Reed College

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Reed College
founding 1908
Sponsorship Private
place Portland , Oregon , USA
president Colin S. Diver
Students approx. 1,474
Professors 132
Foundation assets $ 358 million
Reed College ( Eliot Hall )

The Reed College is a private liberal arts college in Portland in the US state of Oregon . It was founded in 1908 and today teaches over 1,400 students. The college is the only undergraduate college in the United States with its own nuclear reactor . This is run by students from the facility.


Reed College reactor

The college was founded in 1908 as a non-denominational college under the name of the Reed Institute . The founder was Amanda Reed, widow of the Oregon entrepreneur Simon Reed. In 1911 the university started teaching.

A research reactor was commissioned in 1968. The TRIGA Mark I reactor is operated by a group of students who have been specially trained for this purpose under the supervision of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission . Since Reed College does not offer any engineering subjects, the management team, in addition to physics students, is largely made up of students of humanities. According to Reed College, there are more women on the local operating team than in any other research reactor worldwide combined.

Since 1995 the university has refused to provide data for the university ranking of the weekly US News & World Report . Errors in the methodology of the ranking were given as the reason. As a result, Rolling Stone magazine reported in 1997 that Reed College's ranking had been artificially lowered.

Organization and study

The university is divided into five divisions:

  • Division of Arts:
  • Division of History and Social Sciences
  • Division of Literature and Languages
  • Division of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
  • Division of Philosophy, Religion, Psychology, and Linguistics

Students can acquire a Bachelor of Arts in a four-year course . What is unusual for the United States is that most bachelor programs require a thesis. There are cooperation programs with several universities such as the University of Washington , Caltech , Columbia University , Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute , Duke University and Pacific Northwest College of Art , so that students can receive a double degree at two universities.

Well-known graduates

Reed has several notable graduates, such as B. Barbara Ehrenreich , Mike Davis , Peter Norton , Keith Packard , James Russell , Larry Sanger and Gary Snyder . Even Steve Jobs attended Reed, but interrupted his studies after the first semester off.

Web links

Commons : Reed College  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Reed College: President's Office ( Memento November 30, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) (English). Accessed November 5, 2011
  2. ^ Reed College: Facts about Reed . Accessed November 5, 2011
  3. ^ Reed College: Facts about Reed-Brought to you by Institutional Research (English). Accessed November 5, 2011
  4. National Association of College and University Business Officers: US and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2010 ( Memento from July 1, 2012 on WebCite ) (PDF, English; 189 kB). Accessed November 5, 2011
  5. ^ Reed College: Mission and History (English). Accessed November 5, 2011
  6. ^ Reed College: Reed Research Reactor (English). Accessed November 5, 2011
  7. World's only nuclear reactor operated by liberal arts undergraduates. (English). Accessed April 9, 2020
  8. ^ Reed College: College Rankings (English). Accessed November 5, 2011
  9. Harriet Watson: US News and World Report hat trick in Reed-Magazine from November 1997 (English). Accessed November 5, 2011

Coordinates: 45 ° 28 '48 "  N , 122 ° 37' 48"  W.