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Reviews 197 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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3 College Junior

Diversity: Very Diverse and Accepting – One of the things Reed College is famous for is its social acceptance of people of many different backgrounds, but it does lack in ethnic/racial diversity although not because the environment is not accepting of it. Also, Reed is known as a very liberal campus so that does often mean there are few highly religious students and very few Republicans.

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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Ample and Aesthetically Pleasing – Reed College has a lot of great facilities. Despite the small size and small student population, Reed has a fully equipped sports center and amazing library, not to mention it's own student-run nuclear reactor, lots of green, open spaces and it's own wetland nature preserve in the middle of campus. The dorms can vary from amazing to dingy and cramped. The classrooms are adequate and there are some better than others, depending on the age of the building. Aesthetically, it is very pleasing with a mix of modern and gothic architecture and very open feeling.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: This school is full of the brightest students in the country (and many from outside of the country), and yet we do not compete with one another. We help each other excel, and favor academic discourse over petty academic competition.

We receive grades, but we only know them if we ask for them (or if we're doing poorly... then the school will let us know). Instead of grades on our assignments, we receive detailed comments from our profs, which is more helpful for future assignments than percentages.

We don't have TA's. We have full face-time with our profs.

Reed is not a punitive community. We abide by the Honor Principle. We don't have curfews, and we are allowed to behave as we please within the extent of the law.

Reed is a place where you can be yourself. We are small, and a very tight-knit community. We love each other.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: These options are apparently more cost-efficient if financial aid doesn't help pay your room and board.

We also have campus-adjacent apartments, which are very nice and not much more expensive than living on campus. You may or may not choose to have a board plan if you live in one of these apartments.

The Sellwood neighborhood is close by, and it's beautiful. The houses are really close to supermarkets and restaurants, so you don't even need a car to live day-to-day.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus is great, especially because the campus itself is so small. Every dorm is close to something good.

The best dorm is probably Anna Mann, or one of the language houses, because they're cottage-style and feel more like a house than a dorm.

ODB is great because it's 100 years old with a ton of history, but it can be drafty and spooky, especially at night.

The cross-canyon dorms are good because they're rich in community, but the rooms are a little small.

Naito/Sullivan are great because they're new, with lots of huge windows, but the rooms there are also a bit small.

FSM are considered the worst dorms, but are still good. They're mostly considered unfavorable because of room size and the state of the hallways, which are kind of "asylum-style."

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The academics at Reed are great--but I would not recommend this college to anyone who feels that extracurriculars are very important. There is plenty to do on campus, and the area is great, but the workload is very overwhelming, and it is very difficult to find time for anything besides schoolwork, but I guess that's what you sign up for when you go to Reed.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: While there are not any sort of formal athletics at reed, there are certainly many opportunities to stay active. Students are required to take at least 6 PE courses (1 course lasts a quarter) during their time at Reed. There are many options such as yoga, rock climbing, juggling, fencing, ultimate frisbee, etc.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: While Portland is known for many ethnic dining options (the "food carts" in particular), there are many great places to find food near (a short walk or bike ride away) Reed. My personal favorite is the Laughing Planet--they offer a variety of vegan/vegetarian/meat-eater friendly burritos along with other latin american inspired dishes. It is a pretty casual atmosphere and the prices are reasonable. There is also the Delta--I have only been there once, but I hear that any fan of southern cuisine will enjoy this funky restaurant.

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5 College Junior

Drug Safety: Don't worry – There's a pethora of drugs to choose from, believe me. No need to elaborate.

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5 College Junior

Academics: Wonderful classes and professors – The Reed atmosphere is, in short, amazing, almost unrivaled. Classes are always kept small, and the faculty are selected for their expertise as well as their ability to lead classes and interact with students. Student opinions is also highly regarded, and can generally make or break whether a professor is rehired or not. When it comes to actual classes, the atmosphere is intimate and stimulating. It's a jump from high school classes, so it may take some students a bit to acclimate themselves to such a free and open setting, but the structure of classes at Reed really provides insight and intellect to pervade the classroom. Professors are also very big proprietors of student experience and opinion in the classroom to supplement their own knowledge.

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5 College Sophomore

Administration: Safe Place to Be – The Community Service Officers (referred to as the CSOs) are your friends. If you are in trouble, go to them. It doesn't matter what you have done, drugs, alcohol, whatever, if you are in trouble, they will help you. They may not approve of substance abuse, since it is against school code, but they are not likely to turn you over to the police either. They are not police, they are CSOs and there for you.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Skip the Clubs – The nightlife in Portland around Reed is for students who are 21 and older. There are only a couple 18-and-older clubs, and they are not very close to campus. On the weekends it is easy to find house parties around Reed, or there might be one of the numerous dance parties being held in the Student Union or the Old Dorm Block. Which are free and have better music anyways. Plus, then there are no worries about having to pay for a cab to get back on campus.

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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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: None for Me – I haven't been offered any drugs so far, but i have heard stories from others.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: From what I gather, there is no Greek life at Reed.

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4 College Senior

Local Area: Great School With a Liberal Vibe – There is a lot to do. One can bike ride to Portland and sit under the beautiful trees while studying/

3 College Freshman

Weather: It will stay gloomy usually for days straight especially in winter time. Never snowy or below 30 however. Rains at least 3 times a week, average being twice a day

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5 College Freshman

Parking: Plenty of Spots – If you got a car you will be praised by those around you. Not many have cars, who live on campus at least. Not many meters around.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Nicely Distributed Resources – After commons, you have the bookstore (called Homer's hut after 3 on weekends) to buy food and such, and there are three coffee shops (that DON"T take points) at two opposite corners as well as the center of campus

5 College Junior

Technology: Very Decent Computer Labs. The labs are nicely designed and well-equipped with all new Mac's, which are a pleasure to be able to use any time you want.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus Feels Very Safe. I've never felt unsafe on campus. Security officers are around but you hardly notice them.

5 College Junior

Academics: The academics at Reed are fabulous. Professors are generally brilliant and sincerely dedicated to helping students meet the very high expectations put on them. Students are seriously engaged in their studies and classes provide a rich forum for articulation and exchange of ideas.

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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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