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Reviews 209 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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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.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

3 people found this useful Report
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.

2 people found this useful Report
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.

2 people found this useful Report
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.

1 person found this useful Report
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

2 people found this useful Report
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.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Reed is absolutely amazing. There's definitely a love/hate relationship--be prepared to get your ass kicked with frequent late nights, mind-boggling readings, hard-ass professors, and more. Remember THAT week in high school? That's every single week at Reed. But honestly, it's so incredibly worth it. It's so rewarding to have exceptionally passionate professors whose top priority is to teach you, and to have close relationships and rapport with them. The community is so weird and caring and empathetic and open, for the most part. It's hard to describe Reed, the experience is so so unique in itself. But if you are ready to be challenged intellectually on an exceptional level, if you are ready to be part of an vibrant and devoted community--then it is probably for you.

6 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I like the intellectual environment and highly engaged professors.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Overall Experience: My time at Reed so far has been amazing. While there's always the occasional bump in the road that makes me question my decision to attend Reed, I honestly think that if I was to do it all over again, my choice would still be the same. While I can go on and on about how great the academics are, one thing that never ceases to amaze me about Reed is its uncanny ability to allow you to be who you want to be. The college puts everyone under an immense amount of stress, which ultimately forces you to find the activities and the people who you love, relatively early on. Early in my freshman year, for example, I made friends with a group of really great people. We studied together, watched movies together, went on adventures together, and when we got really stressed out, we played chair-tag with the rolling chairs in the new Performing Arts Building. Essentially, you do what you want, you be who you want, whenever you want, and everyone still loves you for it, without judgement. Coming from New England, it was quite the culture shock when I realized that there's no pressure to conform, here. I think that is what is really great about Reed.

I'm attaching the link to Reed's newest admissions video, because it's fantastic. www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-rd69yZw_w

16 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I don't believe Reed is as exceptional as it sometimes it touted to be. It's very white and very privileged, that's what I've seen.

12 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I think they could do more and have more hours.

2 people found this useful Report
1 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There is no Greek life at Reed. Greek life is stupid and exclusionary, and host to a whole bunch of issues. It's historically damaging to a college and to students. Thus, we have none. Except maybe rugby or outhouse, but they're not technically separated by gender.

13 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I think the sports center is a tad small, and they still don't have volleyball, which is ridiculous.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I would share a room if I were to live off campus.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I don't personally get off campus all that much.

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: We have good student DJ's

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: They only take into consideration fafsa and css. There aren't many options besides those two for struggling students.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Overall, you can usually find edible food.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: I have no idea why (as of the time of writing this review) the grade for people at Reed is so low. I've never seen so many attractive people in one place in my life. Also, the guy/girl dichotomy on this website isn't fair to all of the non-binary cuties on campus.

23 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Administration: Community Safety Officers (CSOs) are ever-present and are the sweetest human beings on planet earth. They hand out trading cards with their pictures and interests on them!! They even have game nights!! I've never heard of a student who had a bad interaction with a CSO. They do have to report you if they catch you doing anything that violates the AOD policy, but unless you are VERY blatant with your substance use chances are you won't get caught.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Each dorm community has it's own pro/con list, but no place is so awful that you wouldn't want to live there. Even the buildings notorious for falling apart (the cross-canyon dorms) have such an excellent community that people choose to live there year after year.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: On-campus resources are genuinely helpful and always available to students in any emergency.

2 people found this useful Report
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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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