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Reviews 225 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: A large amount of the students study various humanities studies and other sorts of non-scientific studies.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Courses are incredibly difficult, and we go into every class expecting this.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have felt incredibly safe at Reed, though I am also a masculine bodied person. Many of my friends, however, who are of much more vulnerable groups similarly feel that Reed is an incredibly safe place; both including non-students and among students.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: All the dorm are only open as lottery options, and the quality differences between there are pretty drastic One complex, FSM, is very much like a hospital ward, while another complex, the Groves, are almost entirely perfectly designed conference rooms and housing.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: This first year at Reed has by far been one of the most expansive experiences of my life. I don't think I ever would have had or taken this academic, social, relational, business opportunities anywhere else, and the level to which they spur you on to live your life is incredible.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There is crime on campus that is spoken of in student groups and support systems but the administration does not appear to care as much as the students do about other students.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The housing lottery itself is absolutely horrible because there are not enough spaces on campus for the student body and many people with disabilities are not given on campus housing because that could be seen as "unfair" to the able bodied students but it could risk someone's life to live off campus with their disability; however I'm not sure what it is like at different schools.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: All of the professors appear very interested in the fields they teach and that has made classes more engaging; however it also creates a lot of stress because you don't want to let your teachers down which can be seen in the pretty toxic stress culture at Reed.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: The student body is very white, and though the administration proclaims it's trying to get more diversity, their main concern is, of course, who brings in the most money.

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: If you need help, you can get it regardless of what you've been doing. Medical Amnesty is great.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I've been told that in the realm of academia, Reed is exceedingly well known. Outside of academia, well, it's not very popular. But so many Reed grads go on to earn even higher education that I doubt that is a real problem.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It seems like all the professors I've encountered genuinely care about my understanding of the material. Although the work they assign is hard, there are resources available to help me out when I need them.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I've never felt unsafe on campus, but I have friends who have been uncomfortable alone at night.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I lived in Sub-free housing my freshman year and loved it. We have a great community in Sullivan, and although I can't really speak for any other building I think it's similar elsewhere.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The Sports Center is being renovated summer 2016. I'm excited for the update.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Reed is challenging and supportive, both of which I never had in high school.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Except for the dorms in FSM, the housing at Reed is definitely above average. Sometimes people can get pretty gross in the bathrooms and kitchens; nothing you wouldn't find at another college.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: There's a large variety of pretty cool PE classes, which is required at Reed. Students that I have heard that play sports really enjoy doing so. Definitely don't go here for the athletics; but if you'd like to remain in athletics and be healthy, there are options and the facilities to do so.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Community Safety officers are super sweet and have always been super polite and nice to me. Just don't do dumb, obvious stuff and you won't have a problem.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I have loved nearly all the classes I have taken. Professors are always eager to talk to you and help you with anything, and they love to get to know you as a person too. Professors certainly demand a lot from you but are there to support you. Class sizes are small which encourages more discussion-based learning and a more personal environment with your classmates and professors. The academics are definitely the best part of this school.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Our alumni network is very strong, and everyone in the Reed community is willing and eager to help you find jobs. Some majors have more difficulty finding work (the humanities majors) but other majors have plenty of options and opportunities (the science majors).

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: We don't have varsity sports. There are a few club teams (soccer, rugby, ultimate frisbee) which have good student participation, but almost no one goes to the games. Most people don't watch sports games either. If you are super into football or hockey or something, this place might not be a good fit for you. That said, many students like to exercise and go to the gym regularly.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Reed is definitely a unique place, and I really like it here. The academics are very demanding and it can get very stressful, though it all seems worth it. The people can be hard to get to know but everyone is truly unique and interesting, and very kind. Reedies look out for each other, which makes it much easier to be a student here.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Reed college is a well-equipped school, but with regards to human resources and material facilities. The academic level is high, students are serious and dedicated and hard-working. Class sizes are small and most upper-level classes are conference style, which enhances student commitment and responsibility for the material at hand

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5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Athletics is not a priority for the majority of students at Reed. There are facilities for those who are interested and they are just fine.

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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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