Academic, Residential Life, and Extracurricular Resources
- The Dean of First-Year Students
- Faculty Advisors
- The Learning, Teaching, and Research Center
- Community-Engaged Learning (Field Work)
- Career Development
- The Dean of Students
- The Office of Residential Life
- House Fellows
- Student Fellows
- House Advisors
- House Student Advisors
- House Officers
- Counseling Service
- Office of Health Education
- The Sexual Assault Violence Prevention Office/Sexual Assault Response Team
- Health Service
- Office for Accessibility and Educational Opportunity
- International Services
- Office of Campus Life and Diversity
- Student Employment
The Dean of First-Year Students
The dean of first-year students counsels and advises all first-year students on academic matters and oversees academic regulations as they affect new students. The dean of first-year students is a member of the faculty and serves on a number of faculty and administrative committees responsible for the welfare of Vassar students. The dean also assigns faculty pre-major advisors and co-chairs the New Student Orientation Committee.
Should you, as a first-year student, experience any personal, family, or medical difficulties that threaten to impact your academic performance, the dean of first-year students will work closely with you to help you make full use of the college’s resources and support systems and will advise you regarding the various options available to you for some form of academic relief.
Any first-year student who needs to be away from campus because of an illness or family emergency or who is considering a leave of absence or withdrawal from Vassar should consult the dean of first-year students.
Denise A. Walen is the dean of first-year students. Her office, open weekdays from 8:30 am–5:00 pm, is located inside the Office of the Dean of Studies (Main N-128). Appointments may be made by calling 845-437-5258.
The dean of first-year students assigns you a faculty pre-major advisor based on the interests that you list on the Statement of Academic Interests, which you will complete online. (When you declare a major, most likely in your sophomore year, you will be re-assigned to an advisor who teaches in the department or program of your major.) The first meeting for new students with their pre-major advisors is from 2:15–3:30 pm on Tuesday, August 28. This meeting provides an opportunity for you to become acquainted with your pre-major advisor and their other pre-major advisees and to discuss any questions that you might have. On Thursday afternoon, August 30, you will have an individual half-hour appointment with your advisor for final approval of your course selections before registration. Throughout the year you will need to meet in person with your advisor to obtain approval to add or drop a course, to elect a course under the non-recorded option (NRO), to pre-register for the following semester, or to request any kind of special permission.
At Vassar, there are many people to turn to for academic advice, so you will need to take the initiative in seeking out particular kinds of information. While pre-major advisors can assist you in coordinating your individual program, no one faculty member can be expected to know everything about Vassar’s vast and varied curriculum. If you need specific information about a course or a department, you should speak to the appropriate instructor or department chair. Individual teachers and department or program representatives are available in their offices both during the initial days of the semester and as the term progresses.
After orientation, it is your responsibility to schedule all appointments with your advisor. Learn your advisor’s office hours and arrange to meet with him or her in advance of all pertinent deadlines. Most faculty members can be reached via email. If you are unable to reach your advisor, your instructor, or a department chair, please contact the department assistant to leave a message that you wish to make an appointment.
The dean of first-year students can answer more general questions about college policies and procedures and about your overall curricular planning throughout your years of study.
You can find books and journals, online databases, sound recordings and music scores, documentary and feature films, rare books and manuscripts, and digital collections in the Vassar libraries. If you have difficulty finding what you’re looking for (or even knowing where to start), ask for a librarian at a circulation desk or call us from the phone located in the Cornaro Room (the room with the stained glass window in the Main Library). You can also chat with a librarian virtually by clicking on the Ask a Librarian link on the library homepage.
The Main Library also houses a 24-hour study space, the Digital Media Zone, Scholars’ Studio, the Writing Center, and the Quantitative Center. The Music Library can be found in Skinner Hall.
The Learning, Teaching, and Research Center
The Learning, Teaching, and Research Center (LTRC) is dedicated to addressing the needs of Vassar’s diverse student body. Our goal is to enable students to maximize their unique educational experiences at Vassar College. We therefore provide an extensive range of academic resources that foster the fundamental aim of a liberal arts education: to facilitate the intellectual and professional growth of ethical, informed, and reflective students who can engage creatively with important social issues. The LTRC houses a peer-staffed Writing Center and Quantitative Reasoning Center, including a Supplemental Instruction Program for select quantitative analysis (QA) courses. We also offer expert learning support with a focus on developing individual academic skills.
For more information, please visit the Learning, Teaching, and Research Center (LTRC) website
Community-Engaged Learning (Field Work)
Community-Engaged Learning is an experiential educational opportunity which helps to deepen classroom learning, provide experience and foster civic engagement. The Office of Community-Engaged Learning places students in a variety of agencies in Poughkeepsie, the mid-Hudson region, and New York City. Every student electing Community-Engaged Learning is sponsored by a faculty member who helps the student integrate experience with academic work. Students receive credit in the department of the faculty sponsor. Students may need a prerequisite or corequisite course in the sponsoring department. Internships during the summer may also be eligible for academic Community-Engaged Learning credit. All students are eligible to register for Community-Engaged Learning.
For more information about the range of placements, please visit the Office of Community-Engaged Learning in Main N-165, phone 845-437-5280, or visit the Community-Engaged Learning website. For the application process, current opportunities and forms, please visit: bit.ly/vassarocel (Sign in with your Vassar username and password.)
The Career Development Office (CDO), located in Main S-170, supports members of the Vassar community as they explore their interests, define their career goals, and seek their next opportunity for personal growth and professional development. The CDO houses a variety of resources for locating summer and postgraduate opportunities and making connections between your college experience and the world of work. Our services and programs focus on the following areas:
- Supporting career exploration and self-assessment (defining your interests, skills, values, and goals)
- Educating about internship and job search documents, processes and strategies
- Providing resources for locating internships, summer jobs, and post-graduate opportunities
- Creating opportunities for students to engage with alumnae/i for the purpose of career connections and mentorship
- Supporting the graduate school/law school research and application process
Because life-work planning is a continual process, we offer assistance throughout your college years as well as after you graduate. First-year students are encouraged to engage with the Career Development Office early in their time at Vassar. Whether you are thinking about a summer internship, deciding on a major, or simply exploring options to gain experience, you can use the CDO’s staff, resources and extensive network of alumnae/i to assist with your plans. Stop by for an appointment or to explore the career resources available.
The Dean of Students
The dean of students has the responsibility for coordinating several aspects of the non-academic lives of Vassar students. Specifically, the dean of students oversees the following student service areas: the Counseling Service, the Health Service, Health Education, Residential Life, and Sexual Assault and Violence Prevention (SAVP). The dean regularly meets with the directors of the student services that report to her; together they establish the goals and priorities of each office. The dean oversees the student conduct system and, along with the dean of first-year students, co-chairs the New Student Orientation Committee. The dean also serves as an advocate for students and their needs.
In addition, the dean convenes weekly meetings of the Student Support Network (SSN) to coordinate helping resources for students whose behavior indicates they may be in serious trouble. The core SSN consists of the dean of students, the dean of studies, the director of residential life, and the director of counseling; other administrators are invited as appropriate.
SSN members may share information about students who appear to be in trouble (e.g., who appear to be at risk to themselves or others, whose academic situation is dire, who are experiencing significant personal problems, or whose behavior is alarming other members of the college community). The group then determines how best to support the student or students. Please note that confidential information is not shared by the Counseling Service, Health Service or the Director of Health Education.For more information, visit the Dean of Students website.
The Office of Residential Life
The Office of Residential Life coordinates all aspects of the residential experience at Vassar. The Residential Life staff is responsible for community development, student leadership, room assignments, residential house furnishings and equipment, health and safety in the halls, and the development and implementation of college policies. The director and associate director can be contacted at the central office in Main C-120 or by telephone at 845-437-5860.
Visit the Residential Life website for more information.
House fellows are faculty members who live in the residential houses. They function as academic advisors and as members of the residential community who offer perspective and counsel. They also serve to broaden and extend the contact between faculty and students in informal and non-academic areas. House fellow interns are student leaders selected to support the programmatic endeavors of the house fellows in each house.
In each house, as a part of the overall advising system of the college, student fellows serve as peer counselors to new students. Student fellows are assigned 10–12 first-year students who live near them in the residential house. There are also student fellows for new transfer, visiting, and exchange students in Cushing House. Student fellows can assist you with registration procedures and point you towards various campus resources. They are trained to assist you with any personal problems you may encounter during your first year at college. Student fellows are carefully selected for their ability to relate to others, their sense of responsibility, judgment, discretion, and maturity. They are an invaluable campus resource.
You will first meet your student fellow on Monday afternoon, August 27 with the rest of your fellow group for introductions and information about the orientation schedule. Student fellows are available as a resource and peer mentor to you throughout the entire year.
House advisors are full-time student affairs professionals who work and live in the houses. They serve several functions in support of residential life within the residential clusters. Acting as liaisons between the Office of Residential Life and the residential houses, house advisors also serve as an ongoing resource to house fellows, house student advisors, student fellows, and house officers. They provide valuable personal support for all residential students.
House advisors also handle a range of administrative duties in the residential houses. They monitor house improvement needs and serve as “administrator on call” on a rotating basis to respond to emergency situations campus-wide.
House Student Advisors
In each house, a house student advisor, usually a member of the junior class, works along with the house advisor and house team. House student advisors are involved in the selection, training, and advising of the student fellows in their building.
Each residential house is governed by five elected student officers: the president, programming director, treasurer, secretary, and first-year representative. The house officers work closely with the Residential Life staff to ensure the general welfare of students and to promote a sense of community within each house.
For more information, please visit the Residential Life website.
The Counseling Service provides a variety of services to help students and the campus community handle the challenges associated with academics, college life, and personal development. Services include short-term individual, couple, and group counseling, crisis intervention, educational programs, consultation, assessment, and referral to off-campus services. Services are free for students. The Counseling Service welcomes all students and embraces a philosophy of diversity.
Counselors are trained mental health professionals who work with students to explore personal problems and concerns in a secure and private setting. Students come to the Counseling Service for a variety of reasons, including relationship problems with parents, peers, or partners; depression; anxiety; alcohol and other drug use and abuse; coming out and transition issues; campus climate concerns; identity concerns; stress; concerns about academic progress or direction; or assistance in planning for the future.
Counselors at times refer students to resources outside of the Vassar community depending on the needs of the student and the limitations of the Counseling Service. Students referred for treatment off campus may use their health insurance to defray the cost. Off-campus services are the responsibility of the student and/or the student’s family. Students from low-income backgrounds can access the Mental Health and Wellness Fund through the Financial Aid Office to assist in paying for off-campus appointment co-payments.
The Counseling Service’s consulting psychiatrists are available for limited psychiatric services by referral from a counselor. If continuing psychiatric services are required, a referral is made to a private psychiatrist.
Confidentiality is a highest priority at the Counseling Service and is strictly maintained within specific legal limits. Counseling records are separate from academic and medical records at the college and are not available to college offices outside of the Counseling Service. Since email is not a secure medium and confidentiality of email cannot be guaranteed, the Counseling Service recommends that you consider this when communicating about matters of a personal or confidential nature.
The Counseling Service, located in Metcalf House, is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 am–5:00 pm during the academic year and closes during breaks and the summer. Stop by Metcalf or call 845-437-5700 to schedule an appointment.
If you are in crisis during office hours, call 845-437-5700 and explain that you need to speak to a counselor urgently. For crisis counseling after hours and on weekends, call the Campus Response Center at 845-437-7333 and request to be connected with the counselor-on-call.
For more information, visit the Counseling Service website.
Office of Health Education
The Office of Health Education (OHE) believes that health is a vital part of learning. Students ability to thrive academically and personally depends on their state of mind, body, and spirit.
The office works to provide a campus environment and range of programs where students are able to make decisions that sustain and enhance their health, prevent disease, and reduce risk behaviors. Staff develop educational programs related to aspects of student health, specifically in the areas of substance abuse prevention, nutrition, and sexual health awareness, and facilitates connections between student health needs and services provided by the college and the local community. The staff also provides support and training to student peer helper groups, including CHOICE (sexual health information) and The Listening Center (TLC).
The office, located in the Metcalf solarium, is open during the academic year and can be reached at 845-437-7769. Students should feel free to stop by to get information about health and wellness topics, meet with a wellness peer educator, or schedule a one-on-one consultation with the director of health education.
For more information, please visit the Health Education website.
The Sexual Assault Violence Prevention Office/Sexual Assault Response Team
The Sexual Assault Violence Prevention (SAVP) Office aims to prevent and respond to sexual assault, relationship abuse, stalking, and gender-based harassment through prevention education, collaboration, outreach, and advocacy.
The SAVP Director and the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART), composed of faculty, staff, and administrator volunteers, provide 24/7 support, advocacy, and information for victim/survivors of sexual and interpersonal violence. Both SAVP and SART are private resources, meaning information shared with them remains confidential unless there is a threat to individual or community safety. They are required to fill out an anonymous report form for federal Clery data, but this form does not include any of the student’s identifying information. SAVP and SART are committed to a survivor-centered approach, meaning they provide information about available resources and assist students to make decisions on what feels most comfortable for them.
The SAVP office also coordinates prevention education for the campus community throughout the year. The SAVP Director and Violence Prevention Educator collaborate with a variety of on and off campus offices, as well as student organizations, to develop and implement training and violence prevention initiatives. This includes training for house teams, student-athletes, student organization leaders, employees, and first-year students during orientation.
SART advocates can be reached 24/7 by calling the Campus Response Center at 845-437-7333 and asking to speak with a SART Advocate.
The SAVP Director’s office is in Metcalf Room 4 and can be reached at 845-437-7863 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Violence Prevention Educator’s office is located in Metcalf Room 1-C and can be reached at 845-437-7975 or email@example.com. For more information, please visit the Sexual Assault and Violence Prevention Office website.
The Student Health Service, located in Baldwin House, provides medical and nursing care by qualified personnel including a physician, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurses. Health Service hours are 9:00 am–5:00 pm Monday through Friday, and 12:00 noon–4:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Daily clinics for nursing, medical, and gynecological care are maintained on weekdays from 9:00 am–12:00 pm and 1:00–4:00 pm. Appointments can be scheduled during office hours by calling 845-437-5800; for women’s health, call 845-437-5818. After clinic hours, a nurse is present on site to see to urgent problems until 5:00 pm on weekdays and from 12:00 noon–4:00 pm on weekends. Emergencies and urgent care walk-ins can be seen immediately when the Health Service is open. When the Health Service is closed, students may access the “Night Nurse Triage” line by calling 845-437-5800. A member of the medical staff is on call outside of clinic hours.
In case of a medical emergency, call the Campus Response Center (CRC) at 845-437-7333 to dispatch either New York State certified EMTs or an ambulance.
In the medical clinics, routine primary care is offered with referral to local specialists or hospitals as needed. Health promotion and disease prevention are emphasized through a variety of programs. Gynecological services, including birth control counseling, are available for an additional fee. Similarly, medical lab testing is provided as are therapeutic medications. Some of these services and prescriptions may be provided to students at a minimal charge.
Office for Accessibility and Educational Opportunity
Many Vassar students need accommodations or support services because of a learning disability, AD/HD, a chronic medical condition, vision or hearing loss, a mobility or orthopedic impairment, a psychological diagnosis, or because they are in recovery for substance abuse. The Office for Accessibility and Educational Opportunity is committed to helping coordinate and providing necessary accommodations, auxiliary aids, and services to qualified students with documented disabilities to ensure equal access to and opportunity for full participation in the academic and residential life of the college.
Students in need of disability-related accommodations or services should self-identify to the Office for Accessibility and Educational Opportunity as soon as possible to request academic or residential life accommodations (preferably by June 15, 2018, for matriculation in the fall). Students must provide the college with enough time to understand their need for accommodations or services, review disability documentation that supports the request for accommodation, work to put in place approved accommodations, and, if necessary, identify alternatives or make adjustments if the requested accommodation is not appropriate, creates an undue burden, or would result in a substantial modification to an essential requirement of a course, program, or activity. Accommodations cannot be put in place retroactively.
All accommodation and service decisions are based on the nature of the student’s disability, supporting documentation, and current needs as they relate to the specific requirements of the course, program, or activity. Commonly offered accommodations and support services include:
- Exam accommodations (e.g., extended time on scheduled exams, reduced-distraction test environment, use of a computer for essay exams, etc.)
- Alternative print formats (e.g., audio files, e-text, Braille)
- Note taker service
- Modified course load
- Housing (e.g., single room, accessible room, air conditioner)
- Meal plan accommodations
- Sign language interpreters/remote closed captioning
Please contact the Office for Accessibility and Educational Opportunity to learn more about our services and to inform us about your accommodation needs or concerns. The office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 am–5:00 pm, during the academic year and by appointment during the summer. For more information, please call 845-437-7584 or visit the Office for Accessibility and Educational Opportunity website.
The Office of International Services (OIS) offers a full range of resources for Vassar’s community of international students and scholars. We offer advice and assistance in visa, immigration, tax, employment, cultural, and general matters. We plan and coordinate a variety of academic, cultural, and social programs to enhance the integration and success of international students and scholars. A vital part of OIS is the team of student interns it employs and who participate in all aspects of programming.The office collaborates with the International Studies Program, the Office of International Programs, the Vassar International Student Association, the Office of Career Development, the Vassar Student Association, and a wide variety of academic departments, administrative offices, and student organizations in efforts to provide programming that speaks to the college’s mission to promote a global perspective among all our students.
Intercultural competence—the ability to communicate and relate effectively and appropriately with members of another cultural background on their terms—is a necessary skill among graduates ready to join a global marketplace. Toward this end, we look both to assist international students in adjusting to and embracing a new culture and also to involve and engage all members of the campus community in events, workshops, and other opportunities to share the wealth of global perspectives and enjoy the full experience of our campus.
The Vassar Haiti Project is an official educational program out of OIS. The Vassar Haiti Project was founded in 2001 to make a difference in Haiti, to elevate the discourse around Haitian culture and society, and to teach students how to navigate difference in multiple contexts in order to make a tangible difference in the world. Student volunteers engage with Vassar, the local and broader tri-state area communities, and Haiti to write grants, do research, make presentations, and coordinate fundraising efforts. Students have the opportunity to travel to Haiti on a cultural immersion trip where they assess on the ground progress. One of the most impactful educational outcomes is that the 100 or so student participants annually, about two-thirds of which are international students, learn and receive invaluable training in the principles and practices of global citizenship. Students remain connected with the work beyond graduation, and often cite their participation as being central to and even the most important aspect of their entire Vassar experience. For more information, visit the Vassar Haiti Project website.
Andrew Meade is the director of international services and an assistant dean for campus life and diversity. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Office of International Services website for more information.
Office of Campus Life and Diversity
The Campus Life and Diversity Office strives to enhance the quality of campus life for all students by advancing Vassar’s mission to provide a socially responsible and inclusive education. We promote affirming communities, equity, social justice education, global citizenship, intersectional approaches to inclusion, and spiritual exploration through a variety of resources: the ALANA Cultural Center to support students of color, International Services, the LGBTQ Center, Religious and Spiritual Life resources, the Women’s Center, campus dialogues across difference and community, and first-year student engagement programs.
The Campus Life and Diversity team, along with the associate dean of the college, works in close collaboration across offices and with faculty and other administrative resources to foster inclusive learning and living environments as integral components of a liberal arts education for Vassar students.
The division hosts Conversation Dinners, various campus dialogues, and plans the annual All College Day in February, which brings students, faculty, administrators, and staff together for discussion and dialogue. We also assist students, groups, and other offices in creating opportunities for participants from different backgrounds and perspectives to engage in dialogue. In addition, Campus Life and Diversity (located in Main, N-163) includes the following campus resource offices which focus on particular communities and underrepresented groups while also supporting all students:
The ALANA Center provides myriad resources and programs to enhance the campus life and academic experiences of African-American/Black, Latino/a, Asian/Asian-American, and Native American students. The center provides a comfortable gathering space and offices for student organizations that support students of color and offers opportunities for leadership development, intra-cultural and cross-cultural dialogues, lectures, big sister/big brother and alumnae/i mentoring programs. The center, a freestanding building adjacent to the Powerhouse Theater, also catalogs cultural journals/newsletters, educational videos, career development, scholarship and fellowship information, and computing resources for academics and student organizations use.
The Office of International Services offers a full range of resources for international students and scholars, including advice and assistance in visa, immigration, tax, employment, cultural and general matters. The office, located in Main S-185, supports international students in adjusting to and embracing a new culture and also works to involve and engage all members of the campus community in events, workshops, and other opportunities to share the wealth of global perspectives and experiences.
The LGBTQ and Gender Resources Office oversees the LGBTQ Center and the Women’s Center. The LGBTQ Center, located in College Center 213, is a place for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and ally students to relax, socialize and learn. The center hosts discussions, lectures, social events; provides meeting space for various student organizations; and has a robust library of LGBTQ-related books. The Women’s Center is located in College Center 235 and offers a community space and programming on various components of gender equity, women’s leadership, empowerment, and health. The Women’s Center Student Advisory Board—which consists of 8 to 10 female-identified student leaders—acts as a think tank to the center, helping to devise new programs and initiatives.
The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life (RSL) provides programming and support for 10 different student religious groups at Vassar, supports a wide range of religious and civic communities and initiatives on campus, and plays an important role as a college liaison to the mid-Hudson Valley community. RSL staff members are available for pastoral counseling and spiritual guidance for any concern or question students may have. The RSL staff includes a full-time director for Jewish Life and part-time affiliate advisors for the Episcopal, Roman Catholic, and InterVarsity communities on campus. RSL is located in the Chapel tower and basement, as well as at the Bayit, Vassar’s home of Jewish campus life, at 51 Collegeview Avenue.
Bias Incident Response Team. The Campus Life and Diversity Office coordinates a response team which may be convened in response to bias-related incidents and situations that may impact campus climate. The associate dean of the college for campus life and diversity coordinates the team and, when possible, convenes a core team to follow up on reports to determine initial steps and to identify additional offices or members from the campus community who can assist with the college’s response. The team includes various administrators and a student representative.
For more information about the Office of Campus Life and Diversity, please visit the Campus Life and Diversity website.
Student Employment, located in Student Financial Services, Main S-199, helps students secure part-time on-campus employment in departments throughout the college as well as part-time off-campus community service work-study employment. Students who qualify for work study receive first priority consideration for campus jobs. Remaining jobs are available for any student who wishes to work. In general, first-year students work an average of eight hours per week, sophomores nine hours, and juniors and seniors ten hours. Students may choose to work fall semester, spring semester, or the entire academic year. Job registration for the academic year begins in late summer. Registration for break (i.e., winter, spring, summer) positions takes place several times throughout the year. Prior to beginning work at Vassar, students must complete I-9 and W-4 forms.
For more information, please visit the Student Financial Services website, which will provide all Vassar student employment related resources, or email email@example.com.
Athletics and Physical Education
The Athletics and Fitness Center (AFC) is a 53,000-square-foot facility that houses a 1,200-seat gymnasium that is the home to the men’s and women’s basketball programs. An elevated running track, a 5,000-square-foot training and cardiovascular facility, a multipurpose room, locker facilities, administrative offices, and a laundry/uniform room are also located in the AFC.
Walker Field House, a 42,250-square-foot facility adjacent to the AFC, features a six-lane swimming pool with a separate diving well and a field house boasting an indirectly lit, multipurpose playing surface that can be configured as five indoor tennis courts, basketball or volleyball courts, and a practice and competition site for the fencing programs. The building also has additional locker rooms and a sports medicine facility. Walker Field House is home to the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams and the men’s and women’s fencing teams, serves as a practice site and intramural site, and hosts most physical education classes throughout the year.
Kenyon Hall contains six international squash courts, a volleyball facility with a Sport CourtTM playing surface, a varsity student-athlete weight room, a satellite athletic training facility, locker rooms, and coaches’ offices. Kenyon Hall is home to the men’s and women’s squash and men’s and women’s volleyball teams.
On-campus outdoor facilities include a nine-hole golf course (reduced rates for Vassar students, faculty, and staff), 13 outdoor tennis courts, and numerous playing fields. The Prentiss Sports Complex has a quarter-mile, all-weather track that surrounds a turf field for field hockey and women’s lacrosse, a competition grass lacrosse/soccer field, and a baseball field as well as three grass practice fields. The J.L. Weinberg Field Sports Pavilion includes six locker rooms, an athletic training facility, and a laundry facility. The Vassar College Farm features a rugby field and practice grids and is home to the men’s and women’s cross-country running course.
Varsity/NCAA Sanctioned. The college supports 23 varsity teams. There are sports programs for both men and women in basketball, cross-country, fencing, lacrosse, soccer, squash, swimming and diving, tennis, track, and volleyball. The women’s program also includes field hockey and golf, and the men’s program includes baseball. Students expecting to try out for an intercollegiate sports team need an on-campus medical examination arranged through the athletic trainers (845-437-7843). This examination must take place prior to participation in any practices. Contact the Department of Athletics and Physical Education (845-437-7450) with any questions concerning participation in varsity sports. Practices for some fall sports may begin prior to classes. Please call the office for further information.
Varsity Club Rugby and Rowing. Men’s and women’s rugby and rowing are varsity club sports under the auspices of the director of athletics and physical education. Participation in these programs requires a participation fee and an on-campus medical examination arranged through the athletic trainers (845-437-7843). Contact the Department of Athletics and Physical Education (845-437- 7450) with any questions concerning participation in these programs.
Our Intramural Program offers various leagues and tournaments to the whole Vassar community. Some of the sports offered throughout the academic year include indoor soccer, outdoor soccer, flag football, 3-on-3 basketball, 5-on-5 basketball, volleyball, wiffleball, badminton, floor hockey, kan jam, golf, tennis, ultimate frisbee, kickball, softball, table tennis and more. All registrations are done through IMLeagues.com/Vassar and you can follow us on Twitter at @VassarRec or on Facebook at facebook.com/vassarrecreation. Please contact Mike Callahan at 845-437-7471 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Our Life Fitness Program offers more than 40 hours of non-credit fitness classes in many areas each week, including strength training, Pilates, judo, self-defense, yoga, and non-contact boxing. All Life Fitness classes are free for Vassar students. We also offer free stress buster classes at the end of each semester. Registrations are required for all Life Fitness classes and are done through IMLeagues.com/Vassar; you can follow us on Twitter at @VassarRec or on Facebook at facebook.com/vassarrecreation. Please contact Mike Callahan at 845-437-7471 or at email@example.com for additional information.