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Colleges / Vassar College

Vassar College

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

Vassar Admissions

If you are applying to Vassar, the regular decision application deadline is January 1 and the fee for the application is $65.

Students who apply to Vassar for the fall semester should anticipate a decision by April 1.

Vassar Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Vassar's admissions stats.

Vassar 2022 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 79%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Waitlist Yes

Vassar College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Vassar College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 15 December 15
Early Decision II Yes January 1 February 1
Early Action No –– ––
Regular Decision Yes January 15 April 1

Want to Apply Early to Vassar?

Vassar offers early decision but not early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

🗓️ Early Decision I applications are due by November 15 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.

🗓️ Early Decision II applications are due January 1. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before February 1.

The early decision acceptance rate at Vassar is 40%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 20%. In 2022, Vassar admitted 301 of the 754 students who applied early decision.

Some students apply to college early to help their chances of being offering admission. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of being admitted, since it shows your interest in a school.

➡️ See a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Vassar College Admissions

Transferring to Vassar College

It is extremely difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Vassar

In 2022, Vassar waitlisted 1,526 students and 634 accepted a place on the waitlist. Of those, 96 eventually were offered a spot.

What Does Vassar Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis on the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Vassar

What does Vassar consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Extracurricular Activities Very Important
Application Essay Very Important
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Talent/Ability Very Important
Class Rank Important
Work Experience Important
Volunteer Work Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered

Make sure to check with Vassar for more information on admission factors.

Vassar 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Vassar, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with Vassar's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Vassar?

Vassar has not provided an information about GPAs of accepted students. Any questions regarding applicant expectations should be addressed directly with the school.

Out of all students that were admitted, 30% submitted a class rank. At Vassar 79% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 95% were in the top 25% and 97% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Vassar College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA ––
3.75 and 3.99 ––
3.50 and 3.74 ––
3.25 and 3.49 ––
3.00 and 3.24 ––
2.50 and 2.9 ––
2.00 and 2.49 ––

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Vassar directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Vassar looks at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Vassar is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

What is a Good SAT Score for Vassar?

To be competitive with other Vassar applicants, you should aim to earn between 1420 and 1520 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Vassar 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1520 and 25% of scored lower than 1420, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Vassar students scored 780 or higher and 75% of students scored 710 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Vassar students scored 760 or higher, and 75% scored a 710 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Vassar?

To be most competitive at Vassar, you should strive to earn between 32 and 34 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 34 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Vassar's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 34, and three out of four students scored lower than 34 on the ACT.

A 32 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Vassar students. Only one out of every four students scored below 32.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Vassar College

For transfer students, it is extremely difficult to get admitted to Vassar.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is March 15. Applicants should hear back by May 15.

Transfer students can enroll in Vassar during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

Vassar Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Vassar?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Vassar.

Does Vassar accept transfer credits?

✅ Vassar accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Vassar accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Vassar accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Vassar?

✅ Vassar is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

What is Vassar's acceptance rate?

✅ Vassar's acceptance rate is 20%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Vassar?

✅ Vassar's early decision acceptance rate was 40% in 2021.

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Vassar Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into Vassar? Vassar is a very selective institution. The Vassar acceptance rate is 20%. This means that the institution accepts 20 out of every 100 applicants.


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 ACT Scores


ACT Range

32 - 34

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

34 and Above


32 to 34


32 and Less


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Vassar SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1420 - 1520


Math SAT Range

710 - 780


Reading SAT Range

710 - 760

Vassar GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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