After Vassar

The career goals of Vassar students are as varied and diverse as the students themselves. To support the full range of their post-Vassar aspirations, Vassar provides extensive resources, including career counseling, graduate school advising and test preparation, and assistance in applying for grants and fellowships.

Career Development Office

The Career Development Office (CDO) assists students and alumnae/i in developing, evaluating, and actualizing career plans. The office believes career choices should be a reflection of one's interests, values, and skills.  Understanding the connections among the three enables a person to find meaning in his or her life's work.

Designed to assist students in all phases of the career development process, CDO services focus on increasing self-awareness, exploring career options, integrating life and work planning, and securing employment and/or futher educational opportunities.  The CDO houses extensive resources for locating internships, summer employment, and full-time postgraduate opportunities.  

The majority of Vassar graduates pursue advanced degrees within five years of graduation, about 20% right after college. CDO counselors provide graduate school and pre-law advising. Vassar's acceptance rates for law school are significantly higher than the national average. Last year 96% of the seniors who applied were accepted; the national average was 78%.  Among the schools they are attending: Yale, Stanford, NYU, University of Chicago, and University of Pennsylvania. More

Fellowships and Pre-Health Advising

The Office for Fellowships and Pre-Health Advising works with students and alumnae/i seeking admission to schools in the health professions as well as with those applying for fellowships to fund graduate education, independent study, and research.  Students receive individualized advising and guidance as well as support during the application process.

Vassar’s acceptance rates for medical school are significantly higher than the national average. In fact, Vassar’s acceptance rate for medical school is almost twice the national average. Last year, 76% of the Vassar grads who applied were accepted; the national average was 46%. Over the last five years, on average 83% of those who applied through Vassar were accepted to medical school. Among the schools they are attending: Mt. Sinai, Columbia, Tufts, Brown, Dartmouth, Einstein. 

Vassar graduates are very successful in receiving various nationally competitive awards each year. Among those awarded are Fulbright grants, Watson fellowships, National Science Foundation grants, Beinecke Scholarships, and Luce Scholars awards, to name a few. Vassar has been among the top 10 bachelor's producing schools for Fulbrights for the last seven years. In addition, the college itself annually awards over $550,000 in fellowships for graduate study. More