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The Vassar First Year

The Vassar First Year offers a series of events meant to introduce new students to Vassar College.  Traditionally, First Year has featured events--social and academic---that focus on campus and social issues as well as opportunities for the first year class to bond. The current academic year will highlight inclusion and equity as pivotal community values.  A 2017-18 schedule will be posted soon.

The First Year Mission

The Vassar First Year Program (VFYP) seeks to ensure that each new student will feel welcomed into the Vassar community and encouraged to explore opportunities that will fulfill Vassar’s ideal of a richly satisfying personal and intellectual engagement.

First year students are faced with many challenges as they adjust to new academic, social, and interpersonal expectations. The VFYP provides events and activities designed to support the unique needs of beginning and transfer students, introducing them to Vassar traditions and to Vassar’s standards of discourse and the pursuit of excellence. The VFYP seeks to help new students respect and value individual difference, cultural diversity, inclusion and equity as they embrace the responsibilities, privileges and rights that come with membership in the Vassar community.

The VFYP is committed to providing an environment in which each student may grow in maturity, confidence, and ability, and meet with courage and pleasure the challenges of the first year of college and beyond.