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First-Year Applicants

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Information for First-Year Applicants

Everything you need to know to apply.

Application Deadlines
  • Early Decision I
    November 15
  • Early Decision II
    January 1
  • Regular Decision
    January 1

First-Year Application Requirements

Optional Application Materials

Standardized Tests

Vassar does not require applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores. Applicants can declare whether or not they wish to include testing with their application by logging in to the applicant status portal and completing the test optional form; the deadlines to do so are:

  • Early Decision I: November 22
  • Spring Transfer: November 22
  • Regular Decision and Early Decision II: January 8
  • Fall Transfer: April 1

For students who wish to submit their scores: the latest acceptable test dates are November for Early Decision I applicants and December for Regular Decision and Early Decision II applicants. Vassar will accept self-reported SAT and ACT scores; we superscore, which means we will look at your highest section scores if you’ve taken a test more than once.


Enrolling students who choose to self-report testing will be required to provide official score reports in the spring. Vassar reserves the right to revoke an offer of admission if an applicant’s self-reported scores do not align with those in their official score report.

Your Space

Your Space is your opportunity to allow the Committee on Admission to learn something about you that you have not addressed in another section of the application. For example, in the past, applicants have shared poetry, short stories, cartoons, digital images of art projects, photography, and collages, and/or links to videos, and short films. It is your space, so if you choose to complete it, send something that is a reflection of you! Your Space is entirely optional.

Informational Interviews

After applying, you may request an informational interview with an alumnus to learn more about the Vassar experience. These interviews are not evaluative and are not a required part of the application process.

Learn more about interviews at Vassar

Music, Art, and Dance Portfolios

If you have a well-developed talent or significant accomplishment in music, art, or dance, you may submit a portfolio to be evaluated by our faculty.

Learn more about arts portfolio submissions

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