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.

Website: www.vassar.edu/

Private
Co-ed
2,446
Undergraduate
Students
(58.8%) 1,438 Women
(41.2%) 1,008 Men
10
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate
25% of 8,312 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
Yes
Regular Admission Deadline
January 1

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
Not reported
SAT Math
690-770 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
710 average
680-740 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
32 average
31-33 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$70,590
Tuition and Fees
$56,960
Room and Board
$13,550
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Freshman Award
$55,903
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$21,473
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Not required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
283
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 17% of classes
10-19 students: 49% of classes
20-29 students: 27% of classes
30-39 students: 6% of classes
40-49 students: 0% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
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Campus Life

Poughkeepsie Population
30,639
Nearest Metropolitan Area
New York City
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
97% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
The Brewers
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.0% American Indian/Alaskan Native
13.0% Asian
4.4% Black/African-American
12.5% Hispanic/Latino
8.3% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
61.0% White
0.8% Unknown
International Students
8.5% from 40 countries
First-Year Students Returning
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
87.8%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Very Difficult: More than 50% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT I or over 26 on the ACT; about 60% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English   4
Mathematics   4
Science   3
Foreign Language   4
Social Studies   2
History   2
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required February 15
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only Considered if submitted
SAT Essay Component Policy Accepted with or without essay component
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Not used
ACT: Not used

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
124 Raymond Avenue
City, State, Zip
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604
Phone
(845) 437-7300
Fax
(845) 437-7063
E-mail
admissons@vassar.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
January 1
Application Fee
$65
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
April 1
Accept Offer of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
Yes
Early Decision Deadline
November 15, January 1
Early Decision Notification
December 15
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
2 required for all freshmen
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
25% of 8,312 applicants were admitted
Women
21% of 5,801 applicants were admitted
Men
33% of 2,511 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
635 (31%) of 2,043 admitted students enrolled
Women
413 (34%) of 1,215 admitted students enrolled
Men
286 (35%) of 828 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
44% of 679 applicants were admitted
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
1,138
Students Accepting Wait List Position
566
Students Admitted From Wait List
48

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
Not reported
3.75 and Above
Not reported
3.50 - 3.74
Not reported
3.25 - 3.49
Not reported
3.00 - 3.24
Not reported
2.50 - 2.99
Not reported
2.00 - 2.49
Not reported

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
690-770 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
71%
Score of 600 - 700
28%
Score of 500 - 600
1%
Score of 400 - 500
0%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
710 average
680-740 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
66%
Score of 600 - 700
33%
Score of 500 - 600
1%
Score of 400 - 500
0%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
32 average
31-33 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
90%
Score of 24 - 29
9%
Score of 18 - 23
1%
Score of 12 - 17
0%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 61%
Top quarter: 91%
Top half: 98%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$70,590
Tuition and Fees
$56,960
Room and Board
$13,550
Books and Supplies
Not reported
Other Expenses
Not reported
Payment Plans
Installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline March 30
Final deadline February 1
Award Notification
On or about March 30
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Institutional Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 002895
Free
CSS/Financial Aid Profile $25 for first college, $16 each additional
Noncustodial (Divorced/Separated) Parent's Statement  

Profile of 2018 - 19 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
464 (77.6%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
365 (82.7%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
365 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
365 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$55,903
Need-Based Gift
Received by 361 (99.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $51,395
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 347 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,853
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 1 aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
Not reported

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
1,732 (69.9%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
1,526 (88.1%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,526 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
1,526 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$54,947
Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,510 (99.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $49,190
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,475 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,984
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 6 aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
Not reported

Borrowing

2018 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
49%
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$21,473
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
 

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$2,510
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Not offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • African Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Anthropology
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Astronomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Economics, General
  • Education, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • Geography
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • German Language and Literature
  • History, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Mathematics, General
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music, General
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Research and Experimental Psychology, Other
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Science, Technology and Society
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Urban Studies/Affairs
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General
  • Women's Studies
Most Popular Disciplines
Social sciences, Visual and performing arts, Biological/life sciences
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Engineering
Special Programs
Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Double major, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
No online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Not required for most or all students
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
283
Part-Time Faculty
59
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
75%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 17% of classes
10-19 students: 49% of classes
20-29 students: 27% of classes
30-39 students: 6% of classes
40-49 students: 0% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
10-19 students: 100% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
1,822,893
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
135
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Not reported

Master's Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Not reported

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Location and Setting


Poughkeepsie Population
30,639
Nearest Metropolitan Area
New York City
Campus Size
1,000 acres

Weather

Temperature
11 average low in January, 79 average high in September
Rain
119 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
6 mile(s) from campus in Poughkeepsie
Nearest Train Station
6 mile(s) from campus in Poughkeepsie

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Women only housing, coed housing, cooperative housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
97% of all students
Housing Requirements
Students required to live on campus through senior year
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
 
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
The Brewers
School Colors
Burgundy and gray

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Basketball x   x  
Cross-Country Running x   x  
Fencing x   x  
Field Hockey x      
Golf x      
Lacrosse x   x  
Soccer x   x  
Squash x   x  
Swimming And Diving x   x  
Tennis x   x  
Track And Field x   x  
Volleyball x   x  
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Fencing x  
Field Hockey x  
Golf x  
Lacrosse x  
Soccer x  
Squash x  
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball x  
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Fencing x  
Field Hockey    
Golf    
Lacrosse x  
Soccer x  
Squash x  
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball x  
Women's Club Sports
crew, rugby
Men's Club Sports
crew, rugby

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
 

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, student association, wvkr radio station, vice (programming social events), vassar greens, ultimate frisbee
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
ROTC
 

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
2,446
Women
1,438 (58.8%)
Men
1,008 (41.2%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
2,432
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.0% American Indian/Alaskan Native
13.0% Asian
4.4% Black/African-American
12.5% Hispanic/Latino
8.3% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
61.0% White
0.8% Unknown
International Students.
8.5% from 40 countries
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
10

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
87.8%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
91.5%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
89.7%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Average Starting Salary
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Business 1%
Law 2%
Arts and Sciences 11%
Medicine 3%
Other 3%

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