2009 Decision Letters Have Been Mailed
Decision letters for the next great incoming class at Vanderbilt University have officially left 2305 West End Avenue!
Last year’s incoming class was historic. For a year now, the Vanderbilt class of 2012, the first Commons class, was able to boast about being the most diverse, best prepared group of incoming students ever seen at Vanderbilt. After this coming Fall, the class of 2012 will not be able to say that anymore.
In several ways, Vanderbilt’s applicant pool had a breakthrough year in terms of the overall quality, depth of character, diversity, and intellectualism. Some highlights of this amazing applicant pool include:
- 19,350 applications received, up 16% over last year and setting a new Vanderbilt record.
- Vanderbilt’s geographic diversity continues to expand as students from around the United States and overseas consider Vanderbilt an academic destination. This year’s applicants hail from all 50 US States, 13 US Territories and Military Bases, and 97 foreign countries, up from 77 just two years ago.
- The exploding growth in the ethnic diversity of Vanderbilt’s applicant pool continued yet again this year, with all underrepresented groups registering double-digit increases in applications over last year:
- African-American: Up 15%
- Asian: Up 20%
- Hispanic: Up 18%
- Native-American: Up 33%
- Other Minority: Up 10%
- International: Up 38%
- This year’s applicant pool featured the highest level of academic preparation in Vanderbilt’s history as evidenced by students enrolling in the most demanding curriculum offered at their high school.
- Most impressively, our applicant pool set a new standard of engagement and leadership at the high school, community, regional, national, and international level.
As a result, our staff had the difficult task of selecting the students who will make up another historically accomplished and diverse incoming class at Vanderbilt.
Statistically, below is a breakdown of the students admitted for the Vanderbilt class of 2013. It is critical to understand that these figures are provided to assist you in contextualizing our decisions, and have never been, and never will be, firm cut-offs in our process. The middle 50% standardized testing bands mean that, for example, 25% of students admitted had below a 1400 SAT (M+CR) or an ACT composite below a 31, and 25% had above a 1560 or a 34. We believe strongly in the merits of a truly holistic review process for admission, and these numbers cannot fully capture everything that gets considered – leadership, character, intellectual verve, and overall fit with Vanderbilt, for example.
- Admit Rate: 18.9%
- Middle 50% SAT Reasoning (M+CR): 1400 – 1560
- Middle 50% ACT Composite: 31 – 34
- Percent of admitted class in top 10% of their graduating high school class: 92.15%*
- Gender breakdown:
- Female: 49.1%
- Male: 50.9%
*Figures only represent admitted students for whom we have official rank information from their high school.
Our office will be closed to the public tomorrow (Friday, 3/27). We will not release decisions over the phone until Wednesday, April 1st. If you have not received your decision by then, please feel free to call our office (800.288.0432).
Congratulations to the newest members of the Vanderbilt community!