New Students

First Year Experience and Orientation & Wayfinding Leaders (OWLs) 

Program Overview

The First Year Experience (FYE) program is for all students at Reed who are at the beginning of their transition into college or navigating the Reed campus for the first time, including transfer students. This pilot program is a collaborative effort between Academic Life, the Office of Institutional Diversity, the Center for Life Beyond Reed, and Student & Campus Life. 

Beginning Orientation week and continuing through the first quarter of Fall semester, new students will meet in small groups led by an Orientation and Wayfinding Leader (OWL). OWLs are fellow students who can share their insight and guidance about things they wish they knew during their first year and will help introduce new students to key resources and strategies for thriving at Reed, both academically and personally. 

Each week, OWLs will guide their cohorts in discussions and activities about academic success skills, campus resources, and engaging with the Reed Community. Topics include time management, participating in conference, working with faculty, affinity groups at Reed, and more. Students are encouraged to bring their own questions and explore how to make their Reed experience their own. 

Program participation

During orientation week, all incoming first-year and transfer students are assigned an Orientation and Wayfinding Leader (OWL). The OWLs will welcome and guide their cohort members through orientation week activities and provide support during their transition to Reed. All students will be invited to attend weekly First Year Experience (FYE) meetings with their OWL starting week 1 of the semester. 

Questions? Contact Caitlyn Schock, Orientation and First Year Programs Manager, at or (503) 788-6696.