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Class of 2021 – Early Decision Summary Statistics


Posted by on Friday, February 17, 2017

We’ve finished the Early Decision phase of our admissions process for the Vanderbilt Class of 2021, crunched the numbers, and now we have some summary statistics about our newest ‘Dores. Our Early Decision admits are an incredibly talented, diverse, and engaged group, and we are thrilled they’ll be joining our campus community this fall. Judging by the response we’re seeing from them online, they’re also pretty excited. Check out this collection of #2021 posts to see for yourself!

Here’s a profile of the Vanderbilt Early Decision Class of 2021:

Percent of students who received one or more significant honors or held major leadership positions:  100%

Old SAT*

Middle 50% Critical Reading:  710-790

Middle 50% Math:  750-800

New SAT*

Middle 50% Evidence Based Reading and Writing: 710-760

Middle 50% Math: 730-790

Middle 50% ACT:  33-34

Percent of students in the top ten percent of their graduating class:  94%**

Early Decision Admit Rate:  23.6%

We thank each student who applied through Early Decision, and we welcome the new members of the Class of 2021. We can’t wait to see you at The Commons on move-in day in August. In the meantime, you can get to know other ‘Dores through the Official Class of 2021 Facebook group, and connect with VU through Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, and other social media.

* In March 2016, College Board began administering the redesigned SAT. We refer to SAT administrations prior to March 2016 as “Old SAT” and SAT administrations March 2016 and later as “New SAT.”

**based on high schools that provide rank


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  • Thanks for your question. This year we received 3,647 applications through our Early Decision phase.

  • Jenny

    do you know when the accepted and enrolled students will receive their t-shirts?

    • The shirts are being mailed in batches – if you haven’t yet received yours you can check with your VU admissions counselor to see if it has been mailed yet. Thank you and congratulations!

  • Thanks for the questions. For us, ED1 and ED2 are two parts of the same Early Decision phase of admissions, and we report the admit rate for ED as a whole. ED1, ED2, and RD applicants can all apply for merit scholarships, but the merit scholarship application must be submitted by 12/1.

    • Ray

      Jay, thanks! Still wondering how we are to navigate applying for ED2 on 12/15 before we hear back from our ED1 choice on Dec. 15; and still apply for the hugely important Vanderbilt Merit Scholarship by last Friday’s Dec. 1 deadline? Are ED2 Vanderbilt applicants therefore capable of applying for the 3 Vanderbilt Merit Scholarships if they can’t apply until they hear back on Dec. 15 from their ED1 college?

      • This is a bit complicated, so I hope I can shed some light on this for you. To apply for scholarships, a student must submit an application for admission. I would recommend you submit the application via RD, then apply for scholarships. If you’re not admitted to your first-choice ED school, you may want to change your Vanderbilt application to ED2. You can do that after December 15, but before the January 1 ED2 deadline. Our Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships is available to answer questions on this as well, and they have extended hours today. Here’s details: https://admissions.vanderbilt.edu/vandybloggers/2017/12/financial-aid-qa-get-your-questions-answered/ Hope this helps clarify!

        • Danielle Liu

          May you please share the admitted student’s profile for ED1 in terms of GPA, ACT/SAT Scores, etc.

          • Thanks for your question. We post summary statistics after we have completed the whole Early Decision round of admissions, so watch for that after we finish ED2. Thanks!

  • Thanks for the question, Davis. Yes, we include National Merit Semifinalists and Finalists in our count of major honors.

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