vassar college is accredited by the middle states commission on higher education and the new england association of schools and colleges. the college is accredited by the new england association of schools and colleges and the middle states commission on higher education.
vassar college is a leader in the region in the development of higher education opportunities for people of color, women, and international students. vassar college was the first institution in the nation to establish a women's center and the first to offer a major in women's studies. the college has been a leader in the development of minority-serving programs in medical, biological, engineering, and computer science fields for nearly 50 years.
vassar college is a leader in technology and a model for best practices in distance education. vassar college has been a leader in distance education for over 30 years, and maintains the largest distance education library in the country. the college is the first institution to offer a degree in online learning and is a leader in the development of successful web-based programs and technologies. in 2000, the college became the first institution to offer a doctoral degree in distance education.
vassar college is an academic partner in the new york state university centers of excellence in bioinformatics and life sciences and the program in writing in science. the college has five centers of excellence: center for women's health research, center for gifted education, center for global studies, center for teaching and learning and center for the study of women.