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 as well as to learn about the alumni experience. 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. The optional alumni interviews take place in-person or virtually using the Zoom platform.
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 enough trained CoRPs alumni interviewers to meet the demand from all applicants. As a result, some students will not have the opportunity to participate in an interview.
CoRPs Interview Process
Once you submit the Common Application, Coalition (powered by Scoir), 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. There, you will also indicate that you understand that all interviews should follow the guidelines stated in the Vanderbilt University Protection of Minors policy. Interviews may take place virtually or in person in a public space. 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 your admissions decision. In fact, historically, fewer than 20 percent of all first-year applicants typically participate in the CoRPs alumni interviewing program each year.
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: I am an international applicant applying to Vanderbilt. What should I do if I am unable to complete an alumni interview?
A: For international students who are not able to interview with our CoRPs alumni volunteers, we accept interviews from Initial View. 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.