Vassar College, founded in 1861, is a highly-selective, residential, coeducational liberal arts college. Ranked 11th in the U.S. News and World Report’s Best National Liberal Arts College for 2015, Vassar is renowned for pioneering achievements in education, for its long history of curricular innovation, and for the beauty of its campus. Among the 100 buildings on campus are examples of a variety of architectural styles ranging from that of the Tuileries to Modernists.


SIG at is a Residential Program. A Commuter Program and Extended Commuter Program are also available.

  • Choose from a wide variety of courses taught in Humanities, Math, Science, Technology, Multi-Disciplinary, Visual and Performing Arts, and Fitness and Recreation
  • Experience independence within a secure environment living in a college dorm for 3 weeks (commuter option also available)
  • Meet other gifted students from around the world who share common interests, abilities, and goals
  • Enjoy a variety of fun social activities in the evenings and excursions on the weekends


  • Vassar’s buildings are an eclectic blend of architectural style, including the famous Great Window, commissioned from Louis Comfort Tiffany.
  • While visiting the campus you can run or walk through the trails at the Vassar Farm, which is open to the public year round.
  • SIG has been on campus since 1986!

SIG at : Program Options

SIG at is a Residential Program. A Day Commuter Program and an Extended Commuter Program are also available.

Program Options Chart

Students may choose to live on campus (residential status) or commute daily (commuter or extended commuter status). Please refer to this chart for information regarding each option.




(8:30 am - 9:15 pm)*


(8:30 am - 5:30 pm)*

All 4 Academic Periods
Recreation Hour
Evening Tutorial
Evening Activities
Saturday Getaway Trip
Saturday Activity Day
Sunday Activity Day
Student Talent Show
Final Performance    **
Closing Ceremony    **
Dorm Residence
Final Performance  

* Exceptions to the commuter student time schedules are not possible as safety procedures are compromised when staff must modify their supervision responsibilities to accommodate exceptions.
** Must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

The SIG Commuter Program is not available at Princeton University.

Options Available


Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Yes! Students may request to room with a specific person (same grade, same gender). The residential staff will do its best to honor such requests. However, there is no guarantee that the student’s request will be fulfilled.
At many of the residential campuses, SIG provides a commuter student option for famlies who live in the surrounding area. In addition, SIG has several day programs for younger students ages 5-12.
Learn about SIG Commuter Student Programs
View the SIG-Day programs
Students are assigned to same grade, same gender groups that live in a dormitory under the supervision of a counselor. A faculty housemaster and senior resident assistant are also part of the overall house residential supervision team.
Students do their own laundry. They may use the laundry facilities located on campus in the dormitories. Staff will assist with any laundry instruction that may be necessary.
Students, once on campus, are not allowed to leave campus unless they are supervised by a SIG staff person. These trips only occur within the structure of the program and with parent/legal guardian permission.
Sometimes. SIG's academic courses are offered to students of the same age grouping. However, the cultural and recreational classes usually are open to all students. Class grouping can accommodate varying ability levels.
Definitely. Students will always be chaperoned when going off campus on SIG sponsored trips, as well as when they are on campus.
Yes! Courses may be changed during the first two days of the session with the approval of the Academic Dean and the students’ parents.
Yes! An individual performance report is always mailed to parents after the session. Students’ performance reports and letters can be mailed to schools, but only after SIG receives a written request from parents.
Yes! Special meals can be provided during the session. Parents must advise the Residential Life Dean at the session site of the student’s special dietary needs.
E-mail is available at the sites. However, availability is limited to specific areas depending on the session’s host facility.
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Located in Poughkeepsie, New York, Vassar College is just two hours north of New York City. Accessible by car, train and bus. The closest airport is Stewart International Airport, 35 minutes from campus.

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