Founded in 1908, Reed College is a private liberal arts school with roughly 1,500 students. Based in Portland, Oregon, Reed is a competitive school with a strong academic traditional and a unique campus that is based upon Gothic and Tutor design architecture. With a rigorous Humanities program, along with a strong presence in the science, especially engineering, a high portion of Reed students pursue further studies upon graduation. Reed has a rigorous core curriculum including studies of classical humanities as well as research at the nearby Triga nuclear reactor.
With a close connection between students and faculty, Reed has one of the most progressive cultures on any campus today. Focused on academics and arts, Reed does not complete in NCAA athletics, although it requires physical education course work as part of its curriculum and fields club teams in sports such as competitive fencing.
A unique honor system guides student conduct, where professors trust that students will be honest in their course work, a code which is governed by an Honor Council consisting of elected peers.