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Vassar College

Poughkeepsie, New York

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Vassar College overview
Location Poughkeepsie, New York
Online vassar.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large Suburban
Vassar College overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Vassar College, established in 1861, is a historically significant liberal arts institution located in Poughkeepsie, New York, approximately 75 miles north of New York City. Known for its beautiful Gothic architecture, the 1,000-acre campus encompasses a national arboretum and offers a rich academic environment. Vassar operates under a flexible curriculum with a wide range of majors, notably including strengths in English, Psychology, and Economics. Housing is provided on campus with a variety of living options, emphasizing residential life as an integral component of the student experience. The college is highly selective in its admissions, seeking a diverse and academically talented student body. While not primarily known for athletics, Vassar competes in the NCAA Division III as the Brewers, reflecting its commitment to a well-rounded student experience.

In the most recent statistical year 11,412 prospective students applied, and 2,129 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 681 enrolled in the school.  2,436 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 23 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $63,840 plus fees of $960. Vassar is ranked 47 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Vassar is rated within the top 10% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 10 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Vassar College overview
SAT 1430/1535
ACT 32/34
Estimated GPA 3.86

Applications Accepted

Vassar College overview
Applications Due Jan 1, 2024
Applicant Competition Very High
Application Fee $65

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Vassar College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$900
Other Fees$960
Room and Board $16,560
Budget for Other Expenses$1,350
Total One Year Cost$83,610

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$58,400 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

91% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Vassar College students
Subject Percent of Class
Social Sciences 25%
Visual and Performing Arts 14%
English and Literature 10%
Biology 9%
Foreign Languages 8%

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