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Reed College

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About Reed College

Founded in 1908 in southeast Portland, Oregon, Reed College is a coeducational, independent liberal arts and sciences college. Referred to as one of the most intellectual colleges in the country, Reed is known for its high standards of scholarly practice, creative thinking, and engaged citizenship.

Reed students pursue the bachelor of arts degrees in 40 major and programs. The curriculum includes a yearlong humanities course, broad distribution requirements, and a senior thesis. A 9:1 student-to-faculty ratio and small conference-style classes allow faculty members to truly mentor students and engage with them in individual discussions.

Campus information

A 40-acre parcel of land-a gift from William M. Ladd's Crystal Springs Farm-was designated as the site for the college in 1910. As the college's holdings increased, many wonderful examples of Pacific Northwest indigenous plants, as well as other more exotic species, were added to the campus landscape. At present, there are over 2,000 trees representing more than 125 species.

Reed is situated on 116 acres in the middle of the Eastmoreland neighborhood in southeast Portland. Reed is 10 minutes from downtown Portland, and students frequently explore the city by foot, bus, bike, or car to indulge in all that the city has to offer—a vibrant food scene, cultivated gardens and forested parks, and the largest independently-owned bookstore in the world. 


Residential life at Reed includes multiyear and multigender dorms, a series of language houses, and a variety of  theme communities. The kitchen forms the heart of the two co-ops; an international Fulbright Scholar lives with students in the Arabic Culture House; outdoor enthusiasts are drawn to the Outhaüs; and, while one does not simply walk into Mordor, students do walk into Tír na nÓg, where dragons, science fiction, and a friendly community of like-minded folk welcome you home.


Courses available 10

Accounting & Finance 1 Applied, Pure Sciences 3 Creative Arts & Design 2 Humanities & Social Sciences 4


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