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Compared to my peers coming from larger universitiesPsychology
Compared to my peers coming from larger universities (whether ivy or quasi-ivy league), i feel that i have receieved a FAR better education. I feel that vassar has given me the kind of traditional liberal arts education that people went to college for back in the days when people went to college because it was enriching and helped them to actualize their fullest potential as human beings. I would attribute this experience to the faculty and student body, who, for the most part, were more interested in extending in-class discussions in the hallways, in the campus dining center, in the college center, etc. This is where i learned the most, rather than from readings or coursework. The academics at vassar were tough at first, but by senior year its all very easy, making graduate school a piece of cake.

The social scene was definitely lacking, and in fact, contributed to my misery at vassar more than once. I dont say this because the students were lame (the opposite is more true), but i say this because of what happened when they got together in groups. Very ugly sight in my opinion. I feel that i have grown tremendously, however, as a result of it. It gave me so much more time for self-reflection! On a related note, Poughkeepsie sucks, and NYC is a long and expensive train-ride away, so it forces you to make the most of what is available on campus. For me this was a great learning experience.While I was not exactly 'happy' during my tenure at vassar, i can honestly say that i entered a boy and left a man. The experience at vassar is not a practical one; you do not leave vassar with anything that you can put on a resume that will win you a job. However, the experience you take with you will percolate into your being and stay with you for the rest of your life. You will come out a bigger and better person as a result of your experiences at Vassar. Now, how many colleges can you say that about?

Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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Vassar is a liberal school with a greatQuite BrightChemistry
Vassar is a liberal school with a great range of majors, activities, and students. Most of the students are very friendly and everyone is quite unique (it's not a school full of drones). The faculty is very supportive academically, emotionally (usually), and otherwise. Many professors are more than happy to find time to help a student in need.As a science student at Vassar my classes are relatively small (especially after the entry level courses) and the one-on-one with the professors is great. There are opportunities to research with faculty as early as your freshman year.
3rd Year Female -- Class 2004
Campus Aesthetics: A+, Surrounding City: B
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Attending Vassar was academically challenging.Economics
Attending Vassar was academically challenging. That is where I learned what I was capable of. Graduate school was very easy in comparison – (is was a dual MS computer science and MBA program)

As with all liberal arts programs, you are not very marketable upon graduation. And the liberal arts program has a strong liberal bent. I remember interviewing at Wall Street firms where everyone thought that Reaganonomics was the greatest thing invented. The professors at Vassar all taught us that Reagan’s programs were bad for the economy. Politics gets in the way of the teaching at places like Vassar.

But overall, it was a good experience and one which I would not trade.

Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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