Steve Jobs at Reed

As everyone knows, Steve Jobs went to Reed, but didn't graduate. (He may, in fact, be one of the most famous dropouts in history.) Nonetheless, Reed made a profound impression on him.

Steve Jobs

Questioning everything and everyone, Steve dropped out and then dropped back in, taking courses in calligraphy, dance, and Shakespeare that would prove invaluable in designing the revolutionary Apple Macintosh. Delve into the details in Prodigal Sonhis obituary in Reed magazine.

Steve’s 1991 Convocation speech at Reed, Staying Hungry, offers a glimpse into how his threadbare days on campus shaped his philosophy.

Find out why Steve called legendary dean of students Prof. Jack Dudman ’42 "one of the heroes of my life."

Did Steve really capture Reed's unofficial mascot, the notorious Doyle Owl?

Learn how calligraphy classes at Reed taught Steve to think like an artist.

Find out more about one of Steve's closest friends at Reed, Prof. Richard Crandall ’69 [physics], who wrote several key algorithms for Apple, including one that led to the discovery of gargantuan prime numbers.

More about Computing at Reed

Reed has a proud history of technology that stretches back to the 1930s.

Reed's Software Design Studio gives students a way to get hands-on experience developing software with expert mentors. 

Reed offers many classes in computer science, covering topics such as data structures, algorithms, digital design, language design, and computer graphics. The college is planning to offer a major in computer science starting in Fall 2017. 

Reed alumni play a prominent role in the high-tech scene in Portland and around the world. As of October 2015, roughly 10% of our working alumni hold jobs in the field of computer technology.