Reed College Orientation 2014

Monthly Reminders

June Reminders


If you haven’t received the letter with your PIN and instructions about creating your IRIS account and email, please call the orientation office at 503/777-7530. You won’t be able to get started and complete required forms until you’ve signed in to IRIS.

Most forms are due on June 15. Please fill them out as soon as possible. Descriptions for the forms appear on this site and the forms themselves are available on IRIS.

Odyssey trips fill to capacity most years. The earlier you register, the more likely you are to get a spot.

Don’t forget to check your email or set it up to forward to an account that you check frequently. You will receive important orientation information via your Reed email address and will continue to get vital information at that address during the entire time you study at Reed.


Want to bring another Reedie into your life? Reed's host family program pairs new international students with Portland-area families, providing the opportunity for cultural exchange and a mutually rewarding relationship. Students live in the Reed residence halls, but spend time with their host family at different points throughout the year, often during holidays. If you or someone you know might be interested in serving as a host family or would like more information, please contact Dana Bays, assistant dean of international student services, at or 503/517-5538. (Learn more about the program at the host family website.)

July Reminders


Forms for the Health & Counseling Center are due on July 15. You will not be able to attend classes if these forms are not turned in. Please make sure you have obtained the necessary signatures from your health care provider and mail the completed forms to the Health & Counseling Center in the confidential envelope provided in your May mailing.

Sexual assault is an important topic for all to understand. Don’t forget to complete the online sexual assault program, Unless There's Consent. If you need another email with access instructions, contact Kristin Holmberg.

Avoid waiting in line during one of the busiest times at the Reed bookstore by preordering your textbooks as well as many other things you’ll need for life on campus. All preorders will be ready for pick-up when you arrive for orientation. To place preorders, visit the bookstore website. Orders placed online by August 1 will receive a free bonus gift.


Please register for Parent Orientation. Don't delay: register today! If you have already signed up, thanks for planning ahead.

Are you planning on attending Humanities 110 for Parents? If you wish to participate, please register ahead of time so that we may plan for the appropriate number of professors to lead the conferences. If you've already registered for Parent Orientation and want to add Hum 110 for Parents to your schedule, please call 503/777-7589 or email us and let us know. You may purchase a copy of the Odyssey at the Reed bookstore. Start on your assigned reading today and set a good example for your Reedie.

August Reminders


Don't forget to check your Reed email in early August. You don't want to miss your room assignment from residence life!

Wondering what you can and cannot bring for your residence halls or what Reed provides? Check the packing list to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.

Make sure you arrive at the right time for your Orientation check-in. Early check-in is not available.

Friday, August 23, 1–5 p.m., Kaul Auditorium
SEEDS, outdoor trip and Peer Mentor Program participants (preregistration in June required to participate)
International students: contact Dana Bays if you are unsure when or where to meet.
Tuesday, August 27, 9 a.m.–2 p.m., Kaul Auditorium
All new students who are not participating in an odyssey can check in during this time.

Parents have an orientation check-in too! Come to the Gray lounge in Kaul Auditorium to check in for Parent Orientation on Friday, August 23, 1–5 p.m.; Tuesday, August 27, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; and Wednesday, August 28, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Please note that parent check-in times are different than student check-in times.

If you are dropping your child off on Friday, August 23, for odyssey check-in, please join us for a reception at 4:30 p.m. in Gray lounge, Kaul Auditorium.

Still have questions about Parent Orientation? Please feel free to email us or call 503/777-7589.