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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

3 College Sophomore

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

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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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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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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Contrary to popular belief, Reedies are not athletic stars. However, despite the dearth of athletic activities on campus and the complete absence of varsity sports, Reedies do enjoy sports (weather permitting). Although some of the student responses may lead you to believe that Reedies shun the playing fields for the safety of their library, many enjoy being physically active. Both the women's rugby team and the ultimate Frisbee team are popular fixtures on campus, and both travel to tournaments and do reasonably well for teams of a school Reed's size. Besides those two teams, Reedies enjoy playing for other club teams that exist around campus, from soccer to basketball. Otherwise, students generally prefer studying and partying to sporting; the usually inclement weather often prohibits all but the most extreme activities.

Aside from sporting for fun, Reed requires students to complete six quarters (or three semesters) of physical education classes. Reed's sports center offers a diverse assortment of classes that students can take to fulfill their requirement: different types of yoga, ultimate Frisbee, fencing, bowling, snowboarding, kayaking, judo, tai chi, multiple dancing styles, and myriad other options. Students greatly appreciate and love the variety of offered PE classes, and often use their requirement to branch out and explore the wide world of sports.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Division
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: N/A
School Colors
School Nickname
The Griffin
Men Playing Varsity Sports
0 - 0%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
0 - 0%
Men's Varsity Sports
Women's Varsity Sports
Club Sports
  • Basketball
  • Curling
  • Rowing
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Basketball
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
Athletic Fields & Facilities
Watzek Sports Center
Most Popular Sports
The most popular sports at Reed are rugby and ultimate Frisbee. Both teams competitively engage their northwest rivals. In terms of PE classes, bowling, yoga, Frisbee, and the dance classes are most popular. Many people do participate in weight training and use the weight room. Also, people do receive gym credit for actively swimming in the Reed pool.
Most Overlooked Teams
Men's basketball gets little love from the student body. Additionally, although lots of people enjoy soccer, the campus as a whole rarely stops to take notice of the sport.
School Spirit
School spirit at Reed usually falls into two categories: academic and athletic. In terms of athletics, Reed possesses almost no school spirit. Although a few die-hards exist who unwaveringly support the Frisbee and rugby teams, most students remain ever-apathetic to the sporting events of Reed. Academically, however, Reedies show a great deal of school spirit. Reed students proudly believe that their school is among the best, if not the best, in America, possessing the most knowledgeable professors, the best curriculum, and a great combination of classics reading and personal insight. Often, Reedies even brag amongst themselves about how much more work they have than their peers.
Getting Tickets
Tickets to sporting events do not exist. All sporting events at Reed are free to the public; just go and watch.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Walking around the Reed Canyon provides a picturesque view of the flora and fauna of a wildlife refuge.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 27 responses

  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 0% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 7% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 93% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 27 responses

  • 26% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 4% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 41% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 30% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 27 responses

  • 4% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 33% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 33% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 30% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
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