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****OFFICIAL VANDERBILT RD 2018 Decisions*****

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  • awesomeirlawesomeirl Posts: 212Registered User Junior Member
    @bananarama15 USPS Priority mail. The portal didn't have the decision yet
  • bananarama15bananarama15 Posts: 22Registered User New Member
  • bananarama15bananarama15 Posts: 22Registered User New Member
    and @awesomeirl would you happen to know how chancellor's scholars were notified as well? email or snail mail?
  • rani9933rani9933 Posts: 106Registered User Junior Member
    USPS priority mail....snail mail
  • bananarama15bananarama15 Posts: 22Registered User New Member
    @rani9933 i meant that they never followed-up by email?
  • rani9933rani9933 Posts: 106Registered User Junior Member
    @bananarama15 nope no email, no communication other than when there was an auto email thanking S for submitting his application and suggesting he can contact an alumni for interview . S did not as their website mentions that interview is not a factor in admissions. S is also not URM, so assuming his essays and ECs must have been diverse!
  • gpags17gpags17 Posts: 1Registered User New Member
    It's a definite notification of admission, not just "likely." The letter even says "You have been admitted to the freshman class entering Vanderbilt University in fall 2014. You were selected from the most qualified pool in Vanderbilt's history." and "Be assured that this letter serves as your official letter of admission!"
  • matrixsurgeonmatrixsurgeon Posts: 796Registered User Member
    The reason that LLs exist is because Ivy League institutions are forbidden from giving official admissions decision prior to the joint decision day. Top tier schools like Vanderbilt have no such contract and have no reason not to simply say "yes you are in officially." But it is the same concept as a likely letter I believe primarily geared towards minorities.
  • CJane123CJane123 Posts: 3Registered User New Member
    Okay quite honestly I'm too lazy to type in all my stuff, but I was just accepted also and I am officially a Chancellor's Scholar soo Yayy free tuition, but I just want to shed some light on people who may be nervous. Looking at all these people who have gotten accepted, I am like WOW I am with some extremely smart people because my test scores were decent as in I got a 30 and not even a 2000 SAT, but I put my heart into my essays, so when colleges say that scores aren't everything, BELIEVE IT! I mean I did have great ECs and Recs, but honestly you just have to believe in yourself! Good luck everyone!
  • oliver007oliver007 Posts: 124Registered User Junior Member
    Why do schools find it necessary to notify some categories of admitted students earlier than RD applicants? I see the point of ED applicants, but the rest could all be notified at the same time in March/April, no? I would caution RD applicants not to use Mosaic credentials as a reference point for scores, GPA etc. in gauging their own chances for admission.
  • kickemoffkickemoff Posts: 179Registered User Junior Member
    As an RD applicant, it seems a little unfair to me but most schools announce scholarship finalists/winners early, which basically says even if you don't get the scholarship, you'll be admitted. So, I guess Vanderbilt is just a little more blunt about it! Congrats to everyone who was admitted, hope I can say the same in a month or so :)
  • nhdmaniacnhdmaniac Posts: 352Registered User Member
    @oliver007
    The most likely reason that schools notify some students earlier is simply because other colleges do it. Such a move is often helpful in preserving and establishing yield rates for admitted students. And when each of these tippy top colleges are vying for the same students, they want to make sure that they have some type of advantage over another.

    For example, Yale is looking for science kids, so it gives out likely letters to the strongest ones and invites them for a visit. Vanderbilt is looking for diversity, so it does MOSAIC. Vanderbilt is looking to steal some HYPMS(plus whatever other letters you want to add to this) kids by giving them tuition. Because of the early notification, kids visit and think about the school more, thus getting more interested and being more likely to attend.
  • oliver007oliver007 Posts: 124Registered User Junior Member
    I can see that for the truly stellar students...but to do it for other categories seems to just rub it in for the RD applicants!
  • danny1995danny1995 Posts: 9Registered User New Member
    edited February 17
    Decision: Accepted by (CAS- MOSAIC Likely)

    Objective:

    SAT I (breakdown):
    ACT: 33C 35M 35S 34R 29E(Me and English aren't good friends)
    SAT II: Spanish 800 Math 1 780 Math 2 800 Chem 750
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.945 Unweighted 6.912 Weighted(It might seen impossible but my school county is weird that way)
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 1% we only have percentiles class size is about 1000+ We are a big public school
    AP (place score in parenthesis): English lit(3) US Gov(4) World History(4) AB Calc(5) Human Geo(5)
    IB (place score in parenthesis): I haven't taken the tests yet, but im taking the full Diploma
    Senior Year Course Load: AP BC Calc, AP Stats, AP Chem, IB HL Chem, IB HL US History, IB HL Spanish B, IB HL English A, IB SL Calc, IB SL Business management , IB Theory of Knowledge
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): AP Scholar, Duke TIP Scholar, NGVF Scholar


    Subjective:

    Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Well a few officer positions here and there and about 10 Regional or States Placing awards in either Chemistry, Business, or Math. I also have done a full and a half marathon(just for kicks)
    Job/Work Experience:I work for the port and I also work for a flower shop. Additionally, i have my own car washing mini business(I don't pay taxes for it so it might not count)
    Volunteer/Community service: Basketball coach for little kids and lots of tutoring and also volunteered for a local county election campaign. (funny, enough it turned out being the party I don't call myself a part of but I needed the hours lol)(not saying they weren't cool or anything, it was fun)
    Summer Activities: well volunteering and business camps at Duke University and also Duke TiP and going to Colombia :)
    Essays: My Common App essay was really good because it was about my life as an immigrant and the challenges my mother and I have faced over the years. My supplement was meh just like all my other supplements.
    Teacher Recommendation: They were probably good
    Counselor Rec: Probably generic because well my school is really big but she knows my name which I think is a good sign.
    Additional Rec:
    Interview: Opted Out(I know, I'm a disgrace)


    Other

    State (if domestic applicant): FL
    Country (if international applicant): Dual Citizen In America and Colombia
    School Type:Huge Public school
    Ethnicity: Hispanic
    Gender: Male
    Income Bracket: 62-ish
    Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): URM


    Reflection:
    Truth is I got deferred into my two early action school so I panic and ended up applying to a bunch of schools 15+.
    But I guess it paid off.
    Strengths:No clue but I am just so grateful.
    Weaknesses: I guess I didn't start my own club or become president in any of them. I also don't have any research experience.
    Why you think you were accepted/deferred/rejected: I have been lucky all my life and it hasn't stop yet.
    Where else were you accepted/deferred/rejected: University of Florida , Georgia TECH, Florida International University, University of Miami


    General Comments:
    Well I guess I am relieved finally got into a school I can afford. I want to be an engineer but G-tech is too expensive for me but Vanderbilt is not only amazing academically but also amazing with financial aid. I am very grateful that I got in and I hope the best for the rest of you all. Furthermore, learn not to fall in love with a school, keep an open mind and life will fix itself overtime. At the end of the day we will all learn to fall in love with the schools we end up attending.
    Post edited by danny1995 on
  • Joh0633Joh0633 Posts: 1Registered User New Member
    My daughter received her admissions acceptance today. Nice to have that in the mailbox after a weekend of skiing. No word on scholarships. SAT: Math:720, Ver:680, Wr:700. GPA: 3.94. Track & Field athlete. Third generation at Vandy. We are so excited! Best of luck to all who have applied!
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