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Have mission. Will travel.

Posted by on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 in College Fairs and VU Visiting Your High School, General Information.

In my last post, I talked about all the places we go overseas and how many international students find their way to us.  What about the domestic students (the ones who fill 94% of our class)? How does OUA reach out to y’all?

One. City. At. A. Time.


Our 24 admissions counselors (plus our fearless leader Dr. Christiansen) spend most of the fall on the road trying to find future Commodores.  If you followed this blog last semester you probably read some of my travel postings.  A few weeks ago we received a fall recap from our travel lieutenants and the numbers blew me away.

During Fall 2010 Vanderbilt admissions counselors spent a collective 800 days on the road!

  • We visited 1,493 individual high schools
  • Stood as a representative at 282 college fairs
  • Hosted 60 Vanderbilt receptions
  • Coordinated 79 alumni visits to college fairs

If you had an experience last fall where Vanderbilt was the only selective college to travel to your area, you’re not alone.  Many of our students report similar experiences.  The best students can’t always afford the cost or time to come to us, so we’re going to them!  Plus, some of the best students haven’t even put us on their radar and we want to be there.  That sincere service mission is utterly exhausting for our counselors in the fall, but here in the thick of reading season we’re reaping the rewards.  Your applications are simply amazing!

And fall isn’t our only travel season!  We travel a bit during reading season, plus we will hit the ground running in April to attend more college fairs and events!  Admitted seniors should seriously consider coming to one of our Vanderbilt & You receptions this April, they’re a blast and a great way to connect with the admissions office and alumni from your area.  If admitted, you’ll receive all the information you need in your admit packet.

Juniors, get your thinking caps on!  I know it seems like a ways off, but senior year will be here before you know it.  Come hear from Vanderbilt this August at one of our Road Show events or plan to meet up with us at a college fair next fall.  Hopefully, you’ll love us enough to visit campus.

As our receptionist Ms. Daphne is famous for saying…Peace. Love. Joy.

Photos courtesy of Jeff Sturgeon

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  • Aimee

    February 9th, 2011


    I know this is a question that should be directed to the financial aid office but I applied EDII and I realize the FAFSA deadline has passed. I told my mom the deadline was the fifth though she was adamant on the fact that we didn’t have to turn it in until I got accepted. So long story short I finally convinced her so she is turning it in tonight. Will it be too late for me to get financial aid assistance?

  • Kylie

    February 9th, 2011

    Aimee: February 5th is the priority deadline, but you are not prevented from receiving need-based aid if you missed the deadline. Given your situation, you will likely not receive an estimated financial aid packet with your admit letter (if admitted), rather it will come in the mail several weeks later. Hope this helps calm the nerves in your household!

  • Jonalie

    February 9th, 2011

    When will ED2 decisions be mailed?

  • Kylie

    February 10th, 2011

    Jonalie: We are on schedule to mail on Friday, February 11th.

  • Sarah

    February 11th, 2011

    Were the decisions mailed today?