Vassar College

Poughkeepsie, NY

Vassar College

Poughkeepsie, NY

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Tuition & Fees

$60,930

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Average freshman score by percentile.

75th
750
25th
680
75th
770
25th
680
75th
35
25th
34
75th
32
25th
28
75th
34
25th
32
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undergraduateRatios

40%

male

60%

female

8

students

1

faculty

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Very Selective

24%

acceptance rate

Accepted 2,126
Declined 6,537
Total Received 8,663
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Private

2,591

undergraduate students

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Location

School Facts

Vassar College 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.

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Application link Apply online
Public/private Private
Campus enrollment 2,591
Established in 1861
Coeducational Coeducational

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1,000-acre campus in Poughkeepsie (population: 30,614), 75 miles north of New York City. Served by bus and train; air serves Newburgh (30 miles).

  • Campus Setting: Large town

Vassar College
124 Raymond Avenue
Poughkeepsie, NY
12604

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
97%
of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
100%
of freshmen that live in campus-owned housing
no
Students are not required to live in school housing
yes
Students may have cars on campus
yes
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age

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.
  • Hundreds of students gather on the quad of Vassar College at midnight on the eve of final exams. In unison, everyone lets out their most primal scream to release all their stress and worry. Yowza.

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% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
65%
Top 1/4
91%
Top 1/2
98%
Bottom 1/2
2%
Bottom 1/4
0%

Test Scores

Average freshman score by percentile.

75th
750
25th
680
75th
770
25th
680
75th
35
25th
34
75th
32
25th
28
75th
34
25th
32

Admissions Facts

Application fee $65
Admissions interview (required or recommended) Neither
Common application accepted Yes
Application deadline (final deadline) January 1
School has early decision program Yes
Early decision program application deadline November 5
SAT/ACT requirements SAT or ACT Required SAT Subject Tests Considered if submitted

Very Selective

24%

acceptance rate

Accepted 2,126
Declined 6,537
Total Received 8,663

Admissions Factors

Required

Recommendations
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
Admission test scores
Completion of college-preparatory program
Secondary School Record

Recommended

Secondary School Rank
Secondary School GPA

Neither required nor recommended

Formal demonstration of competencies
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)

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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
  • Resume assistance

Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

75%

Additional services

  • Day care
  • 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

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Financial Aid

62%

Of undergraduate students
receiving financial aid

$49,835

Average financial aid

Cost

Tuition $60,030
Room & board $14,990
Additional fees $900
Books & supplies $900
Total $76,820
Average Financial Aid - $49,835
Total with Avg. Aid $26,985

Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $3,271,191
State $673,754
Institutional $67,357,700
Other external $1,573,935
Total $72,876,580

Non-need-based

Federal $196,553
State
Institutional
Other external
Total $196,553

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Financial Aid Office


P: 845 437-5320
F: 845 437-5325

Varsity Sports

M W
Baseball yes
Basketball yes yes
Fencing yes yes
Field hockey yes
Golf yes
Lacrosse yes yes
Soccer yes yes
Squash yes yes
Swimming and diving yes yes
Tennis yes yes
Track and field x country yes yes
Volleyball yes yes

Club Sports - Women's

aikido, archery, cycling, equestrian sports, quidditch, running, skiing, ultimate Frisbee

Intramural/Recreational Sports

badminton, basketball, dodgeball, fencing, floor hockey, kickball, soccer, table tennis, tennis, volleyball, Wiffle ball

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Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
Liberty League

Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
African Studies. yes
American/United States Studies/Civilization. yes
Ancient Studies/Civilization. yes
Anthropology, General. yes
Art/Art Studies, General. yes
Asian Studies/Civilization. yes
Astronomy. yes
Biochemistry. yes
Biology/Biological Sciences, General. yes yes
Chemistry, General. yes
Chinese Language and Literature. yes
Cognitive Science, General. yes
Computer and Information Sciences, General. yes
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General. yes
Economics, General. yes
Education, General. yes
English Language and Literature, General. yes
Environmental Studies. yes
Film/Cinema/Media Studies. yes
French Language and Literature. yes
Geography. yes
Geology/Earth Science, General. yes
German Language and Literature. yes
History, General. yes
International Relations and Affairs. yes
Italian Language and Literature. yes
Japanese Language and Literature. yes
Jewish/Judaic Studies. yes
Latin American Studies. yes
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other. yes
Mass Communication/Media Studies. yes
Mathematics, General. yes
Medieval and Renaissance Studies. yes
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other. yes
Music, General. yes
Neuroscience. yes
Philosophy. yes
Physics, General. yes
Political Science and Government, General. yes
Religion/Religious Studies. yes
Research and Experimental Psychology, Other. yes
Russian Language and Literature. yes
Science, Technology and Society. yes
Social Sciences, Other. yes
Sociology, General. yes
Spanish Language and Literature. yes
Urban Studies/Affairs. yes
Women's Studies. yes

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Economics
  2. Political Science
  3. Biology

Programs Offered

  • Double majors
  • Dual degrees
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Pass/fail grading option
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Self-designed majors

Pre-professional Programs

  • Pre-dentistry
  • Pre-law
  • Pre-medicine
  • Pre-veterinary science

2,591

total students

28%

in-state

72%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

100%

2,591
students

Female
60%
1,547

Male
40%
1,044

Not reported

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

99%

2,573
students

Female
60%
1,536

Male
40%
1,037

1%

18
students

Female
61%
11

Male
39%
7

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Student Break-down

9%
Nonresident aliens
3%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
11%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
10%
Hispanic/Latino
55%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
8%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Enrollment

164

Transfer applicants enrolled

6%

Students are transfer students

Transfer Requirements

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

Transfer Application Deadline

Fall: March 15

Spring: November 1

Transfer Credits

Maximum transferred

17

semester hours

Minimum transfers must complete

17

semester hours

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International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 40
Countries most often represented China
India
Jamaica
South Korea
Vietnam
The United Kingdom
Special services offered for international applicants Host family program
Special counselors/advisors
Special orientation

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