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I learned more about writing in one month of newspaper work than I did in four years at Vassar.
Vassar is a finishing school. A fine place if you come from money, and are heading back into it. But woefully inadequate at preparing anyone else for a career.

I blanch at the homophobic comments by many of the negative reviewers. I was quite content with the social mileu at the time. But the academics were completely forgettable, and the facilities abysmal. High school students: avoid Vassar like the plague. Unless you are so motivated that you would get something out of any school in the world, Vassar will only disappoint you.

Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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VASSAR SUCKS.Quite BrightArt & Design Department
VASSAR SUCKS. I'm transferring, and i wouldn't recommend this school to Osama's niece. that bad. truly. Being straight and female, with mostly male friends in high school, i was disturbed to find that this school was filled with extremely competitive females. half the people i met quickly became coke addicts (or worse.) and everyone judged you if you didn't want to go dancing at the shitty ass "club" in the basement of the sandwhich shop. LAME. i didn't meet anyone who didn't judge my character by what shoes i was wearing. The student body is inactive, whiney, and above all BORING. everyone tries so hard to be different i realized that different is NOT getting wasted at room parties or going topless to "The Mug." i hope these suckers fail in the real world, because that's what happens when you don't take any math and spend half your day playing fashion police in the ACDC.
1st Year Female -- Class 2009
Campus Aesthetics: A, Social Life: F
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Vassar... Vassar.Quite BrightEconomics
Vassar... Vassar... Where to begin... Let me just congratulate you for making the smart move of reading these reviews before making a decision...

ACADEMICS: Rather disappointing. If you've taken any AP classes in high school, you will be more than well prepared. Reading is heavy, but that's true at any college, particularly liberal arts colleges; if you're looking for breath taking intellectual stimulation, you probably won't find it. Don't get me wrong, my classes weren't bad, they were just pretty bland considering my professors were supposedly Cornell graduates and PhDs in their field. The art department is painfully, painfully horrible. I got shafted into a beginning drawing class (a year of that is required if you want to take photography, ceramics, or painting), and my teacher was basically a raving lunatic with bad fashion sense and even worse taste in art. But subjective things aside, the math teachers are generally awful, as well; there's no math requirement whatsoever here, which seemed nice to people like me who are more literary, but let's face it, people, the real world asks that you know how to use numbers, so unless you want to be an English teacher, you will eventually have to suck it up (so you might as well do so w/ competent math teachers). And even the English and literary classes are a bunch of theoretical, philosophical nonesense where no one is ever wrong and everything relates to feminism or consumerism. I do have respect for much of the economics department; my intro macro teacher completely opened me to the subject...but he's retiring, plus I'm not sure how much of that was his doing as opposed to the hilarious, witty textbook we were assigned to read for class. It's difficult to get into some of the more popular, useful classes, so that at the end of the day, if your draw number sucks, you are stuck with The Biology of Salmon: Sex, Salt and Death, or Global Geography, in which you learn... absolutely nothing. Not even a single country capital for the sake of showing off. Oh and political science. You bust your ass reading and reading for the class, only to find that the final exam questions could be answered by anyone with a critical mind-- which presumably you already have if you're thinking of applying here (ie. "What causes world hunger? How can we change that?"-- answer: fuck this class, and read a newspaper).

DORM/CAMPUS/FOOD/SERVICES: Medical services. If you are ever sick, don't waste your time walking to the so-called medical building, because all they'll tell you is to gargle salt water and give you Advil. Free Advil, yes, but not what you need when your tonsils are the size of your fist. The school store is small, poorly equipped, and exhorbitantly over priced, which is unfortunate because to get to any other store in the whole of frikkin' Poughkeepsie, you need a car. Not that you'd want to, because Poughkeepsie is depressing, bare, and boring. Not to mention ghetto. The closest store is the 99 cent store, as well as a store titled something along the lines of "Fairies and Fantasy Wear"-- not a sex store, more of like a hippie tye-dye-dolphin-loving store. Campus food is fine. Though if you eat like a normal human being (aka 3 meals a day) you will need to go on what is known as 'the fat kid plan' because their so-called 'standard meal plan' is designed for anorexics (mind you I'm 5'7" and weigh 124 pounds). Oh! And if you have a problem with the cold.... Bring blankets, because the heating system is perpetually messed up, and no matter how many times you call, no one will fix it.

SOCIAL SCENE (GET READY): Disappointing beyond description, really. People are cliquey, not particularly friendly. Mostly they hang out with people in their dorms, even just on their floor. Though no Greek life is a relief to the less-than-alcoholics, it sucks that parties are predictable, boring, etc. You always see the same people EVERYWHERE, whether it be in the cafeteria or at someone's crappy apartment party where they play awful music. Many bizarre people, by the way. If you consider yourself the normal teenage kid, just more enlightened, stay away. People who wear trenchcoats in the blistering heat, girls who consider themselves stylish looking like bagladies and hobos and yet enjoy looking you up and down and sneering if you look at all presentable in the real world, etc. Ultra liberal. I thought I was liberal coming here and promptly changed my mind. These people are crazy. To give you an idea: A columnist for the school newspaper claimed that the school store was encouraging gender bias by selling pink razors. No conservatives anywhere. Basically you'll be in a classroom, someone will crack a Bush joke, everyone laughs, and you'll sit there thinking, "Ok... So what was the point of that?"

Now, for sex and the like: If you're straight, good luck, if you're straight and female, don't even try. The entire female population battles over 2 or 3 straggling attractive straight males who will either develop an ego, transfer eventually, or are just not even that attractive. Basically, UNATTRACTIVE PEOPLE. So if you feel you don't want to waste your youth, don't come here. Random hook ups are done shit drunk so that you can a) deal with socially inept people that would never make a move otherwise, and b) forget that you hooked up with the equivalent to a doorknob. A short doorknob, mind you. Like maybe 5'5".Anyway that's just about as detailed as I'll get.

1st Year Female -- Class 2009
Education Quality: A-, Surrounding City: F
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