History of Vassar College

Founded in 1868, the Student Association—later the College Government Association and the Vassar Student Association—became the model for college governments in a residential setting. Learn more about student government at Vassar—shown here in a legislative session in Rockefeller Hall in the late 1940s.

The Vassar Encyclopedia project is an online work in progress under the direction of Vassar's College Historian, Dean Emeritus of the College and Professor Emeritus of English Colton Johnson. The project's goal is to present lively, accurate, and informative articles relating to the college and its history, of varying length and on diverse topics, written by a wide array of authors. Information about the project is available in the Preface and in the Guide to the Encyclopedia.

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