|School type||Private coeducational|
|President (on leave)||Frances D. Fergusson|
|President (acting)||M. Glen Johnson|
|Location||Poughkeepsie, New York|
|Campus surroundings||Urban, park|
|Campus size||1,000 acres|
Closeup of the Vassar Main Building
The college was founded by its namesake, Matthew Vassar, in 1861 in the scenic Hudson Valley, approximately 70 miles north of New York City. Vassar is often praised for its beautiful campus—a 1000-acre lot of land marked by period and modern buildings—that is an arboretum. The great majority of students live on campus. It was an all women's college until 1969.
Today over two thousand students attend Vassar, including many international students. They are taught by over two hundred faculty members.