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Reed-like qualities

Lana K.Lana K. Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
edited March 2008 in Reed College
So I really really loved reed when I first discovered it, but then I realized how competitive it has become. Plus it is pretty expensive and I live in PA so transportation would be bad. Are there any other schools on the east coast that I would like? I already know about Marlboro and Sarah Lawrence.
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Replies to: Reed-like qualities

  • Proud DadProud Dad Registered User Posts: 506 Member
    You might check out Bard: Bard College
  • flyboyflyboy Registered User Posts: 496 Member
    What about Bennington or Hampshire
  • collegehopeful13collegehopeful13 - Posts: 14 New Member
    Check out Ohio Wesleyan.
  • carolyncarolyn Registered User Posts: 7,435 Senior Member
    Nope, Ohio Wesleyan doesn't even come close to being Reed-like. OWU is a nice school, but very different than Reed.

    Other schools with Reed-like qualities besides those already mentioned: U of Chicago, Oberlin, Carleton, Macalester, Grinnell, Beloit, Earlham, Brown, the Johnston Center of the University of Redlands (although U of Redlands overall is not very Reed-like).
  • peter05peter05 Registered User Posts: 194 Junior Member
    Huh? You disagreee with Ohio Wesleyan, but you suggest Beloit?!? You must have not looked at your college counselor books lately because Beloit seems to be much less selective than Ohio Wesleyan. Please take a look at Princeton Review's "Other schools to consider" for Ohio Wesleyan before you decide to bash a school.
  • spideygirlspideygirl Registered User Posts: 3,352 Senior Member
    Can you be a Ronald Reagan Republican and fit in at Reed (or would most people look at you like you were crazy)?
  • vonlostvonlost Super Moderator Posts: 28,959 Super Moderator
    You can fit in if you can articulate persuasive logical arguments for your views.
  • peter05peter05 Registered User Posts: 194 Junior Member
    vossron, to push you on this point, how many ronald-reagan-like republican students do you know at reed?
  • vonlostvonlost Super Moderator Posts: 28,959 Super Moderator
    I actually don't know the number (those I know haven't made such views known to me, but I know very few Reed students--I'm a Reed parent).

    In any case, the Reed community seems to be open to any views which can be logically articulated. My guess is that most schools are like this.
  • lollypop39lollypop39 Registered User Posts: 45 Junior Member
    Beloit College may not be the most selective in terms of grade cut offs, but we look for the quality of students. I'm a student at Beloit and I must say our environment is more cooperative than competitive, but we are academically rigorous and we are among the, like, top 50 colleges that produce students who go on to get their advanced degrees. We also have Reed Like qualities...and we're in WI. It's like an hour or so plane ride from PA. I've been there to visit one of my college friends.
  • peter05peter05 Registered User Posts: 194 Junior Member
    lollypop39, I totally support what you say. What I posted was actually pointing out an inconsistency in someone else's message. I do, however, agree with you about Beloit's qualities.
  • carolyncarolyn Registered User Posts: 7,435 Senior Member
    You must have not looked at your college counselor books lately because Beloit seems to be much less selective than Ohio Wesleyan. >>

    Peter, at the risk of another attack on me personally, I thought I'd share some more recent data. You seem to like hard facts. This data comes directly from the most recent Common Data Sets published by these three schools for the 2006-2007 admissions year, not the Princeton Review, which tends to be a year or so behind in its admissions data due to its publishing schedule.

    Beloit College
    Average GPA of admitted students: 3.5
    Percentage of students in top 10% of high school class: 36%
    Percentage in top 50% of high school class: 97%
    Critical reading (25-75th percentile): 600-730
    Math (25-75th percentile): 560-660
    Combined math/reading 25-75 percentile: 1160-1380
    Acceptance rate: 65%

    Ohio Wesleyan University
    Average GPA of admitted students: 3.4
    Percentage in top 10% of high school class: 36%
    Percentage in top 50% of high school class: 85%
    Critical reading (25-75 percentile) 540-660
    Math (25-75 percentile) 540-650
    Combined: 1080-1320
    Acceptance rate: 63%

    Reed College
    Average GPA of accepted students: 3.9
    Percentage in top 10%: 67%
    Percentage in top 50%: 98%
    Critical reading (25-75 percentile): 660-750
    Math (25-75 percentile): 620-710
    Combined 25-75 percentile: 1280-1460
    Admissions rate: 33%

    As you can see, Beloit and Ohio Wesleyan are statistically very close on their admissions rates these days, but do have some notable differences in their academic profiles of admitted students. Reed is the most selective of the three schools, and, from the data, students at Reed are way ahead in terms of test scores, class rank, and GPA.

    I am sure that you will issue another personal attack on me, but I thought it might be useful for you to have the actual data in hand before you make comparisons between various schools so you can avoid mistakes when speaking about their relative selectivity.
  • peter05peter05 Registered User Posts: 194 Junior Member
    .................
  • peter05peter05 Registered User Posts: 194 Junior Member
    Not necessary. This is a thread about Reed-like qualities. Your data proved my point that OWU is more selective than Beloit. Actually this year's data on admission rate (for OWU 52%) would be even more convincing. We should continue this in private message if you are so inclined. If not, have a great day!
  • Ann Arbor dadAnn Arbor dad Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
    Higher avg. GPA and test scores at Beloit = more selective, no? In any event, you're right that the thread was about Reed-like qualities, but you seem to have missed the point that Beloit's atmosphere was more like Reed's than OWU's. Selectivity was not the issue.
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