New Reedie FAQ

Virtual Visits
On-campus community
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Virtual Visits

Visits to campus are now online. We have developed digital resources that will allow you to connect with the Reed community from afar. We invite you to get to know Reed during a virtual information session, a one-on-one virtual meeting or interview with a member of our team, and more virtual events.

How can I connect with new Reedies from the comfort of my couch?

Join the Reed-supported Facebook page for the class of 2025 at


How do I learn about orientation?

Orientation runs from August 23 - 29 and will be planned in accordance with COVID-19 protocol. You will receive a link to an online Orientation portal which includes important information about academic requirements, registration, student support services, and campus life. 

Is orientation mandatory?

Yes, all students are required to complete Orientation. 

When do I sign up for classes? When do classes start?

You’ll meet with your advisor and sign up for classes during orientation. Classes begin Monday, August 30, 2021.

What are “pre-orientation programs” and when can I sign up?

Each year, Reed offers several unique pre-orientation opportunities to first-year students. You can go on an outdoor adventure, participate in a community-service project, learn more about Reed and Portland, and build lasting relationships with your classmates. Registration is open until July 31 (registration for SEEDS program is closed). 


When do I apply for housing?

The Housing Portal opens in early May. You’ll learn more about the different housing options before that date.

Am I guaranteed to get on campus housing?

If you submit your housing application by June 15, you are guaranteed housing.


Do I have to read Invisible Man before coming to campus?

Nope! It is Reed tradition to gift the incoming class a book that has a history of being taught at Reed.

On-campus Community

Where do I find out more about diversity and inclusion on campus?

Reed College is a community dedicated to serious and open intellectual inquiry, one in which students, faculty, and staff can fully participate, regardless of ethnicity, race, religion, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, socio-economic status, or disabilities. Read more at

What's the Honor Principle?

Reed’s Honor Principle is the guiding ethos of our community. The Honor Principle requires every member of our community to think critically about how their behavior affects those around them. It compels us all to act with good intention, strive to improve our community, and creates a spirit of shared trust and responsibility. Learn more at

More questions?

Learn more about COVID-19 related communications at

Contact your admission counselor anytime between now and orientation. You can find your counselor at