Vassar Today

The Life and Times of the Class of 2005*

They are 699 strong. They were admitted from among 5,690 applicants. They are the most selective class in Vassar’s history: 34% of applicants admitted. They have SAT scores that average 690 verbal and 660 math. They are from 46 states and 14 countries. They identify themselves as 64% women, 36% men, 88% Caucasian, 9% Asian, 6% African American, 6% Latino/Latina, and 1% Native American.

  • They have never lived in a time without AIDS.
  • They have never lived in a time without MTV or CNN.
  • They have never lived in a time without Michael Jordan.
  • Three of four presidents in their lifetimes have been Republican.
  • There has always been a woman on the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings, and Dan Rather have always been network news anchors.
  • There has been one pope.
  • Michael Jackson’s "Thriller" was a chart-topping album the year they were born.
  • John Lennon has always been a historical figure.
  • Prince Charles and Lady Diana were always married, until they weren’t.
  • Jaws and Star Wars have always been "classics."
  • Atari’s Pong and Pac Man are antidiluvian.
  • The Vietnam Veterans Memorial predates their birth.
  • They were age 3 when the space shuttle Challenger exploded.
  • They were 6 when the Berlin Wall came down.
  • They were 8 when the Gulf War occurred and when the USSR crumbled.
  • They were 12 when the bomb exploded in Oklahoma City.
  • They were 16 when a teenager killed 13 students at Columbine High School.
  • In the lifetime of the class of 2005, no American political leader has been assassinated.
  • They have never paid less than a dollar per gallon for gasoline.
  • Computers and compact discs have always been everyday essentials.
  • Roe v. Wade has always been the law of the land.
  • Earth Day has been celebrated each year.
  • Bell-bottoms and hiphuggers are "retro."

* Assume birth date of Jan. 1, 1983