CoRPs Alumni Interview Program
Vanderbilt University alumni provide first-year applicants with informational interviews through Commodore Recruitment Programs (CoRPs). 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 in any way.
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 Interview Process
Once you submit the Coalition Application , Common Application , or QuestBridge Application , you will receive an email with instructions for setting up a MyAppVU account. If you choose to participate in the program, you will opt in through your MyAppVU portal. 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 your behalf. This report is added to your admission file and treated as an additional letter of recommendation.
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: Go to your MyAppVU portal! After you submit the Coalition Application, Common Application, or QuestBridge Application and create your MyAppVU account, you will see a link to the optional “CoRPs Interviewing Program” in the “Forms” section in your MyAppVU portal.
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 in any way.
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.
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 discouraged 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: For international students who are not able to interview with our CoRPs alumni volunteers, we accept interviews from InitialView . Interviews are not required, and the absence of an interview report from the applicant's file will not negatively impact the admissions decision in any way.