Vassar College Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Thompson Memorial Library at Vassar College
Thompson Memorial Library at Vassar College. Notermote / Wikimedia Commons

Vassar College Description:

Vassar College, founded in 1861 as a women's college, now ranks as one of the top coeducational liberal arts colleges in the country. Vassar's 1,000-acre campus includes over 100 buildings, picturesque gardens and a farm. The college has an impressive 8 to 1 student / faculty ratio, and an average class size of 17. Vassar's strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned it a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.

Vassar is located a few miles from downtown Poughkeepsie, New York, in the attractive Hudson Valley. New York City is about 75 miles away. With over 100 student clubs and organizations, student life at Vassar is active. In athletics, Vassar competes in the NCAA Division III Liberty League. The college fields 23 varsity sports.

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Admissions Data (2016):

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 2,424 (all undergraduate)
  • Gender Breakdown: 43% Male / 57% Female
  • 99% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $53,090
  • Books: $900 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $12,400
  • Other Expenses: $1,350
  • Total Cost: $67,740

Vassar College Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 77%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 65%
    • Loans: 40%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $43,547
    • Loans: $4,900

Academic Programs:

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 96%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 87%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 91%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Lacrosse, Soccer, Fencing, Track and Field, Tennis, Volleyball, Basketball, Baseball
  • Women's Sports: Field Hockey, Golf, Track and Field, Volleyball, Tennis, Lacrosse, Soccer, Basketball

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

Vassar and the Common Application

Vassar College uses the Common Application. These articles can help guide you:

Admissions Information for Other Top Liberal Arts Colleges:

Amherst | Bowdoin | Carleton | Claremont McKenna | Davidson | Grinnell | Haverford | Middlebury | Pomona | Reed | Swarthmore | Vassar | Washington and Lee | Wellesley | Wesleyan | Williams

Vassar College Mission Statement:

complete mission statement and statement of purpose at http://info.vassar.edu/about/vassar/mission.html

"The primary mission of Vassar College, to furnish “the means of a thorough, well-proportioned, and liberal education,”1 was articulated in The First Annual Catalogue and has remained constant throughout its history. Founded in 1861 to provide young women an education equal to that once available only to young men, the college has since 1969 opened its doors to both women and men on terms of equality. Encouragement of excellence and respect for diversity are hallmarks of Vassar’s character as an institution. The independence of mind and the diverse intellectual interests of students are fostered by providing them a range of ways to meet our curricular expectations. The structure of the residential experience, in which students in all four classes live in the residence halls, obliges students to master the art of living cooperatively in a diverse community.

Diversity of perspective is honored as well in the college’s system of shared governance among all the constituencies of the institution."