Vassar College

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$57,910
3.17% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$24,811
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
1.56%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
23.7%
8,961 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
2,439
99.4% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
91.9%
604 Graduates

About

Vassar College is a higher education institution located in Dutchess County, NY. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Vassar College were Other Research & Experimental Psychology (56 degrees awarded), General Economics (55 degrees), and General Political Science & Government (49 degrees).

In 2019, 761 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Vassar College. 58.9% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 41.1% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (455 degrees), 4.84 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (94 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Vassar College is $57,910, which is $30,630 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($27,280).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Vassar College is $57,910, which is $30,630 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($27,280).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $24,811.

In 2019, 64% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 41% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$57,910
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Vassar College was $57,910. The cost of tuition at Vassar College is $30,630 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($27,280).

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Average Net Price

$24,811
2019 Value
1.59%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Vassar College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $24,811. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Vassar College grew by 1.59%.

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Other Student Expenses

$13,800
Room and Board
$900
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Vassar College was of $13,800 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $900. The cost of room and board increased by 4.94% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

64%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
41%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

64% of undergraduate students at Vassar College received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a decline of 9.86% with respect to 2018, when 71% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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1.56%
2017 Default Rate
5
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Vassar College was 1.56%, which represents 5 out of the 320 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Vassar College received 8,961 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 7.81% annual growth. Out of those 8,961 applicants, 2,127 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 23.7% acceptance rate.

There were 2,439 students enrolled at Vassar College in 2019, and 69% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Vassar College has an overall enrollment yield of 32.5%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

23.7%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
2,127
Accepted Out of 8,961

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Vassar College was 23.7% (2,127 admissions from 8,961 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 24.6%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants grew by 7.81%, while admissions grew by 4.11%.

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SAT Scores

69%
Submission Percentage
476
Scores Submitted

69% of enrolled first-time students at Vassar College in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Vassar College has a total enrollment of 2,439 students. The full-time enrollment at Vassar College is 2,424 students and the part-time enrollment is 15. This means that 99.4% of students enrolled at Vassar College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Vassar College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 54.8% White, 11.8% Asian, 11.1% Hispanic or Latino, 8.86% Two or More Races, 3.73% Black or African American, 0.041% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Vassar College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (31.6%), followed by White Male (23.4%) and Asian Female (6.85%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

99.4%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Vassar College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 2,439 students. The full-time enrollment at Vassar College is 2,424 and the part-time enrollment is 15. This means that 99.4% of students enrolled at Vassar College are enrolled full-time compared with 81.1% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

96%
2019 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Vassar College was 96%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (73%), Vassar College had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,337
  2. Asian
    288
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    270

The enrolled student population at Vassar College is 54.8% White, 11.8% Asian, 11.1% Hispanic or Latino, 8.86% Two or More Races, 3.73% Black or African American, 0.041% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Baccalaureate Colleges is 55% White, 14% Black or African American, and 13.1% Hispanic or Latino.

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Graduates

In 2019, 135 more women than men received degrees from Vassar College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Vassar College is white (455 degrees awarded). There were 4.84 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (94 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Vassar College is Other Research & Experimental Psychology (56 degrees awarded), followed by General Economics (55 degrees) and General Political Science & Government (49 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Vassar College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Language & Linguistics (62 degrees awarded), Philosophy and Religious Studies (20 degrees), and Cultural & Gender Studies (20 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Vassar College are Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (343,868 people), Other managers (259,880 people), Postsecondary teachers (184,103 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (149,240 people), and Secondary school teachers (131,738 people).

The most specialized majors at Vassar College are Language & Linguistics (62 degrees awarded), Philosophy and Religious Studies (20 degrees), Cultural & Gender Studies (20 degrees), Social Sciences (172 degrees), and Math & Statistics (36 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Vassar College are Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Surgeons, Other financial specialists, Dentists, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at Vassar College are Language & Linguistics (62 degrees awarded), Philosophy and Religious Studies (20 degrees), Cultural & Gender Studies (20 degrees), Social Sciences (172 degrees), and Math & Statistics (36 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Vassar College are Elementary & secondary schools (424,443 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (349,145 people), Legal services (267,377 people), Computer Systems Design (235,360 people), and Justice, public order, & safety activities (177,896 people).

The most specialized majors at Vassar College are Language & Linguistics (62 degrees awarded), Philosophy and Religious Studies (20 degrees), Cultural & Gender Studies (20 degrees), Social Sciences (172 degrees), and Math & Statistics (36 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

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Most Common
  1. 56 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 55 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 49 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Vassar College was Other Research & Experimental Psychology with 56 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

313
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
448
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 313 degrees were awarded to men at Vassar College, which is 0.699 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (448).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 37 degrees were awarded to men at Vassar College in General Economics, which is 2.06 times more than the 18 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 45 degrees were awarded to women at Vassar College in Other Research & Experimental Psychology, which is 4.09 times more than the 11 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

86%
100% Completion Time
91%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 86% of students graduating from Vassar College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 91% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 91% within 200%.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Vassar College is Female and Asian (100% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0.331% of graduates (2 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    455 degrees awarded
  2. Asian
    94 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    70 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Vassar College is white (455 degrees awarded). There were 4.84 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (94 degrees).

0% of degree recipients (0 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    246 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    209 degrees awarded
  3. Asian Female
    55 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Vassar College is white female (246 degrees awarded). There were 1.18 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (209 degrees).

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Operations

Vassar College has an endowment valued at nearly $1.12B, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $67.4M (5.99%), compared to the 3.99% average return ($1.62M on $40.7M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2019, Vassar College had a total salary expenditure of $200M. Vassar College employs 94 Professors, 77 Associate professors, and 54 No academic ranks. Most academics at Vassar College are Male Professors (50), Female Professors(44), and Male Associate professors (40).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Vassar College are: Service, with 245 employees, Business and Financial Operations, with 132 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 101 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$1.12B
2019 Endowment
3.88%
growth from 2018

Vassar College has an endowment valued at about $1.12B, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Vassar College grew 3.88% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $1.08B higher than than the median endowment of Baccalaureate Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $968k - Federal
  2. $0 - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2019, Vassar College received $968k in grants and contracts from the federal government, $0 from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$75.4M
2019 Salaries
5.64%
growth from 2018

In 2019, Vassar College paid a median of $75.4M in salaries, which represents 37.7% of their overall expenditure ($200M) and a 5.64% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 0.976% decline from 2017 and a 5% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 15.5M (41% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$32.2M
Instructional Salaries
287
Number of Employees

In 2019, Vassar College paid a total of $32.2M to 287 employees working as instructors, which represents 42.6% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $4.89M (31.6%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
94 Employees
Service
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
245 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Vassar College were Professor with 94 employees; Associate professor with 77 employees; and Associate professor with 54 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Vassar College were Service with 245 employees; Business and Financial Operations with 132 employees; and Office and Administrative Support with 101 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Female Professor
  3. Male Associate professor

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Vassar College was Male Professor with 50 employees, Female Professor with 44 employees, and Male Associate professor with 40 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Vassar College.

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