The Vassar College Exploring Transfer Program
For thirty years the Exploring Transfer (ET) program at Vassar College has successfully introduced community college students to the possibilities of transfer to a wide range of four-year colleges and universities. ET students, all of whom are drawn from populations underrepresented in higher education and all of whom are first generation to college, have gone on to complete bachelor's degrees at most of the units of the State University of New York and the City University of New York; ET students have also transferred and flourished at private selective universities such as Yale and Columbia and colleges such as Smith, Middlebury and, of course, Vassar.
Exploring Transfer is designed to provide an introduction to the intensive study of the liberal arts to community college students who are pursuing associate degrees or certificates in vocational, liberal arts and science programs.
Each summer Exploring Transfer offers three specially designed courses, each taught by a Vassar and a community college professor. Each of these courses are interdisciplinary in focus and carry one unit of Vassar credit and match the expectations for 100-level courses during the regular year. The 2015 courses are described on Vassar’s web page: http://eter.vassar.edu/
Each student receives a scholarship that completely covers tuition, room, board, books, and all other supplies. The Program is staffed by six faculty, three peer counselors, and one administrator. Students live in one of the residence halls where they are encouraged by program counselors to form a learning cohort to promote intellectual sharing and to provide mutual academic and personal support.