About Us


The Vassar Insider, formerly The Vassar Political Review, is a digital news and politics publication at Vassar College. An official Vassar College organization, it was founded in December 2017 by Andrew Solender ’20 and Alexander Barzacanos ’18.

The Vassar Insider seeks to inform Vassar students about current events, both on and off-campus, relating to politics, policy, culture, media and other areas. We are dedicated to creating a more informed and civil discourse on campus, and to making Vassar students more capable actors in political debates and in the voting booth.

If you would like to submit a piece to the Vassar Insider, share it as a google doc to Insider.vsa@vassar.edu. The piece should not exceed 1200 words, and should contain hyperlinked citations, three links for further reading related to the topic and a bio for the author. The piece should be an analysis or op-ed about any topic within the subject categories covered by the Insider.

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In 2019, the Vassar Political Review was the recipient of two awards from the Associated College Press (ACP).

  • A Pacemaker Finalist Award in the Online category. The Pacemakers are often referred to as the “Pulizter Prize” of collegiate journalism. The VPR was among 40 publications selected from nearly 200 contestants for this honor.
  • An ACP Best-of-Show Award in the website for four-year schools with enrollment under 10,000 category.

Media Mentions

In addition to profiles in the Washington Post and Inside Higher Ed, the Political Review’s work has been mentioned in articles and by reporters from a number of prestigious outlets.

Collegiate Network

The Vassar Political Review is a member of the Collegiate Network, an organization of over 100 alternative college publications across the country with a collective annual distribution of over 2 million readers. While our membership in the Collegiate Network does not impact our editorial voice, it does help us offer our writers career opportunities in journalism and provide us with a pipeline for distributing our writing to major outlets and making it a part of the wider media landscape.

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