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Vassar College

Poughkeepsie, NY 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate20%
Acceptance Rate20%

About Vassar

Vassar College Overview

Vassar College is a private, nonprofit school in a suburban setting in Poughkeepsie, New York. Vassar was founded in 1861 and enrolls 2,516 undergrads and no graduate students. Vassar ensures on-campus housing for students. Most students live in off campus housing.

📆 Mark your calendar! The deadline to apply regular decision to Vassar for Fall 2023 is January 1. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should find out if they have been admitted by April 1.

Student Activities at Vassar

Love music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Vassar's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? Vassar students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

There are no fraternities or sororities at Vassar, so it might be a good choice if you're not interested in Greek life.

Planning to play sports? Vassar has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Vassar on the Student Life page.

2022 Vassar Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 20%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 40%
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Tuition $63,840
Percent of Need Met 100%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $57,597

Is Vassar a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is.

Let's take a closer look at these factors to get a clearer idea of what Vassar offers and if the college could be a good choice for you.

Vassar Acceptance Rate 2022

Vassar is very difficult to get into. The university admitted 20% of all applicants in 2022. Last year, 10,884 students applied to Vassar and 2,193 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Vassar

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It is a way to measure how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

About 94% of students who start at Vassar come back the next year. Around 93% of students who started at Vassar earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outlook Vassar Graduates

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Check with Vassar directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Vassar's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

As of 2022, the total market value of Vassar College's endowment was $1.083 billion. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Vassar

Tuition is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Vassar meets 100% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $57,597 a year.

Students in the class of 2022 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $21,899 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. 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 be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Vassar.

Based on this information, does Vassar seem like a good fit? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! 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, be sure to 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.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Vassar and Poughkeepsie are like without leaving home.

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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

Vassar College is a member of the Coalition for College.

More than an application, the Coalition provides free tools and resources to help students through the college admissions process, beginning as early as 9th grade.

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Vassar ACT Scores


ACT Range

32 - 34

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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Vassar SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1420 - 1520


Math SAT Range

710 - 780


Reading SAT Range

710 - 760

Vassar Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Vassar is like? There are approximately 2,516 students enrolled at Vassar. 99% percent of students attend school full-time, 25% percent are from NY and 75% percent of students are from other states.


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