No, Vassar isn’t still a girl’s school. In 1969, before most liberal arts schools, Vassar rejected an offer from the Yalies to merge and went coed instead. Today Vassar has slightly more girls than guys. Most students would describe Vassar as a sexually-open society. As most of the original buildings on campus were built when there was no need for separate men and women’s lavatories, Vassar’s dorms have coed hallways and coed bathrooms. Most guys are lanky, skinny, artsy types, and girls aren’t your typical girly girls. Vassar has an open homosexual and bisexual community. Many students find the understanding environment a comfortable place to “come out” and be gay.
Most students agree with the ideals of gender equity and gay rights that Vassar’s community attempts to foster. Of course, with sexual openness, cooperation, and exploration, comes the redefining and blurring of gender roles. When guys and girls can pee in adjacent stalls, vomit together after having too much to drink, or take a shower within a couple feet of each other in coed bathrooms, there is an intimacy that is both gained and lost. Still, this sexual openness is also one of the characteristics that draws students to Vassar.