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Arrival Information

First-year students are expected to arrive on campus on Monday, August 21, 2017. See also, New Student Orientation.

Arrival Schedule

8:00am – 1:00pm, Move - In & Check - In

The residential houses will be open for move-in starting at 8am, and all students are expected to have completed the check-in process by around 1:00pm. It can take several hours to move in and check in, so plan accordingly.

There will be parking at each house and security officers stationed across campus to point people in the right direction. To keep traffic moving, we ask that you drop off your belongings in front of your house and then have the driver of your vehicle move to the parking area. There will be many enthusiastic volunteers on hand to help you carry your things to your room.

If you shipped your belongings to campus, you can pick them up at the Shipping and Receiving warehouse between 8:30am and 4:30pm. The warehouse is located in the Buildings and Grounds Services Center in the South Parking Lot.

After you have moved all of your belongings into your room, you will come to Main Building for the check-in process. This is where you will receive your Orientation packet (including the name of your pre-major advisor), your Vassar ID card, and your mailbox key. If you have any problems or questions about financial aid, residential life, student accounts, or anything else, the check-in staff will be happy to assist you.


2:00pm – 3:00pm, Student Fellow Group Meeting & President's Welcome

After check-in has concluded, you will return to your house to meet your Student Fellows, House Advisors, and House Teams. Your families and friends are invited to attend a 2:00pm reception in the Chapel where they will be welcomed by Vassar administrators and deans, including Elizabeth Bradley, the president of the college.


3:00pm – 4:00pm, Reception for Students, Family, and Friends

Families, friends, and students are invited to an outdoor reception on the library lawn.

4:00pm – 4:30pm, Class of 2021 Photo

Official group photograph of the Class of 2021 and new transfer students on the chapel lawn.

4:30pm – 5:30pm, Family & Friends Farewell

Students and families say goodbye at the residental houses, and New Student Orientation begins.