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Reviews 233 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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3 College Junior

Diversity: As far as LGBTQ presence goes, it's very diverse. lots of different identities and acceptance of them. However, most people are white and while they may not be outwardly intolerant, I think most people are not as respectful as they should be all the time or as aware of themselves as they could be. There's definitely a lack of racial and ethnic diversity. Most people also seem to be really well off. I've never seen anyone be intolerant towards religious folks, but no one is really going out of their way to talk about it or engage with any religious groups on campus either. Almost everyone is really progressive at least in theory.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: There's usually pretty available and often drinking. most people seem to smoke pot or be open to it. some acid and coke. no one really ever peer pressures though. everyone's choice is usually respected.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I like the courses, many were not what I expected in a really good way. I liked most of my professors, they were willing to work with me if I had any issues, they're very understanding and offer productive feedback.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I always feel pretty safe on campus. CSO's are friendly and great. usually you can go about your life without feeling like you're under strict watch, but if you do need something, CSO's are readily available, nice, and very willing to help.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Didn't live in a dorm

4 College Junior

Greek Life: We don't have it and I really enjoy that.

4 College Junior

Athletics: We don't have competitive sports, but the PE classes and Sports complex are really interesting and fun. wide variety of stuff to choose from, some off campus, some pretty unique stuff. clean, nice facilities

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Really glad I ended up at Reed. I like our school's culture, though sometimes it can get a little stuck on itself. Fun events, sweet people, really great classes, good club choices. Really queer friendly, not so racially diverse. Generally really tolerant, progressive, and safe school. Serious about learning, but definitely have a lot of fun too.

4 College Sophomore

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

3 College Sophomore

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

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.

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

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.

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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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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