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Vassar College Overview

Vassar College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Poughkeepsie, New York. The suburban atmosphere of Poughkeepsie makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

What Is Vassar College Known For?

761 Undergraduate Awards
$42,520 Avg Cost After Aid
24% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at Vassar may have an easier time interacting with their teachers since the student to faculty ratio at the school is 8 to 1.
  • Students at Vassar have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 2%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The highest award offered at Vassar is the master's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 84% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from Vassar with a bachelor's degree make about $54,600 a year. That's 34% more than those who graduate from other schools.
  • The average Vassar student graduates in 4.1 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

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Vassar College Rankings

Vassar is ranked #158 out of 2,320 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. Vassar also holds the #18 spot on the Best Colleges in New York ranking.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Vassar has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#105 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Vassar.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#3 Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#12 Best Drama & Theater Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best Music Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#16 Best Neurobiology & Neurosciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Best Fine & Studio Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#27 Best Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#34 Best English Language & Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#35 Best General English Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#38 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#43 Best General Biology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Vassar has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#8 Best Colleges for Film, Video & Photographic Arts College Factual
#47 Best Colleges for General English Literature College Factual
#58 Best Colleges for English Language & Literature College Factual
#66 Best Colleges for General Biology College Factual
#68 Best Colleges for Visual & Performing Arts College Factual
#78 Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences College Factual

Where Is Vassar College?

Location of Vassar College

Contact details for Vassar are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 124 Raymond Ave, Poughkeepsie, NY 12604
Phone: 845-437-7000

How Do I Get Into Vassar?

You can apply to Vassar online at:

Admission Requirements for Vassar

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Vassar?

24% Acceptance Rate
58% Of Accepted Are Women
60% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 24%, Vassar is one of the most selective schools in the country. If the admissions department requests additional materials, be sure to submit them promptly. This could be a sign that you're on the border line of being accepted or denied.

Approximately 42% of accepted students are men and 58% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 35%, and the acceptance rate for women is 19%.

Average Test Scores

About 60% of students accepted to Vassar submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 670 and 750. Math scores were between 660 and 750.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Vassar College  ( 670 to 750 )

SAT Math Scores for Vassar College  ( 660 to 750 )
Vassar received ACT scores from 40% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 31 and 35. Math scores were between 27 and 32. Composite scores were between 30 and 33.

ACT English Scores for Vassar College  ( 31 to 35 )
ACT Math Scores for Vassar College  ( 27 to 32 )
ACT Composite Scores for Vassar College  ( 30 to 33 )

Can I Afford Vassar College?

$42,520 Net Price
43% Take Out Loans
1.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Vassar is $42,520. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Vassar, approximately 43% of students took out student loans averaging $4,855 a year. That adds up to $19,420 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Vassar is 1.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Vassar College Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,424 Full-Time Undergraduates
59% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,439 undergraduate students at Vassar, with 2,424 being full-time and 15 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Vassar

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,424 full-time undergraduates at Vassar, 41% are male and 59% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Vassar

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Vassar College students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Vassar Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 287
Black or African American 90
Hispanic or Latino 268
White 1,332
International Students 224
Other Races/Ethnicities 223

Geographic Diversity

New York students aren't the only ones who study at Vassar College. At this time, 44 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 46 countries are represented at Vassar. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and South Korea.

Vassar College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s TOTAL
Child Development & Psychology 56 56
Economics 55 55
Political Science & Government 49 49
General Biology 48 48
Romance Languages 38 38
Mathematics 36 36
General English Literature 33 33
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 31 31
Computer Information Systems 30 30
Drama & Theater Arts 27 27
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 25 25
Science, Technology & Society 24 24
Communication & Media Studies 22 22
Fine & Studio Arts 22 22
Sociology 21 21
History 20 20
Urban Studies 19 19
Cognitive Science 18 18
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 17 17
Area Studies 16 16
International Relations & National Security 16 16
Philosophy 14 14
Chemistry 14 14
Physics 14 14
East Asian Languages 13 13
Music 12 12
Natural Resources Conservation 11 11
General Education 7 7
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 7 7
Anthropology 7 7
Religious Studies 6 6
Astronomy & Astrophysics 6 6
Classical & Ancient Studies 5 5
Ethnic Studies 4 4
Germanic Languages 4 4
Liberal Arts General Studies 3 3
Geological & Earth Sciences 3 3
Geography & Cartography 3 3
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 2 2
Other Social Sciences 2 2
Medieval Studies 1 1
TOTAL 761 761


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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