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What is the Middle 50%?

Sep. 15, 2015—Today we take a look at standardized testing and "the middle 50%." What is it and how can you use it to better understand selective college admissions.

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Application FAQs

Jan. 10, 2014—Carolyn answers the questions our admissions counselors have been hearing most frequently over the last several days.

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Early Decision II Letters Mailed

Feb. 8, 2013—Carolyn highlights the academic and personal accomplishments of the first admitted students of the Class of 2017.

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Application Reading 2.0

Nov. 29, 2012—Carolyn walks us through her new and improved process for reading applications.

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Vanderbilt Road Warriors

Feb. 9, 2012—Carolyn Pippen on the lengths we'll go to find future Commodores.

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Understanding the Mid-50%

Dec. 9, 2010—As a counselor at a highly selective college I frequently field questions about standardized testing.  I noticed in recent months, though, that many students I work with don’t apply testing statistics to their college search process appropriately. Numbers aren’t helpful if you don’t understand their reference.  Here I break down testing statistics: questions to ask...

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Where We Stand on SAT Score Choice

Sep. 10, 2009—As many of you may know, the College Board now allows you the option to choose which scores (by test date) you wish to send to colleges. Earlier this winter the College Board requested Vanderbilt's official position on its new Score Choice policy. We wanted to post to help explain our position on this new policy, as well as to let you know how we came to that position.

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Memorial Day Updates

May. 22, 2009—We continue to reach out to students just recently admitted to Vanderbilt in our second wave of calling. Incoming class of 2013: The Road to Vanderbilt brochure has gone out, and should be consulted to get all a ton of great info.

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Admissions deadlines for Admissions Officers

Feb. 16, 2009—You think you're the only one that gets stressed meeting admissions deadlines? Our officers are reading their eyeballs out right now, pouring over applications trying to meet our own internal priority deadlines. In our office, we set goals as to when all applications should be first read, second read, and decisioned (more on this term and a minute), etc. One such priority deadline is coming up this week.

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Tenth Day Enrollment Update

Sep. 17, 2008—  Recently, the annual “10th day” came and went here on Vanderbilt’s campus.  Tenth day, uncreatively referring to the 10th day of the Fall semester when we line up all the students on alumni lawn and physically count them all.  Well, not really, but we do take a final snapshot of the current state of...

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Hitting “Shuffle”

Dec. 27, 2007—My birth year says that I’m a member of Generation X. We were one of the first to embrace random bite-sized info. Early adopters of ADD. That and grungy plaid. And maybe a culture of ennui too . . . so like whatever. Chance me It is a guilty pleasure to log on to College...

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