as much as night and day. With there being no division sports, there aren't as many jock types. However, they can still be found along with city boys, southern country boys, ravers, science geeks, math nerds, and artist types. With girls there is the jock girls who get up to run at 5 am, music and drama lovers, science geeks, poets, and so much more. There is a good selection of very good-looking people. And the dress styles vary as much as the students themselves.

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Niche User

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.

1 person found this useful Report

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 45th
    Smartest Guys
  • 107th
    Most Creative/Artsy Guys
  • 230th
    Friendliest Guys
  • 403rd
    Hottest Girls
  • 435th
    Hottest Guys

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Ben DuPree
Los Angeles, Calif.
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At times, it becomes hard to tell whether or not someone at Reed is attractive or not. Mummified in unending layers of clothing to protect against the cold, rainy conditions, most people look akin to a mobile pile of winter clothing. Unless you happen to possess a fetish for scarves and umbrellas, then your best bet would be to wait until people have unwrapped their true selves from beneath their protective layers. On the surface and under wraps, Reed guys and girls are strikingly different from their state school counterparts. Taking a glance at the Reed campus on a Friday night engenders a different feel from a glance at a larger state school; students do not throng to designated sectors of campus and the surrounding neighborhoods in search of a bubbling nightlife of jazz and liquor. Instead, Reed students generally quietly celebrate the end of a tiring week either with friends or by themselves in the campus library. Don't get me wrong—Reed students enjoy partying as much as the next student; we simply do not have as much time to party.

Furthermore, as a gathering of individuals, Reed supports personal experimentation and choice. Although not an overly promiscuous campus, Reedies generally enjoy slightly more sexual liberation than the average society does. In short, Reedies are human like anyone else. You can describe us according to our looks if you want, but doing so would do us a disservice, as such trivial concerns do not dominate the campus. To echo a few of the student reviews, you should not come to Reed if you're looking for a place where you can ogle the student body.

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Female Undergrads
Male Undergrads
Birth Control Available?
From Health and Counseling Services
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. In your dorms
  2. In classes or at campus activities
  3. (Failing the first two) around campus and around town
Best Places to Hook Up
  1. Reed formals
  2. Renn Fayre
  3. Reed balls
  4. Weekend parties on or off campus
  5. On-campus dance parties
Social Scene
The social scene at Reed is not your traditional college scene. By not having any fraternities or sororities, and by heavily emphasizing academics, Reed has turned its student body into more of a young think tank than a party-oriented group only half-interested in studying. Although Reed does have its liberating experiences, the general social scene centers on the academic and personal lives of the students.
Hookups or Relationships?
A few of the yearly balls and formals (Winter Formal, the Fetish Ball, Drag Ball, Spring Formal, Harvest Ball, and the like) provide the best opportunity for random hookups. However, random hookups sometimes occur at weekend parties. On the other hand, maintaining a Reed relationship can be tricky unless you are willing to devote a great deal of time (that could be spent studying) to a significant other. Reed relationships do occur, but usually are problematic or short-lived. Usually, there are a few Reed couples around campus that everyone knows. Essentially, dating and hookups are less prevalent here than at other schools, but they do happen.
Best Places to Meet Guys/Girls
At Reed, student clubs and dorms present the best places to meet potential significant others. Although some Reedies may find meeting people at the yearly formals and balls exciting, people that either live with you or share similar interests as you offer better opportunities to find worthwhile candidates. Generally, those relationships or hookups that start at a formal or ball flame out quickly, after mutual desires have been quenched. Oppositely, people living or participating in activities with you are more likely to want to get to know you better (for friendships or otherwise) based on who you are and not for other reasons.

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 10 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

I would say guys on campus are    Based on 13 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

What kinds of relationships have you had since coming to school?    Based on 10 responses

  • 38% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 14% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school
  • 10% Casual dating at your school
  • 10% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 10% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 10% Long-distance relationship
  • 5% Casual dating at a neighboring school
  • 5% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school
  • 0% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school
  • 0% None

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 11 responses

  • 18% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.
  • 27% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 55% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 0% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.
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