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I’m Admitted – Now What?


Posted by Carolyn Pippen on Friday, April 12, 2013

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As most of our first year applicants have received their admissions decisions by now (if not, please let us know!), we know many of you have questions about the decision that you received.  We have re-published the post below for all of our admitted students, with update information for the newly minted Vanderbilt Class of 2017.  If you have further questions about the matriculation or enrollment processes, please contact your admissions counselor, or post them in the Comments below.

First of all, congratulations!  Your place in the Vanderbilt admitted class of 2017 demonstrates that you have faced – and passed – the highest academic bar set for an entering class in the history of this university.  I hope you have taken more than a few moments to celebrate this truly remarkable accomplishment before sitting down to contemplate the choices that are now before you.

In order to help you make as informed a decision as you possibly can, we would like to provide you with a few resources that will hopefully give you a clearer idea of what being part of the Vanderbilt Class of 2017 will really be like.  First, check out the official Class of 2017 Facebook page for the latest information on the newly admitted class and to reach out to your fellow future Commodores.  You can also follow the Class of 2017 news feed on the Martha Rivers Ingram Commons website, or check out our own Class of 2017 landing page on the admissions website.

If you have not visited campus already, or if you want to get one last look before making your decision, there is still time!  We will be hosting two more admitted student visit days on Monday, April 15 and Friday, April 19, while our daily information sessions and campus tours have kicked it up a notch and are now running three (count ‘em three) times a day.  The ‘Dore for a Day program is also reserved for newly admitted or waitlisted students throughout the month of April.  We strongly encourage students and families to register for these events online as soon as possible, as they will fill extremely quickly over the next few weeks.  If you cannot make it to campus between now and May 1, please take advantage of our brand spanking new virtual campus tour – it’s the next best thing to being here!

If you have questions regarding the financial aid packet you have received, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid and Undergraduate Scholarships at 1-800-288-0204 or via email at finaid@vanderbilt.edu.  While your admissions counselor will be able to answer general questions on our financial aid policies, we will most likely direct you to your assigned financial aid officer for specific questions regarding your package.

Okay, so you’ve received your letter, done a little dance, visited campus, pored over the websites, you understand and are happy with your financial aid package, and you’re ready to call yourself a Commodore.  What do you do next?

Step #1: Submit your matriculation fee.  You will not be able to get the ball rolling on any further logistics until we receive this fee and officially insert you into the incoming freshman class.  For information on matriculation fee waivers, contact our Financial Aid office using the information above.

Step #2: Officially withdraw all other undergraduate applications.  We celebrate a liberal arts-minded education at Vanderbilt, but that does not extend to attending two universities at once.

Step #3: Wait to receive an email from the university registrar regarding your VUnet ID and password, a magical combination of letters and numbers that will grant you access to pretty much everything Vanderbilt related for the next four years (or even longer – I used mine to log into my computer this morning).  You will also receive an info-packed brochure called the Road to Vanderbilt, which will provide information on how and when to apply for housing, register for classes, and all sorts of other exciting next steps.

At this point in the game, we in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will be releasing you out into the Vanderbilt world at large.  You are welcome to stay in contact with your admissions counselor regarding any lingering questions you may have, but we will most likely be directing you to the appropriate office on campus.

Congratulations once again, and welcome to Vanderbilt!


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