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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The community is amazing and just as engaging as the academics.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Still trying to find more orgs to join, but there are many options. Some great professors and challenging but not too work-heavy classes that are interesting.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Although the school has a history for being for the wealthy upper middle class, it has been changing. The financial aid for low income students is top notch and honestly, the best I've gotten. The financial office is great and unlike some other colleges, they keep their promise to keep education affordable for all 4 years for low income students.

However, sometimes being a student of color from low income area can be difficult socially and can affect how you are seen and judged.

But however, the professors are great and most are very eager to make sure you comprehend the topic at hand and makes you think deeply. Great education. The party and the social scene however cam be bit monotonous and tedious and there is that Vassar bubble.

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3 College Junior

Local Area: Lots of the rich kids who've never been outside of their own gated communities love to say Poughkeepsie is "sketchy." It's a quiet, small town being sucked dry by the surrounding colleges.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I can't believe the amount of horrible professors at this school I've had! The title of the courses and its description always sound so interesting, and then the actual class is hell. Professors here are far from "brilliant" and they're pushing the ones that actually are out of the school.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Sure, a degree from Vassar is "valuable," but at the cost of your mental health and self-esteem! I'd never redo my college experience at Vassar. They don't really care about students unless they have money.

2 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Dating isn't impossible, but it can be pretty excruciating. Many students are in long-term relationships, others love to hook-up or not date at all. Lots of the upperclassmen can be predatory towards younger students. Slim pickin's!!

2 College Junior

Health & Safety: Mental health services are available, but laughable. I literally had a friend go into Baldwin with a broken ankle and all they gave her was ibuprofen. Security have come under heat for racial profiling. The women of color who are security guards have always been friendly and done their jobs well.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I think off-campus housing is great, but if you don't have the money or know the right people you can get stuck on campus for all four years.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: There are kids who get routinely wasted every weekend, and there are those who don't. It's really a mixed bag. If you now the right people, you'll find a decent party. I feel like the party scene's died down in recent years, though. Also, people can be pretty cliquey so if you go into the wrong party you'll feel it.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I love the restaurants around campus, but it's not feasible to eat out every day as a student unless you've got that kind of money.

2 College Junior

Administration: The Vassar administration is very bias towards those students with the most money. If you're a low-income student of color, you can find yourself SOL and in some cases unfairly targeted and charged with offenses.

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3 College Junior

Scholarships: The scholarships are generous, but tuition increases every year.

2 College Junior

Campus Food: It's totally bearable to be on the meal plan, but I would never do it again. The deece get boring really fast if you're not a creative cook. The food is beyond horrible. The Retreat is a bit better, but it costs an arm and a leg. There are also restaurants around campus that I've grown to love, but it can get expensive to eat out all the time.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Freshmen can't choose which dorm they want to live in, but they ca choose their roommates. They set-up a little Facebook group so they can get to know each other. Cute, but after that it can be very stressful. I've seen friendships die right before my eyes during room draw. You have to get creative to boost your draw number sometimes. And off-campus housing is like some elusive, elitist club for some.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Good financial aid for low-income students.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is pretty nice if you want to get away from having to deal with Vassar security, neighbors, and meal plans. It only means that you have to deal with real police, real adult neighbors, and cook for yourself. This can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on how you look at it!

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Don't go to Julie's! It might seem like a nice place to have breakfast, but they are a total rip off! I recommend the Big Tomato.

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3 College Junior

Administration: If you throw a party in your dorm that has alcohol and there is an underage person in your room, you will be banned from ever throwing another party. Even when you're a senior. I think thats a bit much, but besides that its not that strict.

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2 College Junior

Party Scene: The THs are the only place you can attend a decent party,and even those are pretty weak. The music is basic, the dancing is kind of sad, and everyone is packed together like sardines in a can. Once in a blue moon, you will have a lot of fun in a TH party and that will be your excuse for going every weekend in the hopes for another fun night.

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4 College Junior

Scholarships: Vassar has a lot of money. They gave me a lot in the beginning, but then for one reason or the other, charged me more for the next two years. The financial aid officers can be kind of patronizing but most are very understanding.

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3 College Junior

Campus Food: The all campus dining center gets a bad rep for having crappy food, but really i think its the repetitiveness that gets to me. Also the blandness. All in all, its not that bad but the whole campus would rather get more dining bucks for the retreat in the place of meal swipes.

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Everything is close by, and the campus is pretty beautiful. Coming from a low-income family, my room back home is super small. My room at Vassar is about 3 times as big. The floors in the hallways and the bathrooms could be cleaned more often, but beside that, its pretty great.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Exemplary professors - warm, welcoming, accessible, sharp - I can't imagine a more perfect education!

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: There is a never-ending number of things to do every day!

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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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