Portland & Oregon
Like Reed, Portland offers the best of both worlds, making it an ideal location for college students who want to feel the zest of the city and, just down the road, the tempting pull of a summertime river float.
Crisscrossed by bridges, bike paths, and public transportation, Portland is home to an inspiring music scene, cultivated gardens and forested parks, internationally recognized museums and galleries, the largest independent bookstore in the world (where the CEO is a Reedie), and 30-pound salmon swimming past the city lights.
You can also find many service and volunteer opportunities in Portland. Reed can connect you with community efforts to protect the environment, address hunger and homelessness, support and strengthen workers’ rights, and tutor elementary school students.
Portland is just 90 minutes west of Mount Hood’s snowcapped majesty and 90 minutes east of the mighty Pacific Ocean. Providing a “natural” balance to both academic and city life, these are wild places, where winter hikers wear heavy duty rain pants and surfers hit the waves clad in full-body wetsuits. Reed even has its own ski cabin, just the spot for cocoa-fueled recharging between bouts of alpine effort.