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First-Year Students Pre-arrival Checklist


For answers to frequently asked questions, visit New Student FAQ, or call the Dean of First-Year Students Office at (845) 437-5258.


  • In mid-May, the Office of Admission will mail a matriculation packet to you. This packet will contain paper copies of certain forms (though all forms included in the packet are available on this website as downloadable PDFs), as well as instructing you to activating your Vassar account. You will need your login credentials symp
  • Set up your Vassar email. Your Vassar Username and Activation Code, as well as instructions on activating your Vassar Account are available in your status portal. (NOTE: Students who deferred their entry from last year will not have access to the status portal. Your Vassar Username is included in your mailed matriculation packet. Your activation code and instructions for activating your account are being emailed to you.) Your Vassar email account can be accessed at mail.vassar.edu or any Google login prompt. Log in with your full email address and password. Your email address will be your username followed by @vassar.edu (i.e. jodoe@vassar.edu.) For more information, please visit the Computing, IDs & Phones FAQ. If you have questions or require assistance, you may contact the CIS Service Desk at servicedesk@vassar.edu or call 845-437-7224 during normal business hours.
  • If you are requesting disability accommodations, you must return the Self-Identification Form to the Office for Accessibility and Educational Opportunity.
    Deadline: June 15.
  • Complete the New Student Biography Form as soon as possible. This form will require information from your parents/guardians. Deadline: July 1.



  • Complete the Statement of Academic Interests worksheet. Your thoughtful answers to these questions will help the dean place you with a pre-major academic advisor with expertise in your areas of interest.
    Deadline: July 21.
  • Finish pre-registering for your fall semester classes.
    Deadline: July 21
  • Complete Think About It, a 2-hr online course through Campus Clarity that provides educational information related to sexual violence prevention in our community. To start the course, simply visit www.campusclarity.com, enter your Vassar College email address, and click "Start Training." (Note: Completion of Think About It is required before students may enroll in academic courses). For technical assistance please visit https://support.campusclarity.com. For all other questions or concerns please email Vassar's Sexual Assault and Violence Prevention office at savp@vassar.edu
    Deadline: July 28
  • Fill out the Religious Interest Form. Whether or not you consider yourself to be religious, please fill out the form as it helps the college better serve the needs of our students.