Vassar College

Campus Description

Vassar College is an independent, residential, liberal arts college, founded in 1861 by Matthew Vassar. The college has been coeducational since 1969. Located in the heart of the mid-Hudson Valley, Vassar is known not only for the caliber of education advanced here since 1861 but also for the beauty of its 1,000-acre campus, its architectural treasures (designed by such notable architects as Marcel Breuer, James Renwick, Jr., Eero Saarinen, and Cesar Pelli), its more than 200 specimen trees, and its beautiful gardens.

Vassar's proximity to New York City (the campus is 75 miles north of NYC) makes the cultural advantages of the city easily available. Equally near are ski and backpacking areas in the Catskills and Adirondacks.

Box 10, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12604

Toll-free 800.827.7270 or 845.437.7300

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Degrees Offered

Bachelor's, Master's


Varsity Sports: NCAA Division III: Women's: basketball, cross-country, fencing, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, squash, swimming and diving, tennis, track, volleyball. Men's: baseball, basketball, cross-country, fencing, lacrosse, soccer, squash, swimming and diving, tennis, track, volleyball.

Intramural Sports: basketball, badminton, billiards, bowling, chess, floor hockey, football (non-tackle), golf, ping pong, racquetball, soccer, softball, squash, tennis, volleyball, water polo.

Club Sports: Women's: rowing, rugby, sailing, skiing. Men's: rowing, rugby, sailing, skiing, weightlifting.

Coed: badminton, cycling, ultimate frisbee.

Clubs and Activities

Over 100 organizations and clubs are formed to serve the needs of various student communities through the planning of social, cultural, and academic events. These include: Film Society, FM Radio Station, newspapers and groups focused on the issues of civil rights and urban responsibilities, political groups, Philosophy club, religious activities, student organizations for ethnic/racial minorities and for international students, and several student performing groups including dance, drama, and music. Students sponsor a tutorial program for local school children and a Big Brother/Big Sister Program.

Featured Programs

In January of 2016 Vassar's new science laboratory building will open. This 80,000 sq. ft. building, which connects to the Olmsted Hall of Biological Sciences, will house the Chemistry Department and Biochemistry Program, laboratories for Earth and Environmental Science, computer visualization and Robotics, a Phytotron, an Herbarium, and additional multidisciplinary research and teaching spaces.

Enrollment for Fall 2015

Undergraduate (Matriculated): 2,414 (Full-time: 1,058 men, 1,349 women; Part-time: 3 men, 4 women)
Graduate (Matriculated): N/A
96% enrolled in top quarter of high school class
72% enrolled in top 10% of high school class
SAT verbal range: 670 – 750
SAT math range: 660 – 740
ACT range: 30 – 33

Campus Demographics

 Undergraduate StudentsGraduate Students
% Black / African American4.9%n/a
% Asian11.2%n/a
% Hispanic / Latino11.1%n/a
% White, Non-Hispanic59.3%n/a
% International / Nonresident Alien7.1%n/a
% Two or more races6.2%n/a
% Unknown Race / Ethnicity0.1%n/a

Tuition Information for 2015-2016

Tuition & Fees:
$51,300 per year, or $1,717 per credit
Tuition Only:
Room & Board:
$11,980 (room rate may vary depending upon housing)
Room Only:
$6,500 (limited availability)

Admission/Application Deadlines

Freshmen Applications:
fall- January 1, early decision I November 15, early decision II January 1; spring- n/a.
Transfer Applications:
fall- March 15; spring- November 1

Financial Aid Deadlines

Financial Aid Deadlines for Freshmen:
fall- February 15
Financial Aid Deadlines for Transfers:
fall- March 15; spring- November 1

Application Requirements

Freshmen: HS record; SAT, plus any 2 SAT Subject Tests, or ACT with writing test; 2 recommendations; essays
Transfers: HS and College records; SAT or ACT; 2 recommendations; essays
International: Also, TOEFL or IELTS for non-native English speakers
Average Financial Aid Package: