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History of Religious & Spiritual Life at Vassar

Founded in 1861 as a residential liberal arts college independent of particular denominational ties, Vassar has long understood the importance of religious exploration and formation to education. Reflecting an era when faith and learning were popularly understood as educational partners, Vassar's first four presidents were Protestant clergy. Today, in a time when the relationship between commitments (religious and otherwise) and learning is itself a subject of lively debate, Vassar's religious landscape reflects a remarkable diversity of religious communities and practices. In a setting that is both more secular and more religiously diverse than the College's founders could have imagined, religious and spiritual inquiry remains a vital part of the learning experience at Vassar.