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Vassar welcomes class of 2011

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – Six hundred and eighty-two freshmen selected from the largest applicant pool in Vassar College's history will begin classes on August 30. Vassar received 6393 applications for the class of 2011, and 29 percent of the applicants were offered admission.

Sixty-nine percent of the class of 2011 with a high school rank graduated in the top 10 percent of their class, and nearly 95 percent were in the top 20 percent. Their average SAT scores were 704 on the critical reading exam, 682 on the mathematics exam, and 697 on the writing exam, with a mean recomputed high school grade point average of A-minus.

Among the outstanding freshmen in the class of 2011 are twenty-eight valedictorians, another twenty-two salutatorians, forty National Merit Finalists or Semi-Finalists, 120 students with perfect scores on one or more standardized tests, 52 winners of major book awards, 43 first generation college students, one National Achievement Scholar, three National Hispanic Scholars, and twelve National Honor Society presidents. Twenty-three members were class or student council presidents, along with 121 varsity sports captains, thirteen all-state music/art winners, 159 school club presidents: 46 founders of a high school club, 56 editors-in-chief of a major high school publication, and two Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Award winners.

The class of 2011 comes to Poughkeepsie from 537 high schools in 45 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and 33 foreign countries. Students of color comprise nearly 29% of the class, by far the highest percentage in Vassar's history. Eighty-one incoming freshmen are international students with either foreign or dual citizenship. Ninety members of the class are bilingual or speak English as a second language, and their languages include Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Gujarati, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Persian/Farsi, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Tagalog, Telugu, Turkish, and Vietnamese.

In descending order, the top U.S. feeder states for the class of 2011 are New York (172), California (73), Massachusetts (60), New Jersey (56), Connecticut (42), Pennsylvania (35), Texas (18), Maryland (16), Illinois (14), and Florida (9).

Members of the class of 2011 include a student who spent eight months after high school working with street children in Cambodia, two dancers with professional ballet companies, a singer who performed at Carnegie Hall, a U.S. orienteering champion and national team member, the three-time NY state champion in constitutional debate, two professional film actors, several published authors and poets, a competitor in the National Spelling Bee, the creator of a clothing label featured in Outlook magazine, an intern with Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz, Junior Olympics competitors in fencing, cycling, and volleyball, 23 Eagle Scout/Girl Scout Golds, the prolific writer of more than 50 songs, numerous musicians in state-wide, regional, or professional orchestras, successful business owners whose products and services include jewelry, jewelry boxes, cakes, technology assistance, and dogs, five black belt holders in Karate or Tae Kwon Do, a hot-air balloon pilot, a winner of national awards for guinea-pig breeding, and a professional radio DJ, fashion model, and make-up artist

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Monday, August 20, 2007