Each year, Vassar aims to enroll the most interesting, talented, and diverse freshman class possible. We admit students based on their academic and personal accomplishments, as well as their potential to contribute to the Vassar community, not on their ability to pay. We employ a need-blind admissions policy for all first-year applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents; this means that admission decisions for those candidates are made without regard to the student’s financial situation.
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- Early Decision I Nov. 15
- Early Decision II Jan. 1
- Regular Decision Jan. 1
- Spring Transfer Nov. 1
- Fall Transfer Mar. 15
Know the codes
- Vassar’s College Board code: 2956
- Vassar’s ACT code: 2982
- Vassar’s TOEFL code: 2956
Admission to Vassar is highly selective. Although we weigh a number of factors in the admission decision, the most important is academic ability, as demonstrated by performance in high school. We also consider personal strengths, motivation, and potential as evidenced in essays, recommendations, and out-of-class involvements. Standardized test scores are also reviewed, as an indicator of academic aptitude.
While we do not prescribe a specific secondary school program, we expect applicants to have elected the most demanding courses available. Therefore, we recommend that students elect four years of English, mathematics, laboratory science, history or social science, and foreign language. Students should take a substantial portion of their work in enriched, accelerated, or honors courses or in Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate programs when these options are available. Special attention is given to the academic breadth, depth, and rigor of candidates’ junior and senior year programs.
How to Apply
Both first year and transfer applicants submit the appropriate Common Application with a Vassar Supplement, along with a non-refundable application fee of $70 or a request for a fee waiver. You will find detailed instructions, links to the online applications, and extra copies of various forms and supplements to download and print here.
Standardized Test Requirements
Vassar requires all applicants to submit standardized test results. Regular Decision applicants should take all tests by January of the senior year. Early Decision I applicants must complete required testing by November and Early Decision II applicants must do so by December.
Candidates for admission to the freshman class must submit EITHER the SAT Reasoning Test along with 2 SAT Subject Tests (each SAT Subject Test should be taken in a different academic subject), OR the ACT exam with the writing test. In assessing SAT scores, Vassar uses the highest individual subscores (Critical Reading, Math, and Writing) taken from multiple SAT test dates. In assessing ACT scores, Vassar uses the highest subscores taken from multiple test dates and recalculates a new composite score. For candidates taking both the SAT Reasoning Test and the ACT, Vassar will use whichever scores are higher.
In addition, if English is neither your first language nor the primary language of instruction you have used throughout secondary school, you should submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Vassar typically expects scores of at least 100 on the Internet-based TOEFL, 250 on the computer-based TOEFL, and 600 on the paper-based version. As an alternative to TOEFL, Vassar also accepts IELTS. A minimum score of 7.0 on the IELTS Academic Test is required.
Art, Music, and Dance Submissions
If you have devoted a significant amount of time to art, music, or dance which you plan to continue at Vassar and which you would like to have our faculty evaluate as part of your application for admission, please consult our Guidelines For Optional Art, Music, and Dance Submissions.
QuestBridge is a non-profit organization that connects high-achieving, motivated low-income students with educational and scholarship opportunities at some of the nation's best colleges and universities. Vassar College has been a proud QuestBridge partner college since 2007. Read more about QuestBridge at Vassar at the QuestBridge FAQ.
Veterans at Vassar
Vassar is actively seeking to enroll qualified men and women who are veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. In partnership with the Posse Foundation, Vassar is the first college to enroll veterans through the Veterans Posse Program, a pilot program aimed at increasing enrollment of veterans at selective colleges and universities. Vassar also participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program to fund tuition and fee expenses that exceed the amounts payable under the Post-9/11 GI bill. Read more about the Veterans Posse Program and the Yellow Ribbon Program here.
If you would like to learn more about Vassar through a one-on-one conversation, off-campus informational interviews are available for first-year applicants. These are conducted all over the world by Vassar alumnae/i and are available from November through February. These conversations are non-evaluative and are not required, but they are a great way to gain a unique perspective on the Vassar experience. Not having an interview will not affect your admission decision. Please submit your Common Application to us before you request an informational alumnae/i interview. Note: The due date for current first-year applicants to request an interview is January 7.
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