Early Decision II Letters Mailed
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.
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!