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.