First-Year Applicants

First Year Application Requirements

  • Common Application (Vassar specific URL) or Coalition Application
  • Early Decision Agreement (Early Decision Applicants ONLY)
  • School Report and High School Transcript: To be completed and sent by your guidance counselor. Available for online completion or download through Common Application.
  • Teacher Evaluations
  • Mid-year Grade Report Vassar requests each applicant’s most recent grade report to be sent by their school counselor. For Early Decision I or II, Vassar requires a first quarter/trimester grade report, which should be sent as soon as it becomes available. For Regular Decision, a mid-year report with first term grades is required when available, typically by February 1. Students admitted during Early Decision I or II will also be asked to provide their first term grades as soon as they become available.
  • TOEFL/IELTS/DET: If English is neither your first language nor the primary language of instruction in secondary schools you have attended for the last three years.

If you have additional questions, please visit our Prospective Student FAQs.

Optional Application Materials

Transfer Applicants

If you have already earned your high school diploma or GED and have enrolled at a college or university, you are considered a transfer applicant. Visit our Transfer Application Requirements page to learn more.

If you have additional questions, please visit our Transfer Student FAQs.

Standardized Tests

Vassar does not require students to submit the SAT or ACT for the 2020–2021, 2021–2022, and 2022–2023 admission cycles. 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 10
  • 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 from applicants. Note: 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.


In assessing SAT scores, Vassar uses the highest individual subscores of the SAT from multiple test dates to create a superscore. Should students choose to submit the SAT, Vassar does not require the optional essay or the SAT II Subject Tests (see below).


In assessing ACT scores, Vassar uses the highest score for each section test (subscore) from all test dates to recalculate a new composite score.

Applicants choosing to submit the ACT are not required to submit the optional writing test.

SAT II Subject Tests (Optional)

SAT Subject Tests are not required, and students opting not to send Subject Tests will not be penalized. However, SAT Subject Tests will be considered if submitted as part of a testing profile. Subject Tests may enhance an applicant’s credentials, particularly for applicants from non-traditional school backgrounds (homeschooled, non-graded schools, etc.). Note that a strong score on an SAT Subject Test is also one way to fulfill Vassar’s Foreign Language Proficiency requirement.

English Language Proficiency

If English is neither your native or heritage language, nor the primary language of instruction in secondary schools you have attended for the last three years, you must submit English language proficiency exam results. We accept the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or DET (Duolingo English Test). More Information