Vassar has a long tradition of shared governance, affording students a significant role in the decision-making processes of the College. As set forth in the Governance of the College, students have control over the undergraduate student government pursuant to a constitution authorized by the President of the College and the Faculty Senate.

Hence, the Vassar Student Association (VSA) and our elected and appointed members represent the voice of students to the administration, faculty, staff, alumnae/i, and trustees. Additionally, we sponsor, support, and oversee all student organizations, and, through representation on Joint Committees of the College, participate in the committee system of the College, making decisions that affect the quality of life, both academic and social, of students on campus. All matriculated students are members of the VSA and enjoy the rights and responsibilities embodied in our Constitution and Bylaws.

Mission & Values

The mission of the Association is to serve, represent, promote the interests of and improve the welfare of the undergraduate students of Vassar College.

VSA President Anish Kanoria ’18, 2018

The Vassar Student Association In Action


The Vassar Student Association is structured into two primary bodies: the Senate and the Judicial Board. The Senate exists in a three-pronged structure, which consists of the Executive Board serving as the executive body, the Committee Chairs serving in a non-executive capacity, and the full Senate serving as the legislative body. Supplemental bodies consist of the Board of Residential Affairs (and House Officers), Board of Elections and Appointments, Senior Class Council, and Delegates.


In 1868, the Student Association, Vassar’s first student government, came to order. One tremulous genesis and several major transformations later, the ongoing evolution of Vassar’s student government still reflects kindly on Matthew Vassar’s unprecedented commitment to women’s education and his legacy of higher learning.

College Government Association, c. 1960s​