See what students say:


Vassar College is a small “academically challenging” school that offers a “perfect liberal arts feel” and seeks to broaden students’ perspectives. The “strong sense of community” is apparent both in and out of the classroom, where the school drums home the idea that “it’s all about being unique and letting your quirky characteristics shine.” “We’re asked to critically think about the world we live in and how our privilege plays into these systems,” says a student. This freedom of character is a main reason why everyone here is “excited to be with each other, which creates this school spirit that isn’t necessarily based on sports.”

The lack of core requirements is “a great opportunity for students to explore anything they want before settling into a major.” “Amazing” professors are “super accessible” and “fully engaged in the total Vassar community.” “They are willing to meet you outside their office hours if they don’t work for you,” says a student. “My professors are…spectacular at illuminating difficult material,” says a junior psychology major. Classes are all small and “most are very discussion-based”; students are “not competitive with each other, but with themselves,” which creates a more relaxed environment despite the very high academics. Many do admit that there could stand to be “more sections of the most popular classes so that the most amount of people can be happy with their course selections.”

Opportunities are there for students’ voices to be heard, and “the administration is very willing to work with the student organization to accomplish goals,” such as a ban on bottled water from dining services as a result of an initiative by the environmental group on campus. “Vassar students will do things in any way but the traditional way,” says a sophomore. “No problem goes undiscussed.” “Incredible” study abroad opportunities and a “beautiful campus” don’t hurt, either.

Student Body

The “left wing, artsy, intelligent,” and “open-minded” individuals that make up the “eclectic” student body “thrive” in the “welcoming” environs of Vassar. The “very generous” amount of need-based financial aid that is awarded “allows for wide socioeconomic diversity,” and “Freshman Orientation is a great way for people to make friends here.” Many here are philosophically minded and “strive to be as politically correct as possible,” and there is “a good amount of hipsters.” “You can definitely find at least one other student for every obscure interest you have,” assures a student.

Campus Life

“When you get here it starts to feel like home very quickly,” says a student of the “stunning” campus. “The vibe of the whole school is so chill,” but does not hamper a “vibrant extracurricular scene.” Vassar is “bursting at the seams with orgs”: there are “a ton of intramural sports teams,” nine a cappella groups, plenty of political organizations, a large performing arts contingent, and “basically anything else you can think of.” “Close-knit dormitory communities” and an emphasis on being “hyper-socially aware” lead students to be “very politically conscious and deeply involved in volunteerism and activism.”

New York City isn’t far, so some people take advantage of that, and “there are always parties you can go to if you want to,” but “there is nothing wrong with staying in and watching a movie or chatting with friends.” There is no Greek life; intellectual conversations abound at all hours, and students spend “significant time thinking about the state of the world and what’s going on within the campus community.” There are always a decent amount of weekend activities such as “concerts, comedy shows, plays, dances, etc.” Be warned: “transportation is limited to get off campus unless you own a car.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Art Rodriguez
Dean of Admission and Financial Aid

Admissions Office
124 Raymond Ave.
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Bridge for Laboratory Sciences
Class of 1951 Observatory
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
Center for Drama and Film

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Franklin Roosevelt House and Museum - Hyde Park
Elanore Roosevelt House
Vanderbilt Mansion
Walkway Over the Hudson
Mills Mansion

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions
Not Available


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
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Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
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Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

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Available in the fall only


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Stewart Airport in Newburgh is 20 miles from campus. Taxis are available for the trip from the airport to campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the New York State Thruway, use Exit 17 (Newburgh) and take I-84 eastbound across the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge to Route 9 north. Follow directions below. From Route 9 northbound, drive 9.5 miles north of the intersection of I-84 and Route 9, to exit for Spackenkill Road (Route 113). The IBM main facility is on the left. Proceed about half a mile on Spackenkill Road. Turn left at the second traffic light onto Wilbur Boulevard. Turn right when Wilbur ends at Hooker Avenue. Turn left at the first traffic light onto Raymond Avenue. Enter the college through the stone archway on the right. From Route 9 southbound, exit at Spackenkill Road (Route 113) and follow directions above.

Local Accommodations
Alumnae House - Directly across the street from the college, this charming, American-Tudor Inn has 45 guest rooms. Amenities include high-speed Internet access in guest rooms,and handicapped-accessible rooms. Rates include breakfast. For reservations call 845.437.7100, email alumnaehouse@vassar.edu or visit http://alumnaehouse.vassar.edu/index.html. A simple motel, Days Inn (62 Haight Ave.; 845-454-1010), is 2 blocks away from the college. The Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel(40 Civic Center Plaza; 845-485-5300) less than a 15 minutes away


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