Bates, Sarah -- to Isabel Treadwell, Dec. 1867

  • 1865: First admitted students
  • 1861: College chartered

"The Vassar girl is a type by herself. Within the home-like walls, the visitor, however strange and undistinguished, at once feels encompassed by delicate observances. Refinement and good breeding are not the exception. The life of a cultured home is charmingly blended with that of a collegiate institution" (Hemment 4).

"In the suites in Vassar's Main building, students began to develop the autonomous culture--characterized by independence and intense friendships--that they called college life" (Horowitz 5).