Orientation 2015, Tentative Schedule

Please note: The schedule for 2016 will be posted by June 30, 2016.  The following is here to give you an idea of the schedule.

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 new people and learn more about your new home.

New Student Orientation is the first component of the Vassar First Year, a series of events meant to introduce new students to Vassar College. A mix of academic events, cultural happenings and discussions about campus issues, the programs are designed to get students talking about the big ideas they face in their scholarship and their social life on campus.

New Student Orientation Move-in Day for the class of 2020 is Monday, August 22, 2016.

Note: A printed version of the orientation schedule will be provided to every student on arrival.

Last year's schedule

Monday, August 24, 2015

New Student Move-In

8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Residential Houses

New students must first move into their respective rooms where they will be greeted by House Team members and other student leaders. In your house, you will pick up your room key and check-in card to bring with you to the Villard Room.

New Student Check-In: Pink Card Offices

8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Main Building C120

If you received a pink check-in card you will need to meet with a representative from the Office of Student Accounts, Financial Aid, or Health Services. Once you have cleared your hold, you will be allowed to enter Check-In at the Villard Room.

New Student Check-In

8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Villard Room (Main Building, 2nd Floor)

After moving into your room, you will need to head to the Villard Room to receive your V-Card and post office key.  Representatives from Safety and Security, Career Development, Student Employment, Religious and Spiritual Life, CIS, the Computer Store, Card Office and Campus Life/Vassar First Year, among others, will be available to distribute vital information and answer questions in the Villard Room.


11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Family and Friends: President’s Welcome

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

President Catharine Hill will address the families of new students. Also welcoming new families and friends will be Susan Zlotnick, dean of freshmen; Christopher Roellke, dean of the college; Jon Chenette, dean of the faculty; DB Brown, dean of students; Bert Lott, Professor of Greek and Roman Studies and this year’s Convocation speaker; and Ramy Abbady, Vassar Student Association president.

New Students: Meet with Student Fellow Groups

2:00 pm

Residential Houses

This time is set aside for new students to meet with their Student Fellow Groups. Student fellows act as peer advisors to help new students in their adjustment to college life. The meetings will take place in your residential house. Your student fellow will contact you regarding exact location.

Outdoor Reception for Families/Students (informal Q and A)

3:00 pm

Reception for Students, Family and Friends

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Library Lawn

Family and Friends Farewell

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Residential Houses

Barbecue with Student Fellows

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Noyes Circle

New Students: President’s Welcome

7:00 pm - 8:15 pm


Class of 2019 and transfer students will be welcomed by Catharine Hill, president; Jon Chenette, dean of the faculty; Christopher Roellke, dean of the college; Susan Zlotnick, dean of freshmen; DB Brown, dean of students; Edward Pittman, associate dean of the college; Bert Lott, Professor of Greek and Roman Studies and this year’s Convocation speaker; and Ramy Abbady, Vassar Student Association president.

Residential House Meetings

8:45 pm

This meeting will take place in your House.

Please see your student fellow for more information. All new students will meet the house leadership, which includes the student advisor, house president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, house fellow intern, house fellows, and house advisor. Important information about house/college policies and procedures will be discussed. Any questions about the house can be answered during this time.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

House Fellow Breakfast

10:00 am

This is a unique opportunity to get to know your live-in faculty family.  The house fellow program is designed to encourage students and faculty to have substantive conversations outside of the classroom, engaging around topics of academic interests, future studies and general life experiences.

Who's Who

11:00 am

House Team members will guide you through a series of activities in an effort to have first year students get to know one another in their respective houses. Make sure to wear clothes and shoes you can move around in.


1 – 3 pm

VC 2019 Brewer Chase

3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Residential Quad

New Brewers will have the chance to explore the campus, search for clues, make friends, and win great prizes in this two hour plus adventure! Your fellow group will be paired with another fellow group from a different house to complete a scavenger hunt. All clues will help you become familiar with Vassar. If you make it to the end, there will be a surprise waiting for you. See your student fellow for more information.

Staggered Dinner

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Tuesday Night Cool Down (Movie)

8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Residential Quad

Come enjoy a blockbuster movie. Popcorn and other snacks will be provided.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Posting of Music Audition Sign-Up Sheets

9:00 am

Bulletin board outside of Room 105, Skinner Hall

An audition is required for all voice and some instrumental lessons.

Varsity Sports Meeting

9:00 am – 10:00 am

Kenyon Hall 216

Interested in intercollegiate athletics or varsity club sports and you were not recruited by one of the coaches? Come to this meeting and speak with the Athletics administration. Please see the Athletics website for a list of varsity programs. You'll have an opportunity to make an appointment for the on-campus physical needed in order to try-out.

Please be sure that your appointment does not conflict with the faculty presentation or any important meetings and/or sessions you need to attend.

Group Meetings with Pre-major Advisors

10:15 am - 11:45 am

Advisors’ Offices

In your orientation packet you will find a letter from the dean of freshmen telling you who your pre-major advisor is, where to find him or her, and when your meeting with him or her is scheduled. In this meeting, your advisor will discuss some important aspects of academic life at Vassar, including the transition from high school to college; expectations for class attendance, laboratories, and the submission of written work; examination policies; and academic integrity. You will also learn when and how to contact your professors, and where to go for help when you need it. Your advisor will then give you your preliminary fall schedule (the results of your summer pre-registration) and answer any questions you may have about the registration process.

If you need help finding your advisor’s office, ask your student fellow for directions or stop by the Dean of Freshmen Office (Main North, Room 128).


11:45 am – 12:45 pm

Transfer, Visiting and Exchange (T/V/E) Students Meet and Greet

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

College Center Multi-purpose Room, Main Building, 2nd floor

Transfer, visiting, and exchange students are invited to meet the class advisors and administrators of the various offices and services that comprise the Dean of Studies Offices.  Issues briefly discussed will include college regulations, degree requirements and support services.  T/V/E students should bring their orientation folder with them to this meeting and to the advising meeting on Thursday.

Sports Physicals

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Baldwin House

For those who attended the information meeting earlier, you have been assigned a time to report to Baldwin House to complete your physical examination.  Please be prompt! If you do not have an appointment, please contact the head coach of your sport of interest.

Faculty Research Presentations

1:30 pm - 4:15 pm

Various Locations

Wondering what your professors will be like? Curious about a subject you’ve never studied before? This is your chance to find out. Members of Vassar's faculty will give informal talks about their current research.  There will be three 45-minute sessions beginning at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30, each offering a diverse array of presentations.  A complete program can be found at the back of this schedule.

Receptions with Departments and Programs

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Come learn more about a department of particular interest to you in an informal setting.  Meet the professors and enjoy refreshments and conversation. Please contact the Office of Accessibility and Equal Opportunity (AEO) if you wish to attend a departmental reception and need wheelchair access or other accommodations. 

View list of locations for receptions with departments and programs

Campus Life/Women's Center Open House

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Women's Center (College Center 235, Main Building, 2nd floor)

Drop by for an informal Open House to meet the director, see the space, hear about our resources and offerings and eat some snacks! The Campus Life Women's Center supports and celebrates women’s leadership, provides empowering spaces for female-identified people, takes action to address gender inequity on campus, provides programming and resources on local, national, and global gender issues, honors Vassar College’s unique history, and promotes understanding among people of different genders, cultures, beliefs, ethnic backgrounds, abilities, and sexual orientations.


5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

I Am Vassar/This Is Vassar

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


This event is an introduction to the Vassar College community experience. As Vassar students you are joining a series of communities - Poughkeepsie, the college, the class of 2019, your house, your hall, and those of particular identities, beliefs, and expressions. As a member of the college community you will be frequently challenged, surprised, and encouraged to learn about yourself and others, all while creating a lasting legacy around you. As you begin this journey, at “I Am Vassar,” you will learn about diversity in the student body, hear student leaders share stories of self-discovery and empowerment, and have opportunities to reflect on your own experiences and identities.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Bagel Breakfast

9:00 am – 11:00 am

Rose Parlor (Main Building, 2nd floor)

Sponsored by the Vassar Christian Fellowship

Academic Departments and Programs Office Locations for Departmental Advanced Course Placement Advising

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Representatives from all academic departments and programs will be available for individual consultations.  With a cell phone or from outside the college, dial 845-437 followed by the extension number.

See list of locations for departmental advanced course placement advising

Departmental, Advanced Course Placement, Pre-Professional Advising

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Department and Program Offices

Representatives from all academic departments and programs will be available for individual consultations.  If you are not sure which math or language course is right for you, or if you received a 4 or a 5 on an AP exam (or equivalent IB or A-level examination) and want to take an intermediate-level course, or if you are interested in a special permission (SP) course such as music lessons, this is the time to get the information and/or permissions you need.  Be sure to bring your registration form with you. Click here for a list of department and program office locations for departmental advising.

Additional advising meetings for specific topics of interest are listed as follows:

Music Theory Placement Advising and Placement Exam

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Skinner Hall, Room 105

Michael Pisani will meet with students interested in taking Harmony (Music 105/106); an advanced course placement test for qualified students who wish to place out of Music 105 (Harmony) will be administered.

Foreign Language Course Placement Advising

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Chicago Hall

All foreign language departments will be open to students for placement advising in Chicago Hall except Chinese and Japanese, which will be in Sanders Classroom 322, and Greek and Roman (for Greek and Latin), which will be in Sanders Classroom 118. See listings at the back of this schedule.

Pre-Law Advising

9:00 - 9:30 am

Sanders Classroom Auditorium

Admission to law school remains competitive and early preparation can make all the difference! Join Vassar's pre-law advisors, Stacy Bingham (director of Career Development), Jannette Swanson (assistant director of Career Development), and Jamie Kelly (assistant professor of philosophy), to learn about what it means to be “pre-law” at Vassar, what you can do now to make yourself a great law school candidate, and how you can take advantage of campus resources to help you succeed!

Pre-Engineering Advising

9:00 am - 9:30 am

Sanders Classroom 013

Professor David Bradley, the dual-degree engineering advisor, and Pauline Saavedra, assistant dean of studies, will give an overview of the necessary prerequisites to apply for the Vassar-Dartmouth Dual-Degree Engineering Program.  After this meeting students can begin revising their fall course selections in preparation for their advisor meetings.

Study Away and Foreign Language Competency: An Information Session

9:00 am - 9:30 am

New England 105

Language department faculty will give an overview of the study away opportunities and the foreign language/cultural competencies needed to study in a non-English speaking country. All students interested in pursuing language study abroad are invited, including those interested in the Vassar programs in Madrid, Bologna, and Paris.

Pre-Health Advising

9:30 am - 10:15 am

Sanders Classroom Auditorium

Members of the Pre-Med Advisory Committee will give an overview of the requirements for preparation to apply to medical and other schools in the health professions. After this meeting students can begin revising their fall course selections in preparation for their advisor meetings.

Choral and Voice Lesson Information Sessions

10:00 am - 11:00 am & 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music

All students interested in singing in the choirs (Women's Chorus, Mixed Chorus, Madrigals), or auditioning for voice lessons should attend one of these sessions. There will be a short presentation followed by Q & A.

(Sign up in advance on the audition sheets posted outside Skinner Hall, Room 105)

Natural Science and Math Advising

10:15 am – 11:45 am

Ely Lawn (Rain location: Aula)

Faculty members will give an overview of the programs and departments in natural science and math at Vassar.  They will discuss curricular offerings and answer questions.  Math advising will also take place in the Math Department lounge, Rockefeller 305.

English Department AP and General Information Meeting

10:30 am– 11:00 am

Sanders Auditorium

Mark C. Amodio, department chair, will explain policies and procedures for advanced course placement in English, in addition to providing a general introduction to the Department of English. Students wishing to take a 200-level English course in their first year should attend this meeting.  Students with questions about the department or the major are encouraged to attend as well.

Art 105-106 Information Meeting

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Taylor Hall, Room 203

Art Department faculty will describe the content of this course and explain how to register. All students currently pre-registered for Art 105, wishing to enroll, or just curious about Art 105-106 are invited to attend.

Education Certificate Advising

11:15 am – 11:45 am

Maria Mitchell Observatory, Room 212

Erin McCloskey will give a short presentation about the requirements for education certification and answer any questions about the process.


1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Individual Meetings with Pre-major Advisors

1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Advisors’ Offices

Now that you’ve had a chance to reflect on your choice of courses and to obtain information and advice on placement, you will meet again with your advisor to discuss your schedule in detail and make any desired changes (add or drop courses, change sections, etc.). This is the time to add any intermediate or advanced courses that were not included in the summer pre-registration, except for special permission courses that require the instructor’s signature (these can be added during the first two weeks of classes). Since you may not be able to register for some of the classes you have chosen, you should also discuss some alternative selections with your advisor and put them down on your form. At the end of your meeting, your advisor will sign your registration form, signifying that you have consulted with him or her.

Note: Do not leave your advisor's office before he or she signs your form! You cannot register for classes on Friday without a completed and signed form.

T/V/E Registration and Advising

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Advising takes place in the Dean of Studies Office (Main North 128) and the Study Abroad Office (Main North 172)

The Office of the Dean of Studies will coordinate the advising and registration process for all transfer, visiting, and exchange students. Please consult your student fellow for more information about this meeting.

Life Safety at Vassar

3:15 pm - 4:00 pm


Members of Safety and Security, Environmental Health and Safety, Residential Life, Arlington Fire District and Town Police will discuss life safety on campus, personal safety, blue phones, and emergency notification in the event of a campus-wide emergency.

Safety Walks and Fire Drills

4:15 pm - 5:00 pm

Students retreat back to their respective houses

Safety walks of each house with your respective student fellows.

Arlington Amble

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Explore your new neighborhood in your student fellow groups. There are lots of coffee shops, delis, restaurants, and stores you need to know about, including some brand new businesses that just opened up. Get your first taste of the Arlington Farmer's Market, which is held 3-7 pm on Thursdays, June through October. Find out which Arlington merchants accept VCash. Win some great prizes too! Check with your student fellow for details.

Transfer/Visiting/Exchange Student Dinner

7:30 - 9:00 pm

College Center Multi-purpose Room, Main Building, 2nd floor

Speak About It

7:30 - 10:15 pm

Students' Building, 2nd floor

This humorous and thought-provoking performance uses skits, monologues, and interactive dialogue to spark conversation about what healthy sex can and should look like. Based on true stories, Speak About It addresses topics including consent, sexual assault, and how students can intervene as empowered by bystanders to confront gender-based violence!

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Noyes, Lathrop, Jewett, Raymond, Strong

9:15pm - 10:15 pm
Cushing, Davison, Main, Joss

Afterhours Coffee House at the Art Center

10:00 pm - 12:00 am

Hildegarde Krause Baker '11 Sculpture Garden, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

Take a moment after your busy day of Orientation to relax in a Coffee House at the Art Center. Come listen to some music presented by a talented local band. Tour the wonderful Loeb galleries, while you get some last minute peer advising from our Residential House Teams before registering for your classes on Friday morning. Coffee and refreshments provided.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Registration/Matriculation Book Signing

8:00 am - 2:00 pm

College Center 240

All entering students must come to College Center 240 (2nd floor) to finalize their schedules for the fall semester with a representative from the Office of the Registrar. Students register at specific times based on the number of units for which they were pre-registered (those with no units go first, then those with .5 units, 1 unit, etc.) and on a random draw number.  The time for your registration is printed on your schedule form located in your packet.  Don’t forget to bring your registration form, signed by your advisor, with you! On the way out, be sure to sign the Matriculation Book! Signing this book signifies that you are an official candidate for a degree at Vassar College.  Also, students from Democracy Matters will be available to answer any questions about voter registration.

IMPORTANT: If you do not come to College Center 240 on Friday, your registration will be canceled and you will lose your place in the courses for which you were pre-registered.

Financial Aid/Student Accounts Information Sessions

9:00 am - 10:45 am

Rockefeller Hall 200

9:00 am – 9:45 am (Last names A-L)
10:00 am – 10:45 am (Last names M-Z)

Renee Behnke, director of Student Accounts, will provide general information about your student account, which includes e-bill/e-payment and e-refund system. Jessica Bernier, director of Student Financial Services, will discuss and provide general information about the Student Financial Services Office and financial aid.  Brianne Balzer, director of Student Employment will discuss the all of your student employment questions.

NOTE: If your scheduled time for registering for classes conflicts with your Student Financial Services Information Session, you may attend the other session.

Wellness Open House

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Side of Metcalf - between Metcalf and Old Observatory - lawn

Begin your open house tour in the “big top,” followed by a walk through Baldwin Health Services, the home of our on-campus medical clinic and women’s health services, and Metcalf House, home to the Health Education Office, the Office for Accessibility and Educational Opportunity, and Counseling Service. Use this time to ask questions, receive informational brochures, and meet staff from each office. Additionally, each office will have giveaways that promote peace of mind and wellness. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn about the resources that will help you to thrive at Vassar!

Choral Auditions

12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Skinner Hall of Music, Room 400 (Thekla Hall)

Sign up in advance on the audition sheets posted outside Skinner Hall, Room 105

Friday Muslim Prayers (Muslim)

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Library Quiet Room

Sponsored by the Vassar Muslim Students Union


1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Library Tour and Information Fair/Campus Dining Tours

2:30 – 5:30 pm

Main Library and All-Campus Dining Center

Come for an informal introduction to services offered by the Vassar College Libraries, as well as other student resources housed in the Main Library. Take an optional tour, grab some freebies, and enter to win one of our raffles with a chance to win great prizes! Library staff will be on hand to answer questions for incoming freshmen and transfer students.

Campus Dining Tours: The dining orientation tour is designed to introduce you to Campus Dining and to help you get the most out of dining during your time at Vassar. You will get a tour of the "Deece" (All Campus Dining Center) and a brief overview of meal plans, dining locations, and whom to contact for any special dietary needs or allergies.

Library Arrival Schedule Dining Commons Arrival Schedule
2:30 Josselyn Davison
3:00 Strong Cushing
3:15 Main Noyes
3:45 Lathrop Jewett
4:00 Raymond Strong
4:30 Noyes Main
4:45 Cushing Josselyn
5:10 Jewett Raymond
5:30 Davison Lathrop

Campus Life/LGBTQ Center Open House

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

LGBTQ Center (College Center 213, 2nd floor)

Join the center director and student interns for an informal open house to learn about campus LGBTQ resources, meet folks in the community, and eat snacks! The LGBTQ Center enhances the campus life experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students and their allies by providing social, cultural, and academic programming, fostering strong leaders, highlighting Vassar’s unique history, and engaging the entire campus in discussions of social justice and inclusion. Visit the center for more information on resources and events.

Office of International Services Dinner

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Dodge Room in ACDC (Students' Building, 1st floor East Wing)

All first year international students are invited to bring dinner into the Dodge Room in ACDC for a chance to regroup, relax, and reconnect with new friends and peers.  OIS interns and staff will be present to informally check-in and to answer any questions.

Shabbat Service and Dinner

6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Bayit, 51 Collegeview Avenue (behind ACDC)

Sponsored by the Vassar Jewish Union

Friday Night Fun

9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Walker Field House

Come take a dip in the pool, enjoy laser tag, novelty games, and food trucks.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Day of Health and Wellness

This is the day to get all your questions answered about what college life is like by your upper class peers, how to make the best choices for yourself, and how to intervene and where to go for help when a friend is in trouble.  Please see the schedule below to know when programs will be.  Student fellows will accompany you to the "Altered States" and "Being a Bystander" programs.  For the wellness activities you can choose to attend any that are listed in your wellness activities time.

Group 1: Cushing, Davison, Lathrop - Men and Women’s Soccer

10-11:45am Altered States - UpC
11:45am-1pm Being a Bystander - House Lounges
1-2pm Lunch
2-4pm Wellness Activities

Group 2: Joss, Strong, Raymond   

10-12am Wellness Activities
12-1pm Lunch
1-3:00pm Altered States UpC
3-4:15pm Being a Bystander - House Lounges

Group 3: Main, Noyes, Jewett

10am-12pm Wellness Activities
12-1pm Lunch
1-2:15pm Being a Bystander - House Lounges
2:30-4:15 Altered States - UpC 

Altered States
This program will help you gain information to make the best decisions about your academics and personal health.  During this program you will be engaging in an open dialogue with wellness peer educators and other student leaders about the potential impact of alcohol and other drugs on your experience at Vassar.

Being a Bystander
You've watched the online videos and you've attended Speak About It, but how can you really intervene if you see a risky situation? In this interactive workshop, peer educators will teach students bystander intervention tools and give them an opportunity to practice the skills that they've learned.

Wellness Activities will be posted on-line and your Student Fellow will have a schedule.  Take advantage of these free activities!!!   


1:00 - 2:00 pm

Orchestra Information Meeting with Auditions to Follow

4:30 pm

Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music

Campus Life/ALANA Open House

5:00 – 6:30 pm

ALANA Center (adjacent to the Powerhouse Theater)

The ALANA Center is the Campus Life Center for African American/Black, Latino/a, Asian/Asian American, and Native American communities on campus. The Center supports and engages all students interested in exploring issues of cultural and racial identity. The Center hosts social and cultural programs, collaborates with faculty and student organizations, and provides leadership opportunities to enhance the campus life experiences of ALANA students. Visit the Center for more information on resources, leadership opportunities, and programs.

Ice Cream Social

6:00 - 7:00 pm

The Bayit, 51 Collegeview Avenue (behind ACDC)

Sponsored by the Vassar Jewish Union

Brewer Games

7:00 - 8:30 pm

Walker Field House

(Lathrop House is the defending champion)
Enough sitting around!  Here is a chance to get up, get moving, show dorm spirit and get involved.  Houses will compete in "Brewer Games" for House Cup points and bragging rights.  Make sure you have your dorm shirts, colors, and cheers ready!  Coaches, faculty, student athletes, and wellness peer educators will be participating and helping out.

Havdalah Service

8:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Blodgett Courtyard

Sponsored by Chabad Jewish Community

Freshmen Fun Filled Frenzy

9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Main Building, College Center

Show us what you’ve got by participating in an evening filled with friendly competition! Featuring Cup Cake Wars Vassar trivia and other games.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Shuttles to Mall

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Main Circle

Apps To Live By Brunch

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

College Center Multipurpose Room

MaryJo Cavanaugh, Melanie Harasym, and Ashley Webster-Miramant from the Office of Accessibility and Educational Opportunity will share their top "techno tools" for academic success. Bring your technology with you - smartphones, tablets, laptops etc.


12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

VSA Open House

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

College Center

The VSA is the student government of Vassar College, and all students are members of the VSA! Come meet your representatives on the VSA Executive Board and VSA Council. Additionally, you will have the chance to learn about the positions available for members of the class of 2019. Light refreshments will be available.

Voice Lesson Auditions

1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Skinner Hall of Music, Room 400 (Thekla Hall)

(To ensure an audition time, you must sign-up in advance on the audition sheets posted outside Skinner Hall, Room 105) Students are encouraged to prepare one classical vocal piece in any language, and it should be memorized. Please bring a copy of the music with piano accompaniment, as an accompanist will be provided. Students who do not have a classical piece prepared may also present selections from musical theatre or other music genres.

Campus Life/RSL Open House

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Chapel Lawn

Religious and Spiritual Life (RSL) at Vassar is a hub for joyful celebrations, social justice, inter-religious dialogue, contemplative practices and more. Come to make a simple sand mandala (a spiritual tool for accessing wisdom), play games, learn about the many campus and community programs that RSL offers, and connect with leaders from the ten different spiritual and religious groups that relate to the RSL Office. Refreshments and "contemplative practice toolkits" provided. All are welcome. Sponsored by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.

Pipe Dreams: An Introduction to the Vassar Organs

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Chapel and Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music

All students are cordially invited to a brief lecture and demonstration of the Vassar Chapel and Skinner Hall of Music organs.  Students will have hands-on time at the organs; no experience necessary.
Sponsored by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life

Sunday Worship

4:00 pm

Vassar Chapel

Sponsored by the Episcopal Church at Vassar College

Catholic Mass

5:00 pm

Vassar Chapel

Sponsored by the Vassar Catholic Community

Sitting Meditation

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Vassar Chapel

Sponsored by the Buddhist Sangha

Welcome Concert for the Class of 2019

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music

Presented by members of the Music Department faculty

Walking Meditation among Paper Lanterns

9:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Library Lawn

Sponsored by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life

Monday, August 31, 2015

Classes Begin

8:00 am

Foreign Language Proficiency Exams

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Chinese Sanders Classroom Building, Room 322
French Sanders Classroom Building, Room 006
German Chicago Hall, Room 134
Hebrew Contact Tzach Yoked of the Religion Department at (845) 437-5424, cell (848) 459-8178 for time and location
Italian Chicago Hall, Room 126
Japanese Sanders Classroom Building, Rooms 322
Latin & Greek Exams will not be offered during this time. Please contact Bert Lott directly at (845) 437-5947 should you wish to make an appointment to take one of the exams later on in the week.
Russian Chicago Hall, Room 116
Spanish Chicago Hall, Foreign Language Computer Classroom

Take the appropriate exam if you want to satisfy the foreign language requirement by examination. If you want to take a foreign language course, but are not sure which one is appropriate for you, consult the department during the Departmental and Advanced Course Placement Advising session on Thursday, August 27.

Piano Lesson Auditions

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Skinner Hall of Music, Room 400 (Thekla Hall)

(Sign up in advance on the audition sheets posted outside Skinner Hall of Music, Room 105.)

Jazz Ensemble Information Meeting

7:00 pm

Skinner Hall of Music, Recital Hall

(Audition music will be distributed at this meeting.)

Wind Ensemble Information Meeting

8:00 pm

Skinner Hall of Music, Recital Hall

(Audition music will be distributed at this meeting.)

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

First Year LGBTQQIA and Allies Dinner

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

LGBTQ Center (College Center 213)

The Campus Life LGBTQ Center hosts free dinners for first year LGBTQQIA students and strong allies every Tuesday first semester from 6-7pm, starting on Sept. 1! Join us for good food, a relaxing atmosphere and interesting discussions with other lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual and ally first year students. Sponsored by the LGBTQ Center and Vassar First Year.

Guitar Lesson Auditions

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Skinner Hall of Music, Room 325

(Sign up in advance on the audition sheets posted outside Skinner Hall of Music, Room 105.)

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre General Interest Meeting

3:00 pm

Kenyon Hall, Studio 3

For anyone interested in finding out more about the Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Wind Ensemble Auditions

3:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Skinner Hall of Music, Room 421

Friday, September 4, 2015

Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre Ballet Audition

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Kenyon Hall, Studio 1

Open to all Vassar students with strong ballet technique (women must have at least three years of pointe training) who will be auditioning for VRDT on the following day Saturday, September 5th.

Dress: Women should wear leotards, tights and ballet slippers - bring pointe shoes.  Men should wear leotards and tights if they have them; otherwise shorts and a t-shirt are fine.  Men must wear ballet slippers.

Audition will consist of intermediate ballet class from 1:30 pm -3 pm followed by ballet phrases taught by the ballet faculty and guest choreographer.  It may also include partnering.

All auditionees must attend the VRDT audition on September 5th.

Jazz Ensemble Auditions

3:30 - 9:00 pm

Skinner Hall of Music, Room 421

International Host Program Reception

5:00 - 7:00 pm

Villard Room, College Center, 2nd Floor

The International Host Program pairs individual members of the Vassar and Poughkeepsie communities with new international students and language fellows. International students will receive a special invitation to this event in their orientation packets.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

The Student Activities Fair

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Change location to Library Lawn (rain location: College Center and ,Villard Room)

Get involved!!!  Come and learn about all the different student organizations that Vassar has to offer.  Whether you are interested in finding your dream role in a student theater production, singing your heart out, making people laugh or just plain raising your voice to make a difference, you are bound to find something here!  Representatives from organizations will be present with information on what they do and how to get involved.  Make sure that you stop by and learn all about the exciting opportunities!

Food Truck Saturday

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Library Lawn

Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre Annual Audition

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Kenyon Hall, Studio I

Women 12:00pm - 2:00pm; Men 2:30 pm - 4:00pm

Who: Open to all Vassar students
Dress: Women should wear leotards and tights and bring jazz shoes, if they have them; however, barefoot is fine.  Men should wear leotards and tights if they have them; otherwise shorts and a t-shirt are fine.  Bring jazz shoes, if you have them.
Content and info:  There will be a 30-minute modern warm-up followed by three separate sections with movement phrases taught by dance faculty.  One of the three sections will be jazz. If you have any questions, visit the Dance Office in Kenyon Hall, call (845) 437-7470 during business hours, or write to the director of VRDT, John Meehan at: jomeehan@vassar.edu

Gays of Our Lives

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Walker Field House

Are you worried that your gay-dar isn't ready to take on the small liberal arts college experience? Well, fear not, because trying to label someone's identity based on appearances and social constructs is actually just a load of bull.  Join us for the annual fun and raucous panel, Gays of Our Lives, which addresses assumptions and stereotypes about sexuality and gender identity through the candid humor and personal stories of Vassar students.  Sponsored by Queer Coalition Vassar College (QCVC) and the LGBTQ Center.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Labor Day

Barbecue and Live Music (with the Roundabout Ramblers)

5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Noyes Circle

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Vassar Devils

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Alumnae House

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. Please refer to the guidebook schedule or your student fellow for your house's specific date and time.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015


3:30 pm


Fall Convocation is the official culmination of the New Student Orientation Program and the official beginning of the academic year.

Official Group Photograph of the Class of 2019 and New Transfer Students

5:00 pm

Main Circle

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Vassar Devils

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Alumnae House

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. Please refer to the guidebook schedule or your student fellow for your house's specific date and time.