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Vassar Admission Requirements

Poughkeepsie, New York

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Chances of getting into Vassar College


Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty for Vassar College
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionVery High
How hard is it to get into Vassar and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Vassar is 25%.  It ranks #9 in New York and #69 in the nation for lowest rate of acceptance. Vassar is a very highly competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for typical applicants. Last year, 2,126 out of 8,663 applicants were admitted.

The school has exceptionally high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 5 percent (SAT 1360/1520 ACT 32/34). Vassar College typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.86. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top ten percent of their high school class. 28% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The Vassar application fee is $65 and applications are due by Jan 1.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. Vassar College is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.

Vassar SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for Vassar College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 680
SAT Math 25th 680
SAT Composite 25th 1360
SAT Scores for Vassar College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 750
SAT Math 75th 770
SAT Composite 75th 1520
Average SAT Score 1440

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Vassar College?

Vassar College typically prefers applicants to be in the top 7 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1360 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1280. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1440 out of 1600. Vassar ranks #6 in New York and #35 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 61 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Vassar College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1520 and Above Good >36%
1440 to 1520 Avg + 25%-36%
1360 to 1440 Avg - 16%-25%
1280 to 1360 Reach 10%-16%
Less than 1280 Low <10%
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Vassar ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for Vassar College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 34
ACT Math 25th 28
ACT Composite 25th 32
ACT Scores for Vassar College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 32
ACT Composite 75th 34
Average ACT Score 33

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Vassar?

Admission data indicates that Vassar regularly accepts students with ACT's of 32 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 3 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 31 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 33 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 34 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #5 in New York and #29 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 48 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Vassar College.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Vassar College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
34 and Above Good >36%
33 to 34 Avg + 25%-36%
32 to 33 Avg - 16%-25%
31 to 32 Reach 10%-16%
Less than 31 Low <10%
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Vassar GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
Typical High School Grades

What GPA do you need to get into Vassar College?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into Vassar. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Vassar College was 3.86 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #8 in New York for highest average GPA. Meeting these GPA requirements alone is not enough to gain admission as Vassar is a very selective school.

 What do these ratings mean?

*This school has not released high school GPA data for its incoming freshmen. In these cases, CollegeSimply employs an artificial intelligence (AI) process to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of other colleges' data. 3.86 is an estimate of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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High School Class Rank

73% of Vassar College freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Vassar College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 73%
Top 25% of class 95%
Top 50% of class 99%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Vassar College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 5,941 2,722 8,663
Accepted 1,361 765 2,126
Acceptance Rate 23% 28% 25%
Enrolled 393 195 588
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 29% 25% 28%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 1, 2022
Days left to Apply

The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 1, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Vassar College is $65.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Vassar College and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Vassar College Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Vassar College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=197133 IPEDS survey data for Vassar College.


Does Vassar College prefer SAT or ACT?

61% of students submit their SAT scores to Vassar. 48% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Vassar College?

25% of those who apply are granted admission to Vassar. Admission competition is high and the college has elite admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Vassar College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1360 and 1520. 61% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Vassar College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 32 and 34. 48% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.