"For the first time in the history of the College it opened, in September 1888, without any preparatory students."     Report of the President, 1888/89

Miss Salmon introduced the seminar method for her seniors. “The senior history class rejoices in the change [in] its method of work.  The class meets in her parlor instead of a lecture room, thus doing away with the formality and feeling of restraint always connected with bare walls and rows of recitation benches.  The time of the meeting is in the evening….      Vassar Miscellany

Students called these evenings “nights at the Round Table.”