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     Vassar College has long been known for the many fine writers it has produced. This site features the poetry of Vassar alums. Please browse and enjoy the work posted here. if you are a Vassar alum, please feel free to submit your work for inclusion in our site. You will find a link at the bottom of every page.

Established 1861
Type Private coeducational
Endowment $842 million
President Catharine Bond Hill (2006 - )
Undergraduates 2,475
Location Poughkeepsie, NY, USA
Campus Urban, suburban, park; 1,250 acres
Annual Fees $46,685 (2007 - 2008)
Mascot Brewer
Originally a women's college, Vassar is one of the oldest institutions of higher education for women in the United States. It was founded by its namesake, brewer Matthew Vassar, in 1861 in the Hudson Valley, about 70 mi (100 km) north of New York City. The first person appointed to the Vassar faculty was the astronomer Maria Mitchell, in 1865. Vassar adopted coeducation in 1969 after declining an offer to merge with Yale University. However, immediately following World War II, Vassar accepted a very small number of male students on the G.I. Bill. Because Vassar's charter prohibited male matriculants, the graduates were given diplomas via the University of the State of New York. These were reissued under the Vassar title after the school formally became co-ed.[2]

Vassar's campus, also an arboretum[3], is 1,000 acres  marked by period and modern buildings. The great majority of students live on campus. The renovated library has unusually large holdings for a college of its size. It includes special collections of Albert Einstein, Mary McCarthy, and Elizabeth Bishop.

In its early years, Vassar was associated with the social elite of the Protestant establishment. E. Digby Baltzell writes that "upper-class WASP families ... educated their children at ... colleges such as Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Vassar, and Smith among other elite colleges."[4] Before becoming President of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was a Trustee[5]

Vassar has long been known for producing many fine writers, including: