Poughkeepsie, NY
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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The classes I've taken so far at Vassar have been very interesting, and the professors very intelligent. Most are open to meeting with you whenever possible, and all have office hours specifically for students. Class sizes are a lot smaller than most other schools'. Overall it is very nice.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Vassar is pretty great about setting people up with connections and internships, and since it is a "prestigious" school, the name means a decent amount.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Vassar has a stunningly beautiful campus. Most of the buildings are pretty old, but they are well put together (with an exception made for some of the quad dorms)

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I generally feel safe on campus, though walking alone at night is never comfortable.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a couple of good places right off campus, but they can be pricey. And for late-night there's always Acrop.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I am getting a decent amount of financial aid from my school - it takes a while to apply (as always) but Vassar is generally pretty good about giving people the money they need to attend, at least in my experience

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: The school is Division 3, so it's not like anyone coming here comes for athletics anyway. Some of the sports teams are really good, but they're not heroes on campus or anything.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The students here are pretty great - at least the ones I've met.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I personally love my dorm - the bathrooms are nice and the people are very friendly. However I know this changes from dorm to dorm.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The school goes by the honor code, which works well for some things and not so well for others. Luckily they are more focused on you being safe than getting you in trouble

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The area around the school is nice, but Poughkeepsie as a town/city does not have that much to offer, and getting off campus to the fun places can be difficult

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Not the most diverse college campus, but definitely more diverse than my hometown

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It isn't that nice but it is cheaper than the on campus housing

3 College Freshman

Majors: Pretty good for the most part

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Very nice and green open space for the most part.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: To be honest, students don't go out into the town much. It seems nice but I have not yet gotten a chance to explore!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I love living on campus! Freshman have to live on campus. There are "better" dorms and "worse" dorms but almost everyone has dorm pride.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The campus as a whole is pretty lenient. There are security measures in place but nothing over the top.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Vassar is really good with financial aid in that they give out a lot of money. The people at the financial aid office aren't always completely helpful though.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Sometimes problems arise with people not realizing their privilege, but Vassar students are more aware than those at other institutions.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: People are not really stuck up or preppy, even though many people are rich. Some party, but there's no pressure.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel really safe walking alone on campus at any hour. Unfortunately, some things do happen on the edge of campus sometimes at night (thefts). I recently noticed that a couple of the blue lights from the blue light system are broken.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: A lot of people complain about the food, but it's actually pretty good. In my opinion, the deece is great for dinner and the Retreat is good for lunch. Just be careful not to use all your dining bucks too fast!

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: People aren't really into school spirit and going to sports games.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The campus and outdoor areas are beautiful. It has a nice athletic center an amazing library. Campus events are good, but some people complain that they lack variety.


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Sam Murray
Bend, IN
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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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