Vassar College

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$54,410

3.99% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$23,763

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

1.52%

Default Rate

2017 Acceptance Rate

23.8%

7,746 Applicants

2017 Enrolled Students

2,353

99.2% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

91.1%

606 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 General Economics (76 degrees awarded), General Political Science & Government (46 degrees), and General Psychology (41 degrees).

In 2017, 747 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Vassar College. 58.1% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 41.9% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (441 degrees), 5.01 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (88 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Vassar College is $54,410, which is $29,216 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($25,194).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Vassar College is $54,410, which is $29,216 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($25,194).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $23,763.

In 2017, 68% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 40% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$54,410

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Vassar College was $54,410. The cost of tuition at Vassar College is $29,216 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($25,194).

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Average Net Price

$23,763

2017 Value

8.34%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 Vassar College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $23,763. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Vassar College grew by 8.34%.

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Other Student Expenses

$11,380

Room and Board

$900

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Vassar College was of $11,380 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $900. The cost of room and board decreased by 5.01% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

68%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

40%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

68% of undergraduate students at Vassar College received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a growth of 3.03% with respect to 2016, when 66% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.

1.52%

2016 Default Rate

5

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Vassar College was 1.52%, which represents 5 out of the 328 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Vassar College received 7,746 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 6.02% annual growth. Out of those 7,746 applicants, 1,842 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 23.8% acceptance rate.

There were 2,353 students enrolled at Vassar College in 2017, and 60% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Vassar College has an overall enrollment yield of 33.9%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

23.8%

Acceptance Rate in 2017

1,842

Accepted Out of 7,746

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Vassar College was 23.8% (1,842 admissions from 7,746 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 26.9%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants grew by 6.02%, while admissions declined by -6.21%.

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SAT Scores

60%

Submission Percentage

396

Scores Submitted

60% of enrolled first-time students at Vassar College in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Vassar College has a total enrollment of 2,353 students. The full-time enrollment at Vassar College is 2,334 students and the part-time enrollment is 19. This means that 99.2% of students enrolled at Vassar College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Vassar College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 56.3% White, 12.6% Asian, 11.2% Hispanic or Latino, 7.22% Two or More Races, 4.12% Black or African American, 0.085% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Vassar College in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (32.5%), followed by White Male (24%) and Asian Female (7.16%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

99.2%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Vassar College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 2,353 students. The full-time enrollment at Vassar College is 2,334 and the part-time enrollment is 19. This means that 99.2% of students enrolled at Vassar College are enrolled full-time compared with 80.6% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

96%

2017 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

    1,324

  2. Asian

    297

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    264

The enrolled student population at Vassar College is 56.3% White, 12.6% Asian, 11.2% Hispanic or Latino, 7.22% Two or More Races, 4.12% Black or African American, 0.085% 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 54.9% White, 14% Black or African American, and 12.6% Hispanic or Latino.

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Graduates

In 2017, 121 more women than men received degrees from Vassar College. The majority of degree recipients at Vassar College are white (441 degrees awarded). There were 5.01 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (88 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Vassar College is General Economics (76 degrees awarded), followed by General Political Science & Government (46 degrees) and General Psychology (41 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 (67 degrees awarded), Cultural & Gender Studies (24 degrees), and Philosophy and Religious Studies (24 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 (347,160 people), Other managers (265,453 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (204,292 people), Postsecondary teachers (200,142 people), and Chief executives & legislators (114,443 people).

The most specialized majors at Vassar College are Language & Linguistics (67 degrees awarded), Cultural & Gender Studies (24 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (24 degrees), Social Sciences (201 degrees), and Physical Sciences (40 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 Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, Surgeons, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Sales managers, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at Vassar College are Language & Linguistics (67 degrees awarded), Cultural & Gender Studies (24 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (24 degrees), Social Sciences (201 degrees), and Physical Sciences (40 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Vassar College are Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (407,719 people), Elementary & secondary schools (389,907 people), Legal services (281,248 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (197,493 people), and Computer Systems Design (192,513 people).

The most specialized majors at Vassar College are Language & Linguistics (67 degrees awarded), Cultural & Gender Studies (24 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (24 degrees), Social Sciences (201 degrees), and Physical Sciences (40 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

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Most Common

  1. 76 degrees awarded

  2. 46 degrees awarded

  3. 41 degrees awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Vassar College was General Economics with 76 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 313

  2. 434

In 2017, 313 degrees were awarded to men at Vassar College, which is 0.721 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (434).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 54 degrees were awarded to men at Vassar College in General Economics, which is 2.45 times more than the 22 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 32 degrees were awarded to women at Vassar College in General Psychology, which is 3.56 times more than the 9 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

86%

100% Completion Time

91%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 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 (67.2%).

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

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    441 degrees awarded

  2. Asian

    88 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    60 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Vassar College is white (441 degrees awarded). There were 5.01 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (88 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

    253 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    188 degrees awarded

  3. Asian Female

    45 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Vassar College is white female (253 degrees awarded). There were 1.35 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (188 degrees).

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Operations

Vassar College has an endowment valued at nearly $1B, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $105M (10.5%), compared to the 7.76% average return ($2.88M on $37.1M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2017, Vassar College had a total expenditure of $186M. Of that $186M, they spent $72.1M on salaries and $186M on benefits.

Vassar College employs 93 Professors, 85 Associate professors, and 59 No academic ranks. Most academics at Vassar College are Male Professors (49), Male Associate professors(45), and Female Professors (44).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Vassar College are: Service, with 235 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 136 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 119 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$1B

2017 Endowment

7.94%

growth from 2016

Vassar College has an endowment valued at about $1B, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Vassar College grew 7.94% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $965M 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. $2.2M - Federal

  2. $0 - State

  3. $0 - Local

As of 2017, Vassar College received $2.2M 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

Primary Expenses

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$72.1M

Salary Expenditure

$186M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2017, Vassar College had a total expenditure of $186M. Of that $186M, they spent $72.1M on salaries and $186M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

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Salary Expenditure

$72.1M

2017 Salaries

5%

growth from 2016

In 2017, Vassar College paid a median of $72.1M in salaries, which represents 38.8% of their overall expenditure ($186M) and a 5% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 14.6% decline from 2015 and a 6.45% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 14.2M (38.9% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$30.2M

Instructional Salaries

287

Number of Employees

In 2017, Vassar College paid a total of $30.2M to 287 employees working as instructors, which represents 41.9% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $8.01M (34.6%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor

Most Common Instructor

93 Employees

Service

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

235 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Vassar College were Professor with 93 employees; Associate professor with 85 employees; and Associate professor with 59 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Vassar College were Service with 235 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 136 employees; and Business and Financial Operations with 119 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Male Associate professor

  3. Female Professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Vassar College was Male Professor with 49 employees, Male Associate professor with 45 employees, and Female Professor with 44 employees.

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