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‘Freshman Commons’

Introducing Vanderbilt’s New Residential Colleges

Apr. 10, 2018—Vanderbilt University’s $600 million investment in constructing four new residential colleges is well under way with a scheduled completion by 2023. The first of their kind at Vanderbilt, Warren and Moore Colleges opened their doors in 2014. Over the next several years, Vanderbilt will construct four more residential colleges along West End Ave. Up first,...

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Our Favorite Thanksgiving Dishes!

Nov. 21, 2017—Thanksgiving! After my birthday, I would probably say this is the second best holiday. For me, it’s an amazing, festive time to gather around one thing: FOOD—yay! We decided to take a break from posts about the application process, financial aid, and merit scholarships so we could highlight some of our favorite Thanksgiving dishes! But...

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Meet Patrick Boswell

Oct. 20, 2011—I am originally from Richmond, VA. My wife, Haley, and I have lived in Nashville for over two years. I received my master’s in Higher Education Administration from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College ...

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Meet Jessica Forinash

Oct. 17, 2011—Indianola, Iowa is my hometown. My parents still live in the same house that I grew up in. Except for my sister, who came to Nashville after visiting me, my whole family still lives in Iowa. I am the admissions counselor responsible for Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, and Canada! Say that...

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Blogging Opportunity for Incoming Vanderbilt Students

Aug. 19, 2011—      For those of you in the Vanderbilt class of 2015 who are still reading our admissions blog, check out this opportunity: Be a Commons Video Blogger! WHO:  You! WHAT: Be a Commons Video Blogger.  Capture unique moments and tell compelling stories through video.  Be a voice for the Commons and share amazing...

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Offers to WL Students Begin

May. 5, 2011—As we had hoped, we will use the waitlist this year to complete our Vanderbilt Class of 2015.  Over the next several weeks we will be offering admission to some students who are active on our waitlist.  To understand how our waitlist operates, read my previous post on that matter.  Some points to remember:

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Waitlist Update

Apr. 26, 2011—Wow.  A few months ago April 1 seemed like the magic date when everything would settle down, but here we are at the end of April and admission work is still full steam ahead!  I’m busy and I know you and your family are busy so let’s get down to the nitty gritty.

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PreVU Registration Now Open!

Apr. 15, 2011—Spend a day getting the inside story on our admissions process, learning more about our superior academics, finding out how we support diversity, discovering what we do to make Vanderbilt affordable, taking a campus tour, and seeing for yourself what life is like at one of America’s top universities.

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Inside a Vanderbilt Project

Apr. 11, 2011—On this blog we spend most of the time talking about the ins/outs of admissions.  I’m always pushing my readers to Inside ‘Dores to get the inside perspective of class and social life on campus.  This past week I learned about a great class project that evolved into a campus movement and I thought it...

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What do you want to know?

Mar. 31, 2011—I had an amazing meeting with my student bloggers this past Tuesday.  A core part of our meeting included planning for April blog topics and we kept circling back to the same question, “What do our readers want to know?  What questions do they have?  What do they want us to write about?”  So today...

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You’re Admitted! Now What?

Mar. 29, 2011—First, take a breather and appreciate what you’ve accomplished.  Then, explore our Class of 2015 page.  This will answer most of your questions about the matriculation deposit, setting up your VUnetID, and requesting housing on campus.  Also, explore the Common Place Class of 2015 message board where you’ll find helpful information regarding your life here...

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Behind the Scenes: Mailing Day 2011

Mar. 24, 2011—Yesterday we officially mailed our Class of 2015 admission decisions!  Every year Mailing Day is a celebration for us here at OUA as it represents an entire year’s worth of recruitment and evaluation.  Today the office is officially closed to the public as OUA staff members take a much needed breather and prepare for a...

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