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Vassar Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to Vassar, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is January 1 and the fee for the application costs $65.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may be eligible for fee waiver for their application.

Students who submit their applications for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than April 1.

Vassar Admissions Stats at a Glance

Vassar 2021 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 73%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 64%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 40%
Waitlist Yes

Considering Applying Early to Vassar?

Vassar College 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 2 applications are due 1/1.

The early decision acceptance rate at Vassar is 47%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 25%. Last year, Vassar admitted 308 of the 660 students who applied early decison.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

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

Is Vassar Hard To Get Into?

Vassar is a very difficult school to get into. Vassar evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Vassar accepted 25% of students, around 2,126 of the 8,663 students who applied.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like Vassar, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is extremely difficult.

In 2021, Vassar waitlisted 867 students. Of those, 431 eventually received an admissions offer.

What's Most Important to Get In to Vassar?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Vassar

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Important
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Important
Volunteer Work Considered

Vassar Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Vassar?

Out of all students that were admitted, 53% submitted a class rank. At Vassar 73% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 95% were in the top 25% and 99% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Vassar College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 53%

Vassar considers 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.

In 2021, 64% of Vassar's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 40% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Vassar?

To be competitive with other Vassar applicants, you should strive to earn between 1380 and 1490 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Vassar 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1490 and 25% of scored lower than 1380, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Vassar students scored 770 or higher and 75% of students scored 680 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Vassar students scored 750 or higher, and 75% scored a 680 or higher.

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What's 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.

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 10.

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 25%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Vassar?

Vassar's early decision acceptance rate was 47% in 2021.

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Vassar Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective

25%

How hard is it to get into Vassar? Vassar is a very selective institution. The Vassar acceptance rate is 25%. This means that the institution accepts 24 out of every 100 applicants.

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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

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ACT Range

32 - 34

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

34 and Above

Good

32 to 34

Avg

32 and Less

Low

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Vassar SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

1380 - 1490

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Math SAT Range

680 - 770

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Reading SAT Range

680 - 750

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Vassar GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

2,435

Campus Setting

Suburban

Acceptance Rate

25%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$62,870

Out-of-State

$62,870

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Jan 1
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