Mid-year 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.

We will begin mailing Getting Started letters at the end of March and will continue to mail weekly 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 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, 2018

Provide emergency contact information, missing person contact information, and additional addresses for 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, 2018

Review and update your mailing address and mobile phone number.

About you

  • Optional, but strongly encouraged
  • Due date: June 15, 2018

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, 2018
  • Required for students who want to live on campus
  • Due date: June 15, 2018
  • 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 15, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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.

Reed College Direct Deposit Authorization Form

  • Required
  • Due date: June 15, 2018

Complete electronically by entering your own—NOT your parent or guardian’s—banking information and authorizing direct deposits for payroll and non-payroll credits (financial aid refund and other miscellaneous reimbursements).

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 have comparable coverage and are opting out of Reed’s health insurance.
  • Due date: Annually by the first day of classes.

You are automatically enrolled in the appropriate domestic or international student health insurance plan each semester. If you have your own comparable health coverage and do not want to join the Reed plan, you must complete the insurance waiver form. Once a complete waiver is submitted a waiver credit is applied to your account.

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

For information about student health insurance and international student health insurance, visit the Business Office student health insurance web page.


Academic and Student Services Forms and Information

Student Academic Information Release Form

  • Required
  • Due date: June 15, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018 for housing accommodation requests
    • August 1, 2018 for orientation accommodation requests (placement exam accommodations, accessible transport, interpreting services, etc.)
    • August 1, 2018 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
  • Date due: 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

Placement exams will be given during Orientation. If you would prefer, you can choose 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

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

Provider Health Assessment
A physical examination must be completed by a licensed medical provider (physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner) who is not a family member. Download and print the Provider Health Assessment Form (pdf) from the SHP, have it completed by your health care provider, and return it to Reed health and counseling.

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

Information about required and recommended immunizations can be found in the SHP. Please enter the requested information in the fillable form.

The State of Oregon requires two MMR vaccinations for attendance at Oregon Colleges. You must provide this information for ongoing registration. If you request an exemption to the measles/MMR requirement, print the measles/MMR exemption form (pdf found on the SHP), have it completed by your health care provider, and return it via mail, fax, or scan and email to Reed health and counseling.

We strongly encourage all students to be vaccinated for meningitis and hepatitis before your arrival at Reed. Students are also encouraged to receive the annual influenza vaccine. Visit the Health and Counseling Center web site to review vaccine preventable diseases.

Tuberculosis (TB)
Complete the Tuberculosis (TB) Screening Questionnaire (fillable form on the SHP). 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
This is only needed if you require a TB test based upon the Screening Questionnaire and medical consultation described above. Print the TB Test Verification form (pdf), along with the Screening Questionnaire, and consult with your medical provider regarding your need for a TB test.

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
Due date: June 15
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
Due date: August 1
More information

Outdoor Experiences Application
Form opens: May 1
Due date: June 15
More information

SEEDS Community Service Experiences Application
Form opens: May 1
Due date: July 15
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 for International Student Orientation and Outdoor trips; August 1 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
This forms is required only for outdoor experience registration.

Medical Information Form
Due date: July 15
This form is required for all pre-orientation programs.

Study on Your Own

Get familiar with academic expectations

You will meet with your academic advisor 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 Academic Support 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.

Think About It: Sexual Misconduct Prevention Course*

  • Required
  • Complete by: August 1

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.

Alcohol and other drugs are part of many students’ experiences during college. The choice to use alcohol and drugs can have negative impacts on both your academics and your life. This program also shares information about making mature decisions when it comes to substance use.

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.

*Referred to as Haven in the Getting Started brochure mailing.

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 15 and August 16. 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.

Contact us

Student engagement office