New Students

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 503-517-7396 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.

When is Parent & Family Orientation?

Reed's Parent & Family Orientation will be held in person on Monday, August 21, and Tuesday, August 22, 2023. Convocation will be held on Tuesday, August 22, 2023.

What are the current COVID-19 Protocols?

All participants and on-campus visitors (including children) must be prepared to provide proof of vaccination (or a negative result from a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours) to attend. All attendees will be required to follow the regulations set in Reed College’s COVID-19 Response and Action Plan.  Face coverings are strongly recommended in all indoor locations and under the Convocation tent.

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

Sessions will be recorded and available following the event. Recordings will be available the week of August 29.

The Supporting your Student with Disabilities session will not be recorded due to the private and personal content discussed. We invite you to schedule a one-on-one 30 minute appointment with DAR, to address your individual concerns and answer any questions you may have. Schedule an appointment

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). Students participating in either International Student Orientation or the Peer Mentor Program move in early, on Thursday, 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 early check-in and Monday?

Here are a few great options:

  • Accompany your student to check-in on Thursday. 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 Thursday 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. New students should request housing by June 1. A link to all required new student forms, including the housing request form, is on the New Student Website. More information about move-in is available 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.

Where can I buy supplies for my student?

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

The bookstore has partnered with OCM for linen preorders. To guarantee arrival in time for pickup during Orientation, all orders through OCM must be placed by July 23, 2022.

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

We encourage your student to preorder books and supplies from the Reed bookstore. All preorders will be ready for pickup when your student arrives for Orientation. Preorders should be placed by Monday, August 1

Other questions?

For questions about Orientation, contact Reed's Orientation team at 503-788-6696 or For non-Orientation-related questions, contact the Student Life office at 503-517-7396 or