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Academics

There is no “core” curriculum at Vassar and very few requirements. Vassar students choose among 30 departments, 6 interdisciplinary programs, 11 multidisciplinary programs, 51 majors, and 1,000 courses to chart a rigorous course of study that explores their most compelling interests.

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Location

Campus

The Vassar campus comprises over 100 buildings in architectural styles ranging from modernist to collegiate gothic and 1,000 picturesque acres ranging from the manicured lawns and formal gardens of the main campus to the meadows and woodlands of the Vassar Farm.

At the heart of the campus is Main Building, designated a National Historic Landmark. Designed by James Renwick, Jr. (the architect who designed the Smithsonian), Main was built on the grounds of a former racetrack. Five stories high and 500 feet wide, Main encompassed more interior space than any other building in the country at the time of its completion in 1865. More about Main.

Valley

Designated a National Heritage Area by Congress, the Hudson Valley has more major historic sites per square mile than any other area in the U.S. Fabulous mansions of the Gilded Age, quaint river towns, unparalleled hiking and climbing sites in the Catskills and the Shawangunks, world-class art museums—the valley is a national treasure. The newest attraction is the Walkway over the Hudson, once an abandoned railroad bridge, now a New York State Historic Park and the world’s longest pedestrian bridge.

Poughkeepsie, Vassar’s hometown, is a small city in the middle of the valley, half way between Albany, the state capitol, and New York City. Poughkeepsie offers Vassar students invaluable opportunities for field work, volunteer work, and research in sociology and urban studies. Read more about the Hudson Valley.

NYC

At the southern end of the Hudson Valley are the bright lights of Manhattan: Lincoln Center, the Museum of Modern Art, Comedy Central, the half-price ticket booth at Times Square, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Chinatown, Greenwich Village, Soho—two hours away by commuter train.

A number of Vassar students commute to New York once a week for internships in a range of industries—publishing houses, design firms, television studios, theaters, financial services companies, art galleries, and the like.

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