Orientation Week

Orientation is an exciting time for you to explore Reed’s academic programs, resources, and cocurricular opportunities as well as meet your peers and get to know campus.

Fall New Student Orientation will take place from August 26 to September 1.

Below is an at-a-glance overview of the Orientation week schedule for Fall 2024. The full schedule including times, locations, and complete descriptions for the sessions below will be available in early August on events.reed.edu

At-a-glance Overview

*An asterisk denotes a required Orientation session.

Monday, Aug. 26

New student move-in*
Sign-up for a move-in time slot on IRIS.

Welcome to Orientation & Life at Reed*
Welcome to Reed—a captivating realm where academic brilliance intertwines with thrilling adventures at every turn. Here, life pulsates within the vibrant tapestry of residence halls, the Commons, the Great Lawn, and beyond. Prepare to immerse yourself in a dynamic community, forging connections, embodying the campus norms, and meeting some seriously cool campus leaders at this welcome session.

First night experience in the residence halls
Who are all the people you passed in the hallway while you were moving in? Come to your first residence hall meeting to meet all your fellow new students and your House Adviser (HA). Check-in with your HA if you have more questions.

Additional experiences include:

  • Campus tour
  • Orientation information table
  • Swap shop
  • Voter Engagement table 
  • Computer User Services Help Table
Tuesday, Aug. 27

OWL Group Meet Up*
Come meet your Orientation and Wayfinding leader (OWL) and other incoming students in your OWL group. We will get to know one another, learn more about Orientation week, and start creating community at Reed.

The official welcome for all incoming students, new faculty, and parents. This ceremony marks the beginning of a student's time at the college and as a member of the Reed community.

Class Photo*
Take a class photo to commemorate your start at Reed College!

Party Smarter, Not Harder*
In this session, students will be introduced to the nuts and bolts of harm reduction and policies related to alcohol and other drug (AOD) use at Reed. You'll learn about norms and expectations of all community members, as well as resources for students. We will also be answering audience questions as time allows. Well-informed decision-making is at the heart of individual and community health and wellbeing!

Additional experiences include:

  • Academic Department Open Houses
  • Commons 101 (Learn about Reed dining services)
  • Library Open House
  • Performing Arts Resource Center (PARC) Open House
  • Gray Campus Center Open House
  • Multicultural Resource Center Open House
  • Student work drop-in hours
  • Study Abroad Information Session
  • Computer User Services (CUS) help table
  • Optional meet up with OWLs
  • Residence Life Late Night Bites
Wednesday, Aug. 28

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion: Community at Reed*
Learn about the diversity of experiences and identities of the first-year class and begin to build an inclusive community with each other. Through interactive activities, we will learn to acknowledge our own preconceived assumptions about others, unpack our own experiences, and engage new perspectives and ideas. We will explore the concepts of power and privilege, and how it relates to our identities and cultures and the ways in which we engage with each other in our community, practice skills for active listening, and authentically engage across difference. 

Title IX: An Introduction to Supports, Options, and Resources*
A brief overview of the college’s obligations under Title IX and Oregon law, including supports and resources available to students. 

Solar Registration*
In this session, learn how to register for classes and navigate the systems that we use at Reed. 

OWL Group Meet Up*
Join your OWL group to learn about different ways to be involved on campus, whether that is joining a club like Weapons of Mass Distraction (WMD), or K-Pop Dance Club, or getting involved with Senate or other leadership opportunities. There is something for everyone!

Additional experiences include:

  • Lunch for Students of Color
  • Reed Community Pantry Open House
  • Student work drop-in hours
  • Outdoor movie night
Thursday, Aug. 29

Meet with faculty advisers*
You will receive an email with appointment information on Monday, Aug. 26.

Register for classes*
After meeting with your faculty adviser, you will register for fall and spring classes.

Sexual Health & Relationships at Reed*
The messages we receive around sexuality and sexual violence influence the way we interact with these topics and experiences, which is often by silence, shame, and permissive attitudes towards norms that harm us rather than help us. We all deserve to experience positive, healthy relationships–and that starts with talking about it! In this session, Sexual Health Advocacy and Reltaionship Education (SHARE) Facilitators will lead incoming students in a discussion around consent, boundaries, and healthy relationships; sexual health and sexuality; and what we can all do to prevent and respond to sexual violence in our communities.

Additional experiences include:

  • Gray Fund event
  • Student work drop-in hours
  • Sports Center guided tour
  • Commons 101
  • Reed Community Pantry Open House
  • Swap Shop Open House
  • Voter Engagement table
  • OWLs registration drop in hours
  • Optional eat lunch with your OWL 
  • How to Apply for Reed Funding for Research and Other Opportunities
  • S'mores with Community Safety
  • Craft night
Friday, Aug. 30

Thriving in Reed’s Academic Culture*
A lively discussion with faculty members that will provide an introduction to Reed’s academic culture. Faculty will discuss topics ranging from Reed’s grading system to conference participation to individual strategies for academic success (among others). New students: Bring your questions for the Q&A portion. 

OWL Group Meet Up*
After the academic culture session, you will discuss what academic life is like at Reed with your OWL group. Your OWL will cover important topics such as learning about office hours, establishing a connection with your advisor or mentor, and finding balance. This is a great time to learn from a current Reedie!

What Does Honor Mean to You?*
This fireside chat will include faculty, students, and staff as they discuss the unique honor code at Reed. In their discussion they will share their perspectives on the importance of honor, how it impacts academic and social life at Reed, and other information about honor to assist you as a new Reedie.

Additional experiences include:

  • Transfer and foreign exchange student lunch
  • Information session for first generation and low-SES Reedies
  • Disability and Accessibility Resources information session
  • Student Work Fair
  • Honor Council tabling
  • A Day of Dance with the Dance Department
  • The Practice of Calligraphy at Reed
  • Ice Cream Social with the Office for Student Engagement
  • Noise Parade
  • SHARE Lounge
  • Shabbat dinner
Saturday, Aug. 31 & Sunday, Sept. 1 Weekend activities will include Voodoo Donuts on the Quad with Community Safety, Reed reactor tours, social events hosted by student groups, opportunities for off-campus exploration, and events to meet others and build community.
Tuesday, Sept. 3 Fall classes begin!