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Wait List FAQ 2014 Edition

Posted by on Friday, April 4, 2014


First of all, congratulations!  I know that not receiving an offer of admission was a disappointment for many of you, but your spot on the wait list is a testament to our belief that you would, in fact, be a valuable and successful addition to the Vanderbilt Class of 2018.

Regardless of how you’re feeling right now or what your plans for the future may be, we know that you have a lot of questions.  In the post below, we have done our best to anticipate and answer as many of these questions as possible.

How do I accept my spot on the wait list?

This one’s easy – simply log in to your MyAppVU account and click on the “Claim My Spot” button on the front page.  In addition, be sure to respond to each of the Wait List Interest emails you receive from our office throughout April to let us know that you are still interested in attending Vanderbilt.

If I was wait-listed at Vanderbilt, do I really have any chance of getting in?

Absolutely.  A wait list offer from Vanderbilt is not a nice way of saying no – it’s our way of saying, “we may be able to admit you, but not right now.”  Over the last few years, approximately 8-10% of our incoming freshmen have been admitted via the wait list, so if you’re still interested in enrolling at VU, hang in there!

I’m on the wait list at Vanderbilt, but I’ve decided to enroll somewhere else.  What do I do?

If this is the case, congratulations!  We know you will do wonderful things wherever you have decided to enroll.  Please be sure to decline your spot on the wait list via the electronic form provided on your MyAppVU account.

What are my chances of being admitted?

Just like we cannot predict any one student’s admission chances during the rest of the admissions cycle, we cannot predict your chances of being admitted off the wait list. However, we can tell you that we expect approximately 8-10% of our freshman class to be made up of students who were admitted from the wait list.

Where am I on the wait list?

Because Vanderbilt admits its incoming first year students by individual school, we do not have one giant wait list, but rather four separate lists for each of the four schools. However, we do not rank our wait lists. As places in the class open up, we will be pulling our wait-listed applicants using the same holistic review process we used in the initial evaluation, taking into account high school achievement, standardized test scores, extracurricular involvement, and those wonderful intangibles that come through in your essays and recommendations.

How can I increase my chances of being admitted?

The wait list is the one time in our process where we do take into account a student’s demonstrated interest.  Please be sure to continue responding to each of the Wait List Interest emails we will be sending throughout April to let us know that you are still interested in enrolling at Vanderbilt.  When we begin making offers, we typically consider only those students who have let us know that they are still interested in receiving them.

Should I send in additional information to help my chances of being admitted?

While we do not require you to submit new information during this process, we certainly allow it.  Feel free to send new test scores, new grades, new activities, new leadership positions, or new letters, but make sure to focus on that key word: new.  As previously stated, your spot on the wait list is a good sign that your application was pretty spectacular to start with, and sending additional materials for the sake of sending additional materials will not give you a leg up in this process.

When will you begin making offers of admissions from the wait list?

We will likely begin making offers to our wait-listed students in the first week of May.  Because this is after the national candidate reply date of May 1, we strongly encourage you to put down a deposit at another school to ensure you will not be left without any options.  We will continue to make offers until the freshman class is completely filled, which may occur within the month or well into the summer, depending on how quickly those empty spots are snatched up.

How will you notify me if I am admitted?

If you are offered admission, you will receive an email from the Director of Admissions.  If you are still interested in receiving the offer, your admit status and your financial aid package will be made available via your MyAppVU account.  You will then have a limited amount of time to accept the offer and pay your matriculation fee.

If I am admitted, will I still be eligible for financial aid?

Although we do reserve the right to be need-aware when admitting wait-listed students, those who are admitted and have applied for need-based aid will still receive 100% of their families’ demonstrated need, completely loan free.  Students admitted off the wait list are not eligible for merit scholarships.

We hope this answers all of your questions, but as always, let us know if we missed anything in the comments below.  Congratulations and best wishes to you all!

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