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Vassar College

Poughkeepsie, NY

Students interested in this college are also interested in:
Brown University, Wesleyan University, Yale University, Tufts University, New York University, Amherst College

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.

Web Sitewww.vassar.edu/
Institution TypePrivate
CoeducationalYes
Undergraduate Students2,436
   Women1,363 (56.0%)
   Men1,073 (44.0%)
Graduate StudentsNot reported

ADMISSION

Entrance DifficultyVery difficult
Overall Admission Rate24% of 7,597 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedNo
Early Decision OfferedYes
Regular Admission DeadlineJanuary 1
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
EssayX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPANot reported
SAT Math700 average
730-650 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading700 average
750-660 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing701 average
750-660 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite31 average
33-30 range of middle 50%

MONEY MATTERS

Cost of Attendance$63,930
Tuition and Fees
$49,570
Room and Board
$11,570
Average Percent of Need Met100%
Average Freshman Award$47,259
Average Indebtedness of
2011 Graduates
$16,365

ACADEMICS

Academic Calendar SystemSemester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Not required
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
282
Regular Class Size2-9 students: 16% of classes
10-19 students: 47% of classes
20-29 students: 26% of classes
30-39 students: 9% of classes
40-49 students: 1% of classes
50-59 students: 0% of classes

CAMPUS LIFE

Poughkeepsie Population30,639
Nearest Metropolitan AreaNew York City
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing99% of freshmen, 95% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division III
MascotThe Brewers
Sororities 
Fraternities 

STUDENTS

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.0.0% American Indian/Alaskan Native
10.2% Asian
6.1% Black/African-American
11.8% Hispanic/Latino
6.3% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
65.5% White
0.1% Unknown
International Students6.4% from 55 countries
First-Year Students Returning95.0%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
89.7%
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
50%
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
18%
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CLASS OF 2019 Profile of Students on COLLEGEdata
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  GPA SAT ACT
UW W M CR W  
Average 3.76 4.09 648 680 682 30
Low 2.51 2.51 200 200 200 12
High 4.00 5.00 800 800 800 35
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DID YOU KNOW?

• 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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