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Parent & Family FAQ

If you have non-Orientation-related questions that are not covered in this FAQ, please contact Reed's student life office at 503-788-6692 or

What is Parent & Family Orientation?

Parent & Family Orientation is a program that runs concurrently with New Student Orientation. The program provides parents and family members of new students with an overview of the Reed administrative offices that support your student and information about the many services and programs Reed has to offer.

How will Parent & Family Orientation be impacted by the pandemic this year?

In previous years, Reed’s Parent & Family Orientation was held entirely in person. Last year, due to the pandemic, Reed had to hold the program entirely virtually. This year, Reed is planning a hybrid in-person and virtual approach in order to allow family members who are not able to travel due to the pandemic to attend all events virtually and to allow those family members who are able to travel to attend Convocation and Supporting Your Student's Holistic Development in person.  

Convocation and Supporting Your Student's Holistic Development are scheduled in coordination with new student move-in and the start of new student Orientation on Monday, August 23. The remaining virtual sessions will be offered on Tuesday, August 24. More information and Zoom links for the virtual sessions will be shared in early August.

How many parents, family members, or guests can attend the in-person events?

Each student can bring two guests or family members to campus for move-in and Orientation. Before accessing campus, guests and family members will need to complete a Daily Health Check. While on campus, guests and family members must wear a face covering at all times when indoors.

Is Registration Required? 

Registration is required to attend Parent & Family Orientation in-person events: register online.

Registration is not required for the virtual events.

What programs are offered at Parent & Family Orientation?


9 a.m.–3 p.m. New Student Move-In
3 p.m. Supporting Your Student's Holistic Development 
5 p.m. Convocation


11 a.m.          Health & Counseling Center Q&A
1 p.m. The Reed Curriculum 
3 p.m. Supporting your Student with Disabilities 

*all times Pacific Daylight Time 

 What if I am unable to attend Parent & Family Orientation?

All in-person and virtual sessions will be recorded and available following the event.

What are Pre-Orientation Programs?

Pre-Orientation programs include International Student Orientation and the Peer Mentor Program. These are programs and experiences for your student only (not for parents or family members). Both programs begin on Wednesday, August 18. 

If my student is going on a Pre-Orientation Program experience, and I am traveling to Oregon with them, what do I do between their Wednesday check-in and Monday?

Here are a few great options:

  • Accompany your student to check-in on Wednesday. Then spend time exploring all that Portland and Oregon have to offer. Beaches, mountains, the Columbia River Gorge, and the high desert are all about 90 minutes from campus.
  • Consider not traveling with your student and sending your student ahead. Meet up at Reed on Monday as Pre-Orientation Program activities conclude and Parent & Family Orientation begins.
  • Accompany your student on Wednesday to check-in and then head home. We’ll miss you at Parent & Family Orientation!

When can my student arrive for move-in?

Move-in to on-campus housing will occur during time slots on designated days, which students must sign up for in advance. More information, including a schedule of move-in dates and arrival sign-up, can be found on the residence life website.

May I drive up to the residence hall to unload?

It depends on what residence hall your student will live in. There is drive-up access to the Old Dorm Block, Anna Mann, the Grove (Bidwell, Sitka, Sequoia, and Aspen), and Trillium for short periods of unloading. The Grove and Trillium can be accessed from 28th Avenue, next to the 28 West building. 

There is no direct driving access to the cross-canyon residence halls (Chittick, Griffin, McKinley, and Woodbridge); you must park in the north parking lot. Access to Foster, Scholz, and MacNaughton is available from the west parking lot.

May I enter a residence hall to help my student?

Each student is allowed to bring two guests or family members to campus during Orientation, but only one guest may enter a residence hall to assist with moving. Why? As a public health precaution during the pandemic, we are limiting the number of people accessing the residence halls at one time.

Important: Before accessing campus, guests and family members must complete the Daily Health Check

More Information about on-campus move-in can be found on the residence life website.

Where can I buy supplies for my student?

The Reed College Bookstore is your on-campus destination for books and supplies.

The bookstore offers a preorder service for books*, linens, and other supplies you may want to have waiting for you when you arrive on campus. The bookstore works with Residence Hall Linens to offer a large selection of linens and other dorm items that can be shipped directly to campus for pickup when you arrive. Please place linen orders by July 23 to guarantee on-time delivery.

The bookstore will also have some supplies (including light bulbs, hangers, Reed blankets, and whiteboards) available for purchase when you arrive.

 * Discounted Hum 110 book preorders are due by August 1.

Other questions?

For questions about Orientation, contact Reed's Orientation team at 503-788-6692 or For non-Orientation-related questions, contact the student life office at 503-517-7396 or