For Shy Students Who Want to Try Anything
Are you the quiet, reserved type who surprises everyone with your openness to try just about anything? Then you might feel right at home at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. Students come from all over the world to this town with the funny name (pronounced po-kip-see), where Vassar's website says, "they form an extraordinary community of scholars, artists, athletes, thinkers, doers, musicians, innovators, dancers, scientists, and risk takers."
A Breathtaking Paradise
The Vassar College campus is a breathtaking paradise tucked away in one of the most picturesque areas of the northeast, and many say, in the whole country. 75 miles north of New York City, in the gorgeous Hudson Valley, Vassar is consistently rated among the best liberal arts colleges in the U.S. Founded in 1861, Vassar is known for its innovative education and unique curriculum and for its cozy, but incredibly rich and diverse, campus life.
According to its website, the Vassar curriculum has "always been characterized by boldness, breadth, and flexibility." They continue by saying that Vassar was "among the first colleges to offer courses in drama, psychology, and Russian; the first to offer an undergraduate degree in cognitive science; and among the first to experiment with interdepartmental courses in the early 20th century."
Today, Vassar's program of study is more varied than ever, with special emphasis on a "multidisciplinary approach to intellectual inquiry." Students, who are not required to select a core curriculum, choose among 28 departments, six interdisciplinary programs, 12 multidisciplinary programs, 51 majors, and 1,000 courses.
Real World Experience in the U.S. and Abroad
Many Vassar students learn experientially, applying classroom learning with the real world. Every year, about 500 students earn academic credit by doing fieldwork in the local community and surrounding areas, including the state capital, Albany, and New York City. Additionally, Vassar sponsors academic-year programs in France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, and Russia.
For students interested in engineering, Vassar has a cooperative program with Dartmouth, where students (usually with majors in physics, mathematics, or chemistry) spend their junior year at Dartmouth's Thayer School of Engineering. They then return to Vassar for their senior year with the option of returning to Dartmouth to earn a general engineering degree.
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