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Decision Week Update

Posted by on Monday, April 28, 2008 in Commencement, Vanderbilt Blogs, Vandy Athletics, Waitlist.

A couple quick updates on our waitlist for everyone. We’ve been getting a good number of phone calls and emails asking whether we’ll be going to the waitlist, and while admitted students have a few more days to make their decisions known (reply cards should be postmarked by May 1) it does look like we will be going to our waitlist to some degree (as we anticipated).

A couple of things to keep in mind:

1) In our letter that offered a spot on the waitlist, we indicated that we “might” admit students from the waitlist in late April. It now looks like we won’t be looking to start admitting students from the waitlist until early May.

2) We don’t know at this point how many students we will admit from the waitlist. As I’ve mentioned here before, we will assess where we are with our class and seek to round it out (if we need more Oboe players, Chem majors, etc.).

3) Just as a reminder, if you are selected to be admitted from the waitlist, your admissions officer will call and ask if you are still interested in being admitted to Vanderbilt. If you say yes, we will mail you an admissions packet. You will have one week to let us know if you intend to enroll. There’ll be more updates as we know them in the next several days and weeks.

So what’s new in Vandyland? Vanderbilt’s Dean of Admissions, Doug Christiansen was quoted in Time Magazine last week in an article about waitlists (,9171,1734829,00.html).

BlogVU has been created for those of you who are interested in reading other Vanderbilt blogs. It’s a central website for all things Blog-related at Vandy ( By the way, did you see that the Chicago Bears took two Vandy players in this weekend’s NFL draft? Chris Williams (OT) in the first round and Earl Bennett (WR) in the third. Perhaps they’ll be marketing themselves as the “Commodores of the Midway.” Jonathan Goff (ILB) was also drafted by the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants.

And even though commencement is not until May 9th, they start setting up for it now. I thought you all would enjoy a picture taken this morning.

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  • Anonymous

    May 1st, 2008

    1. You reduced the class size.
    2. You waitlisted 25% more applicants this year than last year.
    3. You (We) try to humanize this experience, because it’s very emotional and stressful for the students and families.
    4. Am I missiong something?

  • tadd

    May 1st, 2008

    Don’t blame em. This was a really uncertain year in admissions, with a bunch of top schools changing their early admission policies/financial aid policies. They had to play it safe.

  • Anonymous

    May 3rd, 2008

    Yeah, I guess it is because they admitted so many students last year. It is better to be careful of choosing applicants after this experience.

  • Anonymous

    May 4th, 2008

    I hope they let us know as soon as they start calling so we can finally give up hope. It is miserable to keep thinking about what if I get in somewhere. Waitlisted at 4 schools.

  • Anonymous

    May 5th, 2008

    Any updates in the wait list situation? I’m getting anxious!

  • Anonymous

    May 5th, 2008

    Where is Doug Christiansen? Is he reading the blog? If they want to humanize the experience, why don’t they share the data?