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Posted at 12:16 AM ET, 04/21/2010

College Tour '10: Vassar College #2

By Valerie Strauss

Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Vassar College
From a parent

It is a lovely, kind of driven place.

From a dad’s perspective it felt a little frou-frou, as the kids talked about dorm competitions for seniors. I kept thinking, ‘My God, they are going to go out of their minds doing dorm competitions when they are 22 years old.’

But the [coeducational] school is beautiful, and my daughter loved it.

A lot of kids seem to have a thing for small schools. My daughter liked that it was small. And she liked the way they talked about the academics. They seem to respect the students and give them a lot of room to do whatever they want academically, to build a curriculum that works for them.

I wasn't sure I could see her there but she could.

This is one in a series of reports that parents and students are contributing about their campus tours this spring. If you have visited a school and would like to participate, email me a brief report at You can find out more about College Tour ’10 and how to write about your college visit here.

Go to to see more college posts in the series and a map displaying them all.

By Valerie Strauss  | April 21, 2010; 12:16 AM ET
Categories:  College Tour '10  | Tags:  College Tour '10, Vasser College, campus visits, college visits, visiting schools  
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