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How To: Complete Your Application


Posted by Carolyn Pippen on Monday, October 21, 2013

Over the last several weeks, we have been using the admissions blog as a source of information for all students currently going through the college application process.  We have provided checklists for admissions and financial aid; offered tips on writing your personal essay, soliciting recommendations, and compiling your extracurricular activities; and introduced your to our newest online application tool, MyAppVU.

If you have been walking through this process with us, all that’s left to do now is submit!  This may sound like the simplest part of the process, but it is arguably the most important.  With all of the work that you have put into this application, you want to be absolutely sure that all pieces of your file have been successfully submitted and received by our office here in Nashville.

Complete and proof your application. Once you have completed all the required sections of your application, you will be able to view and proof a PDF version of the final document.  This is how we will see your application, so take the time to look it over and make sure everything is in order.

Pay the application fee. Follow the prompts on the Common Application website to submit your application fee.  Most payments will be posted immediately, though some may take 24-48 hours to process.  You will not be able to submit your application until the payment is finalized.  If you are submitting a fee waiver, you are exempt from this step.

Submit your application. Once your fee payment has been posted, you will be directed to the electronic signature page where you will finalize and submit your application for admission.  If you cannot access this page more than 48 hours after you have submitted your payment, contact the Common App Help Center for assistance.

Look out for an email from the Vanderbilt OUA. Within two business days after submitting your application, you should receive a confirmation email from our office with information on how to set up your MyAppVU account.  If you do not receive this email, check the Dashboard of your Common App account to make sure that your application has been successfully submitted. (You many need to click the submit button to complete the process.)

Once you are 100% sure that your application has been submitted and received by our office, you will then need to set up your MyAppVU account and follow up on any required items that we have not yet received. Remember, all admissions decision will be released through MyAppVU this year, so you need an account!  Also keep an eye out for an email from our CoRPs Alumni Interview coordinators for instructions on how to set up an optional interview with a Vanderbilt alum.

As always, feel free to reach out to your admissions counselor if you have any questions throughout this process.


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