Wait List FAQs

If Vassar continues to be one of your top college choices, then you should inform us as soon as possible that you wish to remain on the wait list. Please submit the Wait list Response Form online via the Applicant Status Portal no later than May 1. If Vassar is your first-choice school and you would definitely attend if admitted, please let us know by sending an email to admissions@vassar.edu in addition to submitting the response form.

If you intend to take a gap year after high school, you should not not remain on our wait list. We will admit students from our wait list to fill available spaces in the Class of 2025 only. Students admitted from the wait list will not have the option to defer admission for a year.

Vassar does not rank students on the wait list, and it is impossible to predict how many students will choose to remain on it.  After the May 1 response deadline, we will begin reviewing candidates with continuing interest in Vassar, but we never assign numerical ranks to wait list applicants.

The earliest you can expect to hear from us is in early May, and the latest is July 1. Vassar, like most selective colleges, usually makes the majority of our wait list decisions in May. If additional places open in June, we will continue our wait list activity.

We cannot offer you exact odds on your personal chances of being admitted to Vassar from the wait list. However, we can tell you that we do expect that we will probably be able to admit students from the wait list this year. In a typical year we might admit around a dozen or so students from the wait list, however in some years we don’t use the wait list at all. At this point we cannot predict how many additional offers of admission we may be able to make.

As stated above, letting us know if Vassar is your first choice is a good idea. If you wish, you may also submit additional information (e.g., recent grades, honors earned, etc.) for the Committee on Admission to review. However, it is NOT a good idea to embark on a “campaign” to gain admission, soliciting numerous letters of support or asking all of your friends and teachers to reach out. Also, please note that admission officers cannot conduct interviews or individual meetings with students placed on the wait list.

You definitely should submit a deposit at your second-choice college by the enrollment deadline (usually May 1). In other words, make sure you have a place in a college for the fall. If you are subsequently accepted to Vassar, then you would need to notify the other institution immediately so that they can fill the space you have vacated.

Yes. All students who filed the appropriate forms, have demonstrated financial need, and are offered admission from the wait list will receive financial assistance to cover their demonstrated need. At the time that the admission offer is made, students will be advised to contact the Office of Student Financial Services to determine the amount of aid for which they may be eligible.

We know this is a difficult time for many students. We encourage you to discuss your admissions options with your parents and school counselor, and we hope that you will contact us if we can answer any questions or address any concerns.