Summer Events

Welcome, Class of 2026! We look forward to engaging with you. You will soon be invited to a few new student events, all of which will be virtual, to connect with your Vassar community. Remember to also check back to find out more about New Student Orientation 2022 on the Orientation page. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Wendy Maragh Taylor
Associate Dean of the College for Student Growth and Engagement

Christine Stuart
First Year Experience Program Associate

Off to College Virtual Series

Going away to college for the first time is a big deal–a lot went into making the choice to come to Vassar, and we want you to be prepared and comfortable when you come to campus in August. To make your transition seamless and informed, we’ve arranged a series of panels with some of our campus partners who can provide you with support and important information prior to your arrival. These panels will begin with information from our campus partners and open up to question-and-answer sessions.

Fitting In: Where Do I Belong? Part 1

Thursday, June 2 at 7:00 p.m. | Zoom Link

Do you find yourself wondering if you’ll fit in at Vassar? Thinking about the prospect of meeting people like you? Have no fear, Student Growth & Engagement is here! Student Growth & Engagement (aka SGE) is the office on campus that houses all of our affinity programs and spaces (the ALANA Center, the LGBTQ+ Center, Office of International Studies, Transitions Program, and Women’s Center), as well as the First-Year Experience. Kick off our summer engagement series by meeting with team members from SGE to learn about what their Centers offer, what kind of programs they host, and how to connect with other students through their sponsored organizations.

Mental Health Matters

Tuesday, June 7 at 7:00 p.m. | Zoom Link

Going away to school is a huge transition, and Vassar College Counseling Services (VCCS) is here to help make that transition smoother. With mental health becoming a larger concern for college students, it’s crucial to come into a space where you feel comfortable, supported, and connected to help and resources. Come find out what kind of therapy VCCS offers, connect with several of our staff therapists, and learn about what emergency resources are available to you as a Vassar student.

Building a Schedule

Wednesday, June 15 at 7:00 p.m. | Zoom Link

How do I register for classes? What requirements do I need to meet before graduating? Who do I talk to when it comes to scheduling and advising? Look no further than the Dean of Studies Office! Vassar is unique in that it offers an open curriculum, which allows you to explore tons of options and avenues through a high-caliber liberal arts education…but sometimes, that might feel overwhelming because there are too many options. Dean of First-Years, Jen Herrera, will host this panel and explain the advising and registration process, how to build a schedule, and what to look for when satisfying your requirements to graduate on time, all while helping you remain cool, calm, and collected. 

And How Do I Pay for This?

Monday, June 20 at 7:00 p.m. | Zoom Link

You got in! You were offered a sweet financial aid package! You got a scholarship! …Now what? Paying for school is hard and can be confusing–what’s work study? How much can I contribute from my savings? What are loans and how do I use them without going into debt? Jacqueline Perez, Director of Student Financial Services, is here to present you with your options and help you navigate your financial aid package. Whether you’re doing it on your own or having someone help you pay for it, this is a panel you don’t want to miss.

Never Too Early: Life After Vassar

Tuesday, June 28 at 7:00 p.m. | Zoom Link

Okay, so you just finished high school…do you really need to start thinking about what comes after college? The quick answer: Yes! Even though you might not know what your major is, let alone what you want to do with the rest of your life, the Career Development Office (CDO) is here to help you figure it out. They can help you navigate everything from selecting a major that puts you on the right path to writing an award-winning resume. They know the ins and outs of securing a summer internship, applying for graduate school, and landing a dream career after graduation. The options are limitless when you work with the CDO and their job is to make sure that you’re using your time at Vassar wisely so you can succeed beyond your four years here. 

First-Year Social Night

Date TBD (Week of 7/4–7/8) | Zoom Link forthcoming

Don’t Pack That and Other Wise Words for Communal Living

Monday, July 11 at 7:00 p.m. | Zoom Link forthcoming

I’m Hungry: What’s for Dinner?

Date TBD (Week of 7/18–7/23) | Zoom Link forthcoming

First-Year Social Night

Date TBD (Week of 7/25–7/29) | Zoom Link forthcoming

Fitting In: Where Do I Belong? Part 2

Date TBD (Week of 8/1–8/5) | Zoom Link forthcoming

Your First-Year Experience: Making the Most of Your Time at Vassar

Date TBD (Week of 8/8–8/12) | Zoom Link forthcoming