CoRPs Alumni Interview Program
Vanderbilt University alumni provide applicants with informational interviews through Commodore Recruitment Programs (CoRPs). Through CoRPs, first-year applicants are welcome to contact alumni in their local areas to request an informational interview about life at Vanderbilt. Interviews are informational and serve as a tool for students to evaluate their fit with Vanderbilt University. While the interview is informational in nature, CoRPs alumni interviewers will also provide an evaluative report to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions that will be included in the applicant's admissions file.
CoRPs alumni interviews are optional and are not a required part of the admissions process at Vanderbilt. Students who do not participate are not negatively impacted in the admissions review process.
Not all students will be able to complete a CoRPs alumni interview. While a vibrant Commodore community exists around the globe, Vanderbilt does not have trained CoRPs alumni interviewers in every city or area. As a result, some students will not have the opportunity to participate in an interview.
CoRPs Alumni Process
Once an applicant submits the Common Application, he or she will be emailed an invitation to request a CoRPs interview. Students search for alumni in their local area and submit a request for an interview online. The selected alumnus then replies to the student to coordinate the meeting. Interviews always take place in a public space, such as a coffee shop or office lobby. Once the interview is complete, the interviewer submits a report to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions on behalf of the applicant.
Deadlines for Requesting CoRPs Alumni Interviews
|Early Decision I||November 13, 2013|
|Early Decision II||January 6, 2014|
|Regular Decision||January 31, 2014|
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Does Vanderbilt require interviews?
A: No, interviews are not required for first-year applicants. Vanderbilt does, however, offer CoRPs alumni interviews for applicants to evaluate their fit with Vanderbilt. Not participating will not negatively impact our admissions decision. In fact, fewer than 20 percent of all first-year applicants participate in the CoRPs alumni interviewing program each year.
Q: How do I request a CoRPs interview?
A: Check your email! Once an applicant submits the Common Application, he or she will be emailed instructions regarding how to request an interview.
Q: Are applicants who do not participate in the CoRPs alumni interviewing program negatively affected in the admissions review process?
A: Absolutely not. The absence of an interview report from the applicant's file will not negatively impact the admissions decision.
Q: Where can I find my “applicant ID number”?
A: Refer back to the email invitation you received regarding CoRPs alumni interviews. Your applicant ID number is provided directly above the link that applicants use to request interviews.
Q: What do I do if there are no trained CoRPs alumni in my area?
A: Unfortunately, Vanderbilt does not have trained CoRPs alumni interviewers in every city or area. As a result, some students will not be able to participate in an interview. Moreover, we discourage applicants from going out of their way to meet with an interviewer if the interviewer is not in the applicant's immediate vicinity.
Q: If there is not a CoRPs interviewer in my area, may I request a phone or Skype interview?
A: No. We prefer that these informational interviews take place one-on-one and in-person. Phone interviews and Skype interviews are not permitted for domestic students.
Q: I am an international applicant applying to Vanderbilt and there are no alumni listed in my country. What should I do?
A: If there are no alumni listed in your area, you may not be able to participate in an alumni interview. If there is an alumnus listed in a directly neighboring country, you are allowed to request a Skype interview with that individual only if the alumnus agrees to that arrangement. Please do not request interviews with alumni who are from completely different areas of the world (e.g., If you are from China, please do not request an interview with an alumnus from the United Kingdom).
Q: What should I do if I do not receive a response from the alumnus?
A: Allow one week for the alumnus to respond to your request for an interview. If you do not hear from the alumnus during that week, you may contact us via email at email@example.com stating that you did not receive a response; please provide the alumnus' name. You may also simply return to the website provided in the interview invitation email and request an interview from a different alumnus. If the interview request deadline for your respective application plan has passed, you may not request an additional interview, and we apologize for any inconvenience.
Q: The deadlines for requesting interviews have now passed. May I still request an interview?
A: No. While we apologize that you were not able to participate in an alumni interview, requesting an interview past the deadline does not ensure enough time for applicants to arrange an interview and successfully meet with an alumnus in enough time for our office to receive the interview report before decisions are rendered.