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The dean of freshmen counsels and advises all first-year students on academic matters and oversees academic regulations as they affect freshmen. The dean of freshmen is a member of the faculty and serves on a number of faculty and administrative committees responsible for the welfare of Vassar students. The dean also assigns faculty pre-major advisors and cochairs the New Student Orientation Committee.

The dean of freshmen works closely with students who may be experiencing difficulties and helps them make full use of the college’s resources and support systems. When appropriate, the dean of freshmen can also offer students some form of academic relief. Any freshman who needs to be away from campus because of an illness or family emergency or who is considering a leave of absence or withdrawal from Vassar should consult the dean of freshmen.