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5 College Freshman

Local Area: Portland is a hip-happenin' place!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Athletics: Sports are not a huge deal on campus, but the gym is beautiful.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a whole bunch of nice / convenient restaurants within walking distance.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: On campus food is always super yummy even if the pricing in Commons can be steep.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Reed is very generous with the amount of money they give out. Most of my tuition is covered by grants!

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus because I know that as soon as I call the on-campus security they'll be there in a heartbeat. They're all super nice and have their own trading cards!!!

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It's the best. Really. Work hard. Play hard. Good luck. Don't be a dick.

7 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Love it. Fantastic. There's a place for anyone. In one phrase, "work hard, play hard." Good luck in your college search!

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Grad school loves Reed kids. Anything will be easier after Reed.

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5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: If you don't have intimacy issues, or are into sex/romance at all, you'll be able to find whatever you're looking for quite easily. If you do have intimacy issues, or aren't into sex/romance at all, people are respectful of that. There are good looking guys and girls, although I would say my taste in people is weird sometimes. There's a variety of looks and sexualities, to say the least. A lot of people are open to a lot of things. I hope you find what you're looking for.

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Majors: I haven't hit junior year yet, which is when you declare a major. Reed gives you lots of time to decide, but once you do, you really, really have to crack down. The ease of Freshman year is minuscule compared to the workloads of later years, but Reed will prepare you well, from what I've heard, for grad school and work. Be prepared to work hard.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Majors: Reed is always helpful in job hunts and internship positions. I haven't had the time to have either of these yet, but they are there.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Reed has a great reputation with great grad schools, so if you're into that, Reed will help you get into a fantastic graduate program after you leave Reed. Freshman year isn't difficult, but gives you the building blocks to deal with the upcoming storm that is compromised of your later years at Reed. Class get harder and more interesting. Truly, only come here if you are interested in learning and can work hard, otherwise you will have a terrible time. The science, history (including art history) and english departments are particularly respected.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Professors are highly-educated and highly-respected, most have PhDs, and no classes are taught by TAs. But, given the variety of professors, there's a chance that you'll have teachers whose styles you don't like, and that's a fact at all schools. But, they will respect you if you talk to them and try to work with them. They are always willing to hear counterpoints and arguments, and don't mind questions. You'll get the nice teachers and the more intense teachers, the harder graders and the more lenient ones, but one thing they all have in common is their desire for you to truly understand the material. There are many tutoring opportunities, and you're surrounded by so many smart people who are willing to help out, and not be pretentious about it. You can study in the beautiful Performing Arts Building (PAB), outside, anywhere outside, Commons, the cafes, etc. Many picturesque options, lots of quiet options. Curriculum gets exponentially harder, especially junior and senior years. Come here expecting to work hard. Make a point to make lots of friends freshman and sophomore year, and learn how to study.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Some days I don't care about anything except how beautiful the campus is. I try my best not to skip class but sometimes I just lie down and admire, it's hard not to. Some of the dorms are average looks-wise. But overall it's gorgeous to a fault.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: I've heard it described as "the most diverse group of white people you'll ever meet" but that's only partially true. But mostly it's true. There are a lot of white people, but the more interesting variety. You don't get a lot of cookie-cutter white people, which is nice. I'm a white person, but my whole family is from Iran, I have another caucasian friend who speaks fluent Spanish and Swedish, another caucasian friend who has lived in New Zealand for several years. SO, if you're into that, Reed has that type in plenty. People are very open about their sexualities. One thing I've learned is that assume nothing about anybody. Really, if you have a "gay-dar" it won't work here. You can't tell. It also isn't relevant, unless you're trying to sleep with someone/ date them, but even then, if you're at that point, you'll know.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Most weekend nights there are off campus parties or dances in the SU, but sometimes, if the stars and due dates align, many people are too worn out/broke to throw parties, but you can always hang out with your friends and throw one in the dorms, or sit around and wallow. It kind of depends on the attitude you bring. You're ready to party? You'll find something. Want to chill out, take it easy? You'll find something to do. Want to sleep? You have a bed. Want to study? That's respected and admired. This is a very "work hard play hard" kind of school, but you will not be pressured to do anything you want to do. I've met maybe a couple of people who look down on substance-free people, but people who judge people like that are few and far between. Substance free is not going to be deleterious toward your social life. Do what feels comfy, and you'll do great!

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It really tells you something that the most unsafe I've ever felt was when nearby school students come to campus parties. Not to say that the majority of them are bad, I've met more great people from off-campus than not, but consent is a very, very big deal at Reed, and from what I've experienced at some other schools, this emphasis is not as great. Reed feels very safe, I actually get kinda nervous at parties at other schools, especially big state ones. But, as is unfortunately the case, always be careful at parties, regardless of where you are.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Commons, in partnership with Bon Appetit, is surprisingly yummy, but pricey. Homer's Hut (known to literally only 2 people as Jabba's) has pre-prepared food like Amy's and Annie's. Homer's is open until 3 am, which is dangerous. Paradox is student run, so sometimes you get yummy pastries and sometimes you get not-too-good coffee, it depends. You can apply to have your own baked goods sold through Paradox. It's better than many schools. You'll always have healthy options, and the grill has great burgers, and there are great desserts, and amazing chocolate milk, but some days nothing looks good. It happens.

College Freshman

Scholarships: Again, it really depends on your situation. Reed does need-based aid well, but no merit-based scholarships. I'm in the financial bracket where college puts back my parent's retirement several years, but we don't qualify for financial aid, so that's a bit of a bummer, but that's the case for every school I applied to. Every other school I considered was considerably cheaper than Reed, but here I am. We'll see how it goes. It's pricey, but if you work hard, it'll hopefully pay off.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: If you're do a major you actually want to do and are interested in it, you're gonna have a good (albeit rough) time. Freshman year is pretty easy, but it grows exponentially harder, so be prepared for that. There's a reason Reed has the academic reputation it does. Hum is kind of annoying freshman year, but you learn a lot of core skills from it that will be necessary for the rest of your school and work career, like how to present your arguments well, how to agree/disagree with people, writing skills, etc. Just power through it. You'll be able to take lots of interesting classes in addition to major requirements, so that's nice. The science programs in particular (biochem, psych, etc.) are renown, as well as the english department, and art history.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It really really really depends on which dorm you're in. Living in a small campus has made me so lazy. For example, Sullivan is maybe only a 5 minute walk from the rest of campus, tops, but it's enough to be annoying, especially when it's cold. It does have the benefits of a full kitchen, so that's nice, and it is quiet, so if you actually want to sleep, it's great, but for social stuff, a little isolated. The Grove buildings are gorgeous, but also far (5 minutes). ODB is closest to everything, but doesn't have ovens or stoves, rooms can be either small or huge. So really, it does depend. Hope you get lucky!

College Freshman

Greek Life: Reed has a non-exclusion policy, so there aren't any frats or sororities. But, if you miss that, you can always hop over to Oregon State to experience frat parties.

5 College Freshman

Administration: Say, theoretically, your friend is puking so hard that the puking scene from the Exorcist looks like casual drooling. Say, theoretically, you also happen to be inebriated, but in a functional way. Your friend definitely needs hep, but are you going to get in trouble for calling campus security to help out? Nah. Reed has a great medical amnesty policy, so you will not get in trouble for getting help for your friend. Reed has a somewhat contentious relationship with the Portland Police Department, in which the police aren't called, unless in a very serious, violent situation. In the case of a dumb, drunk college kid, the Campus Security helps out swiftly and courteously. You're not going to get in trouble for something unless you're being obnoxious, stupid, or dangerous. Don't be any of those, and you'll be fine.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Well, yeah, to be quite honest, Reed isn't the most "rah-rah fight-fight BLEED MAROOOOOOON" kind of school. Sports clubs like ultimate frisbee & rugby are popular here, but most people are athletic in the hike-for-fun, 360s-in-a-kayak kind of way. Lots and lots of outdoorsy types, skater types, healthnuts, etc. It's actually kind of inspiring, a lot of people actually care about their personal health when it comes to diet and exercise, so it's easy to stave off the Freshman 15. Running outside is beautiful, if you're into that, and there are treadmills and exercise machines AND a dry sauna. And a pool. Eh, you can find enough things to stay fit, I guess. There are a lot of awesome PE classes, like hip-hop, yoga, cardio kickboxing, etc. And a squash room! Trainers walk around and give people tips, and people are always eager to help out. You can always find people to workout with and make you wakeup at 6:30 am to drag yourself to the gym. It's great.

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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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