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Register for more than 5 units (overload)

Full-time students may register for a maximum of 5 units without special permission.  Students may petition the Committee on Leaves and Privileges to register in more than 5 units. These requests are considered by the Committee on Leaves and Privileges.

  • First-year, first-semester students are not permitted to overload.
  • Requests to take more than 6 units are highly unlikely to be approved.
  • Overload requests are not considered during pre-registration.
  • Overload requests must be submitted with a signed add form before the end of the add period.

Overload Request Form

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Register for less than 3.5 units as a full-time student (underload)

Full-time students must register for a minimum of 3.5 units without special permission.  Students who, for documented reasons, need to take a reduced course load for one semester may petition the Committee on Leaves and Privileges to register in less than 3.5 units.

Underload Form

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Request transfer credit

Coursework which may be eligible for transfer credit can include coursework taken prior to a student's matriculation at Vassar, as well as coursework done on a Vassar approved junior year abroad, a domestic academic leave of absence, and summer coursework that have been taken at other institutions. With exception of pre-matriculation coursework, students are expected to have courses pre-approved for transfer credit if they plan to take them at institutions outside of Vassar.

Courses taken before matriculation, during a junior year abroad, or a domestic academic leave of absence are processed through the dean of studies office. Summer coursework taken at other institutions are processed through the registrar's office.

Pre-matriculation

First-year students can receive up to eight units of pre-matriculation transfer credit in total. Transfer students can transfer up to a total of 17 units including international or domestic study away.

  • Exams- transfer up to four units of exam credit including IB, AP, CAPE, Arbitur, A-levels and French Baccalaureate
  • College courses-college or university courses taken while attending high school may be considered for up to 8 units.
    • Course must be completed at an accredited institution.
    • The course must be taught by a qualified college instructor
    • The course must not be listed on the high school transcript

International or Domestic Study Away

Before embarking on a study away students should contact the chair of departments for which courses taken may be transferred back to Vassar for pre-approval whenever possible. 

Dean of Studies transfer evaluation form

Summer coursework

Summer coursework request

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Graduate early (accelerate)

Students who are thinking about accelerating their degree program — completing their degree requirements in less than eight semesters — should consult with Pauline Saavedra in the dean of studies office and their major advisor. Even if an acceleration plan is approved, a student’s class standing will only be changed at the end of the academic year and when the number total earned units warrants placement into the junior or senior class. The range of units for junior status is 16–24; for senior status, 25–34. 

Request to Accelerate

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Declare a double major

Students wishing to apply to the Committee on Leaves and Privileges for permission to complete a double major, in which they fulfill all the requirements of two fields of concentration, may do so after completing two courses in each field and obtaining the permission of the appropriate advisors and department chairs.

Generally, students seeking a double concentration are expected to:

  • Have a good academic record.
  • Present a clear statement to the committee indicating the academic advantages expected from study in the two proposed fields.
  • Have successfully completed two courses in each of the two proposed fields.

Ordinarily no more than two (2) units of course overlap will be allowed between the two majors.

The deadline for declaring a second (or third) major is the end of the pre-registration phase 1 period before a student’s final semester. 

Double Major Request Form

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Take a leave of absence or withdrawing from Vassar College for personal or medical reasons

A student may request a nonacademic leave of absence for medical or personal reasons. This could be a request for an immediate leave within a semester or a prospective leave for one or two future semesters. For more information please contact the dean of studies office to set up a meeting with your class advisor.

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Returning to Vassar after withdrawing from the college

A student who seeks readmission after having withdrawn in good standing may reapply to the dean of studies, who will bring the request to the Committee on Readmission. To apply for readmission, a student should write a full letter application before March 15 of the year of intended fall reentrance, or by December 1 for reentrance in the second semester.

A student whose withdrawal has not been voluntary, or about whose readmission there are special questions, should address any questions to the dean of studies.

The college tries to accommodate the student who wishes to resume interrupted study if it is felt that the student is ready to return.

 

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Yearlong course exception request

Vassar requires hyphenated courses to be taken in sequence. After passing the first semester of a yearlong course students automatically receives a grade of WP. If a student does not complete the second half of the course the first half of the course remains WP and there is no credit for that course. Committee on Leaves and Privileges will consider exceptions to this policy on a case-by-case basis.

Some Examples:

  • Credit for first half without completing the second half of the year-long course
  • Credit for the second half of a yearlong course after taking the first half equivalent somewhere else
  • Taking a spring course before taking the fall course

Yearlong Course Exception Request Form

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Request a Foreign Language Culture Substitution (FLS) to fulfill the Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement

To request a Foreign Language Culture Substitution as an accommodation  please:

  • Register with the Office for Accessibility and Educational Opportunity (AEO)
  • Request a FLS accommodation from AEO
  • File a request with the Committee on Leaves and Privileges through the Dean of Studies Office.

The Committee on Leaves and Privileges will only consider Foreign Language Substitution (FLS) request from students who have secured an AEO Accommodation.

Request for Foreign Language Culture Substitution (FLS)

(Check "5. Other" and write in Foreign Language Culture Substitution; list the specific proposed courses and the rationale on the back.)

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Take a regularly scheduled final exam at a different time

It is each student's responsibility to take regularly scheduled final examinations at the times indicated. Only under exceptional circumstances will a student be permitted to take a final examination at a time other than that which is indicated in this schedule, and the class advisers in the Dean of Studies Office can only authorize these exceptions. Note that faculty may not, on their own, authorize students to take a scheduled final examination at a time different from the one assigned by the Registrar. 

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Add a course after the add deadline

The deadline to add a course is the end of the second week of classes.  To request to add a course after the deadline, students must submit a signed add form together with a Petition to Add a Course After the Deadline, which must be signed by the student, the course instructor, and the student's advisor.  Requests for late adds are not automatically granted but will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The Dean of Studies Office will not accept late add forms for full semester courses after the end of the fourth week of classes.

Late Add Form

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Drop a course after the deadline

The deadline to drop a course is the end of the sixth week of classes.  To request to drop a course after the deadline, students must submit a signed drop form together with a Petition to drop a course after the deadline, which must be signed by the student, the course instructor, and the student's advisor.  Requests for late drop are not automatically granted but will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The Dean of Studies Office will not accept late drop forms for full semester courses after the end of the eighth week of classes.

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NRO a course after the NRO deadline

Students may elect a maximum of 4 units of work under the Non-Recorded Option. For transfer students, 1 unit reduces this limit for each year of advanced standing awarded to the student. The deans of students will not consider late NRO requests.

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Report a violation of academic integrity

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Talk to my class advisor

Please call the dean of studies office to schedule an appointment with your class advisor or you can email your class advisor directly.
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