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Vassar Admissions Information

Vassar College
Poughkeepsie, NY (map)


Located in Poughkeepsie, NY–just an hour’s drive outside of Manhattan–Vassar combines the education of a small liberal arts college with an accessibility to one of the nation’s largest cultural centers. Although Vassar was founded in 1861 with the aim of providing a first-rate education for young women, the College eventually went coed in 1969. Vassar is known for its demanding curriculum, small classes, and close interaction between students and faculty. It is consistently named as one of the best colleges in the United States, and ranks among the top ten American colleges producing Fulbright scholars. Notable Vassar alumni and one-time students include Meryl Streep, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Anthony Bourdain, and Edna St. Vincent Millay.

Distinguishing Vassar from many other schools is the fact that 98% of all undergrads choose to live on campus; this fosters a tight-knit feel among students. The school offers more than 100 clubs and organizations, including athletics on the Division III level. While not technically recognized by the NCAA, the Vassar Butterbeer Brewers compete fiercely in Quidditch against other collegiate teams.



Basic Info

Main Address: 124 Raymond Avenue
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604
Phone Number: (845) 437-7000  
Website: www.vassar.edu  


Type of school: Private, Liberal Arts  
Type of school: Coed  
Setting: Suburban  
Athletics: Division III, Intramural, Club Sports  
Degrees offered: Bachelor's, Master's  
Size of undergraduate student body: 2,452  
Percent out-of-state: 76%  
Percent international: 5.94%  
Female to Male ratio: 60:40  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 8:1  
Most popular majors: English Language and Literature
Political Science and Government
Special study programs: Cross-Registration
Double Major
Independent Study
Liberal Arts/Career Combination
Student-Designed Major
Study Abroad
Teacher Certification
Urban Semester
Visiting/Exchange Student Program
Washington Semester

Campus Life

Housing options:
Coed housing
Apartments for married students
Cooperative housing
Special housing for international students
Women's housing
Apartments for single students
Special housing for students with disabilities
Wellness housing (alcohol/drug/smoke-free)
Campus Ministries
Concert Band
International Students
Literary Magazine
Music Ensembles
Student Government
Symphony Orchestra
Choral Groups
Film Society
Jazz Band
Model U.N.
Musical Theater
Radio Station
Student Newspaper
Television Station

Fun Facts

  • Voted #3 "Least Religious Students"
  • Voted #10 "Most Beautiful Campus"
  • Voted #20 "LGBT-Friendly"
  • Voted #9 "Best College Theater"
  • Voted #14 "Most Liberal Students"

Admissions Information

With an acceptance rate of 25%, Vassar is a highly selective school. In addition, because of its specific designation as a small liberal arts college, Vassar attracts students desiring a more niche school. This implies that applicants display somewhat similar characteristics and are therefore more competitive among one another.

According to College officials, a student's secondary school record is the most important factor in admissions. Also holding a lot of weight in the admissions process is an applicant's class rank, application essay, extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation, standardized test scores, and talent. Additional considerations of lesser importance include alumni relation, character, geographical residence, interview, racial status, volunteer and work experience, and whether a student is a first-generation college student.

Admissions address: Box 10
124 Raymond Avenue
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604-0077
Phone number: (845) 437-7300  
Fax number: (845) 437-7063  
Admissions Website: www.vassar.edu  
Email: admissions@vassar.edu  
Contact Person: David Borus  
Number of first-year applications received: 7,577  
Percent of applicants admitted: 25%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: January 1  
Early decision/action deadline: November 15 (Early Decision)  
Accepts the Common Application? Yes  
Admission requirements: Essay(s)
1 academic teacher evaluation
School Report
Mid-year Report
Final Report
Standardized test scores
Interview (optional)

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? Yes: SAT and SAT Subject Test, or ACT with Writing  
Policy regarding SAT score-use: Considers highest section scores for all test dates.  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
ACT Composite

College Board code: 2956  
ACT code: 2982  
Learn more about other Women's schools:
Bryn Mawr   Smith   Wellesley   Mount Holyoke  

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