Prospective International Student FAQ
- How many international students are at Vassar?
- Who is considered a foreign or international student?
- Who is eligible to apply as an international freshman candidate?
- Is there a separate international application for foreign or international students?
- Are SATs required? What about the TOEFL?
- What are the application deadlines?
- How do I get an application?
- Is there special advising for international students?
- Will Vassar award credit for my advanced program of study?
- Where is Vassar located?
- How accessible is Poughkeepsie?
- What is the weather like?
- How well known is Vassar?
- My parents and/or I have applied for a green card (permanent resident status) and expect to receive it by the time I enroll as a freshman. Do I still have to apply as a foreign student?
- Does Vassar offer financial aid to international students?
- How many international students apply for financial assistance?
- My family is very poor. Can the application fee be waived?
- I am applying as a transfer student. Can I apply for financial aid?
Internationals @ Vassar
How many international students are at Vassar?
Who is considered a foreign or international student?
Who is eligible to apply as an international freshman candidate?
Applying to Vassar
Is there a separate international application for foreign or international students?
No, non-U.S. citizens use the same application as American students. Candidates use the Common Application.
Are SATs required? What about the TOEFL?
Vassar requires all applicants to submit standardized test results from either the ACT or the SAT. The optional writing test is not required for either the SAT or the ACT.
In assessing SAT scores, Vassar will accept either the Pre-March 2016 SAT or the redesigned SAT. In addition, Vassar uses the highest individual subscores of the same version of the SAT from multiple test dates. For applicants submitting both the Pre-March 2016 SAT and redesigned SAT, the results will not be superscored across the two versions. In assessing ACT scores, Vassar uses the highest subscores taken from multiple test dates and recalculates a new composite score. For candidates taking both the SAT and the ACT, Vassar will use whichever scores are higher.
In addition, if English is neither your first language nor the primary language of instruction you have used throughout secondary school (minimum of three full years in English), you should submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Vassar typically expects scores of at least 100 on the Internet-based TOEFL and 600 on the paper-based version. As an alternative to the TOEFL, Vassar also accepts the IELTS. A minimum score of 7.0 on the IELTS Academic Test is required. Vassar does not grant waivers for TOEFL/IELTS based on SAT/ACT or other exams.
What are the application deadlines?
Is there special advising for international students?
Vassar’s Office of International Services provides assistance to all foreign students including a new student orientation, and helps them through the visa process. In addition, there is a student-run organization for International students (VISA) to help them integrate into the Vassar community and a committee of administrators that meets regularly to address international students’ concerns.
Will Vassar award credit for my advanced program of study?
Students who have earned scores of 4 or 5 on an AP exam are eligible for advanced placement credit. International Baccalaureate scores of 5, 6, or 7 on higher-level exams are also awarded credit. In the same manner, Vassar grants credit for high scores on certain foreign advanced programs of study such as the GCE A-levels, the German Abitur, the French Baccalaureate, etc.
Where is Vassar located?
Vassar College is located in Poughkeepsie, NY, in the Hudson River Valley, 75 miles (120 km) north of New York City. The population of the greater Poughkeepsie area is about 100,000.
How accessible is Poughkeepsie?
Vassar is accessible from all the major airports in the greater New York City area, as well as those in Newburgh and White Plains, New York. The Metro North commuter train also provides regular rail service between New York City and Poughkeepsie.
What is the weather like?
Poughkeepsie weather is much like the temperate climate of New York City. The average temperature in the winter months is about 30ºF (-1ºC), and in the summer months about 80ºF (26ºC). We are not located in a “snow-belt.” However, moderate snowfall is the norm during the winter.
How well known is Vassar?
Vassar is consistently ranked among the top one percent of colleges and universities in the United States and has been a frontrunner in higher education for over a century and a half. Numerous external ratings have confirmed Vassar’s status as one of the most prestigious colleges in the United States. For example, Vassar was named the Time Magazine/Princeton Review “College of the Year,” and the Princeton Review rankings called Vassar’s students the happiest in the country and our campus one of the two most beautiful.
My parents and/or I have applied for a green card (permanent resident status) and expect to receive it by the time I enroll as a freshman. Do I still have to apply as a foreign student?
Until you actually receive your green card and a permanent resident number from the U.S. Immigration Service, you must apply for admission and aid as a foreign citizen.