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Class of 2021 – Regular Decision Summary Statistics


Posted by on Thursday, March 30, 2017

This week we announced admissions decisions for the Regular Decision portion of the Class of 2021, and put admit packets in the mail to newly admitted Commodores. Those packets are on their way across the country and around the world to an amazingly talented group, and we’re excited to welcome them to the Vanderbilt community. You can see a statistical summary of our Regular Decision admissions plan below.

To our newest ‘Dores, congratulations! Inside your admit packet you will find tons of information about Vanderbilt. We hope you’ll join us at one of our Anchor Days or at one of the many other admitted student campus visit programs. We also hope to see you at one of the many Vanderbilt and You receptions we’ll be holding in more than 20 cities. We’ve already seen many of you join the Official Class of 2021 Facebook group for admitted students, and we invite the rest of you to join as well in order to connect with other new students. We’ve also been excited to see many of you sharing your news on social media with the hashtag #vu2021 – here are some of the best ones we’ve seen so far!

Here is a statistical profile of the Regular Decision Class of 2021:

Regular Decision applications:  27,841

Admitted:  2,382

Admit Rate:  8.6%

Percent of students in the top ten percent of their graduating class:  96%*

Old SAT**

Middle 50% Critical Reading:  740-800

Middle 50% Math:  770-800

New SAT**

Middle 50% Evidence Based Reading and Writing: 710-770

Middle 50% Math: 720-800

Middle 50% ACT:  33-35

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

*based on high schools that provide rank

** 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.”

From everyone at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions – from Dean of Admissions Douglas Christiansen and Director of Undergraduate Admissions John Gaines to all the admissions counselors, members of the Admissions Processing Center and Center for Data Management, student workers, tour guides, and student bloggers – Congratulations and Go ‘Dores!

Welcome to Vanderbilt!


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  • Thank you for the question. We will not release an overall admit rate for the Class of 2021 until we close the waitlist and complete the class.

  • bookwormwmb

    when, what day, were the packets mailed?

    • Admit packets were mailed last Wednesday, March 29. Thanks for your question.

  • Thank you for asking how this process works. As we state on our transfer website, we invite transfer students to join our campus community as scholars, and as active, residential, community members. While it is traditionally more natural for a student to demonstrate this fit when they are coming from another four-year residential community as a full-time student, we also admit transfer students from other backgrounds, including students who have been at two-year schools, students with military backgrounds, and students from non-traditional backgrounds. Through a competitive and holistic selection process, transfer applicants are either admitted, denied, or waitlisted. We use the transfer waitlist for students for whom we hope to find a spot if space becomes available. Students from all kinds of backgrounds are waitlisted; it is simply inaccurate to say that “almost all” community college applicants are placed on the waitlist and then denied. Finally, we honor application fee waiver requests for transfer applicants, just as we do for first-year applicants.

  • MakotoHashimoto

    I’m not sure how accurate this will end up being, but I did some calculations from the ED and RD page and it looks like this year it is around 10.3% for 2021 as of right now, but that may change with waitlists etc.

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