How to Get Into Vanderbilt

Recorded Thursday, January 28 at 11:00 PM

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About this livestream

School information

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Ranked #1 for Best Quality of Life, this prestigious Tennessee university is known for its top-tier academics and expansive undergraduate research opportunities.

Elias will break down Vanderbilt's admissions process, discussing what it takes to get in. He'll describe the kind of academics and extracurricular achievements, tests scores, and grades you'll need to maximize your chances of acceptance, and he'll give a detailed breakdown of Vanderbilt's current student body.

We'll also have a Q&A segment at the end of the session, so come prepared with all your questions about Vandy!

School information

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
Your host

Undergrad College: Harvard University '17

Major: Music

Graduate College: University of Michigan, M.M.

Work Experience: Now in my fourth year at CollegeVine, I have helped dozens of students gain acceptance to their top-choice schools and have also advised and mentored thousands more through my livestreams. Apart from my work at CV, I am also a professional conductor and a multi-instrumentalist. I currently serve as the music director of the Apollo Ensemble of Boston, and I have led symphonic concerts and operatic productions throughout the United States.

My Admissions Story: Initially interested in pursuing a career as a performing cellist, I applied almost exclusively to music schools with dual and double degree options and ultimately enrolled in the Tufts University/New England Conservatory Dual Degree Program. Unhappy with the combined program and worried I'd never feel like I was fully a student at either school, I logged back into in October of my freshman year. I can't say I went about the transfer process in the smartest way (I only applied to two schools!), but Harvard miraculously accepted me (or 'excepted me' as I wrote in a celebratory Facebook post that day - no one ever let me live that one down), and the rest was history.

Audience questions

These are questions from the audience that we had time to answer during the live session. If you have any other questions, you can request an answer from Elias and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
8:10@yuki_05:The video is glitchy. Should I refresh?
21:36@anonymous:What is "background"?
32:25@yuki_05:Since I am an Asian female, are my chances higher or lower than an Asian male? Do I need better test scores?
41:50@yuki_05:When you mentioned majors in the school of engineering, I didn't hear the major I want, which is environmental engineering. Are the ones you mentioned categories with several majors in that category?
42:34@Julia_Meyer:As to the poll: I would love to hear more about the international relations/ global studies major as I haven't heard much about them. Thanks!
42:36@anonymous:I plan on pursuing neuroscience as my major.
42:40@sidney:Is there a better spike than other compared? Or the spike you choose doesnt matter?
43:19@bluedevil:Couldn't you write about a unique hobby or unusual passion rather than your main extracurricular in order to stand out?
47:15@anonymous:Priya posted
56:53@sidney:Are these scholarships available for international students?
57:11@anonymous:How many more applications did Vanderbilt receive due to "Test optional" situation?
57:32@sidney:What is the most important thing Vanderbilt looks for in a applicant?
57:51@Sodetou:Does Vanderbilt offer BS/MD programs?
58:00@yuki_05:I am not a citizen, so am I considered an international student while applying?
58:20@anonymous:How would you handle applying to this school if you aren’t sure of your major?
60:16@anonymous:No. This format is fine. Thx
60:20@yuki_05:i think it's fine how it is now.
60:40@anonymous:Your writing was beautiful. I could hear the music!
60:46@lij1207:No, it cuts off the train of thought but please try to answer all the questions after the Q and A
60:47@yuki_05:LOVED the essay
61:09@Sodetou:thank you priya
64:55@anonymous:Did you do one for Ga Tech already?
65:13@mimi:What's the link for the Instagram?
65:45@Cmetz:Love all these livestreams thanks
66:30@yuki_05:okay this is necessary, shout out to priya! you're doing a great job answering questions, thank you :)


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