New Students

Your Computer Account

Instructions for setting up your Reed computer account will be sent to you in a "getting started" email after you accept admission to Reed and submit the first deposit. This email will include a unique computer activation code, which you will need, along with 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. For students starting in the fall, this email goes out on a rolling basis beginning in April.
  • If you did not receive an email with an activation code, please email the Orientation team at or call 503-788-6696.

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.

What is IRIS?

IRIS is Reed's password-protected portal for community members, and it provides access to a variety of resources. Once you claim your computer account, you will use the same username and password to log in to IRIS. Some common things you can do in IRIS include

  • checking your course schedule;
  • checking your tuition billing account details;
  • completing required forms for billing and health insurance;
  • updating personal information, like pronouns and your photo.

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.