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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    C
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    C+
Vassar is a highly rated private college located in Poughkeepsie Town, New York. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 2,442 undergraduate students. Admissions is competitive as the Vassar acceptance rate is 25%. Popular majors include Political Science and Government, Economics, and Research and Experimental Psychology. Graduating 92% of students, Vassar alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $36,100.
124 Raymond Ave
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604
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Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
Liberty League

Vassar College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Vassar Admissions

Acceptance Rate
25%
Application Deadline
January 1
SAT Range
1370-1510
ACT Range
31-33
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$25,211/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$45,689/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
79%

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
8:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
91%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.35 responses
48%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.46 responses
43%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.46 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,442Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
14
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
22%
Varsity Athletes
17%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 27 responses
  • Friendly chill smart good-looking hipster.
    33%
  • Hipster
    26%
  • Artsy drama people
    11%
  • Easily offended kids who live to be dramatic
    7%
  • Friendly
    7%
  • intelligent
    7%
  • Dramatic
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
97%
of students say they don't have Greek life.33 responses
Poll
48%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.60 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 27 responses
  • Academic and chill
    26%
  • "Alternative"
    19%
  • Artsy
    19%
  • Easily offended, seeking a safe space
    15%
  • Student dedication
    15%
  • Home away from home
    4%
  • Underrated
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$54,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
92%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
61%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.23 responses
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Vassar College Reviews

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The first thing I want to say is DO NOT come to Vassar unless you and your family are significantly wealthy. The financial aid system is a joke. They treat you like a piece of paper, and are impossible to talk to. They claim to meet 100% of financial need, but that is almost never the case for students. They are always looking for any way to justify giving you less financial aid. If you don't think you can afford to go here, you are most definitely right.

Now aside from all that, it is a good place to go to college. Surrounded by students who want to work hard and play hard. The amazing professors and resources that the school offers have set me up to be very successful after graduation. The people who work for in career development and grad-school advisement are very committed to their jobs! Vassar's prestige and connections definitely helped my get internships as well. Parties can be hit or miss, but there are always off campus bars and clubs to go to if campus seems quiet.
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Vassar College has an abundance of amazing partner programs for students coming to build up their careers in their specific fields of study. Some range from STEM-related studies while also focusing on international studies and Education. The courses are extremely challenging but there is so much support outside of class to help students with their assignments. A majority of the professors are very understanding of students situation and there is on-campus financial support for first-generation students. While Vassar is good for their partnerships programs and school- work tutoring and support, it seems that support for other necessities is lacking. It is extremely difficult to transfer credits over to Vassar and there is almost no help in the process. The system for registering for courses also needs improvement as it puts a majority of upperclassmen at a disadvantage and finally, there is a lack of social programs for students interested in STEM fields.
Vassar professors did everything they could to make the transition to online classes a smooth and easy process. Like most schools, lectures were done through zoom. Professors took into consideration that many students have different times zones and therefore made sure that students were not penalized for not attending the live lectures. All and all, it was a good experience. I know if students were ever struggling with the adjustment, teachers were always willing to make exceptions.