Beginning with New Student Orientation, the Vassar First Year is meant to introduce new students to Vassar in both academic and co-curricular contexts.
New Student Orientation
August 27 – September 2, 2013
The events planned for your first few days at Vassar will familiarize you with some important aspects of college life. Some events are intended for all new students, while others address specific needs and interests. We encourage you to see these events as opportunities to meet others and learn more about your new home.
Vassar Devils at Alumnae House
Monday, September 9 and Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Join your student fellow and classmates for a fun dessert night at the college’s Alumnae House. Learn about the unique history and special traditions of the college as you enjoy a Vassar Devil (a tasty brownie, marshmallow, and ice cream concoction). Co-sponsored by The Vassar First Year, the Council for Alumnae/i and Student Advancement, and the Office of Alumnae/i Affairs and Development.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Fall Convocation is the culmination of the New Student Orientation Program and the official beginning of the academic year. Convocation address by John H. McCleary, Professor of Mathematics.
William Starr Annual Lecture: A Visit from Jennifer Egan
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Reading and talk by Jennifer Egan, author of A Visit From the Goon Squad.
Freshmen Families Weekend
September 21-22, 2013
Making Sense of Your $$$
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Stressed about money? From student loans and work study positions to managing your VCash, this event will address financial problems that first year students might face during their time in college. Co-sponsored by The Vassar First Year and the Career Development Office.
48 Hour Film Project
November 15-17, 2013
Vassar’s First Year Film Project brings first-year students together with video cameras and media to produce a story about first year experiences and engagements. Students will be invited during early fall semester to begin film projects (8 minutes or less) and begin production for a showcase event during the second semester.
Monday, January 20 and Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Formerly Art as Activism, Re-Orientation continues the conversations on community, social responsibility and social consciousness through dialogue, art and performance. All first year students are expected to attend.
February 2014: TBA
Roundtable discussions with accomplished student leaders regarding leadership opportunities within the Vassar community.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Villard Room (following Spring Convocation)
A gathering for and by first year students, featuring 15 three-minute reflections on the achievements and challenges of the freshmen year. Reflect on your experiences through song, dance, performance art, video, and other works of art.
Sponsored by the Freshmen Class Council and The Vassar First Year.
More information on the Vassar First Year program can be found on the Campus Life and Diversity Office website: http://campuslife.vassar.edu
You can also contact:
Associate Dean of the College
Campus Life and Diversity Office/ First Year
Assistant Director for Residential Life/First Year
Dean of Freshmen
Main N128, 845-437-5258