New Students

Supplemental Orientation Experiences

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SEEDS and Outdoor supplemental experiences will be offered at the end of Orientation week on August 28. Registration forms open on July 15.

We are currently tracking state guidance on COVID-19 safety measures and assessing the possibilities of offering these supplemental experiences.

Students can connect to the greater Portland community, learn more about Reed, and build lasting relationships with classmates through an outdoor experience or SEEDS (Students for Education, Equity, and Direct Service) experience.

Orientation experiences are optional, but we recommend them. Students join their classmates in small groups to participate in an experience that aims to help ease their transition to college life and enrich Orientation by providing opportunities for both personal growth and leadership development.

All Orientation programs and trips require pre-registration, and they fill up fast. 

Outdoor Experiences

Outdoor Experiences bring small groups of students to wilderness areas within a couple of hours of Portland. Teams of student leaders or outdoor professionals lead the trips; all are trained in outdoor leadership, first aid, and CPR.

If you register for an Outdoor Experience, you cannot attend the SEEDS Community Engagement Experience.

Reed College reserves the right to alter or cancel trips based on conditions or situations outside the control of the college. These conditions include but are not limited to low registration, wildfire risk, and low water conditions. If Reed offers an alternative trip, participants will be contacted to opt-in to the new activity. If Reed must cancel a trip in its entirety, the college will notify participants and student accounts will not be charged.

Visit the Outdoor Experiences webpage to sign up. 

SEEDS Community Engagement Experiences

The SEEDS Community Engagement experiences are volunteer opportunities in the greater Portland community for incoming students. Participating in the SEEDS Community Engagement experience is a powerful way to start the school year and begin to understand the Portland community. The SEEDS experiences combine community engagement, volunteering, reflection, learning, and fun!

Visit the SEEDS Orientation experiences to sign up.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why participate in a SEEDS Orientation experience?

SEEDS experiences provide opportunities for engagement with your new classmates and in your new city. You will have new experiences, learn a lot, and have fun! They combine community engagement, reflection, learning, and fun with a deeper dive into Portland’s historical and political contexts.

Why participate in an Outdoor Experience?

Participating in an outdoor experience will introduce you to the various facets of outdoor engagement and the broader opportunities that are available here in the Pacific Northwest. This program will be grounded in the shared interest individuals have for the outdoors, and the opportunities it provides for community building, reflection and learning!

Substance Free

In order to make these programs as safe and enjoyable as possible, drugs and alcohol are not permitted. 


If you are a student in need of accommodations due to disability, physical or otherwise, please let the respective program director know in advance so we can be as accommodating and inclusive as possible in our programming. You may also contact Disability & Accessibility Resources to discuss your needs and other possible accommodations for your time at Reed.