Office of Admission COVID-19 Communications Timeline

In February 2020, Reed College announced a task force to guide the college through the unprecedented events of the novel coronavirus outbreak. Since that time, the admission office has followed the lead of the task force to promote the health and safety of the Reed community and ensure the safety of our visitors and prospective students.

In order to adhere to social distancing guidelines, we have transferred all admission programming to online and virtual formats. We understand the importance of making an informed college decision and we’re doing everything we can to support students and families this spring. The following timeline records our communications about adjustments, events, and new resources.

Communications Timeline

March 3, 2020 - Reed College establishes a COVID-19 task force charged with implementing recommendations made by government and public health authorities—including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Oregon Health Authority, the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC), and Multnomah County Health—and responding to situations that may be unique to Reed.

March 13 - The admission office postpones Reed Admitted Days I and II, Junior Visit Day III, admitted student receptions, and junior scholars visits to campus and cancels all overnight visits to campus and outgoing spring travel. The office also suspends prospective student visits to campus for the remainder of the spring term beginning on March 23.

March 15 - President Audrey Bilger announces that classes will be held online for the remainder of the semester following spring break. Students are asked to depart campus beginning on Wednesday, March 18, and to leave no later than March 27. Students with special circumstances are invited to petition to stay on campus as needed.

March 21 - The admission office announces virtual information sessions for prospective and admitted students and their families as well as forthcoming virtual offerings.

March 24 - The admission office hosts the first virtual information session.

March 27 - The admission office launches one-on-one virtual meetings between admission counselors and prospective and admitted students.

March 30 - The admission office hosts the first virtual information session for transfer students.

April 3 - The admission office co-hosts the first faculty office hours event for prospective and admitted students.

April 8 - The financial aid office debuts one-on-one meetings for admitted students and a financial aid counselor.

April 9 - The admission office launches one-on-one meetings for admitted and prospective students to meet with current Reedies.

Admission representatives co-host the first virtual roundtable discussion with Reed faculty for admitted and prospective students.

April 17 - The admission office announces several new virtual offerings:

  • A Conversation with President Audrey Bilger
  • Student Life Virtual Panel
  • Academics at Reed Virtual Panel
  • Parent Q&A with the Dean and Director of Admission
  • Reedies Virtual Panel
  • Admitted Student Hangouts with Current Reedies

April 24 - The admission office creates the opportunity for students and families to submit questions to Reed faculty and alumni.

April 25 - Audrey Bilger communicates with families about plans for the fall semester. 

The admission office announces a second live, virtual conversation with Audrey, a second panel with Reed's Institutional Diversity and Student Life team, as well as continuing events with Reed faculty.

The office also extends the deadline for deferral requests from May 15 to June 15.

June 15-19 - The admission office hosts the first virtual College Application Workshop Week, hosting hundreds of students to do interactive workshops on everything from Acing the Interview to Finding a College Virtually.

June 30 - Reed President Audrey Bilger announces plans for students to return to campus in the fall. 

“I am pleased to share that we are returning to campus in the fall with a measured and flexible approach that provides a mix of in-person and online education. . . . our return to campus will require every community member to diligently follow new protocols to keep each other safe. The plan we have set forth incorporates public health regulations that we all must adhere to.” - Audrey Bilger, President

July 2 - The admission office adopts the new test-blind policy.

August 4 - First day of regular, campus-wide COVID-19 testing, with results in 2 to 3 days.

August 31 - Hybrid classes begin for Fall 2020.

September 14 - Epidemiologist starts as full-time COVID-19 Response Coordinator.

Late September - Admission counselors begin virtually visiting high schools across the United States and abroad.

October 2 - Twice weekly rapid testing for on-campus (residential) students begins.

October 13 - The admission office welcomes its first in-person visitor to campus.

November 30 - Classes resume online after Thanksgiving break.

December 7 - Last day of fall semester classes.

January 25, 2021 - First day of spring semester classes in person.

January 16 - Paideia classes begin online.

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