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Founded in 1861, Vassar College. is a Private college. Located in New York, which is a city setting in New York, the campus itself is Suburban. The campus is home to 2,424 full time undergraduate students, and 0 full time graduate students.
The Vassar College Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 8:1. There are 281 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Vassar College include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at are considered More Selective, with ,30% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 9 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
100% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 95% were in the top quarter, and 70% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Vassar College.
58 Students rated on-campus housing 4 stars. 17 % gave the school a 5.0.
36 Students rated off-campus housing 3.1 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
60 Students rated campus food 3 stars. 10 % gave the school a 5.0.
59 Students rated campus facilities 4.4 stars. 47 % gave the school a 5.0.
59 Students rated class size 4.7 stars. 76 % gave the school a 5.0.
59 Students rated school activities 4.3 stars. 51 % gave the school a 5.0.
60 Students rated local services 3.6 stars. 18 % gave the school a 5.0.
59 Students rated academics 4 stars. 46 % gave the school a 5.0.
10 Students rated Vassar College
Vassar College has a good campus culture, supportive atmosphere for the most part, not overly competitive, students value their education but also seem to make great groups of friends and meaningful connections, professors are very approachable and available during office hours or via email, students collaborate for class projects or study groups.
I have a high opinion of Vassar College. This school is very generous with its scholarships. I work with the food places on campus, and the food we have is so diverse and delicious, we make sure that everyone has options. We also are warmly welcomed to the local eateries just outside the school\'s gates. The library is only closed from twelve in the morning to seven in the morning. Our school lets us access so many great musicals, plays, and lectures with well-known people in the academic and artistic worlds. The liberal, progressive environment of the school really makes me feel safe and secure.
Everybody is very friendly and the professors are awesome.
Acts real woke but isn't!! There are cool people here but also nasty sports cliques who say awful things. The administration pretends to be there for low income/first gen students but doesn't do anything to support them. If you are low income/first gen DEFINITELY sign up with transitions, they are your friend. Production department in film is very lax, you're going to have to hold YOURSELF to the standard of what you want to become. The school, especially film, is white-dominated. POC spaces are limited, but you can find them. LGBTQ center was disappointing, they have said some really problematic things. There are still LGBTQ+ folks on campus who are cool, though. Academic accommodations are easy to get if you have a diagnosis from an outside physician, which you may be able to get through Vassar's insurance. Going abroad is not supposed to be more expensive than any other sem, but because you can't do student employment, it really is. Be wary of that! Student employment in general is good, although some profs just won't give you enough hours. Try to reach out to other students before applying if you can. There's a big "I'm sooooo busy!" culture, so get ready to pretend to be even more swamped than you actually are. Don't feel pressured to take on more than you want to!
The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Vassar College is 26%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.
Most would describe Vassar as a small liberal arts school with a spectacular campus.
Some stereotypes I have heard iabout the students include academically inclined, free thinking, and very liberal. I have also heard that we are all tree hugging hippies who don't shave, are stuck up, and smoke weed all day - oh, and that everyone is gay.
Only partly. As far as the pot smoking goes it's pretty huge but partying in general kind of encompasses that, the people here are more inclined to smoke up when it's social. Everyone is liberal though, that is definitely true. I've yet to meet a true conservative on this campus. As far as Vassar being gay... well yeah, it kind of is. The gay population is definitely present and accounted for but so is the straight population.
Very friendly people who do not hesitate to help and challenge me to go one step further in learning something new and accomplishing new goals.
The best thing about Vassar is definitely the feeling of community. The fact that the professors live with us and their kids park their tricycles next to student's bikes makes for a very unique college experience. It's a good size for making sure you feel like you know people but very difficult to remain anonymous. The town-college relationship sucks, not because Poughkeepsie is so awful but because Vassar tries very hard to keep the students on campus all the time, which gets very smothering. The reaction I get when I tell people I go to Vassar is either "where?", "ooh, a smarty", or "good luck finding a husband", which is kind of representative of the experience here, strangely enough.
Professors 100% know your name. They may not be the best professors in the world but they will definitely take the time to get to know you. My favorite teacher of my life is Abigail Baird of the psych department... check her out. Class participation is a big deal here, there aren't very many big lecture classes. Intellectual conversations outside the classrooms are quite common. I'd say students are competitive but only because everyone wants to do well, but most people don't discuss grades. I love that Vassar has such a teeny required course load, sitting in a class you don't enjoy is a useless practice.
There is a pretty wide range of groups with a strong grouping of athletes and theater kids.
It's a big world out there. Take your time and breath. You will face things you can't control, remember that. You like to plan every little detail of your life and enjoy knowing what the future holds- be prepared to let that go- once you hit the mainstream you'll have to roll with the punches. Don't give up on your dreams or let anyone else tell you who you are!
Vassar is really good at selling itself. Be careful not to buy too much into what they say at the info session and the pretty tour under the longest no longer free standing branch by the hogwarts-esque library. Vassar is a great school with great opportunities but it's not the happy rainbows and cupcakes fairyland admissions makes is out to be.
The worst thing about my school is its location. Poughkeepsie does not compare with big cities, which have much more resources for learning and expanding curriculum material. If only Vassar were in a city like New York, where museums and art galleries, among so many other attractions, enhance the quality of education just by the unique resources they make available to students!
Vassar is an invitation to explore parts of yourself and your world that you had never knew existed.
Close minded, bigoted, extremely career focused
The availability of faculty (and their knowledge) and the openness of staff and students to consider alternative paths after graduation. Although many of my friends from Vassar went on to the typical internship/corporate drudgery work, many of them also went on to be Park Service Naturalists, starving actors, publishing agents, and other slightly more exciting and unique pursuits.
Furthermore, my current attendane at a large state university for graduate work has allowed me to appreciate the small classrooms that encourage thinking and problem-solving, with no one answer looked for. Discussion is paramount. I miss it.
Someone who attends Vassar should be highly motivated to do well in school. They should willing to listen to a diverse set of views and not be bothered by them. They should not be bothered by cold weather and should love to go sledding. They should be outgoing and willing to put themselves out there in order to meet knew people and learn new things. They should be bold. They should be accepting. They should either like to party or be able to find alterative means to have fun other than the party scene.
I brag about the cool on campus events; we had MIA come perform a concert!
That the professors were nicer and more helpful than I assumed.
Vassar tends to project an image that it doesn't really hold true to. Financial Aid is not as generous or helpful as they make it seem, administrative officers are not really willing to listen to student input, and the Vassar Student Associationis more like an elite group of students that work with the President's goals in mind, and rarely genuinely consider the student body at large. Social life here is what you make it, but it's not that easy to find fun activities that don't involve dancing and alcohol. People are not that friendly or open.
English, Theatre, Art, Art History, Being Liberal
A tour of Noyes Dorm, and the Jetson Lounge
A student tells us why Vassar was her first choice and what she wishes she knew before coming here.
Full of hipsters, stoners, rich elitists, musicians, Artists and incapable of sports.
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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA.
Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.
77% of students
attending Vassar College receive some sort of financial aid.
23% were awarded federal grants.
While 37% received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
Tuition and fees(Out of state)
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Room and Board
Total On Campus
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