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You’re Admitted! Now What?

Posted by on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 in I've been admitted - now what?.

First, take a breather and appreciate what you’ve accomplished.  Then, explore our Class of 2015 page.  This will answer most of your questions about the matriculation deposit, setting up your VUnetID, and requesting housing on campus.  Also, explore the Common Place Class of 2015 message board where you’ll find helpful information regarding your life here as a first-year student.  Finally, if you send in a matriculation deposit you will shortly receive the Road to Vanderbilt brochure which goes into deep detail to prepare you for life as a Commodore.

Here are some additional answers to questions you may have:

I still haven’t decided on Vanderbilt, are there visit opportunities?  I want to visit, but the only day I can come to campus is full, what now?  I’ve already done an information session and campus tour, are there other visit programs?  How do I meet with a professor?

If you have not visited campus previously, I highly suggest the basic information session and tour.  We conduct about 3 per day Monday through Friday and one on Saturday.  You need to register in advance as these fill up quickly!  If the information session is full you can still jump on the tour.  Simply arrive one hour after the information session started and notify the receptionist that you’d like to get in with a tour group.

We also have a ‘Dore for a Day program.  This is a half-day experience where you will attend classes, eat lunch, and explore campus life with a current student.  This program is only for admitted and waitlisted seniors in the month of April.  You must register in advance.  This program ends on April 23 due to finals.

Each of the four schools will be hosting Admitted Student Visit Programs in the month of April to showcase the courses and professors available here at Vanderbilt.  Note that the design of these programs is to reach out to Regular Decision students who have not yet made up their mind.  Early Decision students and students who are certain they will attend Vanderbilt should select another visit option.

I highly encourage visiting seniors to sit in on a class this upcoming month and take a self-guided tour.  A casually structured day will give you the opportunity to have an authentic student-life experience.  Take in lunch at the Commons and discover off-campus life in Hillsboro Village.

Finally, if you wish to meet with a professor, discuss incoming AP credits, or plan out your academic possibilities, contact the department directly.   Use the “Contact Us” tab on each department’s website to connect with an available and appropriate faculty member.

I didn’t apply for need-based financial aid, but now I wish to do so, can I?  I’m confused about how my National Merit Scholarship will work with my financial aid package.  Is it possible to have our financial need reevaluated?

Any and all need-based or merit-based financial aid questions should go directly to the Office of Financial Aid and Undergraduate Scholarships.  You have a financial aid officer assigned to you based on the first letter of your last name:

The dates in the Open ‘Dores packet and on the website are inconsistent for Family Weekend and Homecoming, what are the correct dates?

We apologize for the inconvenience.  All of the dates online are correct.  Family Weekend will be September 16-18 and Homecoming will be October 22.  The Vanderbilt Parents & Family Programs website can help you with additional information for these events.

I want to set up my VUnetID and email, but it’s not working…

You cannot set up your VUnetID until you send in your matriculation deposit.  We also must process your deposit before you are able to set it up.  The processing does take time so please wait two weeks after mailing your deposit.  If you still have difficulties after waiting two weeks, please contact Vanderbilt ITS directly.

I feel as if we should be doing something.  What about registering for courses and getting housing assignments?

You can explore possible courses for Fall 2011 through Your Enrollment Services (YES).  An advisor will contact you in June via phone or email to discuss your options and help you make decisions.  All course registration will happen online before you arrive on campus.  Similarly, you will request housing online during the summer months.  Housing assignments do not happen until August, just before move-in.  All first-year students will receive housing in the Commons – there is no preferential or priority housing.

If you still have questions it is best to contact the department in concerns directly.  For example, the Office of Housing and Residential Education for living concerns or Vanderbilt ITS with technical issues.  Your admissions counselor is always here as a resource to you, but we will likely just connect you with the appropriate office.

Once again, congratulations!!

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  • Gretchen

    March 29th, 2011

    Any idea when the first wave of transfer acceptances come out?

  • Kylie

    March 29th, 2011

    Gretchen: Likely late April. I’ll update on the blog about transfer admissions soon.

  • Amber

    March 29th, 2011

    I was admitted ED I and I turned in my matriculation deposit in December but I still haven’t received a Road to Vanderbilt packet yet. When should I expect to receive it?

  • Kylie

    March 29th, 2011

    Amber: The Road to Vanderbilt packets are not yet printed, so no worries. They will start to mail near the end of April. It will also be posted online!

  • Helen

    March 29th, 2011

    I was accepted ED round 2 and I was wondering if there are any weekend programs geared towards those students that are for sure attending next year. Thanks!

  • Kay

    March 29th, 2011

    Is there any chance waitlisted students will be noticed late April?

  • Kylie

    March 29th, 2011

    Kay: Highly unlikely. We will wait for May 1st to find out which of our admitted students accepted our offers.

  • Talisha

    March 29th, 2011

    If you are on the waitlist, do you know what finincial aid package you will receive or is this info only provided once you are accepted? Is there any way to find out a head of time how much aid you may receive contingent upon being accepted by Vanderbilt if you had to wait? Knowing this info would help the student decide if they would like to continue to stay active on the waitlist or not.

  • Kylie

    March 29th, 2011

    Talisha: You’ll need to contact the Office of Financial Aid and Undergraduate Scholarships to get an answer to this question. Find the appropriate counselor for you based on your last name and shoot them an email.

  • Jane

    March 29th, 2011

    I highly recommend Dore for a Day! I did that on my first visit and it moved Vandy from middle to top of my list. So helpful in getting a more candid sense of the school!

  • Dhvani

    March 31st, 2011

    hey I got into Vandy with this wonderful scholarship but I am half Indian half Nigerian and I hear there is a lot of racism at Vanderbilt. Could someone give me a really honest opinion? I hate it when people ask me how I can speak English and I got into a school that they did

  • Sabrina

    April 4th, 2011

    There is a lot of racism where ever people are afraid they will lose their position of power, because of color or outward appearance.

    It is not so bad at Vanderbilt, it is just a microcosm of the greater world. Some bad apples, but alot more good ones. The people who are focused on learning and educating themselves will not be a problem. It’s just the other ones that cause trouble.

    Good luck!

  • Hope

    April 11th, 2011

    Hi! I am an admitted student, and I can’t wait to get to Nashville in the fall! I was wondering if there was any way for me to pay my matriculation deposit online, or if I was required to mail it in.

    @Dhvani: Coming from Mississippi, racism is all around. I just want to give you some comfort in knowing that there are those of us who think it is incredible to have fellow students with different backgrounds! I don’t think you’ll run into much at Vandy simply because of the caliber of people I’ve met there. Don’t reject Vanderbilt because of something you heard. Good luck! :)

  • Kylie

    April 11th, 2011

    Hope: There are no online payment options at this time. Just an old-fashioned check. Can’t wait to have you as a ‘Dore!

  • meixi

    April 16th, 2011

    As an international student, i don’t have a SSN to set up my VUnetID. I sent emails but there is no answer. What should I do?