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Reed was perfect for me.Physics
Reed was perfect for me. The professors were inspiring and I still teach with a mix of the styles I learned from them.I also got a lot out out of learning from other students: the Paideia informal courses can be excellent, and I got a lot from them. I also got a lot from just watching students do their computer programming or other work.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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Many of the other negative reviews are totallyQuite Bright
Many of the other negative reviews are totally on the money.
Academically, Reed is extremely rigorous. Professors don't hesitate to assign hundreds of pages of reading per night, required intro sciences are grueling and the math program is basically a cult. While I have definitely learned a lot, it is also extremely stressful and not conducive to career. As others have pointed out: Reed professors would rather die than give out A's to anyone.

You will not have the GPA to go into ANY prestigious career through the front door. The assumption of virtually all professors and students is that everyone will go to grad school for a Phd and become an academic, and the education is definitely tailored to this goal.

Socially, Reed is homogenous. Radical feminism is not just the norm, but the minimum for social acceptance. Students are regularly publicly shamed and excluded based on such offenses as: failing to know and accept the doctrine of cultural appropriation, and publicly having dreadlocks. One ever-popular suggestion is a public, online database of "accused sexual predators" based on anonymous accusations. Plenty of students not only publicly support this idea, but express enthusiasm for including people for such offenses as "being creepy". If that idea doesn't put fear into your heart, you might like the culture at Reed. Other required elements of Reed doctrine include: support for reparations to the entire black community, acceptance of the idea that the existence of gender is oppressive (not that we should accept transgender people, but that no one should identify with a gender), capitalism is wrong and should be abolished, and immediate expulsion of anyone accused of sexual offenses, without any investigation or tribunal process.

I am glad I attended Reed? I don't think I would have learned the shortcomings of this sort of hipster, 'socially conscious', politically correct ideology if I were somewhere more conventional. I also know that I am growing intellectually through the rigorous academics? I just wish I wouldn't be penalized for my desire to pursue them through a guaranteed abysmal GPA. Professors are generally sympathetic to the social shortcomings, and while they are unapologetic about the grading system, they are certainly excellent teachers. Overall I think that if you: don't have much interest in a typical college social life, or are a radical feminist/marxist, and are 90% or more sure that you want to enter academia, Reed is a good place for you. For those with a desire simply to attend a liberal arts college with an intellectual atmosphere, I am sure there are other places available without the extremely narrow career focus/ ruthlessly enforced radical political doctrine.

2nd Year Male -- Class 2016
Collaboration/Competitive: A+, Extracurricular Activities: D-
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It is a totalSuper BrilliantBiology
It is a total joke of a university. I wish I had attended a different university. The university is expensive, the students are stuck up rich hipsters who do too many drugs, and the academics are way too easy and professors are not helpful.
5th Year Female -- Class 2015
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