Mailing address:
Office of Admission
Vassar College, Box 10
124 Raymond Ave
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604-0010

Financial Aid contact information

Request info

Office: Kautz Admission House

Office hours: See our Campus Visit Schedule

Telephone: (845) 437-7300 or (800) 827-7270

Fax: (845) 437-7063


Our Staff

Sonya K. Smith

Dean of Admission and Student Financial Services

David Toomer

Director of Admission

  • Regional Responsibilities: District of Columbia, Maryland

Donelle Durham

Associate Director of Diversity Outreach

  • Regional Responsibilities: New York (Manhattan), Georgia, Texas

James Gallagher

Admission Counselor

  • Regional Responsibilities: New York (Brooklyn), Alaska, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wyoming, U.S. Territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands

Siena Howenstein

Admission Counselor

  • Regional Responsibilities: New York (Upstate), New Jersey (Northern), Massachusetts (Western)

Kim Lord ‘06

Associate Director of Admission

  • Regional Responsibilities: Massachusetts (Eastern)
  • International Responsibilities: Europe, India

Kamil Lungu

Admission Counselor

  • Regional Responsibilities: New York (Long Island, Queens, Staten Island)
  • International Responsibilities:  Central Asia, Middle East, Southeast Asia

Joanne Narrido

Admission Counselor

  • Regional Responsibilities: New York (Central Hudson, Rockland, Westchester), Michigan, Ohio, Virginia

Melanie Poston

Associate Director of Admission

  • Regional Responsibilities: Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, Utah

Juan Ramirez

Admission Counselor

  • Regional Responsibilities: New York (Bronx), Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Puerto Rico, Wisconsin
  • International Responsibilities: Canada, Caribbean, Central and South America

Samuel Short ‘16

Admission Counselor

  • Regional Responsibilities: New Jersey (Central and Southern), California (Northern), Pennsylvania

Kathleen Vital-Herne

Senior Assistant Director of Admission

  • Regional Responsibilities: California (Southern)
  • International Responsibilities: Africa

Xue Yan

Assistant Director of Admission

  • Regional Responsibilities: Hawai’i, Oregon, Washington
  • International Responsibilities: Australia, East and South Asia (minus India), Papua New Guinea, New Zealand

Admission Officer

Responsibilities: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont, West Virginia

Ask a Student

Have a question about Vassar but don’t know who to ask? Some current students have volunteered to field questions from prospective students. We can’t guarantee which student will respond to your query, but we can guarantee that they will give you an honest answer.

So go ahead, ask a student. You can also check our FAQs for High School Students for some of the most commonly asked questions.