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Founded in 1908, Reed College. is a Private college. Located in Oregon, which is a city setting in Oregon, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 1,410 full time undergraduate students, and 17 full time graduate students.
The Reed College Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 9:1. There are 161 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Reed College include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at are considered More Selective, with ,11% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 6 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
98% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 85% were in the top quarter, and 63% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Reed College.
32 Students rated on-campus housing 4.1 stars. 31 % gave the school a 5.0.
21 Students rated off-campus housing 3.6 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
33 Students rated campus food 3.6 stars. 18 % gave the school a 5.0.
34 Students rated campus facilities 4.3 stars. 44 % gave the school a 5.0.
34 Students rated class size 4.4 stars. 56 % gave the school a 5.0.
34 Students rated school activities 3.9 stars. 32 % gave the school a 5.0.
34 Students rated local services 4.3 stars. 56 % gave the school a 5.0.
34 Students rated academics 4.4 stars. 71 % gave the school a 5.0.
11 Students rated Reed College
I love Reed. There is such a present academic atmosphere, and there is always an opportunity to increase your knowledge inside and outside of class. The classes are interesting and engaging and the professors clearly love their field. The students go to class because they want to learn, no one is just "showing up". I found my place at Reed.
Reed is undoubtedly challenging-- but the rigorous academic environment makes for a student body that is passionate, invested in their intellectual and creative pursuits, and dedicated to the "life of the mind." Members of the Reed community hold each other to high standards of respect, honor, and inclusivity that make this environment welcoming. Institutionally, Reed has some major shortfalls in diversity (Eurocentric syllabi, low retention rates for POC, etc)-- but students (and many professors) are active and committed to spurring positive change. Reed offers an academic environment that promotes personal growth and is definitely rewarding in the long run.
This school is Hard. Be prepared if you come here, because they work you to the bone until there's almost nothing left. That being said, there is an amazing support network of friends, teachers, and counselors who all want you to succeed to the best of your ability. I really feel like I'm part of a family here and I've never felt so at home as I have with the people I've met. If you are weird or a misfit or a loner, Reed will welcome you with open arms.
The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Reed College is 31%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.
Certainly, some (many, even) Reedies exhibit these traits in some combination, though there remain many people with perfectly respectable social skills, along with a fairly conventional social structure that does include groups (not just "free-spirited" lone rangers), and many of us do manage to walk without falling down (very often) despite our burgeoning intellects.
Oh how education at Reed is geared toward learning for its own sake! Some would say too much, though I think those are the people who might want to consider going to school somewhere else. We are not a pre-professional institution, though we might be considered a pre-professorial institution. Reed's curriculum is generally theory-driven, which isn't for everyone; some people begin to feel like they're not learning anything useful. I, on the other hand, find that mastering the theory in your field is incredibly rewarding and prepares you to confront a wider range of issues than you might otherwise have been able to understand.
And of course it prepares you for those intellectual conversations that Reedies most certainly do have outside of class. Because, I think, most of us genuinely care about our fields and genuinely believe that what we're studying is important, the ideas we're working with naturally come up in our personal conversations. We don't leave our work at the door, it's part of who we are.
My professors do know my name and I do spend time with some of them outside of class. I have met here some of the wisest people I know, and some of those conversations with professors outside of class have been life-changing, honestly, because some of the smartest people in the world, essentially, have paid attention to my work and my life and offered their wisdom. They've helped me become better, not just at my academic work, but at understanding and owning my potential in all realms of my life.
They are socially retarded and incredibly smart. They smoke too many cigarettes and don't get enough sleep. They smell bad and look like shit.
Certainly one of my favorite things about Reed is how much Reedies love it. I have not often had the privilege of being a part of a community that is so proud of what is it capable of, that so deeply wants to be a community, and that cares so much about what being a part of that community means. Reedies have by no means universally agreed upon what our community means, and that's part of what's so wonderful about it: we take the time and spend the energy to get together and talk about what being a community means to us, and about what our responsibility is to that community, to ourselves and each other.
Liberal, open-minded, and quirky.
Reed has an incredible and amusing array of traditions. We kick off each year with a Noise Parade, which basically means that we get together, often dressed in masks, or only paint, and parade around campus, making noise however we can, banging on pots and pans, playing trumpets and bagpipes, and, well, riding bikes that have been lit on fire. Then we convene in the quad and have a massive, tribal dance party, with a Reed-historical-allegorically-charged play.
There's also HumPlay, which occurs near the end of the spring semester each year. This "play" is purportedly a review session for the Humanities 110 (the class that all freshmen must take, on ancient Greece and Rome), and it is filled with raunchy humour, much nudity, and inspires much drunk, ever-so-nerdy bonding. Because we're in a room filled with pretty much the only other people on the planet who are going to get these jokes. And think they're funny. And for that, we're very lucky.
Finally, there's the big one: Renn Fayre. Three days of school-sponsored bacchanalia, replete with thesis-burning, costume-wearing, crazy dancing, fireworks, a bug-eating contest, and a Glow Opera (wherein players outfitted in glowstick costumes perform in the dark to the amusement of students both under and "over" the influence). This weekend brings us all together to celebrate a successful year, to lay in the sun together without work hanging over our heads, to congratulate our graduating seniors, and to dance our asses off. It's basically our very own mini-Burning Man. It is, I think, one of the last places where people still party like that, without Dead shows or a decent Woodstock, we manage to recapture that spirit of celebration and camaraderie.
Reed is really awesome. I would not like to go anywhere else. I just wish I didn't have to fulfill the science requirement.
Be more comfortable with yourself- this place is perfect for you and you should remember that the people here are the best of the best, and you are too.
Reed is a hippie-liberal, small, private school in Portland for nerds who want to become professors or experts in a non-practical academic field.
The people and the professors, the campus and the excellent education.
When I tell my friends about Reed, I mostly mention how much fun I am having in my classes. Not only am I learning a lot of interesting stuff, but the information is presented in a variety of formats, each designed to catch different foci.
A student explains why he chose to come to Reed College.
Its academics. When I first visited Reed, I spoke to a student who had gone to Harvard for a year, but then ended up at Reed. She told me how much more she loved the entire atmosphere at Reed, even though the academic standard was so much higher here. And it is. Reed is an incredible school for students who are truly interested in learning, discussing, and exploring. Only people who are serious about education should come here.
Here are some of the couches where couples can often be found on making out.
The lack of diversity racially, politically, and at times even academically, in terms of how many classes they offer within each department.
Weird, Nerdy, and Friendly people should come to Reed. In general, the standard Reedie is someone who would not fit in anywhere else, and usually did not fit in wherever they just were. If you've always felt weird and geeky, this really is the school for you. These will be your people.
In this video I filmed the best and worst dorms on Reed College campus.
For those looking to graduate and enter the workforce after your Bachelor's, those with strong conervative viewpoints, or anyone who is currently sturggling with existing courswork or not looking for academic challenges, this is not the school for you,
Stereotypes are never completely accurate, but might sometimes have a grain of truth. The stereotype that Reed is academically demanding is accurate (although some courses are more demanding than others). The stereotype that Reed has lots of drug use is also accurate (although this probably applies to a minority of students). The stereotype that Reed students are quirky also has some truth (but, again, most are pretty normal).
My friends and I decided to cook a nice, cheap meal for ourselves.
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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA.
Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.
59% of students
attending Reed College receive some sort of financial aid.
14% were awarded federal grants.
While 43% received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
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Room and Board
Total On Campus
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