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Exploring Transfer

Vassar College

Vassar and a number of Community Colleges have worked together for over thirty-five years to give community college students the opportunity to experience being a student in a residential liberal arts college.

Exploring Transfer Together

Exploring Transfer Summer 2024: Classes June 24 –July 26

The summer 2024 application period is closed. Admission decisions to be made by April 5th.

Community college students who have attended the Exploring Transfer program have successfully transferred to a wide range of four-year institutions. Students in the program are typically among the first generation in their family to attend college and are highly motivated academically, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Through a five-week residential program and immersion in the liberal arts, Exploring Transfer enables community college students to imagine a broader range of academic opportunities than might otherwise have been possible. The structure of ET courses include five hours of classwork and workshops five days a week, broken into two-hour blocks (one in the morning and one in the afternoon). ET is a full-time program that requires students to be present on campus with no other outside obligations, such as work or online courses.

Exploring Transfer Summer 2024 classes will be in session from June 24–July 26, however, students should be available to arrive on June 17 for orientation. The opening ceremony will be held on June 21st. Students are in residence for the length of the program. Each accepted student receives a scholarship to the Exploring Transfer program that completely covers their tuition, room, meals, and books.

Applicants must be actively enrolled at an accredited community college. Applicants should have completed or be on track to complete at least 24 credit hours of coursework by the end of their spring 2024 semester. Additionally, students must have completed English 101, or its equivalent.  Priority applicants will be those students who have completed less than four semesters of community college work by June 2024.

Coordinator Contacts

For information, students at the following Community Colleges can contact their Exploring Transfer coordinator:

Other interested students, please contact us directly at