Poughkeepsie, NY Six hundred and forty freshmen selected from the largest applicant pool in Vassar College's history will begin classes on September 2. Vassar received 7361 applications for the class of 2012, and 25 percent of the applicants were offered admission, making 2012 Vassar's most selective class ever.
Seventy percent of the class of 2012 with a high school rank graduated in the top 10 percent of their class, and 92 percent were in the top 20 percent. Their average SAT scores were 703 on the critical reading exam, 686 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 2012 are thirty-one valedictorians, twenty salutatorians, forty-five National Merit Finalists or Semi-Finalists, ninety-three students with perfect scores on one or more standardized tests, fifty winners of major book awards, forty-two first generation college students, four National Achievement Scholars, one National Hispanic Scholar, and thirteen National Honor Society presidents. Thirty-six members were class or student council presidents, along with 108 varsity sports captains, fourteen all-state music/art winners, 169 school club presidents, 59 founders of a high school club, and sixty-four editors-in-chief of a major high school publication.
The class of 2012 comes to Poughkeepsie from 525 high schools in 46 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and 32 foreign countries. Students of color comprise nearly 28% of the class. Seventy-five incoming freshmen, nearly 12% of the class, are international students with either foreign or dual citizenship. Eighty-five members of the class are bilingual or speak English as a second language, and their languages include Amharic, Arabic, Bulgarian, Burmese, Cantonese, Estonian, Finnish, French, Ga, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Marathi, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese.
Members of the class of 2012 include four musicians who have performed at Carnegie Hall (piano, harp, violin, and steel drums), many more who played in statewide, regional, or semi-professional orchestras, and a didgeridoo player. Eleven Eagle Scouts/Girl Scout Golds, several published authors and poets, and a published illustrator are members of the class, as well as several actors who have appeared on and off-Broadway, on television, and in independent films, and two filmmakers whose work has been screened at festivals. Among the accomplished athletes in the class are a three-time Missouri state gymnastics champion, five black belt holders in Tae Kwon Do or Karate, Junior Olympics competitors in fencing, gymnastics, skiing, and cycling, and a master level scuba diver. Four class members have danced with professional ballet companies, one is a national champion Irish Dancer, and another is an expert belly dancer. The class also includes a professional magician, a semi-professional circus performer, and a member of a stilt-walking performance troupe.
In descending order, the top U.S. feeder states for the class of 2012 are New York (164), New Jersey (59), California (56), Massachusetts (41), Connecticut (37), Pennsylvania (33), Maryland (19), Illinois (13), Georgia (9), Texas (9), Florida (8), and Minnesota (8), and Wisconsin (8).
Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.