Student Life Office


Transfer and non-traditional students are a vibrant part of the Reed College community, bringing important life experiences that enhance the college experience inside and outside the classroom.

Non-traditional students are generally defined by age (usually outside of the traditional college age range of 18-22), as well as by life circumstances different from the typical traditional college student. Some non-traditional students may be returning to college after taking a leave of absence or entering college for the first time after delaying enrollment due to professional, military or family responsibilities. At Reed, "non-traditional" is intentionally broadly defined and includes any student who self-identifies with this group. 

This guide is a comprehensive summary of resources and support specific to transfer, non-traditional, and commuting students. 

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Transfer Student Orientation

While transfer students often have a great deal of experience, knowledge, and an understanding of college life, there are many benefits to participating in Orientation at Reed. Orientation events are planned to help with accessing resources at Reed, advising specific to Reed's academic program, registering for classes, and connecting with fellow Reed students, staff and faculty. 

Spring 2020: Incoming transfer students for the Spring 2020 semester are encouraged to attend orientation events specific to transfer students. Incoming students will receive an email soon with specific event details.

Fall 2020: Incoming transfer students are encouraged to attend Reed's Orientation Week. Transfer students are invited to attend Orientation events with all new students as well as transfer student-specific events. Visit the Orientation website for the full Orientation schedule and detailed information.


The Registrar's Office answers commonly asked questions about registration, credit transfers, and degree planning here: Transfer Student FAQs. Ben Bradley (, 503-777-7295) in the Registrar's Office is the main contact for students navigating the credit evaluation and transfer process. 


Residence Life offers transfer and non-traditionally aged students multiple on-campus housing options, including the Transfer/Non-Trad Houses. Learn more about on-campus housing options for transfer and non-traditionally aged students here

Information and strategies for finding convenient and affordable off-campus housing in the Portland area can be found in the Reed Off-Campus Housing Guide. Students who reside off-campus may also benefit from reviewing the commuter resources summarized below. 

Social connections

The Office for Student Engagement helps students build meaningful connections to one another and the broader Reed community. The student engagement office supports student-run organizations and coordinates on- and off-campus entertainment and educational events. Visit Reed's events calendar to learn more about on-campus events. 

Transfer & Non-Trad Student Group: The Transfer & Non-Trad Student Group is new as of Fall 2019, and open to all new and returning transfer and non-traditional students. Students can opt-in to join a listserv for organizing informal on- and off-campus social events with other transfer and non-trad students. All students are welcome who self-identify as "non-traditional" in any way. To join email the coordinator Anna Volz at

Support and Assistance

Students needing assistance identifying and connecting to appropriate support and resources at the college are invited to visit the Student Life Office in Eliot 218. The Student Life Office's primary purpose is to help students access campus resources, particularly during difficult situations. Students can make an appointment with Assistant Dean for Student Support Britt Q. Hoover using her online calendar or walking in to the Student Life Office (Eliot 218) during business hours. 

Commuter Resources

No matter where you choose to live —on or off campus— we want you to feel at home at Reed! Approximately 20% of Reed students live off-campus for a variety of reasons and preferences. Students who reside off-campus often face different challenges than on-campus residing students, such as managing a daily commute, balancing home and academic responsibilities, and connecting to the broader campus community. Reed offers multiple resources to help students make the most of their time on-campus:


Students can reach Reed's campus via foot, bike, public transit, or personal vehicle. Information about transportation options, parking, bike storage, and subsidized public transit passes can be found here.

Starting in Fall 2019, students who qualify and sign up for an honored citizen bus pass through TriMet will have the cost of a monthly honored citizen pass fully covered by Reed! Learn more about if you qualify and how to sign up for an honored citizen pass at

Dining & Food Service

Students who live off-campus are welcome to use Reed's on-campus dining and cafe options. Students are welcome to use the self-service microwaves in Commons during open hours to heat up their personal meals. 

Off-campus students may purchase Commuter Commons Cash at any time during the semester at the cashier’s window in Eliot. A 10% bonus is added to all Commuter Commons Cash purchases by Bon Appetit. Commuter Commons Cash can be used in the new grab-and-go Marketplace.

The Reed Community Pantry (RCP) provides nonperishable food items, toiletries, hygiene products, clothing, books, and more at no cost to members of the Reed community. The RCP is open during the hours posted on their website or by arrangement by contacting


Students can securely store personal belongings on-campus in reserved lockers. Students can rent lockers in the following locations: 

  • Library: Lockers are available for rent ($5 for the year charged to your student account). The lockers are located on L2 and LL1 by the staircase, and LL1 between north and west stacks. To request a locker, visit the main circulation desk in the Library. 
  • Sports Center: Lockers, baskets, and locks are available for daily use or academic year rental ($20/academic year) from the Sports Center Cage.
  • GCC Ground Level: Students can reserve the lockers by the mailroom by visiting the Student Life Office in Eliot 218 between 9am and 5pm. There is no cost to rent but you must provide your own lock. Lockers are available on a first serve, first come basis.
Computer labs and study spaces

All currently enrolled students can use the computer labs on the main floor of the educational technology center (ETC). These computer labs are open to students 24 hours a day. These labs contain Apple computers that run both Macintosh and Windows software, printers, scanners, and other equipment. A variety of software for course assignments and independent work is available as well. Departmental and specialized computer labs can be found throughout the campus.

Students can also study before, between or after classes in the Library. Information about open workspaces and hours for the Library can be found here.

Student use spaces

The following are open-use or reservable spaces for students looking to relax or catch up with friends before, between or after classes:

Safety and Security

All students - regardless if they live on- or off-campus - have access to support and safety resources at the college. Please see Key Resources for Students for a list of important campus resources. Highlighted below are resources particularly salient to students living off-campus:

Community Safety

Community Safety Officers are on duty 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In addition to patrolling campus areas for security concerns, CSOs provide community services such as safety escorts and vehicle jump-starts in campus parking lots. CSOs takes crime reports and respond to on-campus emergencies in coordination with the Student Life Office and local emergency services as necessary. Students experiencing emergencies off-campus should call 911 or local emergency services directly for assistance.

Night Bus

The Night Bus is a shuttle service provided by Reed to help students who live off campus get home safely late at night. The Night Bus picks up at Eliot Circle. Hours of operation and shuttle boundary information can be found here.

Emergency Housing

Students who find their housing (whether on- or off-campus) unsafe or inhabitable can call Community Safety (503/517-5355) to request use of a temporary on-campus emergency room. Two rooms are available for short-term use (no more than 72 hours). During business hours students can also request use from the Assistant Dean for Student Support (, Eliot 218). The Assistant Dean for Student Support can assist students in making a plan if longer term housing if needed. 


If you have questions or suggestons about the resources listed in this guide, please contact Assistant Dean for Student Support Britt Q. Hoover (, 503/777-7521, Eliot 218).


This guide and the continued development of resources dedicated to transfer, non-traditional, and commuting students at Reed College is a direct outcome from the Transfer & Non-Traditional Student Project sponsored by the Social Justice Research & Education Fund. Special thanks to the Transfer & Non-Traditional Student Intern Anna Volz for her leadership and dedication to addressing the needs of this important student population.