Transfer / Exchange / Visiting Students
As soon as possible
In June, the Office of Admission emailed a matriculation packet to you, including instructions for activating your Vassar account. You will need your login credentials to complete many of the tasks listed below.
- Set up your Vassar email. Your Vassar username and activation code, as well as instructions on activating your Vassar Account, are available in your status portal. Your Vassar email account can be accessed at mail.google.com or from any Google login prompt; log in with your full email address and password. Your email address will be your username followed by @vassar.edu (i.e, email@example.com). For more information, please visit the Computing, IDs & Phones FAQ. If you have questions or require assistance, you may contact the CIS Service Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (845) 437-7224 during normal business hours.
- Request a copy of your most-recent transcripts to be sent to the Vassar College Office of Admission. We need an official copy of your transcript, including the most recent semester’s grades, on file at Vassar to finalize registration for first-semester courses and to receive transfer credits. All final transcripts should be sent to Office of Admission.
- If you have AP and/or IB credit, request that a copy of the transcript from the original testing service be sent to Vassar College, Office of the Dean of Studies, as soon as possible. See the section on “Pre-Matriculation Credits” for the addresses of the testing services and more information.
- If you are requesting disability accommodations, you must return the Student Accessibility Form to the Office for Accessibility and Educational Opportunity—this self-disclosure form officially registers you with the Office for Accessibility and Educational Opportunity. More information.
Deadline: June 15.
- Complete the New Student Biography Form as soon as possible. This form will require information from your parents/guardians.
Deadline: July 1.
- Schedule an appointment with your physician and complete and return the Medical Form to the Office of Health Services as soon as possible. Be sure to include ALL required signatures (student, parent/guardian, and physician).
Deadline: July 1.
- Fill out your Housing Application. Complete the housing form thoughtfully and honestly so that the staff in the Residential Life Office can select the most appropriate housing arrangement and roommate for you.
Deadline: June 30.
- Submit a photo for your Vassar ID Card. The photo must be an accurate representation of what you currently look like. A full-color, shoulders-and-above photo is required, and hats, sunglasses, or anything obscuring your face is prohibited.
Deadline: June 30.
- Pre-register for classes, (available in early July.) You will receive more information soon regarding this process.
- Complete the Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates and AlcoholEdu for College online courses that you will receive in your email. These courses will provide critical information and resources about alcohol/substance use or misuse and sexual assault/interpersonal violence. Deadline: July 31
- Fill out the Religious Interest Form (View Letter.) Whether or not you consider yourself to be religious, please fill out the form as it helps the college better serve the needs of our students.
Deadline: July 31
- Deposit funds to your VCash Account.
- Begin New Student Orientation on August 24, 2020.
The Office of the Dean of Studies oversees all aspects of the student academic experience and accordingly is responsible for evaluating students’ previous course work for transfer credit. To evaluate a transcript for transfer credit, the dean’s office must have an official transcript from all of the previous institutions the student has attended, including an official transcript of the most recent semester’s grades.
The maximum number of transfer units allowed is 16. Non-liberal arts, pre-professional, physical education, independent courses, field work courses, online courses, and courses done at unaccredited institutions do not transfer. Also, courses not of a sufficiently high level (e.g., math courses below calculus) will not transfer, nor will courses graded lower than a “C.”
AP and IB Credit
AP and IB credit will be issued only upon receipt of the original testing service transcript. Scores of 4 or 5 on AP exams are eligible for 1 unit of credit. Scores of 5, 6, or 7 on Higher-Level International Baccalaureate exams are awarded 1 unit of credit. A maximum of 2 units of credit may be awarded for AP or IB credit.
Registration and Advising
We strongly recommend that you pre-register for courses before arriving at Vassar. Courses sometimes fill up quickly, so please make your selections as soon as possible. Your selections can be revised after you arrive at Vassar during the add/drop period starting on the first day of classes.
Once the assistant dean has received your official transcript, including spring grades, she will send you an assessment of your transfer credits/units. Please note that this may change if and when she receives official AP, IB, and/or A-Level transcripts. You do not need to know the total number of transfer units you will receive in order to pre-register.
During Orientation, you will meet with a pre-major advisor in the Dean of Studies Office who will help you finalize your registration.