Rockefeller Hall at Vassar College.

Vassar College

#91, overall score 50.33/100

Fun Fact:

Both the asteroid 1312 Vassar and the Vassar Glacier in Alaska are named after the college.

Why should Jewish students attend Vassar? Vassar offers a unique lens into the ideological frameworks of the left. Vassar challenges Jewish students to understand themselves better and seek new ways of engaging peoples with different perspectives and identities. —Rabbi Daniel Sanoff, Chabad on Fulton Jewish Student Center

ACADEMICS Score: 30/30

  • Score: 30/30
  • Acceptance rate: 26%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 8:1
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Israel Studies major: No

FINANCES

  • Tuition: $53,090
  • Room & board costs: $12,400
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $45,156

CAMPUS INFORMATION

  • Location: Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
  • Region: Mid-Atlantic
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Liberal Arts: Yes
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 2,435
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 500
  • Jewish population share: 21%
  • Student origin: 26% in-state / 74% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: III
  • NCAA team: Brewers
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Swinging Monks, Boxing Nuns

ISRAEL Score: 3.67/20

  • Score: 3.67/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 14
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: No
  • Israel-related clubs: J Street U Vassar, JVP Vassar
  • BDS resolution: Passed

JEWISH LIFE Score: 16.67/40

  • Score: 16.67/40
  • Hillel: Vassar Jewish Union
  • Chabad: Chabad on Fulton Jewish Student Center
  • OU-JLIC: None
  • Meor: None
  • Jewish fraternities: None
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 5
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 25
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 4 (1 Orthodox, 1 Conservative, 2 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alumnus: Lisa Kudrow
  • Where do Jewish students come from? Predominantly from California and the Northeast, particularly New York and Massachusetts.
  • Kosher food details: Kosher food is extremely limited and is far from being sufficient for any student who desires to properly keep kosher.

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