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There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school!

School Spotlight: Reed College
Portland, OR

Self-motivated and intellectually curious students who embrace a genuine love of learning may be an ideal fit for the progressive and distinctive Reed College. Since its inception in the early 20th century, Reed has encouraged students to discover new passions in a demanding and intense academic environment. There are 1,400 undergraduates enrolled at the College, with a large percent of students hailing from CA, although there are sizable contingents from the Northeast and Northwest, as well as overseas. Majors in mathematics and natural sciences are popular here, and a high percentage of Reedies go on to pursue graduate work in those fields. Among the many hallmarks of a Reed education are the required first year humanities course (which takes students from the Ancient Mediterranean to the rise of the Roman Empire) and the senior thesis requirement. What do Reedies do for fun? There are over 100 registered student organizations to choose from, ranging from ARG! (Association of Reed Gamers) to women’s rugby. Fun fact: Reed boasts 31 Rhodes Scholars (the third-highest number of any US liberal arts college), as well as nearly 90 Fulbright recipients and three MacArthur Fellows.

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Written by Elyse Krantz
Elyse Krantz is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions experts. Elyse received her BA in linguistics from Dartmouth College and her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining College Coach, Elyse worked as an admissions officer at Barnard College and Bennington College. Visit our website to learn more about Elyse Krantz.