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Vassar College

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Quite BrightNeuroscience/Cognitive Science
Vassar College will get you into medical school. Period.
3rd Year Male -- Class 2012
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Perceived Campus Safety: B
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I really believe that Vassar is one ofQuite BrightNeuroscience/Cognitive Science
I really believe that Vassar is one of the best places I could have gone.
All of my professors have known my name, and all of them have stressed their availability for one on one consulation. They all seem to genuinely enjoy teaching. The class offerings are diverse and interesting, and the academic atmosphere is very conducive to exploration and learning for learning's sake.

The campus is gorgeous year-round, and the library is fantastic.
The students that I've met are hilarious, open-minded, smart, and creative. I think the reputation for crazy liberal weirdness is kind of unfounded, although there is definitely more of that here than your average college campus.

Poughkeepsie, while not a thriving college town, is really not that bad. There are plenty of cool restaurants and if you make an effort, you will find things to do. This usually unnecessary though, as there's always so much to do on campus: lectures, plays, concerts, parties, dances, etc.

My only complaints:
1) Popular classes fill up fast, and its easy to start panicking and fretting that you won't be able to take everything you want. However I think that if you absolutely need a class for you major or something you can get in.

2) My peers are fantastic for the most part, but there's slight tension between the tragically self-aware artsy hipsters and everybody else. Nothing too major, though.The only people who are usually unhappy at Vassar are the ones who didn't consider fit when they decided to come, and chose Vassar because it was the best school they got into. If you are close-minded, judgemental, unaccepting of unique or quirky people, or dull, you will not fit in at Vassar. Other than that, everyone can find a place here.

1st Year Female -- Class 2011
Campus Aesthetics: A+, Surrounding City: B-
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Vassar made all the difference for me andPolitical Science
Vassar made all the difference for me and I have seen classmates of mine excel in their fields (business, arts, science, medicine, etc.). These include awards at Cannes, Sundance and an Academy Award nomination; profiles in Forbes, Fortune, WSJ and FT; and Fulbright and Macurther Genius awards. It is an exceptional place to study and learn.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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