Vassar College
#169 Overall Influence#88 Desirability Rank

Vassar College

Private, coeducational liberal arts college in Poughkeepsie, New York, in the United States

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Vassar College is a four-year, liberal arts school founded in 1861 as only the second degree-granting institution of higher education for women in the US. Co-educational since 1969, Vassar now has a total student population of a little over 2,400 individuals.

Vassar offers the bachelor’s degree in some 50 fields of academic study. Among its most popular programs are those in social sciences, in biological and biomedical sciences, in visual and performing arts, and in foreign languages.

In addition to the standard programs in the major foreign languages and literatures, Vassar students may also pursue a Self-Instructional Language Program (SILP). SILP programs exist for a variety of lesser-known languages, including Irish, Yiddish, Turkish, Swahili, Hindi, and Korean, among others.

Vassar is associated with one Nobel laureate for literature, poet Gabriela Mistral.

Vassar is connected with many other distinguished persons, including the following:

Vassar is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).

From Wikipedia

Vassar College is a private liberal arts college in Poughkeepsie, New York. Founded in 1861 by Matthew Vassar, it was the second degree-granting institution of higher education for women in the United States, closely following Elmira College. It became coeducational in 1969 and now has a gender ratio at the national average. The college is one of the historic Seven Sisters, the first elite women's colleges in the U.S., and has a historic relationship with Yale University, which suggested a merger before they both became coeducational institutions. About 2,450 students attend the college.

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124 Raymond Ave, Poughkeepsie NY 12604

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Influential People

Who are Vassar College's Most influential alumni?

Vassar College's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Literature, Computer Science, and Education. Vassar College’s most academically influential people include John Carlstrom, Inez Milholland, and Caroline Benn.

John Carlstrom

American astronomer

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Inez Milholland
Inez Milholland

Suffragist, lawyer

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Caroline Benn
Caroline Benn

Tony Benn's wife

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Letitia Baldrige
Letitia Baldrige

Chief of staff to First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy

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Roberta Wohlstetter

American academic

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Alice F. Healy

American psychologist and academic

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Ken Levine
Ken Levine

Creative Director of Bioshock series

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Tarun Tahiliani
Tarun Tahiliani

Indian fashion designer

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Susan Coates

American psychologist

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Pamela Ann Rymer
Pamela Ann Rymer

United States federal appellate judge

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Anne B. Young
Anne B. Young

American neuroscientist

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Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

37th First Lady of the United States

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