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Admitted Student Visit Programs


Posted by Jay Watson on Tuesday, April 1, 2014

“Congratulations! You’re the newest member of the Class of 2018 at Vanderbilt University!”

If this is the message you saw at the top of the screen on decision day, I hope you took a minute to savor the accomplishment. It’s a big deal – you should be proud. And if, after that minute, you went straight for the “Claim your spot” button, then welcome. You can start counting the days until move in on August 16. But if your admission to Vanderbilt leaves you with a tough choice to make (and I’ve seen a few of you saying just that on Twitter), then we want to help you make up your mind.

At this point in the process, you’re probably deciding between some excellent choices. But what you really want to know now is which school just feels right. Student blogger Anne Walker said it well in a recent Inside ‘Dores post:

“In all honesty, when I received my acceptance a year ago, to the day actually, I was not sold on Vanderbilt. I had applied to over 10 schools, was seriously considering about 4 of them, and had never visited Vanderbilt. I was proud of myself and curious about Vanderbilt, but I was not convinced.

So what changed? Vanderbilt had chosen me, but why should I choose Vanderbilt? What made the difference?

My visit. The moment I stepped onto this campus with my mom on a beautiful April night, I knew this place was special.”

There’s just nothing like a campus visit for helping you find that indescribable fit – that place that just feels right when you’re there.  If you haven’t visited campus yet, or even if you have but you want another look, Vanderbilt offers a range of campus visit programs. Here is a quick rundown of the options:

  • Open Houses. During the month of April, the College of Arts and Science, Peabody School of Education and Human Development, and School of Engineering host on-campus events for students deciding on their college choice. Open Houses showcase the university’s top-tier academic programs and provide a sense of student life at Vanderbilt. Learn more and register.
  • Admitted Student Information Sessions and Campus Tours. Students who aren’t able to attend an Open House are encouraged to register for an Admitted Student Information Session and Tour. These sessions feature a light breakfast, student panel, Q and A session, campus tour, lunch at The Ingram Commons, and optional faculty seminars. Learn more and register.
  • ‘Dore for a Day. A half-day visit program designed for juniors, seniors and admitted students, ‘Dore for a Day offers participants the chance to shadow a current Vanderbilt student. Because ‘Dore for a Day and the Admitted Student Information Session and Campus Tour overlap, students should not register for both on the same day. Learn more and register.
  • Global ‘Dore for a Day. Like ‘Dore for a Day, but specifically designed for international students. In addition to the ‘Dore for a Day activities, Global ‘Dore for a Day includes a special visa-related session by the International Student & Scholar Services office. Learn more and register.
  • Virtual Tour of Vanderbilt. If you just can’t make it to campus, our Virtual Tour is the next best thing. Featuring current students as guides, the Virtual Tour simulates a walking tour of campus, with panoramic photos, still photography, and videos thrown in.  The tour is also presented in English, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish.  Take a virtual tour.
  • Vanderbilt & You. Vanderbilt & You isn’t a campus visit program, but I’ve included it in this list because it is a great way to explore your fit with Vanderbilt. Hosted in locations across the country and abroad, these receptions connect admitted students with each other as well as alumni, admissions officers, and other university staff. Learn more and register.


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