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Volunteer News Highlights For 2017-18

  • The 686 members of the Class of 2022 arrived on campus at the end of August 2018. These students represent 47 states (and Washington D.C.) and 31 foreign countries. 32.7% identify as domestic students of color and 10.2% are international. 19.5% are Pell Grant recipients and 15.2% are first-generation college students. If you are interested in more information about this year’s incoming class, visit Class of 2022 Statistics.
  • Beginning fall 2018, Vassar applicants will be offered the option to have evaluative alumnae/i interviews, rather than informational conversations.  As the Office of Admission works to build the next incoming class, the College is interested in obtaining a greater depth of information from the conversations alumnae/i have with prospective Vassar students. Though such an interview alone will not provide all the necessary information required to determine where any one student falls on the overall scale of qualified candidates, the report will become part of the applicant’s file, to be reviewed in context with other application materials.
  • More than 210 alumnae/i and parent volunteers participated in over 50 career-related events for our students in the 2017-18 fiscal year. If you would like to advertise an upcoming job or internship opportunity for Vassar students and young alumnae/i, please use our central database, Handshake.
  • The Career Development Office is currently looking for volunteers in the following industries for upcoming events on Vassar's campus: Government, Think Tanks, International Affairs, Data Science, Scientific Research, Health & Medicine, and Visual/Performing Arts. Visit careers.vassar.edu to let us know if you would like to be considered as a panelist or mentor.
  • The AAVC Board's Committee on Class activities spent the last fiscal year streamlining job titles and descriptions and, with input from more than 150 volunteers across eight decades, made the decision to eliminate the practice of charging dues.
  • 133 volunteers across 24 Vassar Clubs planned and hosted 118 events that engaged 1,299 unique alumnae/i during the last fiscal year. Check the Calendar of Events for upcoming programs in 2018/19.
  • The Alumnae/i Engagement Team would like to thank Brian Farkas ’10, immediate past  president of the Vassar Club of New York, for his outstanding leadership as Chair of the AAVC Clubs Committee, and welcome Alan Neuhauser ’09, President of the Vassar Club of Washington, DC, who succeeds Brian in this role as of July 1, 2018.
  • Last fiscal year, The Vassar Fund raised $9,057,381 to support and strengthen the educational experience at Vassar College. The number of donors making gifts to The Vassar Fund saw an increase of 9% overall and 10% for the alumnae/i constituency.
  • The FY19 goals for The Vassar Fund are to raise $9.2 million and to achieve 100% volunteer participation. To make your gift, please visit give.vassar.edu.

About Volunteering

Volunteers are at the heart of Vassar’s activities. They help plan reunions and mini-reunions, serve on the AAVC board and its committees, organize class activities and regional events, help to increase support for The Vassar Fund, speak with prospective students about their Vassar experience and much, much more.

A hardy thanks to those of you who have devoted your time to helping Vassar and your fellow alumnae/i! You’ll find volunteer resources to help you in your roles under Volunteer Resources.

For those who want to volunteer or learn more about volunteer opportunities at Vassar, fill out the Volunteer Interest Form under Want to Volunteer? You can also learn about fundraising on behalf of your class.