Vassar College
#139 Overall Influence#88 Desirability Rank

Vassar College

Private, coeducational liberal arts college in Poughkeepsie, New York, in the United States

Vassar College is a four-year, liberal arts school founded in 1861 as only the second degree-granting institution of higher education for women in the US. Co-educational since 1969, Vassar now has a total student population of a little over 2,400 individuals.

Vassar offers the bachelor’s degree in some 50 fields of academic study. Among its most popular programs are those in social sciences, in biological and biomedical sciences, in visual and performing arts, and in foreign languages.

In addition to the standard programs in the major foreign languages and literatures, Vassar students may also pursue a Self-Instructional Language Program (SILP). SILP programs exist for a variety of lesser-known languages, including Irish, Yiddish, Turkish, Swahili, Hindi, and Korean, among others.

Vassar is associated with one Nobel laureate for literature, poet Gabriela Mistral.

Vassar is connected with many other distinguished persons, including the following:

Vassar is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).

Admissions

What does this school look for?

Annual Applications

8,312

Acceptance

25%

Graduation Rate

91%

Median SAT Score

1440

Median ACT Score

32

Costs

How much does it cost to attend?

Tuition (in-state)

$56,130

Fees (in-state)

$830

IncomeAverage Net Cost
0-30K$8,123
30K-48K$9,204
48K-75K$13,644
75K-110K$23,235
110K+$45,770

After Graduation

Averages for 10 years after enrolling

Avg Earnings

$61,500

Employed

89%

Campus Life

What's it like to attend this school?

The People

Full time on-campus stats

Student Body

2K

Under-Grads

2K

The Campus

Where will you be attending?

Location

124 Raymond Ave, Poughkeepsie NY 12604

City Crime Rates

Property Crime

20 per 100k

Violent Crime

8 per 100k

What is Vassar College known for?

Our answer to this is to show you the disciplines in which a school's faculty and alumni have had the highest historical influence. A school may be influential in a discipline even if they do not offer degrees in that area. We've organized two lists to show where they are influential and offer corresponding degrees, and where they are influential through scholarship although they don't offer degrees in the disciplines.

Top areas of influence with degrees offered

#29 World Rank #17 USA Rank
Anthropology
#92 World Rank #44 USA Rank
Literature
#99 World Rank #58 USA Rank
Psychology
#89 World Rank #59 USA Rank
Education
#167 World Rank #59 USA Rank
Earth Sciences
#118 World Rank #67 USA Rank
Computer Science
#123 World Rank #68 USA Rank
History
#177 World Rank #68 USA Rank
Philosophy
#142 World Rank #70 USA Rank
Sociology
#196 World Rank #75 USA Rank
Chemistry
#213 World Rank #82 USA Rank
Mathematics
#226 World Rank #83 USA Rank
Physics
#141 World Rank #85 USA Rank
Political Science
#205 World Rank #92 USA Rank
Economics
#185 World Rank #93 USA Rank
Biology
#126 World Rank #99 USA Rank
Communications
#318 World Rank #154 USA Rank
Religious Studies

Other areas of influence

#59 World Rank #46 USA Rank
Nursing
#103 World Rank #78 USA Rank
Social Work
#155 World Rank #116 USA Rank
Business
#163 World Rank #89 USA Rank
Medical
#195 World Rank #107 USA Rank
Law
#199 World Rank #150 USA Rank
Criminal Justice
#240 World Rank #106 USA Rank
Engineering

Influential People

Who are Vassar College's Most influential alumni?

Vassar College's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Anthropology, Nursing, and Education. Vassar College’s most academically influential people include Panfilo Costa, Ellen Swallow Richards, and Meryl Streep.

Panfilo Costa
Panfilo Costa

American anthropologist and folklorologist

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Ellen Swallow Richards
Ellen Swallow Richards

American chemist

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Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep

American actress

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Philip Kitcher
Philip Kitcher

British philosopher

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Grace Hopper
Grace Hopper

American computer scientist and United States Navy officer

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Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda

American actress and activist

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Elizabeth Bishop
Elizabeth Bishop

American poet

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Maria Mitchell
Maria Mitchell

American astronomer

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Harriet Zuckerman

American sociologist

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Edna St. Vincent Millay
Edna St. Vincent Millay

American poet

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Katharine Graham
Katharine Graham

American publisher, editor and author

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John Victor Murra

American anthropologist

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