Parent & Family FAQ

If you have non-Orientation-related questions that are not covered in this FAQ, please contact Reed’s student life office at 503-517-7396 or

What is Parent & Family Orientation?

Parent & Family Orientation is a program that runs concurrently with New Student Orientation. The program, which consists of panel discussions, small group discussion, and one-on-one consultations for specific issues, provides parents and family members of new students with an overview of the Reed administrative offices that support your student and information about the many services and programs Reed has to offer.

When is Parent & Family Orientation?

Reed's Parent & Family Orientation and Convocation will be held on Tuesday, August 27, 2024.
Parent & Family Orientation events will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 6 p.m. Convocation will be held at 10:30 a.m.

What is Convocation?

Convocation marks the beginning of the academic year and our official welcome to the incoming class of students. It consists of short welcome speeches from the President, Vice President and Dean of Admission & Financial Aid, current Student Body President, and a lecture from one of our esteemed faculty members. Convocation typically lasts one hour.

What should I wear to Parent & Family Orientation and Convocation?

For move-in and exploring Oregon and Portland, please wear what you find comfortable. All events for orientation programming are casual, so feel free to dress in comfortable clothing. For Convocation, business casual is recommended (examples of business casual are button up shirt but no tie and slacks; blouse and slacks or skirt).

What if I am unable to attend Parent & Family Orientation?

Sessions will be recorded and available the week of September 3.

What are Pre-Orientation programs?

Pre-Orientation programs include International Student Orientation and the Peer Mentor Program. These are programs and experiences for your student only (not for parents or family members). Students participating in either International Student Orientation or the Peer Mentor Program move in early, on Thursday, August 22.

If my student is going on a Pre-Orientation Program experience, and I am traveling to Oregon with them, what do I do between their early check-in and Tuesday?

Here are a few great options:

  • Accompany your student to check-in on Thursday. Then 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 campus.
  • Consider not traveling with your student and sending your student ahead. Meet up at Reed on Tuesday as Pre-Orientation Program activities conclude and Parent & Family Orientation begins.
  • Accompany your student on Thursday to check-in and then head home. We’ll miss you at Parent & Family Orientation!

When can my student arrive for move-in?

Move-in to on-campus housing will occur during time slots on designated days, which students must sign up for in advance. The deadline to sign up for an arrival time is July 15. New students should request housing by June 1. A link to all required new student forms, including the housing request form, is on the New Student Website. More information about move-in is available on the Residence Life website.

May I drive up to the residence hall to unload?

It depends on what residence hall your student will live in. There is drive-up access to the Old Dorm Block, Anna Mann, the Grove (Bidwell, Sitka, Sequoia, and Aspen), and Trillium for short periods of unloading. The Grove and Trillium can be accessed from 28th Avenue, next to the 28 West building.

There is no direct driving access to the cross-canyon residence halls (Chittick, Griffin, McKinley, and Woodbridge); you must park in the north parking lot. Access to Foster, Scholz, and MacNaughton is available from the west parking lot.

Where can I buy supplies for my student?

The Reed College Bookstore is your on-campus destination for books and supplies.

The bookstore has partnered with Dormify for linen preorders. If you'd like to ship your linens order directly to Reed, please wait until August 12th to place your order and include your Mailstop number.

The bookstore will also have some supplies (including light bulbs, hangers, Reed blankets, and whiteboards) available for purchase when you arrive.

We encourage your student to preorder books and supplies from the Reed bookstore. Preorders will be available by Monday, August 26. Preorders should be placed by Tuesday, August 6.


Other questions?

For questions about Orientation, contact Reed's Orientation team at 503-788-6696 or For non-Orientation-related questions, contact the Student Life office at 503-517-7396 or