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Vanderbilt FAQs

Posted by on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 in Admissions, General Information, Grad School.

Happy summer everyone!

Studying for the GRE was not fun.

My summer has been quite busy so far but also very exciting. This summer I am a virtual medical scribe, studying for the GRE, and also hanging out with new and old friends here in Nashville. In addition, I am also working at the Vanderbilt Office of Undergraduate Admissions this summer and giving tours to prospective students, families, and high school college counselors. I only started giving tours about two months ago, but I truly love interacting with prospective students, like yourself! While giving tours, I am frequently asked a few questions about Vanderbilt, so this blog is all about answering some of these “frequently asked questions.”

*Did you apply to Vanderbilt Early Decision or Regular Decision?

I applied to Vanderbilt Regular Decision. I was too scared to commit to any school Early Decision and then not like it. I have loved my three years at Vanderbilt so far though and would not have been disappointed if I applied Early Decision!

*What do you plan to do after life at Vanderbilt?

Since I am about to begin my senior year at Vanderbilt (quite crazy to think about), I have been thinking about this question a lot. My plan after graduation is to attend graduate school to pursue a dual degree program in order to obtain my Master of Public Health and Master of Business Administration. In the future, I would like to work either in hospital administration or for a federal health agency.

Ready for my first tour of the summer!

*How large is campus?

The short answer is that Vanderbilt is 334 acres, which seems pretty big at first. However, the longest that I needed to walk from one class to another is 12 minutes. You can walk from the farthest building of campus to the opposite end in about 25-30 minutes, which is an extremely rare walk for me. If need be, I just wait for the Vandy Vans to start running which travel to the main “hotspots” of campus from 6 PM to 3 AM.

*What’s with all the construction?

Vanderbilt is currently updating a lot of areas of campus to improve them for when students return in the fall. A few of the major changes involve reconstructing houses on Greek Row, building a new Residential College, and repainting and repaving the pedestrian bridge that students use each day on campus!

*What is the most important lesson that you’ve learned at Vanderbilt?

For me personally, the most important lesson that I have learned at Vanderbilt is how to advocate for myself and use the resources available to me. I struggled with adjusting to studying for college exams, and I quickly realized how important it was for me to talk to my professors during office hours and to discuss the mistakes I made and how to improve in the future. Also, I realized how important it is to use the resources that Vanderbilt offers and that there is no reason for me to struggle on my own. I have taken advantage of the Writing Studio, Career Center, Tutoring Services, Health Professions Advisory Office, and Center for Student Wellbeing countless times during my three years here at Vanderbilt, and I definitely would not have succeeded without them.

Of course, if you have a question that I did not answer above, feel free to email me at! I would be more than happy to answer any questions that you have!

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