One of the most distinctive colleges in the nation, Reed provides a singular example of the liberal arts experience: a structured curriculum with an emphasis on personal inquiry; extensive written and in-person feedback from professors on assignments; and a deeply collaborative academic environment. Classes are small, faculty members are highly accessible, and students are active participants in the production of new knowledge. The Reed community is guided by the Honor Principle. The commitment to the independence of thought and mutual trust and respect helps to create an environment in which students feel connected, challenged, and fulfilled. Reed students are culturally diverse, hail from 49 states in the nation and Reedies travel the farthest to attend Reed out of any school in the nation. The student body is also composed of 11 percent international students. The breadth, depth, and rigor of the curriculum provide excellent preparation for nearly any career. Reed is ranked number one in the nation in the percentage of STEM majors who go on to earn PhDs in STEM fields, second among U.S. liberal arts colleges in the percentage of graduates going on to earn doctoral degrees, and fourth among all institutions of higher education. Many Reed alumni win major graduate fellowships, found or lead companies and organizations, and earn medical, business, or law degrees.