Vassar College

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#T-38, overall score 64.42/100

Fun Fact:

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

Why should Jewish students attend Vassar College? 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

With an excellent Jewish Studies program and vibrant student-driven Jewish life, Vassar combines deep intellectual inquiry with a commitment to social justice, amidst a diverse and engaged student body. — Liz Aeschlimann, Director of Jewish Student Life, Vassar College

CAMPUS INFORMATION

  • Location: Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
  • Region: Mid-Atlantic
  • Campus type: Small city
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Liberal Arts: Yes
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 2,424
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 500
  • Jewish population share: 21%
  • Student origin: 25% in-state / 75% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The Miscellany News
  • NCAA Division: III
  • NCAA team: Brewers
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Swinging Monks / Boxing Nuns

COST & AID Score: 10/15

  • Score: 10/15
  • Tuition: $55,210
  • Room & board costs: $12,900
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $46,709
  • Average loan debt: $19,439
  • Starting median salary: $52,100
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: No

ACADEMICS Score: 20/20

  • Score: 20/20
  • Acceptance rate: 24%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 8:1
  • Median SAT range: 1370-1510
  • Jewish Studies program: Yes
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 7/20

SAFETY Score: 9/11

  • Score: 9/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 0
  • Campus crime rate: 11.96/1,000 students (high)
  • City crime rate: 27.53/1,000 people (medium low)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 18.42/34

  • Score: 18.42/34
  • Hillel: Vassar Jewish Union
  • Chabad: Chabad on Fulton
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: None
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Jewish dorm: None
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • Chicken soup hotline: No
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 30
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 25
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 4 (1 Orthodox, 1 Conservative, 2 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alum: Lisa Kudrow
  • Most unique/noteworthy club: Jews of Color Caucus
  • Where do Jewish students come from? Predominately from California and the Northeast, particularly New York and Massachusetts.
  • Kosher food details: Kosher lunch and dinner are included in the regular meal plan and served daily from the dining hall’s kosher kitchen. Students cook and share Shabbat dinner at the Bayit, the campus home for Jewish life.

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