New Students

Planning for Registration

Reed will assign you an adviser based on your academic interests and will set up an advising appointment on your behalf. During your first advising appointment, your adviser will discuss your academic plans with you and help you decide on your courses for the next two semesters. 

The Registrar's office has created a thorough PowerPoint explaining the process of planning your class schedule and registering for classes. Click below to view the slides.

Preparing for Registration

Below is a checklist of things you can do to prepare for your advising meeting.

After being admitted: 

  • Peruse Reed's Course Catalog for a comprehensive overview of the academic program, including departmental requirements.
  • 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.

Just before Orientation: 

  • Sketch out any classes you may want to take using this schedule planner. This form is intended to help your conversation with your adviser as you are picking classes, so don’t worry about filling it out completely if you aren’t sure which classes you want to take.
  • 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. 

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.