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U.S. College Road Trip! Episode 39 - Reed College


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Reed College is a private liberal arts college located in Portland, Oregon. Some say the motto of the school is "Communism, Atheism, Free Love". Student life at Reed College is unique and diverse, with a focus on promoting student success and well-being, and fostering an inclusive community.


Reed College is a community dedicated to serious and open intellectual inquiry, one in which students, faculty, and staff can fully participate, regardless of ethnicity, race, religion, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, socio-economic status, or disabilities. The faculty are known to be helpful and supportive, and really encourage students to engage with the coursework


Notable alumni include Steve Jobs (didn’t graduate but alright), Barret Hansen (Dr. Demento. Watch the Weird Al ‘biopic’.), chef James Beard and author Janet Fitch.


Here are some unique features of Reed College:

  • Unusual curriculum: Reed College is known for its unusual curriculum, which features a traditional liberal arts and natural sciences curriculum1. It requires freshmen to take Humanities 110, an intensive introduction to multidisciplinary inquiry, covering ancient Greece and Rome, the Hebrew Bible and ancient Jewish history, and as of 2019, Ancient Mesoamerica and the Harlem Renaissance.

  • Intellectual culture: Reed College is known for its intellectual culture and high standards of scholarly practice, creative thinking, and engaged citizenship. It is referred to as one of the most intellectual colleges in the country.

  • Rigorous academics: Reed College is well-known for its rigorous standards for academic excellence, original thought, and active citizenship. It has been ranked as one of the most rigorous colleges in the nation.

  • Honor principle: Reed College has an honor principle that promotes a culture of trust and respect. Exams are unmonitored, and community members engage in conscientious self-reflection about their words and deeds.

  • Residential life: Residential life at Reed College is designed to bring people together. The kitchen forms the heart of the co-ops, and students live together in "neighborhoods" arranged by class year.

Reed College is known for its rigorous standards for academic excellence, original thought, and engaged citizenship. The college offers a challenging curriculum involving wide reading, conference-style classes, and a senior thesis. Reed College is also known for its intellectual culture and high standards of scholarly practice and creative thinking


The acceptance rate for the Class of 2024 was 35% . The average SAT score for students who are accepted is between 1320-1520. Reed College offers early decision, early action, and regular decision application options, with deadlines in November and January. Overall, Reed College is a highly selective school with a low acceptance rate and high academic standards.


Here’s the link for admissions to learn more. https://www.reed.edu/apply/contact/index.html Go Griffins!


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