Historically Black College/University?
Common States of Residence
- Foreign countries
- New Jersey
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 3%
African American: 7%
Asian American: 9%
Native American: 0%
Students at Vassar are extremely accepting of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. While the percentage of openly gay students may seem high to students when compared to society as a whole, it is not as high as Vassar’s reputation might have you believe that it is. Vassar is just an environment in which students of all sexual orientations experience a “freedom” that only becomes defined in such a way when compared with what is essentially a homophobic American society. At Vassar, it is just living.
Conservative students complain of intolerance, and the school is trying to fix up the "super liberal" stereotype into something more accepting.
Look at any of the parking lots on campus, and you’ll see that Vassar has a number of wealthy students. A common joke is that “students drive their BMWs to the Salvation Army.” Contray to this assumption, more than 60 percent of students receive some form of financial aid, and 52 percent receive assistance from Vassar.
Most Common Religions
Vassar is independent of denominational ties. Religion doesn’t play a large role in most students’ lives, but Vassar isn’t as “Godless” as students often think it is. There are several student-led communities of faith at Vassar that are very active, and are supported by an Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are several student-run groups ranging from the Black Student Union to the Asian Film & Media Club to the Queer Coalition. The Alana Center, the resource center for African American/Black, Latino, Asian/Asian American and Native American students on campus, provides support and programming for students of color.