Orientation 2019

Getting Started

There are a few things you need to do before you arrive at Reed. Please work through all of these sections using the links provided to learn more and to access required forms. Pay close attention to the due dates for each form.

Orientation Central

Please activate and check your Reed email account to receive our communications.

Your computer account

After you deposit, you will receive a personalized letter that contains an activation code and detailed instructions for creating your Reed computer account in IRIS, the Integrated Reed Information System. IRIS, Reed's password-protected website for community members only, serves as a portal for accessing information, including required forms, your class schedule, and more.

Reed utilizes two-step authentication to protect your private information stored in IRIS. When setting up your computer account, you will be prompted to sign up for two-step with a mobile device (phone or tablet). If you encounter a problem enrolling in two-step, please contact Computer User Services at 503/777-7525 or by email at cus@reed.edu.

We will begin mailing Getting Started letters at the end of March and will continue to mail weekly throughout the summer as students submit their deposits.

If you do not receive a letter with an activation code within two weeks of submitting your deposit, please email the Orientation office or call 503/777-7530 right away. Early Decision and Early Action students should expect a letter at the end of March.

Your Reed email account

Your Reed email account is the primary way the college will communicate with you about everything from registration and housing to student employment opportunities and Gray Fund activities. Set up your Reed email account early this summer and check it often, both in the coming months and for the entire time you are at Reed.

When you set up your account in IRIS, you can choose where your Reed email will be delivered—to your Reed email inbox or to a designated forwarding address, such as Gmail. You can change your delivery selection at any time.

Forms and Information

Most forms can be filled out online. Once the forms are complete, you can be sure that your arrival on campus will be smooth.

It is VERY IMPORTANT that you read this page carefully, follow the instructions, and complete all necessary forms. Many of the forms and tasks are TIME SENSITIVE.

General Forms and Information


  • Required for all students
  • Due date: June 15, 2019

Provide emergency contact information, missing person contact information, and additional addresses for campus alerts. In the event of an emergency, you will receive announcements and instructions by phone, text message, or by email. For more information, visit the Reed Campus Alerts page.

Address & phone

  • Optional, but strongly encouraged
  • Due date: June 15, 2019

Review and update your mailing address and mobile phone number.

About you

  • Optional, but strongly encouraged
  • Due date: June 15, 2019

Use this form to update personal information, including your ID card photo, t-shirt size, preferred first name, salutation, gender, and pronouns. For more information about gender resources and services at Reed, consult Gender Inclusive Resources and FAQ.

Residence Life Forms and Information

Residence Life Application and Contract

  • Form opens May 1, 2019
  • Required for students who want to live on campus
  • Due date: June 15, 2019
  • Complete electronically by clicking on the heading above. Please visit the residence life website which can answer your housing questions or email res.life@reed.edu.

For more information about living on campus, visit the residence life website about living on campus. For dining policies and other important information, visit our policies page.

Business Office Forms and Information

Online access to your student account is available through Student Account Center at reed.afford.com. Access is by invitation only. Incoming students are sent an invitation after setting up their computer account. Once registered for Student Account Center, you may share access with family members or others by selecting Manage Account Access.

For more information about online access, visit the business office website.

Second Deposit

  • Required
  • Due date: June 1, 2019

Please submit your second deposit in order to secure your place in our incoming class. You can find deposit submission instructions on the enrollment deposit site after May 1.

Reed College Statement of Financial Responsibility

  • Required
  • Due date: June 15, 2019

Complete electronically by clicking on the box at the bottom of the form after you have read the document.

Billing Information and Release Form

  • Required
  • Due date: June 15, 2019

Who should have access to your financial records? Who should receive a tuition bill? Tell us their name, contact information, and email address on the Billing Information and Release Form. This form authorizes the business office to release detailed information about your college account to your parents, other family members, trustees, or banks. We will not release account specifics over the phone or in writing to anyone who is not authorized by you to receive such information.

For current information on tuition and fees, see the tuition and fees web page.

For information on the billing schedule, payment options, refunds, and more, visit the payment web page.


Social Security or Tax ID number

Reed College must receive your Social Security or Tax ID number to file Form 1098-T with the IRS and to furnish a statement to you. Form 1098-T contains information about qualified tuition and related expenses to help determine if you qualify for a tax credit. For more information, see IRS Pub. 970, Tax Benefits for Education.

If you do not have a Social Security or Tax ID number, you may indicate that on this form. If you do not wish to provide your taxpayer identification number, you may indicate that on this form. US citizens are required to provide the requested information or be subject to an IRS fine for failure to do so. The IRS will NOT be able to confirm your eligibility for certain education tax benefits without your social security number.

Health Insurance Waiver Form

  • Required if you opt out of Reed’s health insurance plan because you have comparable health insurance coverage while you are in Oregon, not just for emergency care.
  • Due date: Annually by the first day of classes.

If you are under 18, you must complete a paper version of this form and obtain your parent/guardian’s signature (click on the PDF link above to download).

For information about student health insurance or comparable coverage, visit the Business Office student health insurance web page.

Academic and Student Life Forms and Information

Student Academic Information Release Form

  • Required
  • Due date: June 15, 2019

On this form, you will indicate whether your parents or guardians may access your grades independently or if they will need to ask you for grade information. Because grade reports are not automatically provided to you, and because you may choose not to focus on letter grades, you may not know your exact grades. Before you come to Reed, you and your family should discuss strategies for sharing information about your academic progress.

Academic Questionnaire

  • Required
  • Due date: June 15, 2019

The college will assign you a faculty adviser based on your academic interests. The academic questionnaire will help us match your interests with those of a faculty member.

You will be able to submit this form only once. If your academic interests change significantly after you have completed the form, please email academic-support@reed.edu.

Letter of Introduction to Your Academic Adviser

  • Required
  • Due date: June 15, 2019

We ask that you write your adviser a letter before you arrive, telling them about yourself and your academic goals. Instructions and advice for writing your letter are included on the form.

You will be able to submit this form only once. If your academic interests change significantly after you have completed the form, please email academic-support@reed.edu.

Disability Accommodation Request Form

  • Required for students seeking disability-related accommodations
  • Priority deadlines:
    • June 1, 2019 for housing accommodation requests
    • August 1, 2019 for orientation accommodation requests (placement exam accommodations, accessible transport, interpreting services, etc.)
    • August 1, 2019 for academic accommodation requests

Students seeking accommodations for disability-related reasons may begin the accommodation request process by submitting a pre-appointment form and uploading relevant disability documentation through the DSS student portal. More information about our process and disability documentation guidelines can be found on the Disability Support Services website.

Student Engagement Questionnaire

  • Optional
  • Due date: June 15

This form will help us connect you to some exciting campus programs. If you don't see something you're interested in, check with student engagement. We probably have it on campus.

German Placement Exam

  • Optional
  • Due date: August 10, 2019

Placement exams will be given during Orientation. The German department strongly encourages you to take the German placement exam online over the summer.

If you plan to take German at Reed, use this opportunity to take the placement test over the summer. Doing so will give you more time to adjust to your new home and participate in New Reedie Orientation. For more information and to access the test, visit the German placement exam site.

Arabic Placement Exam

  • Optional
  • Due date: August 10, 2019

Reed students have the opportunity to take Arabic language classes at Lewis and Clark. The Arabic placement exam is administered online and may be taken during the summer. If you would like to take the exam before Orientation, please email Beth Platte at eplatte@reed.edu before August 10.

Health & Counseling Center Information

Reed’s health and counseling center (HCC) provides medical and counseling services for students. Please join us for our open house during Orientation for an opportunity to meet our staff, learn about our services, and to get your health care off to a good start!

In order to comply with state laws and regulations, certain forms must be completed and returned to the HCC. All of your health forms are available within the Student Health Portal (SHP) or through the IRIS system. You can access the SHP using the same Kerberos name and password you will use for IRIS.

Most requested health information may be entered directly into the SHP via fillable, online forms that you will find in the SHP. Required information from your health care provider should be submitted via pdf forms, located on the SHP, which can be printed, brought to your provider for completion, and returned to the health and counseling center via fax (503/777-7209), scanning and emailing to Reed health and counseling, or via US Mail in the confidential envelope provided in your Orientation Getting Started mailing.

Required documents you must complete by July 15

Student Health History

  • Required for all students

Please complete the fillable New Student Health History form in the Student Health Portal.

Immunization History

  • Required

The State of Oregon REQUIRES 2 doses of MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) for attendance at Oregon colleges. You must provide this information for ongoing registration. If you choose to waive this requirement, you must complete an online educational module, print a certificate and present it to HCC staff.

We strongly encourage all students be fully vaccinated against all vaccine preventable diseases before arrival on campus. Living in a close community increases risk of exposure and disease for everyone, but especially those who cannot vaccinate due to age or immunocompromised status.

The HCC carries most of these vaccines (at cost) and we coordinate annual, free, on campus influenza vaccine clinics every October.

Tuberculosis (TB) Screening

  • Required for all

Complete the Tuberculosis (TB) Screening Questionnaire (fillable form on the Student Health Portal). If you answer “yes” to any of the screening questions, you need to consult with a medical provider to review your exposure risk and the possible need for a TB test. Some international students and travelers from high-risk countries (see Screening Questionnaire) are more likely to require testing.

Tuberculosis (TB) Test Verification

  • Required for some

This is only needed if you had any “yes” answers to the above questionnaire. If possible, complete this form with a provider at home prior to arrival. You may be required to have a PPD skin test or a blood test and/or chest X-ray to rule out active or latent TB. Please contact the HCC with further questions.

Provider Health Assessment

  • Required for some

We ask for a completed physical examination by a licensed medical provider who is not a family member. This form is specifically required of any new student who has a chronic medical condition or is currently under a provider’s care. If you do not have a provider who knows you at home, or if the cost of an exam is prohibitive, please do not seek an urgent care visit solely to complete this form. Please call the HCC for options. Download and print the Provider Health Assessment Form (pdf) from the Student Health Portal, have it completed by your healthcare provider, and return it to Reed Health and Counseling.

Pre-Orientation Programs and Experiences Registration

Register for Reed's pre-orientation programs and pre-orientation experiences online. (Please note: International Student Orientation and Peer Mentor Program overlap—you cannot participate in more than one. Similarly, the Outdoor and SEEDS trips overlap—you cannot participate in more than one.) Financial aid for the trips is available; request to be considered for financial aid through the online registration form. Most trips fill to capacity, so the sooner you register, the better.

International Student Orientation Registration

  • Form opens: March 28, 2019
  • Due date: June 15, 2019
  • Note: International Student Orientation is required for all F-1 and J-1 visa holders.

More information

Peer Mentor Program Registration

  • Form opens: May 1, 2019
  • Due date: August 1, 2019

More information

Outdoor Experiences Application

  • Form opens: May 1, 2019
  • Due date: June 15, 2019

More information

SEEDS Community Engagement Experiences Application

  • Form opens: May 1, 2019
  • Due date: July 15, 2019

More information

In addition to completing the registration, you must complete additional forms for the trips. Be sure to submit all of the forms below that your chosen trip requires.

Waiver and Release for Pre-Orientation Programs and Experiences

  • Due date: June 15, 2019 for International Student Orientation and Outdoor trips; August 1, 2019 for Peer Mentor Program and SEEDS Experiences
  • This form is required for all pre-orientation programs and experiences

Outdoor Trips Acknowledgement of Risk

  • Due date: June 15, 2019
  • This forms is required only for outdoor experience registration

Medical Information Form

  • Due date: July 15, 2019
  • This form is required for all pre-orientation programs

Get familiar with academic expectations

You will meet with your academic adviser and register for classes during Orientation. You can begin to prepare by thinking about the classes you might want to take before you arrive. Visit the Advising and Registration page to get information on course schedules, classes without prerequisites, and college-wide credit requirements. We don't expect you to be sure about your major, but you should take a look at the required courses for different departments. Come to Orientation with a draft of a possible fall schedule so that you'll be prepared for your first meeting with your academic adviser.

For Transfer Students

We know you have specific questions related to credits and registration. The Registrar has an FAQ page just for you. Be sure to read this before you arrive. Once you're on campus, look for sessions specifically geared to transfer students during Orientation.

Sexual Assault Prevention Course

  • Required
  • Complete by: August 1, 2019

At colleges and universities across the country, sexual and relationship violence impact the lives of far too many students. While Reed is generally considered a very safe campus, we are not immune. We believe that a Reed student body that is educated about consent and respectful relationships can help to build and maintain a safer and healthier community.

You will receive an email at the beginning July with instructions about how to complete this online training program. Please come to Orientation prepared to discuss the training.

Living with the Honor Principle

The Honor Principle is one of the things that makes Reed truly unique. By entering Reed, you agree to live and work under the Honor Principle. Read this booklet to learn more about this important aspect of our community. You can also find more information at the Honor Principle website.

Understand the AOD Policy

Before you arrive for Orientation, read the college's Alcohol and Other Drug Policy. This information is important for you to understand as you make decisions about substance use during your time at Reed.

CIRP Freshman Survey

Over the summer, you will receive an email request with a personalized link to the CIRP survey, a national survey of incoming first-year college students. Please complete it between July 21 and August 22. Reed participates annually in this endeavor, which helps the college to understand incoming student expectations, academic preparedness, student demographic characteristics, and issues surrounding college financing. Your responses to the CIRP survey are confidential.

On-Campus Work Opportunities

All currently enrolled students are eligible to work in on-campus student positions. For more information on student work at Reed, please see the Student Work Office.

Incoming students can see open positions on Handshake, Reed’s student job board. Search for on-campus positions by selecting the “on-campus” filter.

Most jobs on campus require a resume, and many require a cover letter. These are great things to work on over the summer before you start classes at Reed. If you would like help with a resume or cover letter, the Center for Life Beyond Reed offers resources for job applications as well as appointments with career advisers.

If you plan on looking for on-campus jobs, you’ll need to fill out employment paperwork. Bring the necessary documents in order to complete this paperwork at Orientation.

Contact us

Student engagement office