Students Say

Vassar College is a small “academically challenging” school that offers a “perfect liberal arts feel” and seeks to broaden students’ perspectives. The “strong sense of community” is apparent both in and out of the classroom, where the school drums home the idea that “it’s all about being unique and letting your quirky characteristics shine.”

Overview

Applicants
7,784
Acceptance Rate
24%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
670 - 750
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
650 - 740
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
660 - 750
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
30 - 33

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
January 1

Regular
January 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record

Selectivity Rating

Overall

Students Say

Vassar College is a small “academically challenging” school that offers a “perfect liberal arts feel” and seeks to broaden students’ perspectives. The “strong sense of community” is apparent both in and out of the classroom, where the school drums home the idea that “it’s all about being unique and letting your quirky characteristics shine.” “We’re asked to critically think about the world we live in and how our privilege plays into these systems,” says a student. This freedom of character is a main reason why everyone here is “excited to be with each other, which creates this school spirit that isn’t necessarily based on sports.”
The lack of core requirements is “a great opportunity for students to explore anything they want before settling into a major.” “Amazing” professors are “super accessible” and “fully engaged in the total Vassar community.” “They are willing to meet you outside their office hours if they don’t work for you,” says a student. “My professors are…spectacular at illuminating difficult material,” says a junior psychology major. Classes are all small and “most are very discussion-based”; students are “not competitive with each other, but with themselves,” which creates a more relaxed environment despite the very high academics. Many do admit that there could stand to be “more sections of the most popular classes so that the most amount of people can be happy with their course selections.”
Opportunities are there for students’ voices to be heard, and “the administration is very willing to work with the student organization to accomplish goals,” such as a ban on bottled water from dining services as a result of an initiative by the environmental group on campus. “Vassar students will do things in any way but the traditional way,” says a sophomore. “No problem goes undiscussed.” “Incredible” study abroad opportunities and a “beautiful campus” don’t hurt, either.

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
8:1
Total Faculty
333
with Terminal Degree
270

176
Men
157
Women
73
Minority
6
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
88%
Graduate in 5 years
91%
Graduate in 6 years
92%

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Neuroscience

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Mass Communication/Media Studies

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Education

  • Education, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Ancient Studies/Civilization
  • Cognitive Science
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Science, Technology and Society

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Astronomy
  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, Other
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies/Affairs

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Cinema Studies


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Meryl Streep
Actress

Elizabeth Bishop
Author

Mary McCarthy
Author

Edna St. Vinvent Millay
Poet

Honorable Richard Roberts
US District Court Judge

LIsa Kudrow
Actress

Academic Rating

Career overview

Students Say

The Career Development Office at Vassar “helps students and almumnae/i envision and realize a meaningful life” after graduation. To that end, the CDO provides career and major exploration, sets up information interviews, and will even help students put together a four-year plan to maximize their college experience. Both VCLink and The Vassar Alumnifire network provide job and internship listings for summer and post-college. Payscale.com reports that the starting salary for recent grads averages $44,800 and that 47% of grads visiting their website believe their work makes the world a better place.

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
88%
Graduate in 5 years
91%
Graduate in 6 years
92%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary
$44,800

Median Mid-Career Salary
$85,500

Return on Education (ROE) rating
89

Dates

Application Deadlines
Feb 15
Notification Date
Mar 30

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Bottom Line

The sticker price at Vassar for tuition, fees, and room and board runs about $62,000 for a year. That said, Vassar has a need-blind admission policy, and financial aid is extremely generous. It’s probably harder to get admitted here than it is to afford going here. Meeting financial standards is less important than exceedingly high academic standards and intellectual pursuits that venture far outside the classroom.

Bang For Your Buck

Vassar has a need-blind admissions policy and is able to meet 100 percent of the demonstrated need of everyone who is admitted for all four years. Vassar awards more than $57 million dollars in scholarships. Funds come from Vassar’s endowment, money raised by Vassar clubs, and gifts from friends of the college and all are need-based. In addition to a close-knit community, beautiful campus, engaged professors, and rigorous academics, study abroad opportunities abound.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$45,154

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$43,094

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,479

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$17,476

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
54%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$45,154

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$48,840
Required Fees
$730
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$900

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,970
Transportation for Commuters
$240

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

Students Say

The “left wing, artsy, intelligent,” and “open-minded” individuals that make up the “eclectic” student body “thrive” in the “welcoming” environs of Vassar. The “very generous” amount of need-based financial aid that is awarded “allows for wide socioeconomic diversity,” and “Freshman Orientation is a great way for people to make friends here.” Many here are philosophically minded and “strive to be as politically correct as possible,” and there is “a good amount of hipsters.” “You can definitely find at least one other student for every obscure interest you have,” assures a student.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,418
Out of State
73%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
44

Demographics

56% female
44% male
73% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview

Students Say

“When you get here it starts to feel like home very quickly,” says a student of the “stunning” campus. “The vibe of the whole school is so chill,” but does not hamper a “vibrant extracurricular scene.” Vassar is “bursting at the seams with orgs”: there are “a ton of intramural sports teams,” nine a cappella groups, plenty of political organizations, a large performing arts contingent, and “basically anything else you can think of.” “Close-knit dormitory communities” and an emphasis on being “hyper-socially aware” lead students to be “very politically conscious and deeply involved in volunteerism and activism.”
New York City isn’t far, so some people take advantage of that, and “there are always parties you can go to if you want to,” but “there is nothing wrong with staying in and watching a movie or chatting with friends.” There is no Greek life; intellectual conversations abound at all hours, and students spend “significant time thinking about the state of the world, what’s going on within the campus community.” There are always a decent amount of weekend activities such as “concerts, comedy shows, plays, dances, etc.” Be warned: “transportation is limited to get off campus unless you own a car.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
96%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Cooperative
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
International Student
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
120
Number of Honor Societies
5

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
12

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

21% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Brewers)
12 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Fencing
Lacrosse
Soccer
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Women's Sports (Brewers)
13 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Fencing
Field Hockey
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups

Sustainability

At Vassar, the greening of the campus has been underway for some time, and students are an intrinsic part of the process. One especially noteworthy program is Stopping Waste and Promoting Recycling (SWAPR), whose mission is to encourage the recycling or donation of furniture and household items during move-out, has grown by leaps and bounds since it began in 2001 More than 30 students and 17 local civic groups make SWAPR happen each year. Student interns on the Sustainability Committee have the opportunity to make real changes on campus: Interns have coordinated the creation of a composting program in senior housing, and run the Resource Conservation Fund, a college fund that supports the implementation of innovative and sustainable projects across campus. Another student organization on campus, Vassar Greens, helped phase out the use of disposable plastic water bottles on campus and runs the Free Market, a communal meeting space where you can share and trade ‘stuff.’ The Vassar Experimental Garden, known as VEG, is a student run organic garden right on campus. In Dining Services: 25 percent of food served on campus is locally or sustainably grown or purchased, and nearly 100 percent food waste is composted. Two Buildings—New England and Sanders Physics—have just been fully renovated to LEED certification standards, and the new Science Building under construction (set to open in Fall 2015) will be built to LEED Silver certification standards.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
25%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Cash-Out Parking
No

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
No

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
No

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
No

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
No

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
96

Average Number of PC's per Lab
24

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
99%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple.com Education pricing

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Art Rodriguez
Dean of Admission and Financial Aid

Address
Admissions Office
124 Raymond Ave.
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604

Phone
8454377300


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Library
Shakespeare Garden
Class of 1951 Observatory
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
Center for Drama and Film

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Franklin Roosevelt House and Museum - Hydepark
Elanore Roosevelt House
Vanderbilt Mansion
Walkway Over the Hudson
Mills Mansion

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday
8:30am-5pm
8454377300

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Contact Email Address for Visit
http://athletics.vassar.edu/

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Available in the fall only

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Stewart Airport in Newburgh is 20 miles from campus. Taxis are available for the trip from the airport to campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the New York State Thruway, use Exit 17 (Newburgh) and take I-84 eastbound across the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge to Route 9 north. Follow directions below. From Route 9 northbound, drive 9.5 miles north of the intersection of I-84 and Route 9, to exit for Spackenkill Road (Route 113). The IBM main facility is on the left. Proceed about half a mile on Spackenkill Road. Turn left at the second traffic light onto Wilbur Boulevard. Turn right when Wilbur ends at Hooker Avenue. Turn left at the first traffic light onto Raymond Avenue. Enter the college through the stone archway on the right. From Route 9 southbound, exit at Spackenkill Road (Route 113) and follow directions above.

Local Accommodations
Alumnae House - Directly across the street from the college, this charming, American-Tudor Inn has 45 guest rooms. Amenities include high-speed Internet access in guest rooms,and handicapped-accessible rooms. Rates include breakfast. For reservations call 845.437.7100, email alumnaehouse@vassar.edu or visit http://alumnaehouse.vassar.edu/index.html. A simple motel, Days Inn (62 Haight Ave.; 845-454-1010), is 2 blocks away from the college. The Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel(40 Civic Center Plaza; 845-485-5300) less than a 15 minutes away
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Key Stats

7,784
Applicants
2,418
Size
24%
Acceptance Rate

Rankings & Lists