Parent & Family Orientation Information
Answers to questions parents often have over the summer.
If you have any other questions, please contact the dean of students' office at 503/777-7521.
What is Parent Orientation?
Parent Orientation is a special program that runs concurrently with New Student Orientation. The program provides parents, family members, and guests of new students with information about the many offices, services, and academic programs Reed has to offer. It is also a great way to learn how to help new students transition from high school to college.
Where do I register for Parent Orientation?
Parents, family members, and guests register online.
Where do I check in for Parent Orientation?
Check in at Kaul Auditorium. Regular check in is Tuesday, August 23, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Early check-in, for those with students attending pre-Orientation Odysseys, is Friday, August 19, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where do I find the Orientation schedule?
The full schedule—for both Parent and New Student Orientation—is available online. Download our app to your mobile device or visit our online interface using your web browser. Once you’ve downloaded the app or viewed the schedule on your computer, you can select the Parent Orientation track to see events specially focused on parents, families, and guests.
What programs are of special note to parents, family members, and guests?
Tuesday, August 23
|Noon–2 p.m.||Welcome Picnic|
Wednesday, August 24
|8–9 a.m.||Parent Lounge|
|9–10:30 a.m.||Helping Your Reedie Panel|
|11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.||Convocation|
|1:30–2:30 p.m.||Humanities 110 for Parents, Family Members, and Guests|
|4–5 p.m.||About a Reed Education: Q&A with President John Kroger|
|5–6 p.m.||Closing Reception|
Can you tell me more about Humanities 110 for Parents, Family Members, and Guests?
Since 1943, Humanities 110—or Introduction to Western Humanities—has been the foundation of the Reed College curriculum. During Orientation, parents, family members, and guests of students have the opportunity to get a sense of the rigor of Reed’s academics and Reed's distinctive approach to teaching by attending a special HUM 110 class. We highly recommend you complete one of the required readings for HUM 110: Homer’s Iliad (Lattimore translation). You can order a copy through the Reed bookstore. You will receive your classroom location when you check in at Orientation.
How do I sign up for Humanities 110 for Parents, Family Members, and Guests?
What other activities should I attend during Orientation?
Choose the sessions that look most interesting to you; the more sessions you attend, the more comfortable you will feel leaving your student at the conclusion of Parent Orientation. Also, students are strongly encouraged to be at several key sessions during the week, as indicated in the Orientation schedule. Please encourage your student to attend as many sessions as possible—the more familiar students are with the campus and their classmates, the easier the transition from home to Reed will be.
What are the Odyssey programs—Outdoor, SEEDS, International, and Peer Mentor?
These are pre-Orientation programs for new students. Students arrive to campus early and join their classmates in small groups to participate in one of these programs. An Odyssey is a wonderful way for a new student to connect with others with similar interests and to learn more about what Reed has to offer.
If my student is participating in an Odyssey program, what do I do between Friday at check-in and Tuesday?
This depends on your family and what works best for you. A few options include:
- Drop off your student at Orientation on Friday. While your student is participating in the Odyssey program, spend time exploring all that Portland and Oregon have to offer. Beaches, mountains, the Columbia River Gorge, and the high desert are all about 90 minutes from town.
- Send your student ahead to attend the Odyssey program. Meet up at Reed on Monday as the Odyssey programs conclude and Parent Orientation begins.
- Accompany your student on Friday to check-in and then head home. We’ll miss you at Parent Orientation!
May I drive up to the residence hall to unload?
You can drive up to Old Dorm Block, Anna Mann, and the Grove (Bidwell, Sitka, Sequoia, and Aspen) for short periods of unloading. The Grove can be accessed from 28th Avenue, next to the 28 West building. There is no direct access to the cross canyon residences; you must park in the north parking lot. Access to Foster-Scholz and MacNaughton is available from the west parking lot.
How can I phone my student in the residence halls?
Students living in the residence halls will have landline access in hall common rooms, but please note: these are community phones that are not always answered. Students will also have the option to request a landline in their room. Students should keep in mind that making long-distance calls on these landline phones will require the use of a calling card. Most students opt to use their cell phones only.
Where can I buy supplies for my student or books like the Iliad for the Humanities 110 conference?
Reed’s bookstore is your headquarters for residence hall supplies and linens, computer supplies and software, and, of course, your copies of the Iliad and other books. Please note that pre-orders are due by July 31 to guarantee that they are ready for pickup when you arrive on campus. If you want a copy of the Iliad shipped to your home, please order by July 31 (domestic) or July 17 (international). You can also shop in the bookstore when you arrive.
Contact the dean of students' office at 503/777-7521. We will answer your question or direct you to the appropriate person.
When does Parent Orientation conclude?
Parent Orientation officially concludes Wednesday, August 24, at 6 p.m., following the closing reception. We know that many of you are tempted to stay in Portland longer to spend time with your student. Please understand that your student will be highly scheduled over the next several days. Not only will they be at a number of Orientation sessions, but they will be working on making new friends. This is a very important time for them to focus on becoming a member of the community. If you choose to continue your vacation in Portland, please give them space after Parent Orientation concludes.