The 668 freshmen in Vassar’s class of 2019 include 30 valedictorians, students from 46 states and 25 foreign countries, and 97 first-generation college students

Six hundred and sixty-eight freshmen arrived at Vassar this week from an initial pool of 7,567 applicants. Of these, only 25.7% were offered admission into Vassar's class of 2019.

This new class's strong academic background includes 30 high school valedictorians, 15 salutatorians and 19 National Honor Society presidents among its ranks. The class is also diverse in numerous ways. Including both citizens and non-citizens, more than 35.3% of the freshmen are students of color, 43% are men, 97 are first-generation college students, and 89 are international students with either foreign or dual citizenship. One hundred fifty-one students are fully bilingual or speak English as a second language. Sixty-two percent are receiving need-based financial aid from Vassar, an increase over last year that demonstrates the college's commitment to recruiting talented students from across the socioeconomic spectrum.

The class also boasts an impressive numbers of leaders with 18 class or student council presidents, 162 high school club presidents; 70 who founded a high school club, and 143 varsity sports captains.

Seventy-two percent of those with a high school rank were in the top 10% of their class.

The class comes to Vassar from 46 states and 25 foreign countries, with international students hailing from: Bangladesh, Canada, China/Hong Kong, Georgia, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Kuwait, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Romania, Singapore, South Africa, Swaziland, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, and Vietnam.

Members of this class already have a fascinating array of accomplishments to their credit. One was a member of their local school board and another founded a non-profit to help the needy. Three are musicians who performed at Carnegie Hall. One student taught Ultimate Frisbee at a peace-building camp for Israeli and Arab children while another addressed Congress as part of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Teen Advocacy Day. The class boasts multiple black belts, a bowling coach, a nationally ranked freestyle skier, and a national equestrian vaulting competitor. This class is also full of dancers: one trained with the Joffrey Ballet; a traditional Serbian folk dancer; one who performed with a Korean dance team; one who performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; and one who has been a Hula dancer since age four.

Ten members of the class are veterans of the United States armed services, the third group of vets to enroll as freshmen as part of the college'’'s partnership with the Posse Foundation that began in 2013.

In descending order, the top U.S. feeder states for the class of 2019 are New York (144), California (86), Massachusetts (56), New Jersey (44), Pennsylvania (26), Florida (25), Connecticut (23), Illinois (17), Minnesota (14), Maryland (13).

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

Posted Wednesday, August 26, 2015