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The Priscilla Bullit Collins �42 Trail winds through an area of wetlands that is home to Vassar’s Native Plant Preserve.

Photo by Tamar Thibodeau

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Visitors Information

The Office of Admission is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except on holidays, and from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays October 1-29, and April 1-29. Campus tours led by student guides and information sessions led by admission officers are available when the office is open. Please call the Office of Admission at 845-437-7300 for the seasonal schedule. Appointments are not needed for tours or information sessions.

The administrative offices of the college are open Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. year-round, except for holidays. The college’s automated switchboard operates seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day, year-round, at 845-437-7000. The Message Center in the lobby of Main Building is staffed during the college’s weekday administrative hours. The Campus Response Center, also located in the lobby of Main Building, is staffed by Vassar Security officers and is available seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day, year-round. The College Information Center, located in the College Center, is open Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to midnight, on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and on Sunday from noon to midnight.

For correspondence in reference to specific areas or issues, please see the listing on the inside back cover.

Nondiscriminatory Policies

Vassar College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious belief, sex, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national or ethnic origin, veteran status or age in the admission of students to the college; in any of the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the college; in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship or loan programs, and athletic and other programs administered by the college; or in the employment practices of the college. Additionally, should state or federal law be enacted during the period this policy is extant which prohibits discrimination based upon a group’s protected status not listed in the above categories, this policy will be deemed amended to afford protection to such groups.

Inquiries concerning the application of this policy prescribed by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Internal Revenue Service, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 may be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, which is charged to coordinate the college’s efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under Title IX, Section 504, and the ADA.

Academic and non-academic policies and procedures, as well as specific academic and non-academic events, are subject to periodic review and revision. Such changes may apply to matriculated students. Procedures for their implementation are published at appropriate times and in appropriate places.

Catalogue Statement

All statements contained in this catalogue reflect the approved policies of Vassar College as of January 1, 2008. However, for educational or financial reasons, the College reserves its right to change the provisions, statements, policies, ­curricula, procedures, regulations, or fees described herein. Such changes will be duly ­published and distributed.

Students, faculty, and staff are responsible for all information and deadlines contained in this catalogue and in the current Student Handbook. The Student ­Handbook and the Schedule of Classes supplement the College Catalogue and expand upon college policies and procedures.

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Please address correspondence to Vassar College, 124 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie, New York 12604. For specific information write:

Directions to Vassar College

By Automobile

From the New York State Thruway: Use Exit 17 (Newburgh) and take I-84 eastbound across the Hamilton Fish Newburgh-Beacon Bridge to Route 9 north. Follow directions below.

From Route 9 northbound: Drive 9.5 miles north of the intersection of I-84 and Route 9, to exit for Spackenkill Road (Route 113). The IBM main facility is on the left. Proceed about .5 mile on Spackenkill Road. Turn left at the second traffic light onto Wilbur Boulevard. Turn right when Wilbur ends at Hooker Avenue. Turn left at the first traffic light onto Raymond Avenue. Enter the college through the stone archway on the right.

From Route 9 southbound: Exit at Spackenkill Road (Route 113) and follow directions above.

By Train

Metro-North Commuter Railroad serves the Hudson Valley, connecting New York City (Grand Central Terminal) and Poughkeepsie. For timetables, call 800-METRO-INFO. Amtrak serves Poughkeepsie from the north and west. For schedules, call 800-872-7245. Taxi service is available from the Poughkeepsie train station (about 3 miles) to the campus.

By Air

Scheduled passenger service is available from Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, New York, about 35 minutes from Poughkeepsie. Please check with your travel agent or with the airlines about flights into Stewart and ground transportation to Poughkeepsie.

By Bus

Daily service is available from Long Island, northern New Jersey, and Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City via ShortLine Bus (800-631-8405), as well as connecting service to upstate New York, Boston, and Washington, D.C., via Adirondack and Pine Hill Trailways (800-858-8555).