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Requirements

First Year Application Requirements

  • Common Application (Vassar specific URL) or Coalition Application
  • Early Decision Agreement (Early Decision Applicants ONLY)
  • Secondary 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 semester 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 semester grades as soon as they become available.

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

Optional Application Materials

Transfer Application Requirements

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

Standardized Tests

Vassar will not require students to submit the SAT or ACT for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle, as part of a new pilot policy. Applicants will be able to decide whether or not to submit their test scores.

Should students wish to submit their scores, 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 testing by November of their senior year. To submit your 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.

 

SAT 

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).

ACT 

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.

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.