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Vassar Admission Requirements

Poughkeepsie, New York

Chances of getting into Vassar College

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
24.6%
Admission Difficulty for Vassar College
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExceptional
Applicant CompetitionVery High

How hard is it to get into Vassar and can I get accepted? The school has a 25% acceptance rate ranking it #12 in New York for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 2,043 out of 8,312 applicants were admitted making Vassar a very highly competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for typical applicants.  Academically, it has extremely high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 6 percent. Vassar College typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 34% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

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Vassar SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1370-1510
Applicants Submitting SAT
61%
SAT Scores for Vassar College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 680
SAT Math 25th 690
SAT Composite 25th 1370
SAT Scores for Vassar College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 740
SAT Math 75th 770
SAT Composite 75th 1510
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 requires applicants to be in the top 6 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1370 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 1300. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1440 out of 1600. The school ranks #3 in New York 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 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Vassar College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1510 and Above Good >36%
1440 to 1510 Avg + 25%-36%
1370 to 1440 Avg - 16%-25%
1300 to 1370 Reach 10%-16%
Less than 1300 Low <10%
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Vassar ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
31-33 
Applicants Submitting ACT
48%
ACT Scores for Vassar College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 33
ACT Math 25th 28
ACT Composite 25th 31
ACT Scores for Vassar College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 32
ACT Composite 75th 33
Average ACT Score 32

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 31 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 5 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 30 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 32 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 33 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #8 in New York for highest average ACT composite score. 48 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Vassar College.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Vassar College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
33 and Above Good >36%
32 to 33 Avg + 25%-36%
31 to 32 Avg - 16%-25%
30 to 31 Reach 10%-16%
Less than 30 Low <10%
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Vassar GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.8
Typical High School Grades
A-

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 3.8 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #10 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?

High School GPA's for admitted Vassar College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 59% Good
3.50 to 3.75 28% Avg -
3.25 to 3.50 10% Reach
3.00 to 3.25 2% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 1% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 N/A% Low
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

High School Class Rank

70% 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 70%
Top 25% of class 95%
Top 50% of class 100%
Bottom 50% of class 0%
Bottom 25% of class 0%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

Vassar College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 5,801 2,511 8,312
Accepted 1,215 828 2,043
Acceptance Rate 21% 33% 25%
Enrolled 405 281 686
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 33% 34% 34%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 1, 2020
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 1, 2020.

Admission Requirements

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

Vassar College Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
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

Other Colleges to Consider

Other Colleges to Consider
Subject Percent of Class
B
Barnard College

New York, New York

J
Jewish Theological Seminary of America

New York, New York

S
Stevens Institute of Technology

Hoboken, New Jersey

C
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

New York, New York

N
New York University

New York, New York

R
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Troy, New York

M
Mount Holyoke College

South Hadley, Massachusetts

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

FAQs

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 exceptional 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 1370 and 1510. 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 31 and 33. 48% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.


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