Greetings from a Current Reedie...

<p>Hi everyone! I am currently a freshman at Reed College (just finished up my first semester!). If you have any questions about Reed or its application process, I would LOVE to talk to you and give you any and all insights I can offer.</p>

<p>Good luck with your applications!</p>

<p>Oh! I have a few questions. Reed is a pretty small school, what do you think of the facilities on campus?</p>

<p>And how often do you get off campus? I've heard Reed classes demand a ton of studying, so on average, how many hours a week do you work?</p>

<p>Tell me about the psychology department.
And how accepting are they? Of different cultures and lifestyles and such is what I mean.</p>

<p>reed seems wonderful! i love the free thinking yet academically rigorous atmosphere and would definitely interested in applying next year. i plan to major in philosophy (unless i fall in love with another topic) and then maybe go to law school afterwards. i know reed is renowned for sending its grads to great Ph.D programs, but what tends to be the success rate with law programs?</p>

<p>And how accepting are they? Of different cultures and lifestyles and such is what I mean</p>

<p>hmm well like Ward Churchill? or David Sedaris?</p>

<p>The facilities on campus are in no way five-star, but they are definitely above par. Commons (our dining hall) serves good food, although it can get a little repetitive. The bathrooms are co-ed (which you may or may not already know), but they are actually really nice for college bathrooms. The dorms are pretty nice across the board. ODB, Anna Mann, Bragdon, and the new dorms (Sitka, Aspen, Bidwell, and Sequoia) all have beautiful rooms. ODB, where I currently live, houses mostly freshman, with handfuls of sophomores and juniors. The dorms are usually larger than average size, however, many inner rooms are TINY (yet still very charming, and often have balconies to make up for it). ODB doesn't have an oven, which can be pretty annoying, but Anna Mann is a short two-minute walk away. Anna Mann is absolutely gorgeous. I actually have never been in a room there before, but I have heard they rival ODB in terms of size. They have a really nice living room, dining room and kitchen. Anna Mann is often the site of many, many parties, so it can get a bit noisy there too. Bragdon is probably my favorite dorm on campus. It is newest (next to the new dorms) and has the nicest common room of all time (beautiful fireplace). There are also a lot of great balconies. I haven't spent too much time in the new dorms, but the facilities there are top notch. Overall, the facilities at Reed are nice and definitely not anything to worry about.</p>

<p>I am only a freshman, so I do have quite a bit more time on my hands than the upperclassman. I would say that I try to get off campus at least once or twice a week. However, I know many people who have only gone off campus once this whole semester. I try to go because I am from a big city, so getting out of the bubble helps preserve my personal sanity. I study about 25-40 hours a week, depending upon my testing schedule. I have class about 20 hours a week.</p>

<p>I am currently taking Intro Psych, so I am definitely in the position to say that the psychology department at Reed is AWESOME. Arguably, their best department. The book we use in Intro Psych is written by the first professor who teaches the course, Dan Reisberg. He (along with the other psych professors) are so passionate and dedicated about their teaching. Like all the other professors at Reed, he does not want us to fail and does all that he can to really make us feel as passionately as he does about whatever it is we are learning. The psych department is definitely accepting. Maybe you can be more specific though, I feel like you are trying to get at a different question here...</p>

<p>That I am not too sure of. I can direct you to the Reed website though where you might be able to find the information (I wasn't). You can always shoot an admission officer an email. </p>

<p>Reed</a> College Admission Office</p>

<p>Are some majors less demanding than others, or are they all equally life-crushing?</p>

<p>Well at any college, people often say that psychology is the least demanding of majors, but at Reed I would think they all have a certain [high] level of difficulty. You have to do your work here, and you need to be passionate about your major, and if your not then it most definitely will be "life-crushing".</p>

<p>I'm wondering about laptop use in classes. My mom insists that I'll be using my laptop in conference classes to take notes, but I've always thought that using a laptop in a small classroom is distracting from the lesson. So do Reed students generally use laptops in classes under thirty people or do they opt for paper notes instead?</p>

<p>Also I've heard in the Reed facebook discussion that the subfree dorms are horrible to live in with no explanation as to why they're so horrible. Sooo... why are they so horrible?</p>

<p>Reed D says laptops are not uncommon in class, but probably fewer than half so use them. </p>

<p>Subfree dorms are perceived to attract somewhat less socially-oriented students, compared to other dorms.</p>

Seeing as you're also from NYC, how do you compare the lifestyles?
I'm still a Junior in high school but I've been doing a lot of research and Reed has caught my attention and have been trying to find out as much as possible about it. Also, how is the pre-med program there? Do you know what the school's acceptance rate into med schools?
Thank you! :)</p>

<p>Subfree dorms are perceived to attract somewhat less socially-oriented students, compared to other dorms.</p>

<p>I don't know which dorms are subfree currently- my D was in subfree in Chittick & Steele.
She was percieved to be " less "socially oriented/skilled in high school- but actually @ Reed she was quite the queen bee.
It's all in your perspective, I can see how someone could view a group of students drinking PBR and a group drinking green tea & think that the group drinking beer were having more fun- they would be undoubtably louder. ;)
But @ Reed neither group is insular or ostracizes the other.
At least when D was there.</p>

<p>Reed also doesn't have a pre-med program per se, but all the students that D knew who applied to med/grad school, were accepted to programs that they ranked highly.

<p>Thank you! :)</p>

<p>Okay, here's another seemingly random question. After perusing the reed facebooks (I really shouldn't, I think they'll corrupt me, but they're the only reason I got an account) I've noticed a lot of talk about nudity on campus.</p>

<p>Is this like some hype type of legend they use with incoming people, or is it an actual occurrence?</p>

<p>:) First you have to say whether nudity would be a plus or a minus, in your view. ;)</p>

<p>I don't think they have a naked dorm-
Naked</a> Dorm? That Wasn't in the Brochure - New York Times
and I think it is too chilly to go bare most of the time- but hey- free to be you & me?
they do have a pretty casual attitude about clothing- if you want to ease into that, I would suggest one of the co-ed sub free dorms. I was comfortable with my 11 year old staying with her sister there , as I saw that personal boundaries were respected ( not saying they are not in other dorms- but sometimes if there isn't clear communication, you may see more dangly bits than you want)</p>

<p>Really I think the talk of drugs and alcohol and nudity being some daily occurrence that everyone gets involved with bothers me. I'm from a smaller town and am definitely more of an academic (though I do entertain and nice social life) and that might contribute to my worry, but I really thought that while there would be drugs and partying this was not a party school. After having read so much, though, everyone makes it sound like they're tripping every weekend and shirking off school work to go and get drunk while playing naked kickball on the lawn. Nudity doesn't bother me, I know I'll deal with that on any campus, but I don't want to deal with that and a myriad of other things so often that I can't seem to find one clothed sober person to study with.</p>

<p>Did you visit before you were accepted ED?</p>