New Students

Your Computer Account

Instructions for setting up your Reed computer account will be sent to you in a "getting started" email from Reed in December. 

When you accept admission to Reed and submit the first deposit, Reed will send you an email that includes your unique computer activation code. You will need this code and your Reed ID to claim your Reed computer account. 

Claim Your Computer Account

Instructions for creating your Reed computer account will be included in the email that contains your unique activation code.

  • You will need your Reed ID, which is included in your letter of admission and your enrollment confirmation email.
  • You will need the activation code included in the "getting started" email sent to you from Reed. This letter will be sent to you in December. 
  • If you did not receive an email with an activation code, please email the Office for Student Engagement or call 503-788-6692.

Reed uses Kerberos, a system that lets you use one username and password to access most online services at Reed, including email; Google Drive; and IRIS, a website for the Reed community only. The first time you log in, you will be prompted to sign up for two-step authentication. 

Technology Recommendations

Every student should have a laptop with a currently supported operating system, capable of running Microsoft Office, email, modern web browser, and Zoom. Visit Computing Information for Students for detailed recommendations and where to buy.

Reed Email

When you set up your computer account, you can choose where your Reed email will be delivered—to your Reed email inbox or to a designated forwarding address, such as Gmail or Yahoo. You can change your delivery selection at any time. Going forward, the college will communicate with you through your Reed email account.