Vassar College

Vassar College

Vassar College is a private, coeducational, liberal arts college located in Poughkeepsie, New York, United States. It was established in the year 1861. The campus spreads across an area of more than 1200 acres. The college offers major degrees in over 50 varied fields of study. Students are also offered opportunities for studying abroad in countries such as China, England, France, Spain, and Russia, among others. The student body has an impressive number of international students representing over 45 foreign countries.

Vassar College's athletics department fields more than 20 men's and women's sports teams. They compete in Division III of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). They are nicknamed the Brewers and participate in sports such as lacrosse, rowing, soccer, volleyball, and basketball.

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Contacting Vassar

Vassar College
124 Raymond Ave
Poughkeepsie , NY 12604
General Phone: (845) 437-7000

Vassar Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts334African studies, American studies, Asian studies, Latin American studies, women's studies, Chinese language, Japanese language, Russian language, German language, ...
Science71biology, biochemistry, science and society, astronomy, chemistry, geology, physics
Therapy and Counseling63cognitive science, psychology
Art Studies32art studies
Photography and Commercial Art24film studies
Religion and Philosophy23philosophy, religion, Jewish studies
Drama and Performing Arts17drama
Media16mass communication
Conservation and Resource Management11environmental studies
Computer Science and Engineering6computer and info science

Number of programs and degrees for Vassar in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree63849

Vassar Student Body

In 2007-2008, Vassar had a total enrollment of 2,451 students (2,478 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 43%
Women 57%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%
Graduate 0%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 71%
Black 5%
Hispanic 7%
Asian 10%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 1%
(Foreign Students) 6%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 47%
20-21 43%
22-24 8%
25-29 0%
30-34 0%
35-39 0%
40-49 0%
50-64 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York25%
(International Students)9%
New Jersey8%
New Hampshire1%
Rhode Island1%
South Carolina1%

Vassar Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 96 %

Vassar Room and Board (2007)

Vassar offers campus housing for 2,390 of its 2,478 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Poughkeepsie, New York for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other New York Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Vassar Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal660750
SAT Math640710
SAT Writing650740
ACT Verbal2932
ACT Math2932
ACT Composite2932

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT87%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT27%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Vassar Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 40,210
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 40,210
Room and board $ 9,040
Room charge $ 4,820
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,220
Books and supplies $ 860
Other expenses $ 1,260

Financial Aid:
Vassar participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 289500)

Vassar Faculty

Vassar has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track3533
Non-tenured and not on tenure track3627

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year51$132,29338$118,047
Associate professoracademic year43$90,89441$89,032
Assistant professoracademic year49$69,73244$68,333
Instructoracademic year1*6$60,598
Lectureracademic year18$61,1128$69,134
All faculty totalacademic year162$94,042137$88,025

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Vassar Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association
Baseball Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association
Track Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association

Vassar Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Liberal Arts
African Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Ancient Studies/Civilization
Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
Asian Studies/Civilization
Chinese Language and Literature
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Italian Language and Literature
Japanese Language and Literature
Latin American Studies
Latin Language and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Russian Language and Literature
Social Sciences, Other
Spanish Language and Literature
Urban Studies/Affairs
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General

Mass Communication/Media Studies


Music, General

Photography And Commercial Art
Film/Cinema Studies

Religion And Philosophy
Jewish/Judaic Studies
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General
Science, Technology and Society

Therapy And Counseling
Cognitive Science
Psychology, General

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