Greek Life

Portland, OR
Admission Difficulty
More statistics . . .
YesI'm interested, let this school know MaybeBookmark for later NoShow me better matches What does it mean to express interest?
Oops! There was an error.

Reload the page and try again.

Saving your interest We will attempt to notify this school of your interest. This school has been saved to your schools listyour schools list. This school has been removed from your recommended schools list.
For more schools, visit your recommended schools list.


{{ error }}
College Freshman

Greek Life: Reed has no sororities nor fraternities, and we like it that way! There are plenty of ways to get involved in the social scene though, so don't worry.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Greek Life: From what I gather, there is no Greek life at Reed.

Niche User

Greek Life: Did you mean Greek or geek? If the former, then no, it doesn't dominate the social scene. If you meant the latter, then it definitely dominates the social scene.

2 people found this useful Report
Niche User

Greek Life: Greek life is like Socrates. Plato had become infuriated at dialectical pedagogy and decided to be a farmer instead.

Niche User

Greek Life: It doesn't exist, unless you count the students who can speak ancient Greek.

2 people found this useful Report

{{review.SectionLabel}} at {{review.EntityName}}:

{{review.Votes}} found this useful - Did you? Was this useful? Yes Report

Sorry, there are no reviews.

  • {{settings.pageNumber}} of {{settings.maxPages}}
  • Pages:
  • ... {{page}}

Rankings View more rankings . . .

This school isn't ranked within Greek Life yet.

We haven't gathered enough student surveys yet to rank this school. If you are a student at this school, help out and take the college student survey!

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Ben DuPree
Los Angeles, Calif.
View all previous student authors

The Greek life at Reed is not what you would expect. If you consider fraternities, sororities, and their gatherings as the equivalent to Greek life, then Reed might come as something of a shock. No fraternities or sororities exist here. In light of the shortage of the traditional college social scene at Reed, when you mention "Greek life," most assume you're referring to the popular classics department and the required first-year class on Greece and Rome: "Humanities 110." Do not fear; if you desire raucous bacchanals and other wild parties, then the Reed community will be more than happy to occasionally oblige. That being said, the Greek life is nontraditional, unique, and highly-enlightening, and you might even be able to get drunk in the process.

Most Reedies associate Homer, the Odyssey, Plato, and many other famous Greek writers, thinkers, and political players as key pieces of Greek life at Reed. From the beginning of a Reed student's first year, the professors press classic Greek and Roman literature and thought into our minds. On the anvil of the classics, a Reed student is forged; through readings and writings of Greece and Rome, professors impart the key elements of a higher education: skills in comprehension, critical writing, and discussion. Every Reed student must take the first-year humanities course on Greece and Rome; it is as much a rite of passage as is any event that a traditional fraternity and sorority might use to gauge the mettle of prospective members. Oddly enough, the Greek life at Reed does dominate the social scene in the same way that a fraternity or sorority would.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Freshman Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Freshman Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
Did You Know?
Although no traditional Greek system exists at Reed, the school does have its share of cathartic, bacchanal-style parties. For example, the end-of-the-year festival, Renn Fayre, is a three-day-long experience combining fun, fireworks, craziness, and anything you could imagine. There are numerous parties throughout the year, such as the Classics Dorm's wine and cheese symposium and Toga Formal, which make an attempt at portraying actual Greek life through food, merriment, and drink.

Student Polls

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 6 responses

  • 0% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 100% No special housing is available.
  • 0% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 0% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
pageviews remaining

Non-registered users are limited to 5 school profile page views per month.

Register for free to gain full access!