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Vassar College

Poughkeepsie, NYhttps://www.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 over 22,000 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 415-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.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: All students were allowed to come back to campus as long as they had a negative COVID-19 test. The college is offering mostly in-person courses, and classrooms will only be filled between 20% and 50% of usual capacity. Some students have the option to take fully remote or hybrid classes.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$74,400
% of students who get any grants
71%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$26,300
Average price for low-income students
$8,500
admissions
Acceptance rate
25%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1440/32
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
no
Enrollment
2,440
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
92%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$17,700
Average salary within 5 years
$48,700
% earning more than $28,000
82%
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.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: All students were allowed to come back to campus as long as they had a negative COVID-19 test. The college is offering mostly in-person courses, and classrooms will only be filled between 20% and 50% of usual capacity. Some students have the option to take fully remote or hybrid classes.

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

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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