Diversity Outreach Programs
Vassar View is an overnight hosting program during the fall for high-achieving high school seniors that offers an immersive introduction to the Vassar College campus. This all-expense-paid program is open to students from traditionally under-represented groups: such as students from ethnically diverse backgrounds, students who are the first in their families to pursue a four-year college education, and those from families with limited financial resources. Participants will have the opportunity to meet current students, explore Vassar’s unique academic curriculum, have interactive discussions with our affinity-based resource centers, and learn about our admissions process and generous financial aid program. While we would love to welcome students to campus this year, the program will be virtual for the 2021 program year.
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 called Foundations, and continues throughout the participants’ Vassar careers with an ongoing peer mentoring program, culminating 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.