Students are encouraged to focus on learning, not on grades. Students are evaluated rigorously, and semester grades are filed with the registrar, but by tradition, students do not receive standard grade reports. Papers and exams are generally returned to students with lengthy comments but without grades affixed. There is no dean’s list or honor roll, and Reed does not award Latin honors at graduation.
Steve Jobs somewhat famously dropped out of Reed after 6 months. My friend Sophie, however, graduated with a BA in biology and, like a large proportion of female graduates from Reed, went on to get her PhD.