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Decision Plans

Vanderbilt offers three decision plans for first-year applicants: Early Decision I, Early Decision II, and Regular Decision.

Early Decision I and II are binding decision plans, and may be appropriate for students who are committed to attending Vanderbilt if they are admitted. The applicant, a parent or guardian, and the high school counselor must sign the Early Decision Agreement, indicating the student’s commitment to attend Vanderbilt if offered admission. If the student is admitted to Vanderbilt, s/he must immediately withdraw applications to all other colleges and universities.

Note that Early Decision applicants will undergo the same thorough review for need-based financial assistance as Regular Decision applicants. In addition, Early Decision applicants who apply for merit-based assistance will be considered in the same review process as are Regular Decision applicants.

Regular Decision is used by the vast majority of applicants to Vanderbilt. This plan permits students to apply to any number of schools and to make their matriculation decision in the month of April, after all admission decisions are known. Students must submit the Common Application or the Universal College Application and all additional materials by January 1, and decisions will be available April 1.

Applicants Wishing to Change Decision Plans After Submitting the Common Application or the Universal College Application

Switching from Regular Decision to Early Decision I or Early Decision II
Early Decision I and Early Decision II are both binding agreements. If you are admitted through either Early Decision plan, you agree to attend Vanderbilt. Once admitted to Vanderbilt through Early Decision I or II, you must immediately withdraw all other applications for admission. To switch from Regular Decision to Early Decision I or II:

  1. Email your Vanderbilt admissions counselor, stating your intent to change decision plans.
  2. Download the Early Decision Agreement from the Common Application or Universal College Application, print it, and complete it (you, your guidance counselor and your parent or guardian must each sign the agreement).
  3. Send the Early Decision Agreement to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions:

Switching from Early Decision I or Early Decision II to Regular Decision
If you switch decision plans from Early Decision I or II to Regular Decision, you are no longer bound by the Early Decision Agreement. To switch from Early Decision I or II to Regular Decision:

  1. Email your Vanderbilt admissions counselor, stating your intent to change decision plans.
  2. After 48 hours, check your MyAppVU portal to be sure that you are listed correctly as a Regular Decision applicant. If your MyAppVU portal does not show you correctly listed as a Regular Decision applicant, email your admissions counselor, explaining the error.