A graduation ceremony in 1895

    Photo that may be from the Vassar College taken in 1895.

    Vassar College is a private, coeducational, liberal arts college in the town of Poughkeepsie, New York, in the United States.  Founded as a women’s college in 1861 by Matthew Vassar, the school is one of the Seven Sisters and has a historic relationship with Yale University; it became coeducational in 1969.  The college offers B.A. degrees in more than 50 majors and features a flexible curriculum designed to promote a breadth of studies.  Vassar also offers many extracurricular organizations including student theater, a cappella groups, club sports, volunteer and service groups, and a circus troupe.  Vassar College’s varsity sports teams, known as the Brewers, play in the NCAA’s Division III as members of the Liberty League.

    Vassar tied for the 12th best liberal arts college in the nation in the 2016 annual ranking of U.S. News & World Report, with an admission threshold described as “most selective.”  As of 2015, the college had an acceptance rate of 25.7%.  The total number of students attending the college is around 2,450.

    The Vassar campus comprises over 1,000 acres (400 ha) and more than 100 buildings, including two National Historic Landmarks and an additional National Historic Place.  A designated arboretum, the campus features more than 200 species of trees, a native plant preserve, and a 400-acre (160 ha) ecological preserve.


    Women’s Colleges in the United States are single-sex U.S. institutions of higher education that only admit female students.  They are often liberal arts colleges.  There are approximately forty-three active women’s colleges in the U.S.

     

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