Another beautiful but hot day at a storied, small liberal arts college — this time in Poughkeepsie, NY.  We spent the morning touring Vassar College, one of the seven sister schools  — former students include Jackie O and Jane Fonda (both attended but never graduated), Meryl Streep and Lisa Kudrow (who studied Biology – huh?).  Vassar began admitting men in 1969 and is now home to about 2,400 undergrads.  A highly selective school (maybe even a tad elitist), Vassar’s admissions team stressed the importance of the high school  transcript in their selection process with equal emphasis on course selection (as rigorous as your high school offers) and performance.   Vassar is seriously generous  when it comes to awarding need-based aid – there is NO MERIT AWARDED, but Vassar is need-blind and meets 100% of demonstrated need (even families earning north of $200,000 have and can qualify at Vassar), and a limited loan school.  The average award is a whopping $42,000.00 – None of this surprised me as Vassar’s 10th president is Catherine Bond Hill, ‘Cathy’ to the student body, a leader in effort to make education more widely accessible and affordable.   Well, my flight’s just beginning to board so I’ll have to sign off.  Stay tuned for more on Vassar and a summary of the tips and strategies we learned from all of the schools we hit on this summer’s tour!  Tomorrow, back in Weston.  Best, Pete


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