May 1, 1971
At the May 1 deadline about 92 percent of applicants offered places at Vassar for the Class of 1975 had responded. Of the 611 new students in the second freshman class to enroll men, 388 were women and 233 were men. One hundred six accepted applicants had not responded, and the 22 places remaining unfilled were offered to some of the 109 applicants on the waiting list and to a few of the 350 transfer applicants. Admission director Richard Stephenson said that the 58 percent acceptance rate from accepted male applicants—down from 70 percent for the first-ever male freshmen in the Class of 1974—was in line with expectations, and he attributed the decline in positive male responses "to a lessening," according to The Miscellany News, "of the 'sense of adventure' involved in being a Vassar male." Female responses were, at 50 percent, were higher than expected, given last year's 43 percent affirmative response rate.
The college's chief competitors for freshmen were: Smith, 47 acceptances; Harvard and Radcliffe, 33; Yale, 25; Princeton, 25; and Cornell, 19 women and 5 men. Observing that, given the number and quality of the applicants, "we can lose many and still get the class we want," Stephenson noted the "solid advance on minority groups" in the new class: 41 African American students, of which 11 were male; 22 Asian Americans and 16 Hispanic Americans. The Miscellany News