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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Vassar College is mostly safe due to a great presence of security and other similar services. However, people should be careful of their belongings and of each other. In addition, there are those blue light stations around campus that people can easily use for emergencies and concerns relating to safety. But they are not evenly dispersed throughout campus to the point that there are places where there were none of those stations nearby.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Class sizes are usually small so there are more opportunities to ask questions and participate in discussions during class. Professors are also more accessible to students through office hours and appointments, which are very helpful for students struggling in class, trying to figure out future opportunities, or just want to talk to them more about a certain topic of interest. Furthermore, there are a huge variety of interesting courses to take especially when Vassar only has three core requirements--a quantitative analysis (math and science-based) course, a freshman writing seminar, and familiarity with a foreign language (whether through a year-long course, AP/SAT Subject test, or testing out).

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: So far, I found the career center very helpful because they provide many opportunities to learn more about career prospects such as workshops, drop-in hours, and other events. However, I am not at the point when I really need to figure out my career prospects yet in order to fully appreciate those kinds of services at my college.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Vassar College don't have Greek life, but there are other places available for partying such as the Mug or the Town Apartments (TA's).

3 College Freshman

Athletics: There are varsity sports, intramural, and club sport teams available for students interested in sports, but they are not widely popular or attended by other students at Vassar. I don't even know much about the sports teams, and I never went to a sport game before as of now. In addition, sports are not as big as in other schools because Vassar don't have football or a cheerleader team. However, the sport teams played pretty well despite not having a great presence on campus.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Overall, I have enjoyed my time at Vassar College so far. The people here are so friendly and eager to support me whenever I have concerns. Also, I appreciate the efforts that Vassar College tried to put into making a more open and diverse campus despite some complications along the way. If I did the application process all over again, I would still choose to go to Vassar (if I got accepted).

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: It's fun, there are the town houses, the terrace apartments and the mug but you often have to look for stuff going on

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: It has a good impact as you can make a lot of friends at parties when they do happen.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: There is diversity in terms of race, sexuality, religion etc. Not much variation in political beliefs.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Classes are good, most people study in the library. Very difficult though so you have to work for your grades.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are fun, social spaces, the bathrooms are clean and the facilities are acceptable to us.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: The sports teams are really involved with lots of bonding opportunities

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are always reports of thefts and stuff on campus but there are blue light boxes everywhere so you're never really unsafe at any point.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is a prominent drug scene at the school though you don't have to partake if you don't want to.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The professors are friendly and willing to help, they are very passionate about their subjects and the small class size means high level of student engagement.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There are a lot of alumni resources available online and the CDO always has events to keep us in the loop.

2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: They're ready to help but these problems still happen.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Some professors are great but not all are understanding.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Out there but you have to look.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletics seem good, but the gym for normal students is small.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Not a large amount of social life.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: no frat parties here, the best parties are usually the ones where it's you and a bunch of friends hanging at someone's appartment (and karaoke)

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There's a lot of access to alcohol, it's definitely avoidable depending on what you plan to do on a weekend but if you go to a party it's going to be there and it might be kind of awkward to be the only one not drinking.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Great professors, you can almost always get into the classes you want

3 College Freshman

Diversity: very visible LGBTQ student body, acceptance among peers, usually get admin support

Have been issues around treatment of students of color on campus, at the stage where there is a lot of discussion and movement towards bettering resources and campus policies

not much religious diversity because a lot of people are not super religious, but most are accepting towards those who are

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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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