Vassar College Admissions Statistics

Learn About Vassar and the GPA, SAT Scores, and ACT Scores You'll Need to Get In

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

Vassar College is a highly selective liberal arts college with an acceptance rate of 24 percent in 2017. Admitted students will need to show strengths in all areas: grades, standardized test scores, and extracurricular involvement. The college  accepts the Common Application, Coalition Application, and QuestBridge Application. Vassar does not require the optional writing test for the SAT or ACT, nor does the school require SAT Subject Tests.

Why You Might Choose Vassar College

Vassar College, founded in 1861 as a women's college, is now a top tier coeducational liberal arts college. 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 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.

Vassar's strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned it a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. With its selective admissions and wide-ranging strengths, Vassar has earned a spot among the top New York colleges, top Middle Atlantic colleges, and top national liberal arts colleges

Vassar College GPA, SAT and ACT Graph

Vassar College GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
Vassar College GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission. See the real-time graph and calculate your chances of getting in with this free tool from Cappex. Data courtesy of Cappex.

Discussion of Vassar's Admissions Standards

Vassar College is a highly selective liberal arts college that accepts roughly a quarter of all applicants. To get in, you'll need high school grades and standardized test scores that are significantly above average. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that the majority of successful applicants had high school averages in the "A" range, combined SAT scores of 1300 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 28 or better. Many applicants had impressive 4.0 GPAs.

Good grades and test scores alone, however, will not get you admitted to Vassar. You'll notice quite a few red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) interspersed with the green and blue throughout the graph. Many applicants had grades and test scores that were on target for Vassar College yet were not admitted. The opposite is also true—some students were accepted with test scores and grades a little bit below the norm. This is because Vassar's admissions process is based on more than quantitative information. The college has holistic admissions and will be looking at the rigor of your high school courses, not just your grades. Also, they will be looking for a winning essay, interesting extracurricular activities, and strong letters of recommendation. Students can further strengthen their applications by writing a focused and compelling supplemental essay in Vassar's supplement to the Common Application. Vassar does offer optional interviews, but these are not evaluated as part of the admissions process.

If you have something else you would like to share with Vassar (poetry, artwork, a video), you can use the college's "Your Space" option on the application. This can certainly be to your benefit if there's a dimension of your personality and interests that has not been captured by the rest of the application. Also, keep in mind that Vassar has an Early Decision admissions option, and applying early can improve your chances of being accepted.

Admissions Data (2017)

  • Percent of Applicants Admitted: 24%
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 670 / 750
    • SAT Math: 660 / 750
    • ACT Composite: 30 / 33
    • ACT English: 31 / 35
    • ACT Math: 27 / 32

More Vassar College Information

Although Vassar has a high price tag, be sure to look at the full financial picture as you work to create your college wish list. With a billion dollar endowment, Vassar can afford to give generous financial aid packages. Nearly two-thirds of matriculated students receive grant aid from Vassar with an average award of over $44,000.

Enrollment (2017)

  • Total Enrollment: 2,353 (all undergraduate)
  • Gender Breakdown: 41% Male / 59% Female
  • 99% Full-time

Costs (2017 - 18)

  • Tuition and Fees: $55,210
  • Books: $900 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $12,900
  • Other Expenses: $1,360
  • Total Cost: $70,370

Vassar College Financial Aid (2016 - 17)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 76%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 63%
    • Loans: 40%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $44,517
    • Loans: $5,009

Academic Programs

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 96%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 85%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 90%

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

Like Vassar College? You May Like These Colleges As Well

Applicants to Vassar College tend to apply to other highly ranked liberal arts colleges in the northeastern United States. Popular choices include Middlebury College, Wesleyan College, Swarthmore College, and Haverford College.

Some applicants also consider larger comprehensive universities such as Boston College, Boston University, and Yale University. Keep in mind that schools such as Yale and Swarthmore are even more selective than Vassar, and you'll want to make sure you have a few schools with a lower admissions bar to ensure you receive at least some acceptance letters.

Data Sources: Graph courtesy of Cappex; all other data from the ​National Center for Educational Statistics