A pioneer for women’s education and liberal arts education in the United States, Matthew Vassar founded Vassar College in 1861. Opening its doors to its first class of 353 students paying $350 for tuition and “residence” on September 26, 1865, the college offered young women a liberal arts education equal to that of the best men’s colleges of the day.
More than 290 faculty members, virtually all holding the doctorate or its equivalent. All classes are taught by faculty members.
Extensive career counseling and placement services as well as information and support for students seeking admission to law school or graduate school. Extensive career-mentoring network of alumnae/i.
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The student-faculty ratio is 8:1, average class size, 17. More than 70% of the faculty live on campus or nearby; one or two faculty families live in each residence hall as house fellows.
Over a million print volumes; over 50,000 serial titles; 612,000 pieces of microfilm; an ever-increasing number of electronic resources and databases.
Campus is fully wireless and wired (including residence halls.) Computer clusters are located in the residence halls, library, the College Center, the Computer Center, and many academic buildings.
1,000 picturesque acres ranging from the manicured lawns and formal gardens of the main campus to the meadows and woodlands of the Vassar Farm.
23 varsity teams (NCAA, Division III), club sports, and intramural leagues. Extensive athletic facilities, including wood floor gymnasium, elevated running track, 5,000-square-foot fitness facility, and 25-meter, six-lane pool with diving well.
At Vassar, I was encouraged to ask the unasked questions, and to explore what it means to live a moral life. My professors were deeply invested in my intellectual development, and my peers taught me just as much.
Vassar encouraged me to ask the unasked questions, and to explore what is means to live a moral life. My professors were deeply invested in my intellectual development, and my peers taught me just as much.