Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, private liberal arts college founded in 1861; and is consistently ranked among the top one percent of colleges and universities in the United States. 

The College's 2,450 students reside on a beautiful 1,000-acre landscaped campus in the historic Hudson River Valley, 75 miles/120 km north of New York City.

The average class size of 17 provides a level of faculty-student interaction that encourages academic excellence and collaborative research efforts between students and faculty. Most Vassar faculty reside on campus, providing easy access to professors outside of class. Students routinely participate in off-campus field work, practical internships, and Vassar graduates attend the best known medical, law and graduate degree programs.

The culturally diverse student body supports a dynamic campus life. Most popular majors include English, Political Science, Biology, Psychology, Film, Drama, Sociology, Economics, Art History, Computer Science and History. Vassar has no core curriculum.

Basic details

  • Region: Northeast
  • Location: Poughkeepsie, New York
  • Campus setting: Rural
  • Type of institution: Private; Liberal Arts College

Admissions information and areas of study offered

  • Percentage of students admitted: 23.5%
  • Average ACT range: 31-34
  • Average SAT range: 1370-1510
  • Test optional? No
  • Common Application accepted? Yes
  • Areas of study offered include: Anthropology; Area Studies; Arts; Astronomy; Biology; Chemistry; Computer Science; Dance; Drama/Theatre Arts; Economics; Education; Ethnic/Cultural Studies; English; Environmental Sciences; Film/Cinema Studies; Geography; History; Humanities; Languages; Liberal Arts; Mathematics; Music; Neuroscience; Philosophy; Physics; Political Science; Psychology; Sociology; Theology/Religion; Urban Studies
  • Full list of majors available


  • International students are eligible for: Need-based aid
  • Estimated yearly cost (including tuition, board, room and student fees): $68,110


  • Athletic association for the majority of sports: NCAA - Division III
  • Varsity sports: Men's Athletics / Track & Field; Women's Athletics / Track & Field; Men's Baseball; Men's Basketball; Women's Basketball; Men's Cross Country; Women's Cross Country; Men's Fencing; Women's Fencing; Women's Field Hockey; Men's Football / Soccer; Women's Football / Soccer; Women's Golf; Men's Lacrosse; Women's Lacrosse; Men's Rowing; Women's Rowing; Women's Rugby; Men's Swimming and Diving; Women's Swimming and Diving; Men's Tennis; Women's Tennis; Men's Volleyball; Women's Volleyball

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