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Early Decision II Letters Mailed

Posted by on Friday, February 8, 2013 in Application Process, Early Decision, Fast Facts, Standardized Testing, Uncategorized, Vandy Athletics, VU Admissions Statistics.

This past Wednesday was a big day for Vanderbilt University.

Today is an even bigger one.

On Wednesday, head football coach James Franklin received commitments from 26 of the most talented student athletes in the country, making the 2013 football recruiting class the most highly ranked in university history.  That evening, hundreds of Commodore faithful gathered in the Student Life Center to celebrate our most recent record-shattering season and revel in the thrilling promise of what is to come.

Mr. C welcomes the newest members of the Class of 2017 (Vanderbilt University/Steve Green)

We in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, however, know that the real signing day happens today.  Earlier this morning, we mailed decision letters to each of our Early Decision II applicants, thereby solidifying the ED portion of our (also record-shattering) Class of 2017.  You may not have signed your Early Decision Agreements on ESPN with the whole world watching (like this guy), but you are making the same commitment: to live the next four years of your life as a Vanderbilt Commodore.

Coming into my second year of reading applications, I thought I had seen it all.  Last year I was blown away by the sheer amount of honors, awards, championships, superlatives, and life experiences that the Class of 2016 brought to the table; surely this year, nothing could surprise me.  Oh how wrong I was.  Each application showed new levels of academic achievement and leadership that ensure the next first-year class will accomplish outstanding things at Vanderbilt and beyond.

As promised, here are some helpful (and unbelievable) statistics on this year’s admitted freshman class thus far (EDI and II combined):

  • We received 3,248 total Early Decision applications, which makes for a 14% growth from last year’s pool.
  • Middle 50% SAT:  1400-1540
  • Middle 50% ACT:  32-34
  • Percent of students in the top ten percent of their graduating class:  93.43%*
  • Average rank in class:  4.26%*
  • Early Decision Admit Rate:  21.18%

*Data reported only for students enrolled in schools that provide exact rank-in-class information.

As the envelopes have now officially left the building, each of our Early Decision II applicants should receive their letters sometime within the next few days.  In the unlikely case that you do not receive a letter by next Friday, February 15, you may call the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to receive your decision by phone.  During normal business hours, we will be glad to direct you to either your assigned admissions counselor (if available) or an “on-call” officer who can answer your questions.  EDII applicants living outside the United States will receive their decisions via email on Monday, February 11.

To everyone who applied this year, congratulations on your wonderful accomplishments — we know you will reach even greater heights in the years to come.  To the newest members of the Vanderbilt Class of 2017, we can’t wait to meet you on August 17 – get ready to anchor down!

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  • Jack

    February 9th, 2013

    I read somewhere that the ED 1 acceptance rate was 22% and ED II was only 11%. Why is there such a big difference? Are ED II applications looked at differently than ED I?

  • Ryan Burleson

    February 11th, 2013

    We’ve published only one admit rate (21.18%), and it’s for both ED pools combined. EDII files are given the same thorough review as EDI files.

  • Anonymous

    February 11th, 2013

    I don’t think that you are going to get anything more out of Official Vandy than Ryan’s carefully worded response below. I also think you mispoke when you suggest thatthe rate for the ED1 pool was 22% since that would not work out to a 21.18 overall rate. I believe the numbers to which you are referring stated that
    there was a 26.92% rate for ED1 (553 out of 2,054 apps) based on information
    published in the New York Times (which publication Vandy did not authorize or
    confirm). If that information is correct, that rate is more than double the
    EDII rate of just over 11%. As to whether that’s true and, if so, why, we can
    only speculate.

  • Class of 2017

    February 9th, 2013

    WOW I am soo nervous

  • 7Joanna7

    February 11th, 2013

    ME TOO!!

  • Erica

    February 15th, 2013

    Hi, I live outside the US (in Shanghai, China), but did not receive an email about a decision via email on Monday, February 11. What should I do? :(

  • Ryan Burleson

    February 15th, 2013

    Beginning today you may call our office to receive your decision over the phone. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you are unable to call, please let us know and we will determine another way to deliver your decision.

  • Caitlyn

    February 16th, 2013

    My decision letter was sadly not in the mail yesterday. How can I find out my decision over the phone? Every time I call the office of undergrad admissions I get a voice recording with no options to talk to a real person.

  • Ryan Burleson

    February 19th, 2013

    I’m sorry for your trouble! Please contact your admissions counselor and s/he should be able to assist:

  • Melissa

    March 4th, 2013

    Regarding the CV scholarship, is everyone notified when decisions are made or only those who will receive the scholarship?

  • Ryan Burleson

    March 5th, 2013

    Hi Melissa, all who applied for the CV scholarship will be notified regardless of the decision.