Impressions Of
Vassar College

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Reasons to attend and to not attend Vassar College

To Attend

  • “Vassar teaches you how to think and how to write. If you want it, there is a structure in place for you to think critically about the world and have a direction coming out of college that isn’t just getting a job or the to the next step, it’s much more intentional.”
  • “The open curriculum is liberating. You’re given mobility across all of the departments, and it’s a genuine liberal arts education.”
  • “Classes are really small, so if you like to talk you really get to talk. You get to talk to all of the students and build a good relationship with your professor.” [The average class size is 17.]
  • “I think it can deepen your understanding of social justice issues in a really important way.”
  • “It’s a really pretty campus, which can be so nice. It’s very calming to sit outside and do your homework.”
  • “It’s a pretty artsy school so you get encouraged to do what you want. There are a lot of ways to make art how you want to make it. It’s very easy to go to a studio if you want to.”

To Not Attend

  • “Location. For some people I could see it being a problem It’s not a huge city. You don’t have access to a ton of things, and the fact that public transportation isn’t good makes it so you need a car to get places off campus.”
  • “If you don’t like small schools, it’s definitely not going to be your thing. You’re going to know everyone super well. If you like to keep to yourself more or really like to be a social butterfly, you don’t get to meet a bunch of people or stay anonymous, you just get to know the same kind of people very well.”
  • “If you want huge consistent parties, you won’t find that.”
  • “It is a very political activist and social justice-minded student body. The school attracts that kind of person. If you’re not comfortable with that, don’t come. It’s important to know if you want that kind of vibe. Freshman year I knew a girl that was really nice but from a conservative background and she wasn’t comfortable with the sexual identity and gender fluidity.” [In 2018, a student who identifies as a centrist liberal created The Vassar Political Review due to a lack of diversity in campus politics.]
  • “No pre-professional majors.”
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January 30, 2023

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