Planning a Visit

The best way to really get to know Vassar is to be here. We strongly encourage you to visit the campus, more than once if you’re within driving distance, and talk to as many Vassar students as you can about what it’s like to live and study here. If you’re a high school senior, we can arrange for you to sit in on a class or a rehearsal or an athletic practice. We can also arrange for you to stay overnight with a student host. If you’re too far away to arrange a visit, take the online tour, or email a Vassar student with your questions.

Information Sessions and Campus Tours

Tours and information sessions are offered daily Monday through Friday year-round, and select Saturdays in the spring and fall. Tours usually take about an hour and are led by Vassar students who have mastered the art of walking backwards. Information sessions, also about an hour, are led by members of the admission staff along with Vassar students. Appointments are not necessary except for groups of 10 or more. However, before you come, be sure to check our office schedule for specific dates and times.

The Thompson Memorial Library at Vassar is frequently cited as one of the most splendid examples of collegiate gothic architecture in the U.S.

Fall Open Houses

We offer two Open Houses during the fall: one scheduled on Columbus Day, and the other on Veterans’ Day. You can choose to attend either a morning or an afternoon session. Each session includes a campus tour, an information session, and an additional tour of Vassar’s arts or science facilities (your choice).  There will also be an optional athletics/recreation tour offered between the morning and afternoon sessions. Unfortunately, we cannot arrange class visits during the Open Houses because of the volume of visitors on campus. However, you are encouraged to arrange a class visit with us on another date.

Class Visits

If you’d like to sit in on a Vassar class, please make your reservation at least 5 business days before your visit. Vassar professors welcome prospective applicants as visitors in most classes; however, due to time constraints and academic scheduling requirements, such as exams and holidays, a particular class may not be available at your requested time.

Overnight Visits

Our overnight visitation program gives prospective seniors an opportunity to spend a night in a residence house, hosted by a Vassar student. Please note that the spring semester overnight program is open only to prospectives who have been admitted. Make your reservation at least 5 business days in advance.

Interviews

Want to learn more about Vassar through a one-on-one conversation? Off-campus informational interviews are available for first-year applicants. They are conducted all over the world by Vassar alumnae/i and are available from November through February. These conversations are non-evaluative and are not required, but they are a great way to learn about Vassar from a different perspective. Not having an interview will not affect your admission decision. Please submit your Common Application to us before you request an informational alumnae/i interview