About Founded in 1861, Vassar College is a highly selective, residential, coeducational liberal arts college. Consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country, Vassar is renowned for pioneering achievements in education, for its long history of curricular innovation, and for the beauty of its campus.

Vassar Facts

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Admission (for Class of 2022)

  • 8,312 applications received; 2,043 students admitted (24.6%)686 students matriculated
  • 59% female, 41% male students matriculated
  • Of US citizens and permanent residents, 32.7% identify as students of color (16.8% Asian/Pacific Islander; 8.3% African-American/Black; 10.1% Hispanic; 1% Native American); 69.8% White; 15.4% indicate two or more ethnicities.
  • 63% receive need-based financial aid from Vassar
  • 13.4% first-generation college
  • Class of 2022 Statistics

Students

  • About 2,400 full-time undergraduates.
  • 59% women and 41% men
  • 30% identify as students of color in classes 2018–2021 (4.1% Black or African American; 12.6% Asian or Asian American; 11.2% Latino or Hispanic American; 0.1% Native American; 7.2% two or more races); 8.2% international students.
  • Honors and awards at graduation for the Class of 2017: 62 Phi Beta Kappa; 241 department honors; 48 outside fellowships/assistantships; 17 Vassar fellowships/assistantships.

Faculty

  • 336 faculty members, all of whom hold advanced degrees from major universities in this country and abroad.
  • 47% female and 53% male; 21% persons of color.
  • 8:1 student-faculty ratio.

Degrees

  • Bachelor of arts; master of arts in biology and chemistry.
  • More than 1,000 courses offered in 51 major fields of study.
  • 30 departments, 5 interdepartmental programs, 13 multidisciplinary programs, and an independent program.
  • 616 bachelor of arts degrees were awarded in 2017.

Academics

  • Vassar study abroad programs in Berlin (Germany), Bologna (Italy), London (England), Paris (France), Madrid (Spain), St. Petersburg (Russia), Clifden (Ireland), and Monteverde (Costa Rica); 6 international exchange programs; and approximately 150 other pre-approved programs around the world.
  • Domestic study away includes the Twelve College Exchange, Historically Black College Study Away, pre-approved domestic programs, and the Dartmouth-Thayer dual degree program.

Facilities

  • 1,000-acre campus with over 230 species of trees, lakes, streams, gardens, a nine-hole golf course, outdoor amphitheater, as well as more than 100 buildings representing a hundred years of architectural history. The Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve encompasses over 500 acres, most of which are actively managed as an ecological preserve.
  • The libraries contain over 1 million volumes with more than 50,000 rare book volumes, 500 archival and manuscript collections, 25,000 musical scores, and 30,000 sound recordings; and access to 70,000 serial, periodical, and newspaper titles.
  • The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center houses one of the oldest college art collections in the country and has been named one of “the best university art museums in America” by Architectural Digest. The collection contains more than 21,000 paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, and photographs spanning the history of art from ancient Egypt to the present.
  • View Campus Resources in the Vassar College Catalogue for more information, including Division-Specific Resources.

Athletics

  • Vassar is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III, the Liberty League, and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) and also competes in the Seven Sisters Championships.
  • 23 varsity teams.
    • Women compete in basketball, cross country, fencing, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, squash, swimming and diving, tennis, track, and volleyball.
    • Men compete in baseball, basketball, cross country, fencing, lacrosse, soccer, squash, swimming and diving, tennis, track, and volleyball.
  • Club teams include badminton, cycling, men’s and women’s rowing, men’s and women’s rugby, sailing, skiing, Ultimate Frisbee, and weight lifting.
  • Intramural sports include badminton, basketball, flag football, golf, ping pong, indoor and outdoor soccer, softball, squash, tennis, and coed volleyball.
  • The Athletics and Fitness Center is a 53,000-square-foot facility that includes a 1,200-seat basketball gym, an elevated running track, and a 5,000-square-foot weight training/cardiovascular facility. Walker Field House, adjacent to the Athletics and Fitness Center, contains five tennis courts and accommodates a variety of sports including volleyball, basketball, fencing, and badminton. The building also houses a six-lane swimming pool with a four-foot moveable bulkhead and diving well, locker rooms, and a sports medicine facility. Kenyon Hall contains six international squash courts, a volleyball-only gymnasium, a varsity weight room, and a rowing room.
  • Outdoor facilities include a nine-hole golf course, 13 tennis courts, and numerous playing fields. Prentiss Field Complex has a quarter-mile all-weather track, four soccer fields, field hockey game and practice fields, and a baseball diamond. The J. L. Weinberg Field Sports Pavilion includes locker rooms, a sports medicine facility, and a laundry facility. The Vassar College Farm contains a rugby field and practice grids. Rowing facilities include a boathouse and a 16-acre parcel of land on the Hudson River.

Extracurriculars

  • More than 145 student organizations and club sports–political groups, social action groups, newspapers and literary magazines, comedy troupes, and many others.

Tuition and Financial Aid

  • Tuition and fees are listed in the Vassar College Catalogue.
  • Vassar meets 100% of the full demonstrated need of all admitted students for all four years. As of the 2008/09 academic year, student loans which meet demonstrated need were replaced by additional scholarship grants in the financial aid awards of students from low-income families.
  • During the academic 2017/18 year, approximately 63 percent of the student body received financial aid totaling more than $72 million from the college, federal, state, and private sources. Of that amount, over $68 million was awarded in the form of Vassar Scholarship assistance, all of which was awarded on the basis of financial need as determined by the college.

Accreditation

  • Vassar College was last accredited in 2014 by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
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