New Students

Advising & Registration

Each Reed student is assigned an academic adviser. Advisers help you plan your trajectory through Reed and also assist you in course registration each term. All advisers at Reed are members of the faculty. We encourage new students to work with the adviser they meet with during Orientation week throughout their first year; while many students continue to work with the same adviser afterwards, sometimes staying with that adviser through their entire Reed career, it is also normal for Reed students to change advisers one or more times as they get to know more faculty or as their academic interests change.  

New students will meet with faculty for advising two times before the start of the Fall semester: 

  • First, during the summer prior to Orientation, you will meet with a faculty member who will help advise you on your course registration for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022. 
  • Second, you will meet with your academic adviser during Orientation week; your adviser will discuss your academic plans with you, and help you decide on any changes to your registration (if necessary).

Registration timeline:

  • June 16-17: Join virtual department open houses to learn more about Reed’s various departments and majors. Faculty will be available to answer questions. If you’re unsure of what you want to study (or if you want to major in everything), consider attending multiple sessions. The schedule will be published soon.
  • June 21-July 2: New students meet with faculty member(s) for advising on course selection
  • July 6: SOLAR Day One opens for new students to register for one course in fall and one in spring
  • July 7- August 26: New students may register for additional courses through the summer 
  • August 26: New students meet with their academic advisers in scheduled appointments. 

Transfer students can find out more on our Transfer Advising & Registration page.

Preparing for summer advising and registration 

During the summer, you will meet with a faculty member who will help you plan your course registration for your first year at Reed. Students register for both Fall and Spring terms during the summer. Toward the end of the Fall term, there will be opportunities to change your spring registration if your interests/plans evolve. 

Your summer faculty adviser will contact you with information about your advising time. Please keep an eye on your Reed email address for a message from your summer adviser. 

Read on for information and useful links to help you with your planning for summer registration:

Keep in mind that some majors require you to get started in that department right away in order to graduate on time. You will need to select classes (and labs, conferences, etc.) that don't conflict with each other. Not all courses are open to first-year students. Fortunately, there are several online resources to help you plan:

  • Peruse Reed's Course Catalog for a comprehensive overview of the academic program, including departmental requirements.
  • Browse our website for more detailed information about each department.
  • Review the schedule of classes. In addition to seeing when classes are offered, you can select only courses without prerequisites, see which courses meet group requirements, and other filters that can be helpful to you. (Courses without prerequisites are all open to first-year students.)
  • If you’ve taken AP or IB classes, you may find the first-year student credit guide helpful in determining your placement in certain subjects.

Before you meet your adviser

  • Complete this schedule planner in advance of your advising appointment.
  • Review the major planners if you have questions for your adviser about a specific major.
  • Write a list of questions you have about courses, majors, etc. 

Register for classes!

  • SOLAR will open July 6 (Day One) for new students to choose one course in fall and one course in spring. Day One gives all new students access to choose one preferred course. On July 7, new students will be able to sign up for a full schedule.
  • If you don’t get into a class you want, and you’re eligible to take it, put yourself on the wait list. Wait lists process daily, and if a space opens up, the first person on the wait list will have 48 hours to sign up for that class. After 48 hours, you’ll be dropped from the wait list if you don’t respond. Keep track of your email for these important notices!

After registration

  • Registration will be open all summer, closing just before classes start. You can check your registration and update it over the summer. 
  • Review the academic calendar to track the deadlines to add, drop, and withdraw from classes.
  • Before classes start, check your IRIS account to see if any changes were made to your schedule and to confirm class locations.

Preparing for your Orientation-week appointment with your academic adviser

By the time you arrive for Orientation, you will have been assigned an academic adviser. You will meet your adviser during Orientation week, and they will have reviewed your Academic Questionnaire form and your Letter of Introduction to your Academic Adviser. Both forms are found in IRIS, and we encourage you to complete them by June 1. 

In your meeting, it's a good idea to be prepared to share which majors you are considering, whether you'd like to study abroad, and a little about your academic plans, hopes, and any concerns you may have. 

You and your adviser can also review your course registration to see if any changes are needed, especially if your academic plans or goals have changed since summer registration.