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What Should I Major In?

Nov. 2, 2016—“What should I major in?” As an admissions officer, this is a question I frequently get from high school seniors in the college search process. Well-prepared high school students have nearly endless opportunities in front of them, and that can be a bit overwhelming at times. But have no fear; the Vanderbilt Admissions Blog is...

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The Nashville Fall "Event List"

Oct. 24, 2016—Welcome to the wonderful world of Music City, home to celebrities such as Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Hannah Montana, and myself, Keldrick! As I have traveled to high schools and college fairs this fall, I’ve enjoyed telling prospective students about the bustling city we call Nashville. Personally, I think of Nashville as a quaint, southern...

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How, When, and Why to Contact Your Admissions Counselor

Sep. 23, 2016—Every admissions cycle, we in the Vanderbilt Office of Undergraduate Admissions communicate with a very high volume of incredibly talented students. Since we see it as our mission to seek highly intellectually curious, academically talented students who will contribute to campus life and the community beyond Vanderbilt, we also value personal attention within the context...

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Transitions

Aug. 22, 2014—Moving away for college is a major life transitions for everyone. Admissions counselors David Lazo and Annalise Miyashiro share two perspectives on moving across the country to Nashville and Vanderbilt University.

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Guest Blog: PreVU Vanderbilt This Summer

May. 2, 2013—Senior Admissions Counselor Laura Sensenig gets us psyched for PreVU 2013.

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Why Wait?

Oct. 19, 2012—Several of our student bloggers weigh in on why you should apply to Vanderbilt.

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Fall Campus Visits: Everything You Wanted to Know and More

Oct. 9, 2012—Carolyn dishes out a ton of useful information on how to prepare for a fall campus visit to Vanderbilt.

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ED I Update

Dec. 12, 2010—Much of the information below will come as a repeat to you if you’ve kept up with the comments.  Many questions keep popping up, though, so I wanted to address those major topics here.  Additionally, I want to add a bit of a personal perspective in these last few days before our ED I applicants...

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Family and the College Search Process

Sep. 27, 2010—The college search process is a family affair.  I have no problem with significant parent involvement because many times the parents make a large financial investment in the student’s education.  Plus, I want Vanderbilt to be a place where the whole family feels at home – a sort of home away from home.  As a...

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Connecting with Your VU Admissions Counselor

Aug. 4, 2010—I just finished a book titled “Don’t Stalk the Admissions Officer” where the advice was average at best, but the humor was timely.  Many of my students want me to have a face to put with their name, but in the quest to become real to me, a few students exhibit unreal behavior.  Examples include...

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What College Admissions Officers REALLY Want You to Know

Aug. 2, 2010—Standing in the reference aisle of Border’s yesterday I found myself both overwhelmed and amused with the plethora of admissions advice displayed on the shelves. One book, in particular, jumped out at me, the subtitle was “What College Admissions Officers Don’t Want You to Know”. As I flipped through the chapters I found absolutely nothing...

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Reading Day

Dec. 11, 2009—Yesterday was the last day of classes for the fall semester. Today is Reading Day. Finals begin tomorrow, and continue throughout next week. For everyone, this is an intense time of year. How to capture the feel? People head in every direction. Papers, projects, and presentations were due this week and last—and were being completed...

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