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I’m Admitted – Now What?

Posted by on Friday, April 12, 2013 in Application Process, I've been admitted - now what?, Information for Incoming Students, Registering for Classes, Uncategorized.

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As most of our first year applicants have received their admissions decisions by now (if not, please let us know!), we know many of you have questions about the decision that you received.  We have re-published the post below for all of our admitted students, with update information for the newly minted Vanderbilt Class of 2017.  If you have further questions about the matriculation or enrollment processes, please contact your admissions counselor, or post them in the Comments below.

First of all, congratulations!  Your place in the Vanderbilt admitted class of 2017 demonstrates that you have faced – and passed – the highest academic bar set for an entering class in the history of this university.  I hope you have taken more than a few moments to celebrate this truly remarkable accomplishment before sitting down to contemplate the choices that are now before you.

In order to help you make as informed a decision as you possibly can, we would like to provide you with a few resources that will hopefully give you a clearer idea of what being part of the Vanderbilt Class of 2017 will really be like.  First, check out the official Class of 2017 Facebook page for the latest information on the newly admitted class and to reach out to your fellow future Commodores.  You can also follow the Class of 2017 news feed on the Martha Rivers Ingram Commons website, or check out our own Class of 2017 landing page on the admissions website.

If you have not visited campus already, or if you want to get one last look before making your decision, there is still time!  We will be hosting two more admitted student visit days on Monday, April 15 and Friday, April 19, while our daily information sessions and campus tours have kicked it up a notch and are now running three (count ‘em three) times a day.  The ‘Dore for a Day program is also reserved for newly admitted or waitlisted students throughout the month of April.  We strongly encourage students and families to register for these events online as soon as possible, as they will fill extremely quickly over the next few weeks.  If you cannot make it to campus between now and May 1, please take advantage of our brand spanking new virtual campus tour – it’s the next best thing to being here!

If you have questions regarding the financial aid packet you have received, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid and Undergraduate Scholarships at 1-800-288-0204 or via email at  While your admissions counselor will be able to answer general questions on our financial aid policies, we will most likely direct you to your assigned financial aid officer for specific questions regarding your package.

Okay, so you’ve received your letter, done a little dance, visited campus, pored over the websites, you understand and are happy with your financial aid package, and you’re ready to call yourself a Commodore.  What do you do next?

Step #1: Submit your matriculation fee.  You will not be able to get the ball rolling on any further logistics until we receive this fee and officially insert you into the incoming freshman class.  For information on matriculation fee waivers, contact our Financial Aid office using the information above.

Step #2: Officially withdraw all other undergraduate applications.  We celebrate a liberal arts-minded education at Vanderbilt, but that does not extend to attending two universities at once.

Step #3: Wait to receive an email from the university registrar regarding your VUnet ID and password, a magical combination of letters and numbers that will grant you access to pretty much everything Vanderbilt related for the next four years (or even longer – I used mine to log into my computer this morning).  You will also receive an info-packed brochure called the Road to Vanderbilt, which will provide information on how and when to apply for housing, register for classes, and all sorts of other exciting next steps.

At this point in the game, we in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will be releasing you out into the Vanderbilt world at large.  You are welcome to stay in contact with your admissions counselor regarding any lingering questions you may have, but we will most likely be directing you to the appropriate office on campus.

Congratulations once again, and welcome to Vanderbilt!

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  • Julie

    April 13th, 2013

    Any updates on transfer admissions? I imagine the first batch of decisions will be released quite soon…

  • Carolyn Pippen

    April 13th, 2013

    Hi Julie,
    The first round of transfer decisions will likely be mailed this week. We will update you via the blog when this happens.

  • Beth

    April 17th, 2013

    Fingers crossed… Nervous!!

  • Dan

    April 19th, 2013

    I hate the waiting game!!!! I’m so nervous!!

  • Dan

    April 25th, 2013

    Anything yet about transfer decisions?

  • Ryan Burleson

    April 25th, 2013

    We began mailing transfer decisions on 4/19 and will continue to do so on a rolling basis until the transfer class is filled.

  • InternationalAdmit

    May 6th, 2013

    “You will also receive an info-packed brochure called the Road to Vanderbilt, which will provide information on how and when to apply for housing, register for classes, and all sorts of other exciting next steps.” — I know this is available online but no sign of the actual brochure. Have they been sent?

  • Ryan Burleson

    May 7th, 2013

    Yes, we started sending the Road to international students last week and they will continue to be sent in the coming weeks.

  • InternationalAdmit

    May 7th, 2013

    Thanks, Ryan. Can you tell me if they were mailed priority mail to international students? If not, there is a good chance it won’t arrive until June, if at all. Regular mail takes over a month to get here and often times never turns up.

  • Ryan Burleson

    May 8th, 2013

    According to the service which is responsible for delivery, the average delivery time is 7 – 14 days. If you would like to verify your mailing address, please contact your admissions officer and s/he should be able to help you out.