April 27, 1970
Admission figures for the Ivy League and Seven Sisters Colleges compiled by The New York Times indicated that applications to Vassar for admission to the Class of 1974—the first coeducational class of freshmen—were 69 ½ percent higher than those for the last all female class the previous year. Of 1,916 applications, 882 (46 percent) were accepted for a class of 616. By comparison, Wellesley, whose applications declined 14 percent, accepted 840 of 1,985 (42 percent) for a class of 475 and Smith—down 2 ½ percent—accepted 1,128 of 2378 (47 percent) for a class of 615. Radcliffe, whose applications were down 6 ½ percent, accepted 432 of its 2,548 applicants (17 percent) to fill a class of 320.
The Vassar admission office’s final figures varied somewhat from the original data, showing 1,931 (1,451 women and 451 men) applications and 986 acceptances (705 women and 281 men). The increase in applications overall was 71percent, including a 28 percent increase in women applicants. Sixty-eight percent of the admitted men enrolled in the class of 530, and 47 percent of the admitted women enrolled.
Median scholastic aptitude test (SAT) verbal scores for the Class of 1974 were 654, compared to 647 for the Class of 1973, and median SAT mathematical scores were 624 compared to 618.