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Rank: 134

Vassar College

Poughkeepsie, NYwww.vassar.edu
A member of the prestigious Seven Sisters, Vassar College was the first of the elite women's colleges to go co-ed, when it started admitting men in 1969. The college's roughly 2,400 undergrads seem to have an affinity for further formal education: After graduation, many Brewers (Vassar's founder was a wealthy brewer) go straight to graduate school or seek graduate degrees within five years. Vassar's acceptance rates to law and medical schools are well above the national averages, and the college consistently ranks near the top in terms of Fulbright scholarships awarded to students who study or teach abroad. The college has a strong program in the visual and performing arts, boasting several Tony and Academy Award winners. Meanwhile, the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, one of the largest and oldest on-campus art museums in the country, has 19,000 works of art, among them paintings from iconic artists who belonged to the mid-19th century Hudson River School. Along with two National Historic Landmarks, and 500 acres of lawns, nature trails, and gardens, Vassar's campus includes a 400-acre farm and ecological preserve that's used as a field station for science courses. At midnight on the eve of exam week each year, Vassar students gather on the quad for a tradition called Primal Scream, where -- as the name suggests -- the main attraction is a loud, long, communal scream to relieve stress.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$73,500
% of students who get any grants
68%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$25,400
Average price for low-income students
$4,900
admissions
Acceptance rate
24%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1420/32
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
2,323
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
99%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
N/A
Average merit grant
N/A
student success
Graduation rate
90%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$16,250
Average salary within 3 years
$54,200
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
33%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 15
Regular application
Jan 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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