Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Connecticut... Vassar '11
@ sonjanicky... Unfortunately, I don't know all that much about job placement out of Vassar because I'm only a sophomore. I've been to the Career Counseling office before and can report that they're very nice and quite visible on-campus, but have little knowledge as to how good they are at helping people get good jobs.
@MZ2009... Like dc89, I really don't think you need a printer at Vassar. I had one my freshman year (until my roommate broke it) and, although it was a little more convenient than heading down to the printer room on the first floor of each dorm, it wasn't convenient enough to warrant the space and cost of ink and paper. The only exception to this is if you think you're going to want to print a lot of stuff in color (maybe for Art History)... the only color printers on campus are in the library. As to printers in the dorm breaking down, well, it happens every so often. Computer Information Services (CIS) is really good about getting them up and running soon though. Also, because there's a printer in every dorm and the library, it's not really all that hard to just go somewhere else.
@rr4life... I personally don't think the food is all that bad. I mean, it's not what I get at home, but it's not terrible. Options in the main cafeteria consist of a sandwich bar where you can get a sandwich made or opt for a pre-made sandwich, a bagel-toast station, two soups a day, a salad bar, a "home cooking" station with a meat/starch/vegetable that changes for each meal, two grill stations: one with a rotating special or omelets and one with burgers/fries/chicken/hotdogs, a wrap station, a pizza station, a Mediterranean station with salads and pasta options, a Vegan station, a stir fry station where students can make their own food (my favorite part of the cafeteria, hands down), and a dessert station. There's also the Retreat, which is more of a cafe style dining area and has sandwiches (hot and cold), burgers, breakfast specials, a salad bar, and pizza.
Pre-med isn't a major at Vassar, although, I believe that students interested in pre-med have a special advisory program they work with to make sure they have fulfilled all requirements. Usually, but not always, pre-med students choose to major in a science. I know pre-med students who are neuroscience, psychology, biology, biochemistry, and chemistry majors as well as one who is a Medieval & Renaissance studies major. Overall, the science program at Vassar is pretty strong, if less talked about than some of the humanities majors. Biology and psychology are two of our biggest departments and, as such, have a lot of different course offerings. I've taken biology and psychology courses and have had good experiences in both... overall, I would describe both departments as quite strong. The chemistry and physics departments are smaller, but still solidly good.
@aplomb... Juniors are guaranteed a single, however, they don't have to have one. The idea is that juniors pick their rooms before sophomores do, meaning that they get first dibs at which rooms they'd like. If a pair of juniors decided they'd rather have a double, they would certainly be allowed to choose one rather than go for a single. There's also a number of suites in two of the dorms (Main and Jewett) which sophomores, juniors, and seniors can all apply to live in. Usually, they're occupied by groups of four or five juniors and sophomores.