“Beyond the Guidebook” College Representative Questionnaire


9/21/2018 @ 10:15 am

Name of College:

Vassar College

Name of Representative:

Rachelle Ehrman

Email Address:


Phone Number:

Office: 845 437 7300

College Web Page:


Please give some examples of high profile events

held on campus last year  (i.e. concerts. speakers, political debates, etc.):        

Junot Diaz (author)

Chelsea Manning (activist)

What percentage of students stay on campus during the weekends?

Don’t have an exact percentage but it is the vast majority, probably close to 85-90% of students

New initiatives on campus and/or institutional goals?

Engaged pluralism initiative for an inclusive campus.

What is something you might find at the school that may not exist at any other school?

An open curriculum (no core classes, gen ed classes, or a distribution requirement), plus we have a 500 acre farm and ecological preserve

If located outside of New England, what New England area schools is your institution similar to?

Williams, Amherst, Wesleyan, Tufts, Brown, Bowdoin.

What is the distance to the nearest big city? And what is that city?

90 miles (1.5 hours by train) to NYC

What is the approximate distance from Westborough, driving and/or flying?

About 3 hour drive

What are your most popular majors?

Economics, Political Science, Biology, Psychology, English, Neuroscience, Theater

What are your newest and/or most unique majors?

We have a minor is Prison Studies and just added Persian to our list of 23 languages!

What majors are you hoping to grow?

Econ continues to be very popular but neuroscience has also seen huge growth in recent years

Will applying “undecided” for a major affect a student’s chances for acceptance?

Nope! All students are admitted as undeclared and you have until the end of sophomore year to declare a major and until senior year to change it

Is there a statistical advantage to applying early decision or early action?

Yes, there is about a 10-15% increase in the ED acceptance rate (both ED 1 and ED 2) versus regular decision

If interviews are required or recommended, where and by whom are they conducted?

Interviews are conducted locally by alumni volunteers and are considered optional

Are students automatically considered for merit scholarships with the application to the school?

We do not offer merit-based aid

What percentage of demonstrated financial aid do you meet?


Is there anything else a student should know that they will not easily find in a guidebook or online?

We are need blind for U.S. citizens and permanent residents, and we are a top ranked school for financial aid and accessibility

Our campus is 1,000 acres and an arboretum! And we have a farm!

We are completely residential, housing is guaranteed for all four years and 97% of students live on campus