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The Vassar campus comprises over 1,000 acres (400 ha) and more than 100 buildings, including two National Historic Landmarks and an additional National Historic Place.
A designated arboretum, the campus features more than 200 species of trees, a native plant preserve, and a 530-acre (210 ha) ecological preserve.
It was chartered by its namesake, brewer Matthew Vassar, in 1861 in the Hudson Valley, about 70 miles (110 km) north of New York City. Because Vassar's charter prohibited male matriculants, the graduates were given diplomas via the University of the State of New York.-ər) is a private, coeducational, liberal arts college in the town of Poughkeepsie, New York.Founded in 1861 by Matthew Vassar, it was the second degree-granting institution of higher education for women in the United States, closely following Elmira College.In 2003, Pelli also worked on the renovation of Main Building Lobby and the conversion of the Avery Hall theater into the million Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film, which preserved the original 1860s facade but was an entirely new structure.Vassar is home to one of the largest undergraduate library collections in the U. The library collection today – which actually encompasses eight libraries at Vassar – contains about 1 million volumes and 7,500 serial, periodical and newspaper titles, as well as an extensive collection of microfilm and microfiche, with special collections of Ellen Swallow Richards, Albert Einstein, Mary Mc Carthy, and Elizabeth Bishop.
This was the library's first major renovation since its construction in 1937.