Spring Symposium

January 29–March 18 and April 1, 2020
Wednesdays, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Dinner served at all meetings!

Spring Symposium offers students in their first year at Reed (including new transfer students) the opportunity to join a small community focused on enhancing academic skills and savvy in order to get the most from a Reed education. Students in the program will learn strategies for improved academic performance and build relationships within Reed’s intellectual community.

Organized into small groups, students are paired with three cohort leaders—a faculty member, a staff member, and a student peer mentor—who offer hands-on, personalized help with study strategies, goal setting, time management, and use of support resources. Optional social events are available throughout the semester.


  • Workshops are small and activity-based; you’ll get to know faculty, staff, and fellow students as you work together to master new skills.
  • The skills and savvy you develop in the workshops will help you to be more effective and efficient in your second semester coursework. The time you invest in Spring Symposium will be repaid in increased effectiveness in meeting your immediate academic goals.
  • You'll gain the knowledge and skills to navigate Reed's resources and find those that are right for you.
  • The small cohorts are designed to increase your sense of connection and confidence as a member of Reed’s intellectual community.
  • Space is limited in order to ensure a small and personalized experience for participants.

To apply

All students in their first year at Reed, including transfer students, are invited to apply. The online application process is fast and simple (no more than ten minutes).

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis beginning Monday, October 14, and continue until the program is full for 2020. For priority consideration, apply by Friday, December 6.

Applications for Spring Symposium 2020 are now closed.

Anticipated schedule for Spring Symposium 2020

Week 1: introductions and team building: the art of collaborative learning
Week 2: core values as an engine of academic success
Week 3: the art and science of getting things done: time management and the writing process
Week 4: effective conference preparation and participation
Week 5: the art of the office hour visit: mock office hours with real professors
Week 6: health, well-being, and fitness as engines of academic success: discussions and activities with Health & Counseling Center and Athletics, Fitness, and Outdoor Programs staff
Week 7: finding your community of purpose: meet the Peer Career Advisers and Center for Life Beyond Reed staff
Week 8: the library is not just for seniors: research skills you can master and use right now, hands-on mini research project with Librarians

April 1: Dinner with President Audrey Bilger