A student's transition from high school to college is important and meaningful for his or her parents. Parents of new Reedies can contact the dean of students' office at 503/777-7521 with questions they have about their child's adjustment to life at Reed.
To help in the transition, parents are invited to attend Parent Orientation, which takes place during New Reedie Orientation. Please plan to join us!
Tuesday & Wednesday, August 26 & 27
We encourage all parents to attend Orientation with their student. Tuesday and Wednesday are designed for you to learn about Reed and to help your student settle in. There are many activities designed just for you. Check out the Parent Orientation events on the schedule page.
Parent Orientation Registration
The parent orientation registration form is now closed.
Humanities 110 for Parents: Explore the Odyssey
As part of the Parent Orientation, you can attend the kind of humanities conference that your student will experience throughout the year. Jay Dickson, Professor, English & Humanities, will speak on The Iliad as part of the convocation ceremony, Wednesday, August 27. On Wednesday afternoon, pre-registered parents will gather in small groups with professors to discuss the reading material and lecture. We encourage you to view more information and register.
When You Arrive at Reed
Parents, remember that you and your child need to check in separately in Kaul Auditorium on your designated check in day. View a map of campus (PDF) to find your way. If you are driving to campus, park in the west lot to access Kaul.
Explore the Pacific Northwest
Arriving early to drop off your child for the SEEDS, outdoor, or Peer Mentor Program Odysseys? See what the Pacific Northwest has to offer: from the mountains to the desert to the coast, and everything in between (including shopping without sales tax in Oregon!) Go to the Portland Oregon Visitors Association to find places to explore and to plan your trip. Need more suggestions? Stop by the parent lounge in Kaul Auditorium on Friday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.
Parents and families dropping off students on Friday, August 22, are encouraged to attend a reception at 4:30 p.m. in Kaul Auditorium's Gray lounge, where they can meet student services staff and take a break from unpacking. This reception may be especially helpful for parents who are not able to stay in Portland for the Parent Orientation.
Plan Ahead: Parent & Family Weekend
Parent & Family Weekend is a chance to experience a day in the life of your Reedie by attending classes and get a glimpse of the details common to the Reed experience. Activities begin Friday, November 7, and conclude Saturday afternoon, November 8. Online registration will be available in late August.