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Vassar adopted the Vassar Intensive and Experiential Work curriculum in July 2019, which went into effect for the 2019/20 academic year. These “Intensives” course offerings provide increased opportunities for students to work closely with faculty in teaching and learning opportunities that are different from traditional classes.

  • Minimum total of 32.0 units earned.
  • Minimum total of 16 units OUTSIDE the major field of concentration. Units earned from Advanced Placement exams and other exam-based units do not count towards this requirement.
  • Minimum of 8 units OUTSIDE the curricular division of the major field of concentration. Consult the Vassar College Catalogue online for a list of Curricular Divisions and their major fields. Units earned from Advanced Placement exams and other exam-based units do not count towards this requirement.
  • Maximum of 5.0 units of ungraded work. For transfer students, this limit is reduced by 1 unit for each year of advanced standing awarded to the student. Students who exceed this limit will need to exceed the 32.0 total units by the same amount.
  • Maximum of 4.0 units of work under the Non-Recorded Option (NRO). For transfer students, this limit is reduced by 1 unit for each year of advanced standing awarded to the student.
  • Maximum of 2.0 units of physical education. Students who exceed this limit will need to exceed the 32.0 total units by the same amount.
  • General education requirements:
    • First-year Writing Seminar: 1 unit
    • Quantitative Analysis: 1 unit
    • Foreign Language Proficiency: 2 units at the beginner level or 1 unit at the intermediate or higher level
  • Limit on transfer units for courses taken at institutions other than Vassar, as well as any pre-matriculation units for AP, IB, or other exam-based units.
    • For students starting as first-years:
      • Maximum total of 9.0 transfer units
      • Maximum total of 6.0 pre-matriculation transfer units
      • Maximum total of 2.0 exam-based pre-matriculation transfer units
    • For transfer students:
      • Maximum total of 16.0 transfer units
      • Maximum total of 2.0 exam-based pre-matriculation transfer units