New Students

Orientation Experiences

Each year, Reed offers several unique Orientation opportunities to first-year students.

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Students can connect to the greater Portland community, learn more about Reed, and build lasting relationships with classmates.

Orientation experiences are optional (with the exception of International Student Orientation, which is required for international students), 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. Note: International Student Orientation is required for all international students, and registration is open. Registration for The Peer Mentor Program, Virtual Outdoor Experience, and SEEDS Community Engagement opens May 1. 

What are International Student Orientation and the Peer Mentor Program?

There are two pre-Orientation programs designed for specific groups of students: International Student Orientation and the Peer Mentor Program. Both programs begin on August 18 and continue through August 21. Students participating in these programs will be able to move into their residence halls on Tuesday, August 18, beginning at 9 a.m.

International Student Orientation and the Peer Mentor Program begin on Friday, August 21, and return to campus on Monday, August 24, in time for the start of general Orientation. Participants can also register for the Virtual Outdoor Experience program and/or a SEEDS experience, which begin on August 29th. 

What is a SEEDS experience?

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!

What is the Virtual Outdoor Experience?

The Office of Athletics, Fitness and Outdoor Programs will be offering a Virtual Outdoor Experience program for incoming first year students. We are shifting from our traditional pre-orientation outdoor experiences to a 10 week long virtual program over the fall that will introduce you to outdoor engagement, education, leadership and learning!

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 the Virtual Outdoor Experience?

Participating in this virtual program 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!

What are the financial costs for these experiences?

Due to the changes this year, the SEEDS and Virtual Outdoor Experiences will be at no cost to participants. For SEEDS, this includes meals, transportation, and all supplies associated with the community engagement activities.

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 program coordinator 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.