Reed College Orientation 2014

The schedule provided here gives you an idea of what to expect during New Reedie Orientation. Between now and when you arrive on campus, sessions may shift and new events will be added so keep checking back for new details.

You can also subscribe to our GCal schedule for both students and parent. Please click the buttons on the navigation bar to your left to get these calendars. These, too, will be changing as we add new events over the summer.

Events marked as (PO) indicate programs specifically designed for parents. Events marked (GO) indicate programs that are generally obligatory for all new students. Please attend all GO events so you won't miss important information about academics and life at Reed.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

All day
Lots of trips to explore Portland!

Returning students will teach you how to use Tri-Met and take you to some must-see Portland spots.  More information will be in your schedule.  Sign up at Orientation Central in the Quad.

All Day
Sports team pick-up games

Yes, we do have sports at Reed.  Join our men's and women's teams for pick-up games to try your hand at Ultimate, Rugby and Soccer.

All Day
Student Group Events

Our student groups will sponsor events throughout the day so you can get a feel for what happens on campus.

9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Used Book Sale

SU Porch

Run by Bill Nelson ’62, the used book sale takes place once a month throughout the school year. Come look through Bill’s amazing selection of books ranging from classics to textbooks to the unique and enjoy his stories of Olde Reed.

10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Paradox Coffee Tasting

Paradox Cafe (olde)

Stop by the Olde Paradox for some fuel for your Saturday. Baristas will be giving out free coffee and there will be baked goods and other drinks available for purchase. Get to know the Paradox employees and get energized for all of the fun stuff happening later on.


12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
OFCS Lemonade Stand

GCC Quad

Cool off with cookies & lemonade with Reed’s Christian group, Oh For Christ’s Sake (OFCS).  This is a place to talk openly about your spiritual experience and Jesus.

1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Garden Tour

Garden Haus (meet in front of Sequoia)

1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Yoga with the Peer Health Advocates

Sports Center Dance Studio

2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Bike Jousting

Great Lawn in front of Eliot Hall

Come lance your friends from up high. Hosted by Reed’s own chapter of C.H.V.N.K. DCLXVI.

3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Milkshake Meet & Greet with Senate

GCC Quad

Come share a free milkshake with your student government representatives! Snack on refreshments, play with a kiddie parachute, and grill some senators on campus politics, all with a frosty milkshake in hand. (Vegan options available.)


3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
SHITE: Shaving Heads, Instilling Total Epicness

GCC Quad

Ever wanted a mohawk? Always wanted to rock the Macklemore, but your mom said no? Now is your chance! Swing by the head shave table and receive a complimentary haircut and some funky fresh style & swag* to start your college career.

*Results not guaranteed. Not valid in the state of California.

3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Quest Open House

GCC 033

The editors of the Quest, Reed’s student newspaper, invite you to the office (located in the GCC basement) to learn about the paper and have some snacks. They welcome new writers, so chat about getting involved. Or just explore the archives and the miscellaneous oddities that have piled up around the office. They’ve been around since 1913, after all!

3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Reed Bands


4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
How to Throat Sing

Vollum 110

Want to learn how to sing two notes at once? How about an octave below your normal range? It’s not that hard to do, so come learn how. We’ll also be covering some of the science behind how throat singing works.

4:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Lecture with Heems

Eliot Hall Chapel

7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
Gray Fund Movie: Troy

Vollum Lecture Hall

Now that you’ve read and enjoyed the Iliad, come watch Hollywood’s joyful bastardization of Homer’s epic. Brad Pitt squints and Orlando Bloom preens in this well-loved adaptation that has become a Reed tradition. There will be snacks and trivia beforehand- please remember that all Gray Fund events are substance-free.

7:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Lazer Tag


9:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m.

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