Location
Poughkeepsie, NY
Undergrads
2,370
Tuition
$46,270
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 651 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: No student discounts but very convenient in various aspects

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3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: A very large population of LGBTQ.

A lot of hipsters.

A lot of white upper middle class

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5 College Senior

Academics: Rigorous but undoubtedly the best education on par to ivy leagues.

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3 College Senior

Diversity: Very diverse in terms of sexuality.

Trying to improve ethnic/racial diversity and economic background

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3 College Senior

Athletics: Vassar focuses more on education and other activities. Not heavily involved in sports

5 College Senior

Majors: Very lenient in terms of requirements. Only need one language credit, one freshman writing seminar, and one quantitative class; the remainder you can take whatever you want in addition to major requirements.

College Senior

Greek Life: No sororities in this school and no differential treatment for greeks

College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Did not experience off-campus housing

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: There are lots of hiking trails, little museums, and plenty of restaurants.

2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Poughkeepsie is a seedy, semi run-down town that most people dislike. That's why the majority of Vassar students don't frequently leave campus.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Honestly a lot of people drink here and a portion of the student body smokes weed, but overall there's no pressure to use any substances. You might feel left out because everyone else is getting drunk on the weekends, but nobody's going to pressure you to drink; alcohol costs money, I want more for myself.

2 College Freshman

Transportation: The campus shuttle will take you to different parts of campus during the week and to the mall on weekends at select times. Other than that you're stuck using the expensive taxis that charge per-person, so splitting a taxi is pointless.

2 College Freshman

Weather: The early fall and spring are nice, warm, and sometimes sunny, but the winter is long, cruel, and you spend 99% of it indoors hiding from the snow.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Everyone is pretty much expected to bring their own computer and be able to constantly use it for classes. Computer labs are always available, but having a laptop is still essential here.

1 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Hardly anyone lives off-campus, and those who do don't speak too highly of it. Poughkeepsie isn't a nice place.

5 College Freshman

Majors: Vassar allows people to enroll in a variety of courses whether or not they pertain to your major, and basically allows you to build up credits the way you want. I really enjoy this system because it gives students a lot of academic freedom and allows them to try many courses out before settling on a major.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Although the Biology program pales in comparison to the art, music, and drama programs, it's still great and one of the best in the nation.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Overall the Campus is predominantly white, but we do have substantial amounts of students of most other ethnicity. I personally know a lot of international students and believe that Vassar has been doing a good job of increasing diversity here over the years.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel really safe and they offer many services that are helpful.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's good if you want to use drugs, but they also have Wellness Hallways where you opt in and drugs and alcohol are not allowed.

2 College Freshman

Academics: They have a bad course selection for biology. I can't get into classes because there aren't enough teachers.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It can be cold. A lot of snow this year (2013-2014).

3 College Freshman

Weather: This winter, we got over 100 inches of snow... and it kept snowing until March. But Spring here is beautiful, and so is fall. If you can handle the brisk winter from early November to early March, and don't mind precipitation, it's great. The campus looks great in snow and rain!

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Vassar values diversity and works hard to create a student body that reflects all of human kind. There are many foreign students (all very wealthy however) as well as Americans of all ethnicities. Sexuality is always on debate here; it is a haven for the LGBTQ community. The huge student aid fund and Questbridge also provide more economic diversity on campus. Religious diversity is also accepted and students practice all over the spectrum. Politically, everyone is pretty liberal. Many students try to be very accepting of differences in race, gender-identity, and sexuality, but there is next to NO acceptance of Republicans or general conservatives. Sometimes I even feel uncomfortable here as a moderate liberal, that's how strong party affiliation is. Given the immense diversity in the student body, it often seems as if the school lacks any sense of community.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: There is no bar/club scene basically, because the Vassar bubble keeps you on campus. But NYC isn't far away, so if you really need it for a weekend, you can go to the city. It's easy for freshmen to get alcohol from upperclassmen and there's small parties most weekends. Underclassmen can party just as easily as upperclassmen, but most action is on campus, as taxis are expensive.

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Sam Murray
Hometown
Bend, IN
Major
Philosophy/Economics
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Perhaps it's all the marijuana on campus, but Vassar students, for the most part, seem happy. As a matter of fact, Vassar students were ranked the second happiest student body in the country in 2002. And what's not to be happy about? Vassar students are spoiled with brilliant professors who spend most waking hours teaching and mentoring their students. Among breathtaking campus facilities and endless acres of greenery to play on, you'll find academic freedom and a highly-intellectual and interesting student body. There are an infinite number of activities with which to busy yourself, and a social environment as open as a Colorado sky.

Probably the biggest complaint among students is the small size and "bubble-like" quality of Vassar living, which at times can be limiting. But few schools have a community this small and as liberating and far from the social hierarchies of high school as Vassar's. At Vassar, it's not about fitting in; it's not even about fitting. The school is full of independent-minded individuals, some of whom are athletes, performers, comedians, musicians, artists, tree-hugging hippies, political and social activists, and some whom are all or none of the above. You won't be pigeonholed into a particular identity; you can be a flip-flopper at Vassar. Vassar is not necessarily "real life," but it is a place that affords the opportunity for students to develop close relationships with their professors and each other, to try things they have never done before, and to create a large impact on a small community. You will learn a lot at Vassar, as academics are demanding and spill over into every facet of student life. You will bounce around ideas with other students and your professors all day and night long. You will be supported, while at the same time, be given a great deal of freedom. After four years at Vassar, you will be ready to go, while at the same time, never wanting to leave.

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