Common Questions

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No doubt you have as many questions as your student does right now. As you work with him or her to prepare for this next adventure, we thought you might want some answers to your questions about Reed.

Please feel free to write or call if you have more questions-the office of admission will be happy to help.

About Reed
Find out about the history of Reed, the campus facilities, and financing Reed in this section.

Visiting Reed
Read about the times to visit Reed, how to arrange a campus tour, and more.

Academic matters
Questions about academic life at Reed - academic requirements, advising and support, grades, and instructors' availability, to name a few - are answered here.

Student life
Read about student life on campus, including the residence halls, food, and support services.

Life after Reed
Read about what past Reed graduates have accomplished.

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Reed keeps parents in the loop as much as possible, beginning with a Parent Orientation program each August during the first two days of new student orientation. In addition, the college provides a parent handbook, and each November hosts Parent & Family Weekend on campus. Other events include Alumni College-an annual opportunity for parents to return to the classroom under the instruction of Reed professors and alumni-as well as meetings and receptions with parents in large cities throughout the academic year.

For further reading

  • Almost Grown: Launching Your Child from High School to College, Patricia Pasick (W.W. Norton & Company)
  • Cool Colleges for the Hyper-Intelligent, Self-Directed, Late Blooming, and Just Plain Different, Donald Asher (Ten Speed Press)
  • College Admissions: A Crash Course for Panicked Parents, Sally Rubenstone and Sidonia Dalby (Arco Book, Macmillan)
  • College Unranked, Lloyd Thacker (Harvard University Press)
    Questions and Admissions, Jean H. Fetter (Stanford University Press)
  • Getting Your Child into College: What Parents Must Know, Susan Newman and Janet Spencer King (St. Martin's Griffin)
  • Letting Go: A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years, Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger (Adler & Adler Publishers)
  • Parent's Guide to College Admissions, Marjorie Nieuwenhuis (Kaplan, Simon & Schuster)
  • Smart Parents Guide to College: The 10 Most Important Factors for Students and Parents When Choosing a College, Ernest L. Boyer and Paul Boyer (Peterson's Guides)

List compiled by Bruce Hunter of Rowland Hall-St. Mark's School, Utah

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