Vassar welcomes class of 2010

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — Six hundred and seventy freshmen selected from the third largest applicant pool in Vassar College's history will begin classes on August 31. Vassar received 6075 applications for the class of 2010, and 30 percent of the applicants were offered admission.

Two thirds of the class of 2010 with a high school rank graduated in the top 10 percent of their class, and nearly 95 percent were in the top quintile. The average combined (verbal and math) SAT scores for the freshmen was 1,382, with a mean score of 705 on the new SAT writing exam, and a mean recomputed high school grade point average of A-minus.

Among the outstanding freshmen in the class of 2010 are twenty-seven valedictorians, another twenty-seven salutatorians, forty National Merit Finalists or Semi-Finalists, 107 students with perfect scores on one or more standardized tests, three Intel Science Research or Talent Search Finalists, 58 winners of major book awards, 35 first generation college students, two National Achievement Scholars, two National Hispanic Scholars, and fifteen National Honor Society presidents. Twenty-eight members were class or student council presidents, along with 126 varsity sports captains, thirteen all-state music/art winners, 59 founders of a high school club, 62 editors in chief of a major high school publication, and four National Council of Teachers of English Award winners.

The class of 2010 comes to Poughkeepsie from 535 high schools in 47 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and 27 foreign countries. Students of color comprise more than 24% of the class, and 75 incoming freshmen are international students with either foreign or dual citizenship. Eighty-five members of the class are bilingual or speak English as a second language, and their languages include Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Burmese, Cantonese, Chinese, Chinese/Hokkien, Croatian, Dutch/Flemish, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Korean, Mandarin, Nepalese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Sign Language, SiSwati, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Turkish, Twi, Ukranian, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

In descending order, the top U.S. feeder states for the class of 2010 are New York (167), California (63), Massachusetts (52), New Jersey (51), Pennsylvania (35), Connecticut (29), Illinois (25), Texas (15), Vermont (15), Maryland (14), Florida (13), Ohio (12), and Minnesota (12).

Members of the class of 2010 include a former head page to the U.S. Senate, a recipient of a Governor's Award for breast cancer research, fourteen Eagle Scout/Girl Scout Golds, an accomplished Bryce computer artist, and nine black belts in Tae Kwon Do/Karate, including one U.S. Junior Olympics gold medalist, one national champion in Vietnam, and one who studied martial arts with Shaolin monks in China. Members have performed at the Super Bowl halftime show, Carnegie Hall, and The Tonight Show, as well as in street theater for children in Thailand's slums. Others have served as student advisor to the state Board of Education, started a thriving SAT review business in Vietnam, competed successfully in international debate tournaments, forensics contests, and poetry slams, and trained in circus arts, including Chinese acrobatic training and contortion classes. Several have published their writing, including a novel and a cookbook, two were state champion fencers, three have danced with professional ballet companies, another was ranked seventh worldwide in Irish step dancing, and still others have competed nationally in figure skating, squash, dressage, and table tennis.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted Wednesday, August 23, 2006