Would this be an advantage in the application process?

<p>Ok guys, so I checked out Vanderbilt's admission blog and read the way that they evaluate students. It said that they evaluate the apps in context of the other students applying from the the high school and in my high school, in the last 3-4 years, there hasn't been any applications for Vandy. So do you guys think this would be advantageous for me if i apply ED II to Vandy next year??</p>

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<p>wow so i'm totally not stalking you, but i like answering your questions. annnnyway: "Vanderbilt's admission blog and read the way that they evaluate students. It said that they evaluate the apps in context of the other students applying from the the high school"</p>

<p>all this means is that Vanderbilt evaluates information such as GPA in relation to other people from your school. For example, the valedictorian from my school had like... a 4.85 this year (our honors and AP classes are 5 points for an A). so if i applied with like... a 4.7, then obviously that would be good. however, if i applied with a 4.7 from a school where the valedictorian had a 5.5 (some schools give 6 points to AP classes) then my gpa wouldn't be quite so impressive. I honestly don't think they'll care at all if people usually don't apply to vandy from your school. At most, it'll be one of those "instead of flipping a coin between person a and b, let's use this to decide" factors, but you shouldn't rely on that to give merit to your application.</p>

<p>Also, idk why that related to early decision. Apply ED if you wanna go to vandy the most :]</p>

<p>Okay, so while I think Moosecream gives good advice, after going through the application process this year, I would advise you to apply ED if you really want Vandy. It's just my speculation, but I don't think it helps you if a school has very little "relationship" with your high school. Colleges really like to pull from their "feeder" schools. I went to a public school. We had a very poor relationship with Georgetown, and no students from my class or any applicants from the past four years were accepted (we were perfectly well qualified - one even got into Harvard, Penn, Columbia, and Dartmouth). By contrast, we had a much better relationship with Notre Dame and Northwestern (even though we are on the East Coast) and all the students that applied were accepted. So, it's good news that your school doesn't have a bad history with Vandy, but it doesn't help you that it has no history. No one can count on getting in to Vandy anymore, so I would definitely suggest EDing if you love the school. Again, this is all my speculation, so take it with a grain of salt! </p>

<p>PS - My school had barely any "relationship" with Vandy, and I got in RD. So don't stress if you don't want to commit ED, just make sure your essays show your enthusiasm!</p>

<p>No one from my son's school ever goes to Vanderbilt. One was rejected last year though and he was admitted. Vanderbilt's waitlist is starting to look a lot like Vanderbilt's admit list..just like at Duke. </p>

<p>You need to visit, do an alum interview, gain a good insight into Why Vandy, and tell your own personal story in a nutshell and put heart into your application. </p>

<p>And you need to apply to at least one or two schools that are highly likely to admit you...and to love and respect those schools. Only way to come out happy in the end. Although I am grateful our son is at Vanderbilt, he would have done very well at our flagship state university and was prepared to go there with a smile. </p>

<p>attach to your match, apply to your reaches, and also apply to a school that is not the "usual suspect" destination from your high school. </p>

<p>good luck to you!</p>