For Parents of Prospective Students

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dorm room studentWhere will my child live?

Living in the residence halls on campus is a wonderful way for your son or daughter to become a part of the Reed community. First-year students are guaranteed a space in the residence halls, and nearly all of them take advantage of that opportunity. Housing for returning students is distributed by lottery. Each room on campus has its own phone line and its own Ethernet port. In addition to residence halls, other housing options for returning students include apartments (one- or two-bedroom) and language houses (Chinese, German, French, Russian, and Spanish). Residence halls are co-ed with the exception of one all-women's floor. There are also a number of theme dorms including a food co-op, a dorm for people interested in outdoor activities, a science dorm, a ancient civilizations dorm, and a fantasy/science fiction dorm. There are no fraternities or sororities on campus. To facilitate the development of a strong community on campus, there is at least one student house adviser (HA) in each residence hall.

How's the food?

All the residence halls have kitchen facilities, but they're primarily for late night (or anytime!) snack attacks. All students who live in the residence halls are required to be on the board plan and eat in the campus cafeteria, known as "commons." Meals are always prepared with fresh seasonal ingredients, special needs are accommodated, and there is plenty of variety, including vegetarian and vegan options.

How does Reed deal with substance abuse?

The use of potentially harmful and addictive substances, such as drugs and alcohol, is antithetical to the principles and practice of engaged intellectual inquiry and responsible community living. Consistent with these principles, and in fulfillment of its obligation to support federal and state law, Reed College's policies prohibit the use and distribution of legally prohibited substances such as narcotic drugs as well as the consumption of alcohol by those younger than 21 years of age. In addition, Reed takes a comprehensive educational, medical, and therapeutic approach to students with substance abuse problems. Reed encourages a frank and open dialogue about drugs and alcohol in hopes that students will recognize the inherent self-destructiveness of such behavior. When problems are identified, trained professionals work with students and their parents to find appropriate rehabilitative solutions. As in all matters, Reed expects students to make informed decisions in accordance with the premises of self-responsibility and community respect stipulated in the honor principle, which governs all members of the college community.

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