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First Year Application Requirements

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Optional Application Materials

Transfer Application Requirements

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Standardized Test Requirements

Vassar requires all applicants to submit standardized test results from either the ACT or the SAT. For candidates taking both the SAT and the ACT, Vassar will use whichever composite scores are higher. The latest test dates acceptable for Regular Decision and Early Decision II applicants are the December ACT and/or December SAT of their senior year. Early Decision I applicants must complete required testing by November of their senior year. However, applicants are advised not to wait until the last test date available for your application round. In the event of test date postponements due to weather, or delays in test score releases, Vassar tries to work with students but cannot guarantee scores will arrive in time for applicants to be considered in their chosen application round.

To submit your required standardized test scores to Vassar, you may request official scores from the College Board and/or ACT.  In addition, Vassar will accept complete test scores reported on an official high school transcript, or copies of official SAT/ACT score reports validated by a school counselor.


In assessing SAT scores, Vassar uses the highest individual subscores of the SAT from multiple test dates. 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 submitting 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.

TOEFL/IELTS Requirements

In addition, if English is neither your first language nor the primary language of instruction you have used throughout secondary school (minimum of three full years in English), you should submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and/or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Vassar typically expects scores of at least 100 on the Internet-based TOEFL, a 600 on the paper-based version, or a 7.0 on the IELTS. Note that Vassar reviews only the single-sitting highest score, and does not use My Best Scores or super-scoring for English Proficiency exams. Vassar does not grant waivers for TOEFL/IELTS based on SAT/ACT or other exams. You may submit a PDF copy of your official score report validated by a school official or have the scores sent by TOEFL or IELTS.

For applicants required to submit the TOEFL/IELTS, Vassar recommends you also submit an interview as an additional way to demonstrate English language proficiency. You may request to meet with a Vassar alumnae/i volunteer (submit request) and/or participate in a third party interview service. Vassar accepts interviews from InitialView and Vericant. You may also submit results from the Duolingo English Test (DET). The DET can be sent alongside the TOEFL or IELTS, but may not replace one of these tests. Please note that these vendors, unlike our alumnae/i volunteers, are not Vassar specific. InitialView, Vericant, and Duolingo interviewers will not be able to answer questions about Vassar. You must complete your third party interview by March 1st to have it reviewed for Regular Decision.

We understand there is a cost for these vendors; therefore interviews are recommended, but not required. In cases where the interviewing fee would be prohibitive, you or your high school counselor can contact the vendors directly to obtain a fee waiver.