Each year, Vassar aims to enroll the most interesting, talented, and diverse freshman class possible.
There is no “typical” Vassar student because they come from every socioeconomic background, ethnicity, religion, political ideology, sexual orientation, and cultural identity. But there is most definitely a Vassar “type”—intelligent, creative, idealistic, curious, ambitious, and independent.
The single most important advantage of a Vassar education is the quality of the interactions students have with their professors. Vassar professors are topnotch scholars—in many cases internationally renowned. But they are also topnotch teachers. They come here because they want the opportunity to work closely with undergraduates and have an impact on their lives.
Vassar has a student-faculty ratio of 8:1 and an average class size of 17, with upper-level classes typically much smaller. In every discipline, there are opportunities for student-faculty collaboration on original research, frequently resulting in publication in scholarly journals.
You do not have to be wealthy or even well off to attend Vassar. Financial aid is awarded to over 60% of Vassar students, exclusively on the basis of need. The loan portion of the financial aid award is replaced with Vassar scholarship funds for students from low-income families.
The Vassar curriculum has always been characterized by boldness, breadth, and flexibility. Today the curriculum is richer than ever, with an increasing emphasis on multidisciplinary approaches. 30 departments, 7 interdisciplinary programs, 12 multidisciplinary programs, 51 majors, and 1,000 courses.
Vassar’s goal in athletics is to meet the full range of needs of a diverse community — from scholar-athletes who are top competitors in their sports to weekend players looking for recreation to non-athletes interested in keeping fit. The athletics program offers a wide range of intercollegiate varsity, club, intramural, recreational, and fitness options.