New Students

Advising & Registration

New students will register for courses in a two-step process. Your academic advisor will meet with you prior to registration.

Each Reed student is assigned an academic adviser; advisers are members of the faculty who can work with you for a semester or throughout your time at Reed.

Registration timeline:

  • July 6-7: New students meet with faculty member(s) for group advising on first-choice course selection
  • July 13: First-choice course selection worksheet due
  • July 28: 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.
  • July 29-31: New students meet remotely with their academic advisers (advisers will contact students to schedule meeting times)
  • August 3: SOLAR opens for new students to register for additional courses 

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

Preparing to meet with your adviser

In addition to providing your adviser with a tentative list of classes for your first year, 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 hopes and fears.

Some useful links to help you with your planning are below.

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 revised schedule of classes starting July 20th (check the radio button to see which courses meet group requirements).
  • 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 and bring it to your advising appointment.
  • Review the major planners if you have questions for your adviser about a specific major.

After registration

  • 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.