Reed students are creative, self-propelled, passionate, and analytical. They have a boundless enthusiasm for learning and an unexpected ability to embrace paradoxes. Their intellectual exuberance is evident in their academic work, but it is no less obvious outside of the classroom, where their pursuits tend to be as interesting, complicated, and extraordinary as you can imagine.
Student Groups & Events
Organized around various social, political, and religious interests, student-run groups at Reed offer members of the community the opportunity to bake pie, build mobile objects out of lumber and plywood, honor religious practices, discuss politics, explore intersecting oppressions, sing, toss fire, and craft.
Open to everyone and driven by current interest, groups tend to change from year to year—longstanding examples include Reed’s Bike Co-op, the Association of Reed Gamers (ARG!), and Weapons of Mass Distraction (a fire dance troupe).
In 1912, a group of students and faculty drew up a student council constitution, which has since formed the basis of student government at Reed, including that which relates to the Honor Principle. Student Senate, Student Treasury, the Honor Council, and the Judicial Board continue to have significant student membership and allow students the opportunity to participate in governing their own community.
Athletics, Fitness, & Outdoor Programs
Go coastal, scale peaks, and run rivers with Reed’s nationally recognized outdoor program. Whether you’re a beginner, an enthusiast, or an expert, Reed offers opportunities to build skills and take in the fresh air. If you’re interested in relaxing, there’s always a walk through the canyon, gentle morning yoga, or a session at the Health & Counseling Center’s “mind spa” to help restore balance.
The Gray Fund gives students the opportunity to enjoy cost-free cultural, social, and recreational opportunities, both on and off campus. Established to help students de-stress and build community, the Gray Fund brings scholars, performers, and artists to campus and sends students off to explore both Portland and the wilds of the Pacific Northwest. Recent Gray Fund activities have included a cooking class with renowned Portland chef Romel Bruno, a trip to a Timbers game, and the annual skydiving expedition.