Diversity Outreach Programs
Vassar View is an all-expense paid, overnight hosting program during the fall for prospective students interested in experiencing the liberal arts atmosphere and vibrant campus life of Vassar College. This program is open to seniors from traditionally under-represented groups: Asian, Black, Latino/a, Native American, and/or students who are the first in their family to pursue a four-year college education. During the program, the students will take a tour, sit in on a class, attend presentations on Vassar admissions and financial aid, and dine with professors and current students. Read more about Vassar View.
QuestBridge is a non-profit organization that connects high-achieving, motivated low-income students with educational and scholarship opportunities at some of the nation’s best colleges and universities. Vassar College has been a proud QuestBridge partner since 2007. Read more about QuestBridge at Vassar.
Transitions is a program created to support first generation, low income, and/or undocumented students. The program begins with a six-day pre-orientation program, continues throughout the participants’ Vassar careers with an ongoing peer mentoring program, and culminates with a celebratory reception for graduating Transitions students. The pre-orientation program includes classes in three different academic departments, introductions to resources such as the library and career development, opportunities to connect with faculty members who in many cases were themselves first generation or low income, and team-building experiences that create bonds of friendship that will support them through their first year and beyond. Read more about Transitions.
Posse—Vassar is actively seeking to enroll qualified men and women who are veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. In partnership with the Posse Foundation, Vassar was the first college to enroll veterans through the Posse Veterans Program, a program aimed at increasing enrollment of veterans at selective colleges and universities. Vassar also participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program to fund tuition and fee expenses that exceed the amounts payable under the Post-9/11 GI Bill®. Read more about the Posse Veterans Program and the Yellow Ribbon Program.