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Vassar College Admission 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

Updated On - October 23rd 2019By -  Aishwarya Bhatnagar

2018 admissions at Vassar College saw an acceptance rate of 24.6%. More than 80% of the admitted students belonged among the top 20% of their class. The college offers 51 majors, 5 interdepartmental programs under 30 departments. Applications are accepted for both Spring and Fall semesters.

Early Action/Decision admissions are offered by the college. The 2018 admissions saw an average score of 1390 in SAT and 31-33 in the ACT, accepted from admitted students.  

  • The deadlines for Early Decision Round I and Early decision Round II vary.
  • The decision for early application is announced within a month.
  • The first year international UG applicants can apply for various programs through either Common Application or Coalition Application.  
  • Vassar accepts the QuestBridge application from domestic applicants as well, because it is a QuestBridge partner school.
  • Transfer applicants require to apply through the Common Application. Coalition Application submitted by transfers students will not be accepted.
  • The average GPA required is 3.96.


Application PortalCommon/Coalition Application
Application Fee70 USD
Acceptance rate24.6%
Average SAT score1370
Average ACT score32
Mode of PaymentPersonal check, e-Cashier, or money order
Academic CalendarSemester-based
Intake SeasonsFall/Spring
Graduation Rate92%
Financial AidScholarship; student loan; campus work;

Vassar College Admission Deadlines

The applicants are advised not to wait until the last day. The sooner the applicants apply, the better.

Undergraduate Applicants
Early Decision INovember 15, 2019
Early Decision II/Regular DecisionJanuary 1, 2019
Transfer Applicants
Spring          November 1, 2019
FallMarch 15, 2020

Vassar College International Student Admissions

There isn’t much difference between the application process of US applicants and international students, though international students must fulfil a few additional requirements. The admission requirements are:

  • High school transcripts
  • Must have a GPA of 3.8
  • TOEFL, SAT/ACT as required.
  • Proof of English proficiency for candidates whose first language is not English.
  • Two letters of recommendations
  • Documents required for Visa.

English Proficiency Test Score for International Students

International students whose first language and/or the medium of instruction is not English are required to submit scores of either TOEFL or IELTS to prove their proficiency in English.   

Test NameMinimum required score

Visa Process for International Students 

The college will forward the I-20 Form after receiving all documents. The documents required for submitting the I-20 Form are:

  • Signed Candidate’s Reply Card
  • Enrollment deposit
  • I-20 Request Form
  • After completing the I-20, pay the SEVIS fee of 200 USD
  • After receiving the form, take the I-20, SEVIS fee voucher, passport and required documents to the nearest US embassy to request for an F-1 visa.
  • Schedule a visa interview on a suitable date.

Academic Requirements for Transfer Students

Admissions for international transfer students require the following document submission along with the application:

  • Standardized Testing
  • High School Transcript
  • Transfer College Report
  • College Transcript
  • Transfer Academic Report
  • Transfer Mid-Term Grade Report

Vassar College Undergraduate Admissions

The application process is more or less the same for every course.

Where to Apply: Common Application/Coalition Application (international applicants) QuestBridge Application (domestic applicants)

Application Fee: 70 USD

Admission Requirements: Applicants must provide the following documents at the time of admission:

  • High school transcript
  • SAT/ACT scores
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal essays as required by particular courses
  • Required English proficiency test score for international applicants
  • Official copies of predicted/completed national/international exam results.

Since the general admission requirements are similar, yet some requirements may vary according to the department requirements. Following are some of the most popular majors offered at Vasser College:

CourseApplication PortalApplication DeadlineApplication FeeAcademic RequirementsMinimum English Language Proficiency
Social sciencesOnline Application PortalEarly Decision I- November 15, 2019
Regular Decision - January 1, 2020
70 USDMinimum GPA of 3.8; SAT/ACT; LORs; SOPTOEFL-iBT: 100
IELTS: 7.0
BiochemistryOnline Application PortalEarly Decision I- November 15, 2019
Regular decision - January 1, 2020
70 USDMinimum GPA of 3.8; SOP; SAT/ACT score; LORsTOEFL-iBT: 100
IELTS: 7.0
Visual and Performing ArtsOnline Application PortalFall and spring auditions- as updated by the college70 USDPortfolio of work GPA of 3.8TOEFL-iBT: 100
IELTS: 7.0

Supporting documents

  • Financial statement from the bank
  • Proof of financial support
  • Copy of verified passport

The intake at Vasser College is very selective due to the varied range of courses and programs offered. The acceptance rate has decreased to 24% in 2019 from 27%. Along with the marks, the college reviews the entire application comprehensively. Important factors that lead to the selection of applicants at Vasser is personal strengths, motivation, a good statement of purpose, strong recommendations, and extracurricular involvements. The college also offers a chance for selected applicants to defer their offer letter, if certain requirements are not met.  

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