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Vassar College

Poughkeepsie, NY

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Vassar College is a private, liberal arts college. Founded for women in 1861, it adopted coeducation in 1969. Its goal is to develop independent thinking that is both critical and creative, analytical and constructive, with emphases on individual direction and study, independence and self-responsibility, and independent projects or research, including senior theses and laboratory experimentation. Its 1,000-acre Vassar campus is located on the outskirts of Poughkeepsie, 75 miles north of New York City, and includes a range of architecture from Gothic to modern.

Institution TypePrivate
Undergraduate Students2,418
   Women1,353 (56.0%)
   Men1,065 (44.0%)
Graduate StudentsNot reported


Entrance DifficultyVery difficult
Overall Admission Rate24% of 7,784 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedNo
Early Decision OfferedYes
Regular Admission DeadlineJanuary 1
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPANot reported
SAT Math691 average
650-740 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading706 average
670-750 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing700 average
660-750 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite31 average
30-33 range of middle 50%


Cost of Attendance$66,070
Tuition and Fees
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met100%
Average Freshman Award$48,398
Average Indebtedness of
2011 Graduates


Academic Calendar SystemSemester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Not required
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 students: 18% of classes
10-19 students: 47% of classes
20-29 students: 27% of classes
30-39 students: 6% of classes
40-49 students: 1% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes


Poughkeepsie Population30,639
Nearest Metropolitan AreaNew York City
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 99% of freshmen, 96% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division III
MascotThe Brewers


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.0.0% American Indian/Alaskan Native
11.7% Asian
6.0% Black/African-American
12.2% Hispanic/Latino
6.6% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
63.3% White
0.1% Unknown
International Students7.1% from 44 countries
First-Year Students Returning94.0%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
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CLASS OF 2020 Profile of Students on COLLEGEdata
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Average 3.75 4.13 665 680 675 30
Low 3.00 3.13 450 470 450 23
High 4.00 5.00 800 800 800 35
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• After declining an invitation to merge with Yale, Vassar decided to open its doors to men in 1969, becoming the first all-women's college in the country to become coed.

• Since 1985, Vassar, along with New York Stage & Film, has offered apprentice training and performance opportunities.

• The first building to be completed on the Vassar campus, the Observatory, was built for astronomy professor Maria Mitchell, one of the most famous American scientists of the 19th century.

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