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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Some days I don't care about anything except how beautiful the campus is. I try my best not to skip class but sometimes I just lie down and admire, it's hard not to. Some of the dorms are average looks-wise. But overall it's gorgeous to a fault.

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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Reed has a beautiful campus. There is plenty of green/outdoor space between our spacious front lawn and the canyon. All of the facilities are very nice and mostly quite new.

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5 College Junior

Campus Quality: All Reed seniors must write a senior thesis and defend it in order to graduate. This is an extremely laborious task and the culmination of one's time at Reed. Although some other colleges have honors programs tat require a thesis, the universality of the Reed thesis showcases the rigor of our academics and shapes how students learn. The knowledge that we will all embark on this task and complete it to join our fellow alumni is empowering and fosters a wonderful sense of community.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Nice mix of trees, lawns and forested canyon. The three Tudor gothic buildings are the nicest ones on campus. A new performing arts center opens fall 2013.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Many Opportunities, Good Access – The academic programs are well-structured and all culminate in a thesis that students work on throughout senior year, and some start the summer before. Professors and students often are close and even work together sometimes, and it's not uncommon for a professor to host a casual get-together in his/her home for his/her class. The professors care about the students and their academics, but they themselves are also active in academia. There is a great sports center with classes from yoga to fencing to weights to ballet. A new performing arts center is under construction. There's Prexy, the music building, with around 10 pianos, plus other instruments. There's a small nuclear reactor. A greenhouse for biology students. A sound-proof room for psychology testing. A wide array of materials in the chemistry stockroom. A library with maps hundreds of years old. There's quite a bit of opportunity here. Campus life is very much a tight-knit bubble, but it's still very lively and active. Social life can be great here if you want it to be, and if you want to just focus completely on academics, you can do that too.

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Although Reed may be small, the school's facilities allow for a wide range of activities. From sports or computing to studying or drinking coffee, Reed offers its students numerous state-of-the-art facilities to accommodate any desire or educational need. Students generally find Reed's campus to be one of the most well-maintained of any of the schools that they have visited. Thanks to the excellent Physical Plant maintenance and a devoted staff of employees, alongside countless contributions, Reed's facilities remain top-notch and conducive to any desire a Reedie may possess, be it for good coffee at one of our on-campus coffeehouses or a quick stop in the Sports Center's dry sauna. Most students appreciate the wide range and availability of campus facilities and attempt to make as much use of them as they can. Although, most Reedies agree that no one here spends a great amount of time in the gym.

In order to fully comprehend the wide variety of facilities and their diverse nature, here is a list of free services that Reed provides to its students and employees: three computer labs that feature updated computers, free sporting equipment for rent at the sports center, free pool access for most of the day, a student-run student union where both activities and studying can occur, a free pool hall with a jukebox and six large pool tables, a nice arcade with four pinball machines, and a very large, comprehensive library collection. Additionally, any feature missing from campus, like a movie theater or a bowling alley, can be found within minutes from campus.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
116 acres
Student Centers
Gray Campus Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Reed College Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Commons Café
  • Dorm social rooms
  • Library lobby
  • On the grass outside
  • Student union
  • Various student lounges
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Caffé Paradiso
  • Paradox Café
Movie Theater on Campus
None, but the movie board campus group will occasionally show movies in Vollum Lecture Hall.
"Green" Initiatives
From the food services to transportation, Reed is very committed to green issues. About 30 percent of Bon Appétit's food budget is spent on local foods, with support to local farmers. Even the cleaning products use least impact for acceptable use.
School Slang
  • Arrête: Greek virtue
  • Clevie: Students of local Cleveland High School
  • Commons: Bon Appétit's restaurant/campus dining service
  • Cross Canyon: Across the canyon from the main campus
  • Dormie: Someone living in your dorm
  • Gray Center: The Gray Campus Center
  • Hauser Fundome: The library
  • Homer's Hut: The bookstore's nighttime convenience store
  • The Iliad: Required reading and bane of freshman year
  • Kleos: Greek household
  • New Reed: Reed today
  • Nutria: A big rat that comes out at night
  • ODB Bug: Big bugs that live in the Old Dorm Block
  • Olde Reed: Reed before we can remember it
  • PBR: Pabst Blue Ribbon beer
  • Prospie: A prospective Reed student
  • Quest: Student newspaper
  • Reedie: A Reed student
  • Renn Fayre: Year-end catharsis
  • SU: The Student Union
  • Timé: Greek honor
  • Wimbledon: The near-campus apartment complex
  • The Doyle Owl : Nothing greater than a 400-pound block of stone, the Doyle Owl used to reside on the roof of the Old Dorm Block. Now, students pass it around and fierce battles are waged over its possession. At major Reed events, the owl usually makes an appearance. The ensuing friendly fracas lasts for hours. You'll know the owl if and when you see it.
  • Olde Reed vs. New Reed : Many Reedies like to compare present-day Reed to a mythical, remembered, nostalgic version of Reed that not even the oldest professors are sure existed. The debate, while not being that serious, is an amusing one to watch.
  • Renn Fayre : At the end of every year, students turn the campus into a giant fun zone, complete with anything you could imagine. The event celebrates the turning in of senior theses and the completion of the academic year. Many say that freshmen are not truly Reedies until they experience their first Renn Fayre.
Urban Legends
  • Howard Vollum, the namesake of the Vollum building, is supposedly buried under the front lawn. Sometimes he even rises from the dead to feast on the flesh of the living—or maybe just Reed trustees.
  • Psychology professor Allen Neuringer supposedly created a batch of zombie albino mutant monkeys in his secret underground facility. However, when zombie albino mutant monkey-friendly individuals found out about his experimentations, they came and secretly freed the creatures. In theory, the experiments are still loose in the canyon, harassing poor students alone and disoriented at night. Beware!
  • Some say that bugs the size of Gregor Samsa exist in the bowels of the Old Dorm Block, occasionally entering rooms to terrorize students. They will eat you alive!
  • Supposedly, large water rats live in the canyon that divides Reed. These rats, gigantic specimens twice the size of a grown dog and with noses as orange as construction cones, harass students on the land bridge near the canyon fish ladder. If you ever see one, watch carefully, for you can learn much about yourself through its subtle motions.
Favorite Things To Do
Reed students can enjoy all sorts of sporting equipment at the sports center, relax in the Student Union, take a swim in the sports center pool, go to one of the two on-campus coffeehouses, relax on the front lawn or other picturesque locations, see occasional drama pieces at a discounted rate in the drama building or in the outdoor amphitheater, or just study like everyone else does in numerous, relaxing, and comfortable locations.
Student Newspaper
The Quest
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
Since Reed's student organizations are constantly being updated, check out the school's database for the most current information.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: No

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 21 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 7 responses

  • 27% Renn Fayre
  • 15% The Doyle Owl
  • 12% Naked Tree
  • 12% Donuts in the SU on 4/20
  • 8% Olde Reed vs. New Reed
  • 8% Daft Ball
  • 8% SU Dances
  • 8% Semester Surprise
  • 4% RKSK

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 8 responses

  • 24% SU Dances
  • 24% Being outside
  • 16% Pool hall (billiards)
  • 12% Walking in the canyon
  • 12% Chill in common areas with friends
  • 8% Woodstock
  • 4% Naked Tree

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 8 responses

  • 25% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 50% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 25% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 22 responses

  • 50% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 41% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 5% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 5% I hate my school and have no school spirit.


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