Reed College

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Reed College is a small liberal-arts college in the Eastmoreland neighborhood of Southeast Portland. Most of its original campus was planned and designed by Portland architect A. E. Doyle.

Reed is known for its mandatory freshman humanities program, for its required senior-year thesis, and as the only private undergraduate college with a private nuclear reactor. Also notably, most students do not receive their grade reports, as by tradition there is a lack of emphasis on grades. Portland mayor Bud Clark attended Reed.

It has a reputation as a school where recreational drug use is openly tolerated. "When you say Reed," College President Colin Diver said, "two words often come to mind. One is brains. One is drugs."[1]


  1. Higher Ed, May 14, 2008, Willamette Week