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Learning is Innovation

Vassar’s open curriculum allows you the freedom and flexibility to pursue your passions while discovering new interests. With no core classes or distribution requirements, you can choose to take the courses that most interest you and know that your classmates are fully engaged.

Your Choices = Your Education

Vassar’s curriculum emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to intellectual inquiry. With more than 1,000 courses to choose from and an average class size of 17, Vassar offers a customizable curriculum to satisfy any curiosity.

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Dig Deep to Explore Your Interests

Vassar’s Intensives take the individualized classroom experience further by creating even more opportunities for student-driven exploration and mentored research. Intensives are designed to promote forward-thinking, non-traditional class experiences that catalyze deeper learning.

Examine some of the most pressing issues of our time through Intensives like The Climate Fight and Exile, Migration, and Community, take a deep dive into the mourning rituals of 19th century Britain in History and Politics of Grief, or work on collaborative programming projects in Applications of Artificial Intelligence.

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Develop Knowledge First-Hand

At Vassar, you can engage in research and make contributions to your field as early as your first year. A multitude of opportunities are available, including research-based classes, paid positions in faculty laboratories, and on-campus intensive summer research programs.

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Community-Engaged Learning

Gain Professional Experience While Investing In Our Community

Real-world experience can take your education to the next level, so it’s no surprise that 90% of Vassar students choose to take on an internship. Through Community-Engaged Learning (CEL), you can combine your academic pursuits with hands-on work in the field while earning academic credit.

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Study Abroad

Broaden Your Horizons

Expand your global perspective and explore new ways of thinking by spending a semester or year abroad. Vassar offers more than 130 study abroad options around the world, so no matter your interests, you can find a program that will help you reach your goals.

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