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Applying to Vanderbilt

 
 

Admissions Philosophy

Vanderbilt uses a holistic admissions process — we do not employ cutoffs for standardized testing or grade point averages. Rather we look for students who have demonstrated strong academic skills and intellectual curiosity, and who have engaged in activities outside the classroom that have nurtured their growth as leaders. Most successful applicants have taken a very rigorous course load and have challenged themselves at the highest levels of the available curriculum. 

Three ways to apply.

You may apply through the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success; the Common Application; or QuestBridge. Do not submit an application through more than one system. Choose one application, and submit all required materials through that method. Please note:  applicants to Blair submit the Blair School of Music Application, which includes a pre-screening video.

Decision Plans

You may apply through Early Decision I or II, or Regular Decision. Visit our decision plans page to learn more about these options. 

MyAppVU

Within two business days of submitting the Coalition Application or the Common Application to Vanderbilt, you should receive an email from our office explaining how to create your online MyAppVU account. If you do not receive this email, check through your Coalition Application or Common Application portal to be sure that you have actually submitted the application to Vanderbilt.


Requirements for First-Year Applicants

  • All required parts of the Coalition Application or Common Application 
  • $50 nonrefundable application fee, or fee waiver for qualified students
  • Official high school transcript
  • Counselor letter of recommendation
  • Two academic teacher letters of recommendation
  • Official SAT or ACT scores (SAT code: 1871 / ACT code: 4036), and if applicable, TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson, or Duolingo English Test

Additional Requirements for Blair School of Music Applicants

(NOTE: Please visit blair.vanderbilt.edu/admissions/apply for all details and latest information regarding application requirements for Blair applicants)

All applicants to Blair must complete the Blair School of Music Application in addition to the Coalition Application or the Common Application.

Blair School of Music Application Required Materials:

  1. Two Artistic Recommendations
  2. Headshot or Photo (for identification purposes; does not need to be professional)
  3. Music Resume
  4. Repertoire List
  5. Prescreening Video

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Blair School of Music Application cannot be accessed until your Common Application or Coalition Application has been submitted and your MyAppVU portal has been created. Once your portal has been created, you can access the Blair School of Music Application through the “Application Checklist” section.

  • Complete the "Requirements for First-Year Applicants." There are no additional requirements for home-schooled students. 
  • Visit our Homeshool page to learn more about applying to Vanderbilt as a home-schooled student.

*Applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English are required to submit official scores of one of the following English language proficiency tests: TOEFL, IELTS, PTE Academic, or Duolingo English Test. Vanderbilt's recommended minimum scores are a 100 on the internet-based TOEFL, a 230 on the computer-based TOEFL, a 7.0 on the IELTS, a 70 on the PTE Academic, and a 120 on the Duolingo English Test. The English language proficiency test requirement will be waived if a student has scored above 33 on the SAT Reading Test or above a 26 on the ACT English section.

**International applicants requesting consideration for need-based financial aid are required to submit the CSS Profile showing their sources of financial support. 

Please provide all documents in English. Learn more about the application requirements for international students.

Applicants through the QuestBridge program should follow all application instructions outlined on the Vanderbilt page of the QuestBridge web site


 

Requirements for Transfer Applicants

  • All required parts of the Coalition Application Transfer Application or the Common Application Transfer Application
  • $50 nonrefundable application fee, or fee waiver for qualified students
  • Official high school transcript
  • Official college transcript(s) (from each institution attended) 
  • Transfer College Report (from the institution you are transferring from)
  • Two academic teacher letters of recommendation (we prefer that at least one letter is from a college professor/instructor)
  • Official SAT or ACT scores (SAT code: 1871 / ACT code: 4036), and if applicable, TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson, or Duolingo English Test

Additional Requirements for Blair School of Music Applicants

(NOTE: Please visit blair.vanderbilt.edu/admissions/apply for all details and latest information regarding application requirements for Blair applicants)

All applicants to Blair must complete the Blair School of Music Application in addition to the Coalition Application or the Common Application.

Blair School of Music Application Required Materials:

  1. Two Artistic Recommendations
  2. Headshot or Photo (for identification purposes; does not need to be professional)
  3. Music Resume
  4. Repertoire List
  5. Prescreening Video

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Blair School of Music Application  cannot  be accessed until your Common Application or Coalition Application has been submitted and your MyAppVU portal has been created. Once your portal has been created, you can access the Blair School of Music Application through the “Application Checklist” section.

*Applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English are required to submit official scores of one of the following English language proficiency tests: TOEFL, IELTS, PTE Academic, or Duolingo English Test. Vanderbilt's recommended minimum scores are a 100 on the internet-based TOEFL, a 230 on the computer-based TOEFL, a 7.0 on the IELTS, a 70 on the PTE Academic, and a 120 on the Duolingo English Test. The English language proficiency test requirement will be waived if a student has scored above 33 on the SAT Reading Test or above a 26 on the ACT English section.

Please provide all documents in English. Learn more about the application requirements for international students.

Related Links

Dates and Deadlines

The Selection Process

Financial Aid

Guide to Writing Letters of Recommendation

CoRPs Alumni Interview Program


**Additional Information on Standardized Tests

  • Official SAT or ACT scores are required to complete your application.
  • An official ACT or SAT score report must be submitted directly from the testing agency.
  • The Writing section of the ACT and the Essay section of the SAT are not required.
  • Applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English are required to submit official scores of an English language proficiency test (either the TOEFL, IELTS, PTE Academic, or Duolingo English Test) in addition to the SAT or the ACT.

  • SAT Subject Tests are optional. If official scores are sent to Vanderbilt, they may be considered during the application review process.
  • For students who enroll at Vanderbilt, some SAT Subject Test scores can be used to meet language proficiency requirements in the College of Arts and Science, and to meet mathematics requirements for some majors in Peabody College.

  • Vanderbilt strongly encourages students to submit scores each time they take either the SAT or the ACT.
  • Vanderbilt will superscore both the SAT and the ACT.
  • Only the highest section scores for either the SAT or the ACT will be considered as part of the admissions review process.
  • Each time SAT or ACT scores are submitted, the student's record is updated with the new high section scores. 
  • Vanderbilt considers the highest SAT superscore or the highest ACT superscore.
  • If a student submits both SAT and ACT scores, Vanderbilt will consider the highest superscore from either the SAT or the ACT, whichever is best.

ACT: 4036

Educational Testing Service (ETS): 1871

Applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English are required to submit official scores of one of the following English language proficiency tests: TOEFL, IELTS, PTE Academic, or Duolingo English Test. Vanderbilt's recommended minimum scores are a 100 on the internet-based TOEFL, a 230 on the computer-based TOEFL, a 7.0 on the IELTS, a 70 on the PTE Academic, and a 120 on the Duolingo English Test. The English language proficiency test requirement will be waived if a student has scored above 33 on the SAT Reading Test or above a 26 on the ACT English section.

The results of English language proficiency tests are used by the Admission Committee to better understand your written and spoken English ability. Because the SAT was originally written with U.S. domestic students in mind, we realize that many international students do not score as well on the SAT Critical Reading portion as do domestic students. Therefore, in most cases, a strong English language proficiency test score will enhance the strength of an international student's application.

Vanderbilt University's Institutional TOEFL Testing Code is 1871.