Vassar College

124 Raymond Ave, Poughkeepsie, United States
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Overview of Vassar College

About this school

Vassar College is a private, liberal arts college. Founded for women in 1861, it adopted coeducation in 1969. Its goal is to develop independent thinking that is both critical and creative, analytical and constructive, with emphases on individual direction and study, independence and self-responsibility, and independent projects or research, including senior theses and laboratory experimentation. Its 1,000-acre Vassar campus is located on the outskirts of Poughkeepsie, 75 miles north of New York City, and includes a range of architecture from Gothic to modern.
  • Institution Type


    Private

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:2,353
    • Men:960 (40.8%)
    • Women:1,393 (59.2%)

Location

Admission Information

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to Vassar College is very difficult: more than 50% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT I or over 26 on the ACT; about 60% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation


  • High School Graduation:

    High school diploma required and GED is accepted

  • High School Program:

    College preparatory program is recommended

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
-
4
Mathematics
-
4
Science
-
3
Foreign Language
-
4
Social Studies
-
2
History
-
2
Academic Electives
-
-

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Required
February 15
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
-
-
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
-
-
SAT Subject Tests Only
Considered if submitted
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Accepted with or without writing component
Use of SAT/ACT Essay
SAT: Not used ACT: Not used

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
124 Raymond Avenue
City, State, Zip
Poughkeepsie, NY  12604
Phone
(845) 437-7300
Fax
(845) 437-7063
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission Deadline
January 1
Application Fee
$65
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
April 1
Accept Offer Of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission


Early Decision Offered
Yes
Early Decision Deadline
November 15, January 1
Early Decision Notification
December 15
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
-
Early Action Notification
-

Application Form


Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application

Other Application Requirements


Interview
Not Required
Essay Or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters Of Recommendation
2 required for all freshmen
Other
-
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular|Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/ Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


Overall Admission Rate
24% of 7,746 applicants were admitted
Women
19% of 5,526 applicants were admitted
Men
35% of 2,220 applicants were admitted

Students Enrolled


Students Enrolled
635 (34%) of 1,842 admitted students enrolled
Women
386 (36%) of 1,061 admitted students enrolled
Men
249 (32%) of 781 admitted students enrolled

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
Not reported
375 And Above
Not reported
3.50 - 3.74
Not reported
3.25 - 3.49
Not reported
3.00 - 3.24
Not reported
2.50 - 2.99
Not reported
2.00 - 2.49
Not reported

SAT Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


Sat Math
710 average |680-760 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
63%
• Score 600 - 700
34%
• Score 500 - 600
2%
• Score 400 - 500
1%
• Score 300 - 400
0%
• Score 200 - 300
0%
Sat Critical Reading
710 average |690-750 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
72%
• Score 600 - 700
26%
• Score 500 - 600
2%
• Score 400 - 500
0%
• Score 300 - 400
0%
• Score 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


Act Composite
32 average |31-33 range of middle 50%
• Score 30 - 36
90%
• Score 24 - 29
11%
• Score 18 - 23
0%
• Score 12 - 17
0%
• Score 6 - 11
0%
• Score 5 Or Below
0%

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - $55,210 (77.87023977433005%)
  • Room & Board: - $12,900 (18.194640338504936%)
  • Other Expences: - $900 (1.2693935119887165%)
  • Tuition & Fees: - $1,890 (2.6657263751763045%)
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expences
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


Vassar College accepts installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
-
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
February 1
Award Notification Date
On or about March 30
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Institutional Methodology

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 002895
Free
CSS/Financial Aid Profile
$25 for first college, $16 each additional

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


Financial Aid Applicants
486 (77.6%) of freshmen
Found To Have Financial Need
402 (82.7%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
402 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
402 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$52,284
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 401 (99.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $46,709
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 402 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,576
• Merit Based Gift
Not reported
Merit Based Gift
Not reported

All Undergraduates


Financial Aid Applicants
1,621 (69.9%) of undergraduates
Found To Have Financial Need
1,448 (89.3%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,448 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
1,448 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$53,642
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,440 (99.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $48,194
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,448 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,106
• Merit Based Gift
Not reported
Merit Based Gift
Not reported

Borrowing


2016 Graduates with Loans
45%
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
$19,439
Parents Borrowing Plus Loans
-
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
6.0%
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips And Grants


Need Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non Need Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards


Academic Interest/Achievement
Not reported
Creative Arts/Performance
Not reported
Special Achievements/Activities
Not reported
Special Characteristics
Not reported

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$2,539

Academics & Instruction

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


Semester

Summer Session


Not offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Not required

Computer


Not required

Foreign Language


Required

Math/Science


Required for all students

Faculty & Instruction

Full-Time Faculty


281

Part-Time Faculty


55

Full-Time Faculty With Ph.D./Terminal Degree


74%

Regular Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 17% of classes
  • 10-19 students: - 49% of classes
  • 20-29 students: - 27% of classes
  • 30-39 students: - 6% of classes
  • 40-49 students: - 0% of classes
  • 50-99 students: - 1% of classes
% of Classes
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-99
# of Students

Discussion Section/Lab Class Size


  • 10-19 students: - 100% of discussion sections/labs
% of Sections/Labs
10-19
# of Students

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Accepted

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


Library Available On Campus
Yes
Holdings
1,779,634

Computing


Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available On Campus
135
Internet E Mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services

Remedial Instruction


Not Offered

Tutoring


Available

Services for Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


Vassar College provides hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


95.8%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


84.6%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


89.2%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


89.7%

Programs & Majors

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (51)


  • African Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Anthropology
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Astronomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Economics, General
  • Education, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • Geography
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • German Language and Literature
  • History, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Mathematics, General
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music, General
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Science, Technology and Society
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Urban Studies/Affairs
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General
  • Women's Studies

Most Popular Disciplines


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


No online degree programs

Special Programs


Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Double major, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad

Study Abroad


Social sciences, Biological/life sciences, Visual and performing arts

Online Degrees


Engineering

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Not reported

Campus Life

Location & Geography

Population


30,639

Nearest Metropolitan Area


1,000 acres

Environment


Suburban environment

Campus Size


New York City

Weather


Temperature
11 average low in January, 79 average high in September
Rain
119 rainy days per year

Available Transportation


Nearest Airport
90 mile(s) from campus in New York City
Nearest Bus Station
6 mile(s) from campus in Poughkeepsie
Nearest Train Station
6 mile(s) from campus in Poughkeepsie

Housing

College Housing


College offers housing to students

Types of Housing


Women only housing, coed housing, cooperative housing, disabled student housing

Students of College Housing


95% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Students required to live on campus through senior year

Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are guaranteed housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


5%

Security

24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices


Available

24-Hour Security Patrols


Available

Late-Night Transport/Escort Services


Available

Electronically Operated Housing Entrances


Available

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
The Brewers
School Colors
Burgundy and gray

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Fencing
Field Hockey
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Fencing
Field Hockey
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball

Recreational Sports


Intramural Sports
-

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


Vassar College offers choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, student association, wvkr radio station, vice (programming social events), vassar greens, ultimate frisbee

Sororities


Fraternities


ROTC


Student Body

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


2,334

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
2,353
Women
1,393
Men
960

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.


  • 0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 13.7% Asian
  • 4.5% Black/African-American
  • 12.2% Hispanic/Latino
  • 7.9% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
  • 0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
  • 61.3% White
  • 0.3% Unknown

International Students


8.2% from 40 countries

Average Age


20

Number of Graduate Students


Not reported

Student Resources

Study resources