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Vassar College
Poughkeepsie, NY
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.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 2,424
   Women 1,391 (57.4%)
   Men 1,033 (42.6%)
Graduate Students Not reported
Entrance Difficulty Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate 27% of 7,284 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 703 average
660-750 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 710 average
670-750 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 32 average
30-33 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA   X    
Standardized Tests   X    
Essay   X    
Extracurricular Activities   X    
Cost of Attendance $68,280
  Tuition and Fees $53,090
  Room and Board $12,400
Average Percent of Need Met 100%
Average Freshman Award $51,083
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Not required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 275
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 18% of classes
10-19 students: 48% of classes
20-29 students: 27% of classes
30-39 students: 6% of classes
40-49 students: 1% of classes
50-99 students: 0% of classes
Poughkeepsie Population 30,639
Nearest Metropolitan Area New York City
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 99% of freshmen, 96% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division III
Mascot The Brewers
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.0% American Indian/Alaskan Native
13.4% Asian
4.8% Black/African-American
11.6% Hispanic/Latino
6.9% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
62.8% White
0.4% Unknown
International Students 7.7% from 52 countries
First-Year Students Returning 97.3%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 86.6%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months 53%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly 18.0%