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New Student Orientation

Welcome to Orientation, New Students!

Orientation will be held Monday, August 24 through Sunday, August 30, 2020.

The Vassar College New Student Orientation program serves as the trail guide for a student’s path to “a thorough, well-proportioned and liberal education”* by focusing on academic preparedness, personal and social responsibility, engaging and appreciating social justice, and community engagement. The orientation experience, through a holistic approach, provides knowledge of the intellectual, cultural, and social climate of the College. The Vassar College New Student Orientation program is built upon opportunities and experiences for first-year students to learn how to engage a community, which values “analytical, informed, and independent thinking and sound judgment; encourages articulate expression; and nurtures intellectual curiosity, creativity, respectful debate and engaged citizenship”**.

*From the College’s First Annual Catalogue, **From the College’s Mission Statement

New Student Orientation Goals

Overseen by the Dean of College division, the New Student Orientation program is a collection of purposeful interactions and important information meant to introduce new students to the Vassar College community.

By the end of the six days, new students should:

  • be aware of academic resources available on campus and institutional policies and regulations regarding academics (Academic preparedness)
  • understand how to engage responsibly at Vassar and be knowledgeable of resources promoting wellness and emotional, social, and physical well-being (Personal and social responsibility)
  • be able to begin or continue the journey towards self-awareness, community awareness and appreciation of and support for a diversity of experiences, interests, beliefs, identities, and abilities (Engaging and appreciating social justice)
  • begin to master the art of living cooperatively and begin to make healthy social connections within a diverse community (Community engagement)

New Student Orientation features events and programs designed to prepare you to begin your time at Vassar College. There will be events to help you in selecting classes and guide you in achieving your academic pursuits. Other programs are tailored to encourage your participation as a community member at Vassar. Events and programs that all new students are required to attend are designated as ‘core’ events. Core events are necessary for all new students as they allow you to register for classes, fulfill certain requirements, and learn about important policies and procedures that will make your time at Vassar successful. Attendance at other events and programs is highly recommended to help you learn more about Vassar, meet new people, and become a member of the Vassar community.