Post May 1 Waitlist Update
As we anticipated and had planned, starting today and progressing throughout early summer, we will begin calling students on our waitlist to offer them admission to Vanderbilt University. I wanted to touch base with everyone to provide a little insight into how we will be making the decisions as to who will be admitted as well as making sure everyone understands some of the processes.
The decision process to admit a student from the waitlist mirrors the holistic review that the applicant has already gone through during regular decision. We consider academics (grades, test scores, rigor of coursework, etc), leadership and other intellectual and personal intangibles that are the foundation of Vanderbilt’s admissions process. More unique to our waitlist review though, we may consider the level of continued interest in Vanderbilt, the content of any new information that has been received since our decisions have gone out, and what elements of each application fit with the outstanding needs and goals of our incoming class (the aforementioned scenario, if we need oboe players, we’ll admit more oboe players, etc).
As I’ve mentioned, if you are being offered admission from the waitlist, an admissions officer will attempt to contact you and ask if you are still interested in Vanderbilt and in being admitted. If you say yes, we will priority mail an admissions letter and packet to you. If you completed an application for financial aid, we will priority mail that package as soon as it is available (usually within a day or two). In the admissions packet is a response form for you to complete. You have seven days to consider the offer of admission and mail that response card back to our office.
Important Question #1: But Thom, should I flip out if I don’t get called in the next several days? In a word, no. Keep in mind that we do this in waves and may possibly be calling into early summer. The students we admit from the waitlist have a tough decision to make in that they have already deposited at another school. We don’t know, and neither do you what they’ll decide to do. We will send out a notice once our class is complete, and our intent is to not go past July 1.
Important Question #2: Should I call my admissions officer to get my waitlist status? Again, no. It’s fine to contact us if you are providing additional information towards your application (as we’ve discussed in previous posts), but we will contact you if you will be offered admission from the waitlist.