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About Vassar

Vassar College is a private, nonprofit school in an suburban setting in Poughkeepsie, New York. Vassar was founded in 1861 and now enrolls around 2,435 students a year, including 2,435 undergrads.

Vassar offers housing for up to 0 students. The majority of students live on-campus and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.About 0% of students stay on-campus during the weekends..

Vassar's endowment was valued at $1.083 billion in 2021. Vassar employs one full-time professor for every 8 undergrads enrolled.

2021 Vassar Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 25%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 47%
Tuition $61,940

Vassar Regular Decision Deadline 2022

Vassar's regular decision application deadline is January 1. All regular decision applicants will receive an admissions decision by April 1.

Vassar Early Admission

Vassar College offers early decision but does not offer early action.

47% of applicants that applied early decision in 2021 got in to Vassar.

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2021 Acceptance Rate for Vassar College

It is very difficult to get into Vassar. In 2021, Vassar accepted 25% of applicants. Out of 8,663 applications received in 2021, 2,126 students were offered admission.

Vassar Waitlist

Vassar reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in the most recent year.

How Do I Get Into Vassar College?

Vassar is considered very difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to Vassar, applicants must submit the following items.

Vassar Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript of High School Record

Vassar Average GPA and Test Scores

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to Vassar.

Does Vassar Require Test Scores?

Vassar does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 64% submitted the SAT. 40% submitted the ACT.

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Dorms at Vassar

Yes! Vassar provides on-campus housing for students.

Vassar students are active in the school's Student Association, WVKR radio station and VICE (programming social events). VICE Spring Concert, Founder's Day, and and All Campus Halloween Party are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Vassar.

Financial Aid at Vassar

Vassar meets 100% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $55,995 a year.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can.. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Is Vassar a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Retention, graduation, and job placement statistics all give valuable information about the quality of the student experience, before and after graduation.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Vassar

About 93% of students who start at Vassar come back the next year. Out of the 662 students who started at Vassar as first-time freshman, 541 graduate within four years.

Around 88% of students who started at Vassar earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes and Debt for Vassar Grads

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $23,327 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Vassar sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Vassar a good school for you?

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Where is Vassar College Located?

Vassar is located in the suburban setting of Poughkeepsie, New York, less than an hour from New York City.

If you want to see Vassar for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Taconic State Parkway to Poughkeepsie, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Stewart International.

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College Info

124 Raymond Avenue Poughkeepsie, NY 12604

Campus Setting: Suburban

Vassar Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Vassar is Jan 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Vassar is Mar 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Vassar ACT Scores


ACT Range

32 - 34

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Composite SAT Range

1380 - 1490


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680 - 770


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680 - 750

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Vassar Tuition & Fees

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Wondering what life at Vassar is like? There are approximately 2,435 students enrolled at Vassar. 99% percent of students attend school full-time, 28% percent are from NY and 72% percent of students are from other states.


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