Vassar students come from more than 60 countries around the world and international students make up more than 10% of our community.
When applying for admission to Vassar, anyone who is not a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States is considered an international student. If you have applied for a green card (permanent resident status) but have not received it by the time you apply, then you are considered an international student.
English Language Proficiency
If English is either your first language or the primary language of instruction in secondary schools you have attended for the last three years, you do not need to submit English language proficiency exam results. Otherwise we require the results of TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System). We do not accept self-reported TOEFL/IELTS scores.
- TOEFL: We strongly recommend a score of 100 or higher on the Internet-Based TOEFL or 600 or higher on the Paper-Based TOEFL.
- TOEFL iBt Home, but only until the standard TOEFL is reinstated
- TOEFL IPT Plus for China, but only until the standard TOEFL is reinstated
- IELTS: Minimum required score on the IELTS is an overall score of 7.
- A word about Duolingo: The Duolingo English Test (DET) results can be sent alongside the TOEFL or IELTS, but may not replace one of these tests. The minimum acceptable score on the DET is 120.
Vassar reviews only the single-sitting highest score for English Proficiency exams.
We recommend that applicants required to submit the TOEFL/IELTS also complete an interview as an additional way to demonstrate English language proficiency. You may request to meet with a Vassar student or alumnae/i interviewer and/or participate in a third-party interview service. Vassar accepts interviews from InitialView, Vericant, or Duolingo.
You must complete your third party interview by March 1 to have it reviewed for Regular Decision.
Vassar meets the full demonstrated need of all students for all four years and we are need aware when reviewing applications from international students. Students who are neither U.S. citizens nor permanent residents who wish to be considered for financial aid at any time during their four years at Vassar should apply at the same time that they apply for admission. Therefore, those admitted without financial aid are not eligible to receive Vassar funding during their years at the college, except under the most extreme circumstances (i.e., death of a wage-earning parent, natural disaster, etc). Financial aid is not available for international transfer applicants.
U.S. Citizens/Permanent Residents Attending School Abroad
If you are a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident attending school outside of the United States, your admission decision will be made without regard to your financial situation, but your application will be reviewed in the context of the international school you attend. If English is not your first language or the language of instruction at your secondary school, we still recommend submitting English proficiency exam results.
International Student Services
The Office of International Services (OIS) offers a full range of resources for international students to make the international experience as productive, enjoyable, and successful as possible. In addition, international students can join the student-run Vassar International Students Association (VISA).