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Tuition & Fees

$49,570

$49,570

not including room and board

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Very Selective

24%

acceptance rate

Accepted 1,832
Declined + 5,765
Total Received 7,597
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undergraduateRatios

44%

56%

male

female

1  :  8

teacher

students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. English
  2. Political Science
  3. Economics
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School Facts

Vassar is a private, liberal arts college. Founded for women in 1861, it adopted coeducation in 1969. Its 1,000-acre campus is located on the outskirts of Poughkeepsie, 75 miles north of New York City. It includes a range of architecture from Gothic to modernist.

Public/private Private (nonprofit)
Campus Enrollment 2,477
Established in 1861
Coeducational Coeducational College, Became Coeducational College
Accredited by •  MSCHE (Middle States Commission on Higher Education)

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Codes

SAT 2956
ACT 2982

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Private (nonprofit)

2,477

undergraduate students

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
55%
600-699
40%
500-599
4%
400-499
1%
700-800
45%
600-699
48%
500-599
6%
400-499
1%
700-800
53%
600-699
42%
500-599
5%
400-499
0
30-36
83%
24-29
15%
18-23
2%
30-36
52%
24-29
46%
18-23
2%
30-36
83%
24-29
16%
18-23
1%
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Poughkeepsie, NY

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Fun Facts

  • Legend has it that Vassar College's Main Building was built so wide to allow for the then-all-female student body to comfortably pass each other while exercising in their hoop skirts.
  • "Serenading" at Vassar College takes a different tune, with upperclassmen greeting newbies with less-than-charitable songs and behavior, such as (once upon a time) dousing freshmen in ketchup and chocolate syrup! But the school recently limited students to just throwing water along with their singing.

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Poughkeepsie, NY

1,000-acre campus in Poughkeepsie (population: 30,847), 75 miles north of New York City. Served by bus and train; airport serves Newburgh (30 miles). School operates transportation to local malls.

Vassar College
124 Raymond Avenue
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604

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Campus Life

yes
Housing available
95%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
99%
Percent of freshmen that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Students may have cars on campus
yes
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age

% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
66%
Top 1/4
93%
Top 1/2
99%
Bottom 1/2
1%
Bottom 1/4
0%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
55%
600-699
40%
500-599
4%
400-499
1%
700-800
45%
600-699
48%
500-599
6%
400-499
1%
700-800
53%
600-699
42%
500-599
5%
400-499
0
30-36
83%
24-29
15%
18-23
2%
30-36
52%
24-29
46%
18-23
2%
30-36
83%
24-29
16%
18-23
1%

Admissions Facts

Application fee $70
Common application accepted yes
Application deadline January 1
School has early decision program yes
Early decision program application deadline November 15
School has early action program no
Admissions interview
(required or recommended)
Required/GED accepted
SAT/ACT requirements SAT Subject Tests Required of some
SAT or ACT Required

Very Selective

24%

acceptance rate

Accepted 1,832
Declined + 5,765
Total Received 7,597

Admissions Factors

Very Important

Secondary school record

Important

Character/ personal qualities
Class rank
Essay
Extracurricular activities
Recommendations
Standardized test scores

Considered

Alumni/ae relationship
Geographical residence
Interview
Minority affiliation
Particular talent/ability
Volunteer Work
Work Experience

Not Considered

Religious affiliation/commitment
State residency

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Admissions Contact

David Borus
Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
P: 800 827-7270
F: 845 437-7063
admissions@vassar.edu

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Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $2,948,610
State $597,557
Institutional $57,901,004
Other external $1,768,955
Total $63,216,126

Non-need-based

Federal $9,390
State $1,500
Institutional $0
Other external $318,467
Total $329,357

Varsity Sports

M W
baseball
basketball
crew
cross-country
diving
fencing
field hockey
golf
lacrosse
rugby
soccer
squash
swimming
tennis
track and field (outdoor)
volleyball

Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
Liberty League (Division III)
Mascot
Brewers
School colors
rose and grey
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Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Africana Studies
American Studies
Anthropology
Art
Asian Studies
Astronomy
Biochemistry
Biology
Chemistry
Chinese
Cognitive Science Studies
Computer Science
Drama
Earth Science
Earth Science/Society
Economics
English
Environmental Studies
Film
French/Francophone Studies
Geography
Geography/Anthropology
German Studies
Greek/Roman Studies
Hispanic Studies
History
Independent Major
International Studies
Italian
Japanese
Jewish Studies
Latin American/Latino Studies
Mathematics
Media Studies
Medieval/Renaissance Studies
Music
Neuroscience/Behavior
Philosophy
Physics
Political Science
Psychology
Religion
Russian
Science/Technology/Society
Sociology
Urban Studies
Victorian Studies
Women's Studies
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Undergraduate

100%

2,477
students

Female
56%
1,378

Male
44%
1,099

Graduate

Not reported

undergraduateFull-time

98%

2,437
students

Female
56%
1,362

Male
44%
1,075

undergraduatePart-time

2%

40
students

Female
40%
16

Male
60%
24

Student Break-down

6%
Nonresident aliens
6%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
9%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
11%
Hispanic/Latino
60%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
6%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

13%

Transfer applicants accepted

22%

Applicants accepted who enroll

Transfer Requirements

Minimum requirements College GPA: 3.00
High school transcript Required of All
College transcript(s) Required of All
Statement of good standing from prior institution(s) Required of All
Interview Not Required/Recommended
Standardized test scores Required of All
Essay or personal statement Required of All

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: March 15

Spring: November 1

Transfer Credits

Maximum transfered

17

course units

Minimum transfers must complete

17

course units

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Counseling services

  • Academic
  • Birth control
  • Career
  • Minority student
  • Older student
  • Personal
  • Psychological
  • Religious
  • Veteran student

Remedial services offered

  • Other

Career placement services

  • Alumni network
  • Career/job search classes
  • Co-op education
  • Interest inventory
  • Internships
  • Interview training
  • On-campus job interviews
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Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

Not Reported

Additional services

  • Health insurance
  • Health service
  • Nonremedial tutoring
  • Placement service
  • Women's Center

Special programs for physically disabled students

  • Adaptive equipment
  • Braille services
  • Interpreters for hearing-impaired
  • Note-taking services
  • Reader services
  • Special housing
  • Special transportation
  • Talking books
  • Tape recorders

International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 50
Countries most often represented Bulgaria
Canada
China
India
Jamaica
The United Kingdom
Special services offered for international applicants Host family program
Special counselors/advisors

International Student Contact

Andrew Meade
International Student Adviser
845 437-5381
anmeade@vassar.edu

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