Poughkeepsie, NY
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Reviews 667 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I havent had any experience with this yet but I hear that its cheaper to live off campus.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Never had any complaints. Public transportation in NY is great and the station is 7 minutes away. There's a bus that goes straight to JFK or LGA from Grand central station. Bus is free for Vassar students and usually stops at the DMV, Social Security offices, Station, Mall, Shopper's Special. Taxis are easy to come by albeit slightly expensive.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus crime is usually restricted to stolen bikes. Security is great and there within minutes of a phone call. Blue lights everywhere. Security patrols campus roads every two-three minutes at night.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: THERE IS NO GREEK LIFE. This thing wont let me choose none for two of the questions above. Vassar is socially vibrant and diverse and all kinds of groups, teams and clubs throw parties.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The security doesn't want to get you in trouble and if you're respectful they'll let you do your thing. As long as you're mindful of other people and the community.

College Freshman

Nightlife: It really depends on who you are and what you like. There's a crazy-crowded drunk scene at the Town Houses, there are more chill scenes at the Terrace Apartments where its a more intimate group and people all know each other, there are small parties in dorm rooms and then there are the all-campus parties.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Two japanese places, Indian food (that isn't amazing but it'll do), two thai restaurants, a mexican place, several pizza places, an english place, a couple of steak houses, Chinese take-out, a coffee house, a breakfast place, a grill, a burger place.

And this is just down the road. Not complaining.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorms are great. A lot of them have been recently renovated (Davison, Jewett, Lathrop, Strong this year 2014), but still have their old charm. They each have their own character and distinct communities. It might be hard to get a single if you draw a bad number for the Housing Draw but most people do okay. Dorm pride is a thing.

There's a lot of alternative kinds of housing. Some students choose to live in Co-opertive living spaces like Ferry House, or Town Houses or Terrace Apartments for Seniors. Some live off campus because its way cheaper.

Stay away from Main and Raymond bathrooms.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Academics is unbeatable at Vassar. I have opportunities to research/work with PhDs from Oxford, UChicago and Yale as a freshman. Professors go out of their way to meet with you and mentor you. The opportunity to grow under the guidance of academic giants is incredible. Office hours extend way beyond the afternoon and its not uncommon to go for lunches with professors or be invited to their houses for long discussions.

Workload is challenging for anybody but its really what you make of it. There are more opportunities than people are even aware of, and should they go exploring the internship and fellowship offices even Juniors and Seniors may be surprised at the opportunities they find. Lots of people study abroad and several are torn between going abroad and staying at Vassar to take advantage of the brilliant and compelling courses right here.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Definitely a vibrant, diverse campus. Lots of white kids, but then its America, what do you expect. Large presence of people of colour and people across the sexual spectrum and everybody definitely strives to have their voice heard and represented on campus. International students are a close knit community.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Banks, several restaurants, post office, are just down the road. The mall, movie theaters, paintball, bowling, ice skating are all within 15-20 minutes and a free bus ride away. Locals are friendly but its not the safest city so always be careful of your personal belongings and don't travel alone at night.

4 College Freshman

Weather: There's a very very bad stretch but its pretty short. Autumn and Spring are unbeatable and the Hudson valley is beautiful.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Don't know anybody who didn't get a satisfactory aid package.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Hook up culture is big, but there are several people in relationships. Large LGBTQ presence. People are well dressed, intelligent, open minded and passionate.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drug use on campus is visible. It's very easy to obtain drugs and alcohol. But there are plenty of people who don't engage in it, and are perfectly happy.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Those who are involved really enjoy it. Its not a huge part of the social life at Vassar.

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.


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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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