by Sue Luse
Vassar is located in Poughkeepsie, NY, about an hour and a half from NYC, on the Hudson river. The college campus is a combination of old and new architecture with a stunning library and performing arts center. We stayed in the historic town of Rhinebeck, about 20 minutes away.
Some notes about Vassar College:
- Students at Vassar were diverse and from all over
- No core curriculum
- Can triple major
- English, psychology, biology, economics, political science are the most popular majors
- Lang requirement
- AP level will waive if you get 4 or 5
- 40 percent study abroad
- 1000 courses to choose from – can register for 7 then drop down to 4 so can shop around for best fit
- 2500 students
- Good advising for both majors and minors
- Field work is what they call internships – must do a normal and submit a paper. Vassar sets up field work in the area and provides transportation.
- Students can also intern in NYC who want to get experience working in museums, PR firms, businesses, medical institutions, law firms and on Wall Street
- There is a Metro Link to New York City
- 22 percent acceptance rate, most rigorous possible high school curriculum required
- Students reviewed from the context of their high school
- Students should take all 5 core classes, English, Math, Science, world language and social studies all four years, and take as many AP courses as possible.
- 3.8 GPA
- ACT with writing 30-33
- Will super score all test scores – send all scores
- Early Decision has a 10-15 percent higher acceptance
- Extra-curriculars important, looking for leadership
- 20 percent in Division III sports, the rest in club and intramural sports
- Students are assigned to one of 9 “houses”, they live in the same house for three years
- There are house fellows who are faculty families who live in the house
- Went co-ed in 1969
- Plan to expand sciences
- Fun fact, the barefoot monks are one of the hundreds of student groups at Vassar, they are a juggling club.
- Who does well at Vassar? Ones who have learned how to balance rigorous academics and their activities.
- Their library closes at 12 because they want students to go home and sleep!
- Poughkeepsie has 120,000 people in the area
- Students do not go into the city all that much, because Vassar has such a multitude of things to do on campus.
For more information, check out Vassar’s website: www.vassar.edu