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Quick  Facts

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Here’s what you need to know.

We know you have questions. On this page, you’ll find fast facts about academics, campus life, and the Vassar community.

Academic Quick Facts

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Vassar’s open curriculum offers the freedom and flexibility to pursue your passions while discovering new interests. There are no general education requirements, so you can take the courses that most interest you and know your classmates have chosen them as well.

Vassar offers 50 majors, 68 correlates (minors), and 2 dual-degree programs.

View our majors and correlates

Average class size

17

Many of our upper-level classes have fewer than 10 students.

Student: Faculty ratio

8:1

All classes are taught by professors, not teaching assistants or graduate student instructors.

Learning in the Community and Beyond

After Vassar

Six months after graduating

93%

are employed, in school, or pursuing a fellowship/volunteer experience.

Law school admit rate

88%

Med school admit rate

88%

Community Quick Facts

At Vassar, you’ll be encouraged to collaborate across differences and to celebrate the diversity of backgrounds and experiences that make up our community. Here, your voice will be valued and you will be empowered to make a difference.

Student body

2,500

Students of color

36%

First Generation Students

14%

Pell Grant Eligible

18%

Languages spoken

42

by the Class of 2025

Learn More About Diversity and Inclusion
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Residential Life

Housing is guaranteed for all four years

97% of students live on campus

Vassar does not have fraternities or sororities

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Tech

All dorm rooms provide both Ethernet and Wi-Fi access for Macs and Windows PCs.

Computer labs are located in every residence hall, as well as in the Computer Center, library, and College Center.

Wireless internet is available in all buildings and most public spaces on campus.

Our Campus

Our campus is 1,000 acres and is maintained as an arboretum with over 200 species of trees. The campus includes the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve, a nine-hole golf course, Sunset Lake, the Shakespeare Garden, an observatory, and the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center.

How’s the Weather?

Poughkeepsie weather is close to that of New York City, with four distinct seasons.

We do get snow, but we are not located in a “snowbelt,” so moderate snow is the norm during the winter. Most students love spring and fall, and it is common to see professors hold classes outside on nice days. While you’ll need a hat, gloves, and scarf in the winter, you’ll be able to wear shorts and t-shirts at other times of the year.

Average Winter Temp

35°F
2°C

Average Summer Temp

80°F
27°C

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