For Anti-Bureaucrats Who Can Barely Stand to Fill Out the Application
Do you thumb your nose at conventional wisdom? Then Reed College may be the unorthodox choice you've been looking for. And according to Reed, "Although letter grades are given to students...students are encouraged to focus on learning, not on grades. Students are evaluated rigorously, and semester grades are filed with the registrar, but by tradition, students do not receive standard grade reports. Papers and exams are generally returned to students with lengthy comments but without grades affixed."
The Best of the Traditional, the New and Innovative
Reed College was established in 1908 on the site of the former Crystal Springs Farm, and according to the school website, "the campus features the best of the traditional, the new and innovative, and the natural, just what you would expect in Oregon."
Even with its progressive, free-thinking, decidedly unstructured culture, Reed maintains one of the country's most intellectually rigorous undergraduate experiences. Its academic programs are highly structured, balancing broad distribution requirements and in-depth study. Reed is also known for its compulsory first-year humanities program; as the only private undergraduate college with a nuclear reactor supporting its science programs; and for the high number of grads who go on to earn PhDs and other postgraduate degrees.
Cooperative, Not Competitive
Peter Steinberger, the dean of faculty, contends that a Reed education is..."a cooperative endeavor, not a competitive one." Collaboration and learning between students and faculty is not uncommon. In several departments, students have co-authored published papers with their professors. The result is that faculty research at Reed doesn't take away from the undergraduate educational program but rather, enriches and underwrites it. Dean Steinberger continues by saying, "Reed is not for everyone, but for students who are interested both in exploring great ideas and in developing personal autonomy." For those students, "[attending Reed] makes very good sense indeed."
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|2. Vassar College||15. Univ. of Notre Dame|
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|4. Goucher College||17. Earlham College|
|5. Reed College||18. Chapman University|
|6. Hunter College||19. Warren Wilson College|
|7. Univ. of Michigan||20. Univ. of California—Santa Cruz|
|8. Hampshire College||21. Stanford University|
|9. Berklee School of Music||22. Univ. of Texas—Austin|
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|11. Brown University||24. New York University|
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