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Reed Continues to be one of the Colleges That Change Lives


Reed is proud to be featured in the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives. Originally written in 1996 by former New York Times education editor Loren Pope, the newest edition of the book was released this month. Colleges That Change Lives is different from other college guides. In its own words, it exhorts students to “be bold” and seek a “transformative college experience”:

Don’t fall for Ivy worship. Don’t listen to the blather about “best” schools whipped up by the rankings game. . . . College isn’t just about the end result. It’s also about the means, the process, the path you take to earn your degree, whom you meet, and who inspires and mentors you.

After an intensive visit to campus in 2011, the book’s new editor Hilary Oswald found that Reed is still an exemplar of the values of this renowned, rankings-free guidebook, which calls Reed “the most intellectual college in the country.”