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Vassar View

Overview

The Vassar View program offers high-achieving high school seniors from diverse backgrounds an immersive introduction to the Vassar College campus. During the three-day program, participants experience academic and social life at Vassar first hand by staying in a residential house with a current student, attending a class, eating in the dining hall, exploring our beautiful 1000-acre campus, and attending campus events.

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Vassar View is designed to support high school seniors from historically underrepresented groups in higher education, such as students from ethnically diverse backgrounds, students who are the first in their family to pursue a four-year college education, and those from families with limited financial resources. Due to the limited duration of the program, only students living in the United States with U.S. citizenship, Permanent Residency or undocumented/DACA are eligible for consideration.

Vassar covers the cost of this program for all participants including on-campus accommodations, meals, and transportation. Modes of transportation to Vassar will vary depending on a student’s point of departure and may involve plane, train, bus, or car. We are unable to provide transportation assistance for students and family members visiting campus outside of the Vassar View program.

Application

The Vassar View application is available from June 3 until August 7, 2019. In addition to completing the online application, students will also need to submit their transcript (an unofficial copy is acceptable) showing final grades through the end of 11th grade. All students interested in participating in Vassar View should submit their complete application no later than Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 11:59 pm EDT.

Please email vassarview@vassar.edu or call the Office of Admission at 845-437-7300 with any questions.

Apply to Vassar View.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Who should apply?

Vassar View is designed to support high school seniors from historically underrepresented groups in higher education, such as students from ethnically diverse backgrounds, students who are the first in their family to pursue a four-year college education, and those from families with limited financial resources. Due to the limited duration of the program, only students living in the United States with U.S. citizenship, Permanent Resident status, or undocumented/DACA status are eligible for consideration. 

How do I apply?

In order to apply, you must fill out an online application. A complete application includes: 

  • Current high school transcript with courses and grades from ninth through eleventh grade. Transcript may be uploaded via the application or emailed vassarview@vassar.edu.
  • List of 12th grade classes
  • Responses to short answer questions
  • Self Reported test scores (SAT, ACT, preACT, or PSAT)

When should I apply? Is there an application deadline?

You will be able to fill out and submit the application starting June 3, and the deadline for applications is Wednesday, August 7, 2019 11:59 pm EDT. At that time the application will no longer be available, and any incomplete Vassar View applications cannot be considered for participation in the program.

When will I know if I was accepted?

Decisions for the program will be emailed to applicants the week of August 19, 2019.

Is transportation paid for?

All transportation is covered by Vassar. Depending on your location, transportation will either be organized through our travel agent or through our office.

Can I be reimbursed for personal travel expenses?

We cannot reimburse students who elect to use personal transportation to and from campus.

What do I need to bring?

  • Sleeping bag/blanket and a pillow
  • Money for incidentals (i.e. snacks, t-shirts)
  • Photo I.D.
  • Clothing suited for a cool/chilly late fall climate
  • Towel, toiletries, shower shoes, etc.

In addition, if you are accepted into the program, we will supply you with parental and medical consent forms. These will need to be signed by your parent or legal guardian and returned to our office prior to your arrival on campus.  You will not be allowed to participate in the program without the completed consent forms.

Can my parents come to Vassar View with me?

The Vassar View program is designed for prospective students and does not have programming for parents. There is an Open House on Monday, October 14th that your parents are welcome to attend. Directions to campus as well as information on lodging and accommodations can be found on the admissions website. We are not able to provide travel assistance to parents or students visiting outside of Vassar View.

What will the Vassar View Program consist of?

We have a lot of programming scheduled for the weekend to ensure that you get an accurate taste of our dynamic campus community. Click here for a tentative schedule of events.

Which class will I be going to? What if it is not what I am interested in?

Students will have the opportunity to attend classes offered in a variety of subjects across the curriculum. Information regarding available classes will be provided to participants at a later date. We ask that all participants remain open-minded and make the most of their opportunity to take in a classroom experience.  

Who will my host be?

You will be paired with a current student that has volunteered to host a prospective student. We will try our best to match you with a host with common interests. If you would like to stay with a current student you already know, please let the Vassar View coordinators know as soon as possible. We expect all Vassar View participants to be respectful of their host’s time and space. 

If I am not accepted to Vassar View, does this mean I am not a viable applicant for Vassar?

No! We wish we could accommodate every applicant. We simply have limited space and try to prioritize students who have not visited campus and may not be able to without this program. We do hope you consider applying if you are not accepted into the Vassar View Program. The Vassar View coordinators are more than happy to answer any questions you may have throughout the application process.

What if I cannot attend Vassar View? Can I receive funding to visit another weekend?

Unfortunately, we cannot provide funding to visit campus on another weekend. More information about visiting.

Can I come a day early or stay a day late? What If I’m coming from another program?

Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate you outside the dates of the program. If you are coming from another program, please let the Vassar View coordinators know immediately. We will try to accommodate you but we cannot guarantee that you will also be able to participate in our program.

What if I cannot attend last minute?

If for some reason you cannot attend, please notify the Vassar View coordinators immediately. Depending on when you notify us and the situation, you may be held responsible for the cost of transportation.

Schedule

Tentative Schedule of Events

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Sunday, October 13th
2:00 – 5:00pm Registration, College Center Multipurpose Room – Main Building
Check-in for the program and explore the campus.
5:00 – 6:00pm Welcome from the Office of Admission, College Center Multipurpose Room – Main Building
Michelle Harvey, Coordinator of Vassar View, will officially welcome you to campus and review the program schedule. Meet your Vassar host for the next two days. Get settled into the Residence Houses.
6:15 – 7:45pm Dinner, Gordon Commons
Get to know your fellow Vassar View participants and meet other Vassar students.
8:00 – 10:00pm Vassar Student Showcase, Sanders Classroom Auditorium
See performances by Vassar’s student organizations, including dance, improv, and a cappella groups.
Monday, October 14th
8:00 – 8:45am Breakfast, Gordon Commons
9:00 – 9:30am Campus Tours, The Aula, Ely Hall
Take a look around campus to get oriented and learn about Vassar from a student’s perspective.
10:15 – 11:15am Information Session, Villard Room, Main Building
JC Tesone, Director of Admission
Hear more about Vassar’s approach to a liberal arts education and what our school has to offer academically and socially.
11:15am – 12:00pm Tour of Art or Science Facilities, Various Locations
Visit the art or science facilities to learn more about these opportunities at Vassar.
12:00 – 2:00pm Lunch and Free Time, Gordon Commons
1:00 – 1:50pm Optional Questbridge Q&A Session, Rocky 200, Rockefeller Hall
TBD, Student Financial Services
Paola Gentry, Associate Director of Admission and Questbridge Coordinator
TBD, Vassar Questbridge Scholars Network

Students who have applied for the Questbridge National College Match are encouraged to join us for a question and answer session about the application and selection process, financial aid evaluation, and the Questbridge community on campus.
2:00 – 2:50pm Financial Aid and Transition to College Conversation, Rocky 200, Rockefeller Hall
TBD, Student Financial Services
TBD, Transitions Program

Join us for a conversation where we will explain the financial aid process here at Vassar and our work supporting first generation, low income and/or undocumented students. Topics addressed will include how to finance a Vassar education, how we are committed to meeting 100% of need for our admitted students, and available programming to support our students.
3:00 – 5:00pm Explore Vassar, Kautz Admissions House
Join us for a nature walk and experience parts of Vassar not shown on the campus tour.
Or, participate in a Vassar Scavenger hunt to discover the hidden Vassar!
5:00 - 6:00pm Break
6:00 – 7:15pm Dinner, Gordon Commons
7:30 – 9:00pm Student Dialogue, Rocky 200, Rockefeller Hall
The Diversity Recruitment Interns will facilitate a conversation about student life at Vassar with a panel of current students.
Tuesday, October 15th
8:00 – 8:30am Check out, Aula in Ely Hall
Check out of the program and get updates about our last day of programming. We will safely store your luggage for the remainder of the program.
8:30 -9:15am Breakfast, Gordon Commons
9:30am – 12:00pm Class Visit
Attend a class to experience academic life at Vassar.
12:00 Lunch, Aula in Ely Hall
12:30pm Departures, Aula in Ely Hall
Return to the Aula to pick up your overnight items and grab a bag lunch before you leave campus.