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Vanderbilt University Class of 2023 Early Decision II Thread

yjliuyjliu Registered User Posts: 84 Junior Member
Hey guys! I'm applying to HOD major at Vandy for ED2 and I thought maybe I should just start a thread. Feel free to post any questions and good luck to everyone who applied/is going to apply!
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Replies to: Vanderbilt University Class of 2023 Early Decision II Thread

  • QuinchillasQuinchillas Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
  • all4laxall4lax Registered User Posts: 58 Junior Member
    Hello everyone!

    Now that early decision I is done for Vanderbilt, I thought we should have a discussion thread for Early Decision II to Vanderbilt.

    Comment if your planning on applying and what your stats are :)
  • all4laxall4lax Registered User Posts: 58 Junior Member
    What are your stats if you mind sharing ?
  • striving123striving123 Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    Hey! Just wondering if y’all are submitting the resume via the common app... there’s a few things that don’t fit into my activites section but not sure if it’s worth submitting my whole resume.
  • TTRan2TTRan2 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    Hey ya'll!

    I'm debating whether to apply for early or regular decision. What are the advantages to ED 2 besides knowing earlier of your acceptance/rejection?
  • yjliuyjliu Registered User Posts: 84 Junior Member
    @all4lax Hey sure! My stats are kinda low for Vandy but I thought I'm just gonna share them anyway... International student here. Have a 34 act and 116(out of 120) toefl. 800 sat2 math 2. Have a 4.2/4 GPA. But didn't submit any APs.
    I hope my ECs and essays can help me with my low gpa:)
  • yjliuyjliu Registered User Posts: 84 Junior Member
    @striving123 Yeah I'm applying via commonapp. I'm kinda confused on what you mean by "a few things that don't fit into my activities section" tho.
  • jmama4jmama4 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    I am planning on applying ED2 to Vanderbilt this January. Before I start, thanks for taking the time to do this for me, I greatly appreciate it. Here we go...

    Academics:
    Act: 34 Composite (Reading: 36, English: 34, Math: 33, Science: 34, Writing: 8)
    SAT: N/A
    SAT Subject Tests: Took them, but did not turn out well, so I am not submitting them.
    Class Rank: 1st quintile (My school ranks in increments of 20%, hence quintiles and I have about 220 kids in my grade)
    GPA: Unweighted: 3.85 Weighted: 4.45 (My senior year grades are not included, but if they were, the GPA would be higher)
    Course Load: Overall, not the most rigorous path at my high school. However, from freshman to senior, the rigor of my courses has drastically increased (along with my grades), ultimately giving me one of the hardest schedules available for my junior and senior courses. By the end of senior year, I will have taken 6 AP courses with almost all the rest being honors. I am not submitting any AP tests.

    Distinctions:
    -Honor Roll (All 4 years) and High Honor Roll - (2 years) (School recognition easy to achieve)
    -Part of the #1 High School Baseball Team in the entire state of New Jersey
    -National Honors Society (Junior and Senior Year)
    -Spanish National Honors Society (Senior year)
    -Spanish Seal of Biliteracy (Shows my proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking a foreign language)
    -Bilingual (Not counting Spanish) - I speak English and Aramaic (Middle Eastern Language similar to Syrian)

    Extracurriculars:
    -Soccer - 2-year varsity letter recipient
    -Baseball - 2-year varsity letter recipient and the team is currently ranked #1 in the state of NJ
    -Karate/Martial Arts - Have spent 14 years studying martial arts. Have earned my black belt. Participate in numerous fighting and technique tournaments as well as co-instruct classes. I wrote about this and winning the state championship for baseball as my common app essay
    -Soccer Referee - Have been an official for 4 years. I am a center and line ref for travel and recreational soccer.
    -Volunteer Camp Counselor - Worked as a camp counselor for multiple camps during the summers of my high school years.
    -Head counselor (paid) - Eventually became a head counselor at one of the camps I worked at and I was paid.
    -Worked as a Landscape Laborer (Paid)- My Father owns and operates a landscaping business that I have intensely worked for over the last 4 years. I was a part of a 3-man crew that built walkways, installed sprinkler systems, conducted yard work, carried out construction, etc)
    -Peer Leader - This is a select group of juniors and seniors that basically help freshman ease into the high school lifestyle. Each leader meets with a group of freshman each week for the entire year and gives them advice, answers questions, and familiarizes them with their surroundings.
    -Member of Interact - Club that carries out numerous community service acts like toy drives, food baskets, fundraisers, etc.
    -Member of the STEM league - An engineering and math competition team that travels to competitions and faces off against other schools in construction and engineering tasks.
    -Volunteer Firefighter for my Town - 2 weeks every month, I go to my towns fire department and basically aid the firefighters. Also responsible for setting up town decorations (For example, for the upcoming holidays, I helped set up the town Christmas tree and lights around town).

    Additional Info:
    Gender: Male
    Race: White/Middle Eastern
    Did I visit?: Yes
    Letters of Rec: Chem Teacher (Ok) and Computer Science Teacher (Great) and Guidance Counselor (Great)

  • sinusoidcalcsinusoidcalc Registered User Posts: 26 Junior Member
    @TTRan2 Your chances will be much better...
  • all4laxall4lax Registered User Posts: 58 Junior Member
    @TTRan2 It is not certaintly easier doing early decision 2 I heard. The ED 2 pool could be more competitive than regular decision and also have less spots since they are taken from ED I.
  • all4laxall4lax Registered User Posts: 58 Junior Member
    what is the highest your gpa can be.. a 5.0? @yjliu
  • pancakes142pancakes142 Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    I think I am going to ED II to Vandy after getting deferred ED from Penn. I have a 97 GPA, 34 ACT (35 superscore) and am a 2-year EIC of my school newspaper. I've played 3 years of varsity basketball and started a local basketball training business my freshman year and have made +$10,000. I have been selected to perform at Carnegie Hall and was violin II section leader at Area All State orchestra. I wrote my common app about my different leadership experiences in my activities. I think I'm just gonna apply to A + S but I'm not sure how much of a shot i have here, I've heard it's similar to Harvard in its admissions process
  • pancakes142pancakes142 Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    I think I am going to ED II to Vandy after getting deferred ED from Penn. I have a 97 GPA, 34 ACT (35 superscore) and am a 2-year EIC of my school newspaper. I've played 3 years of varsity basketball and started a local basketball training business my freshman year and have made +$10,000. I have been selected to perform at Carnegie Hall and was violin II section leader at Area All State orchestra. I wrote my common app about my different leadership experiences in my activities. I think I'm just gonna apply to A + S but I'm not sure how much of a shot i have here, I've heard it's similar to Harvard in its admissions process
  • VaquitaVaquita Registered User Posts: 15 New Member
    I don’t know if I should apply ED II to Vandy or apply regular. I applied ED to Duke and was rejected. I’m strongly considering. If anyone could offer some insight whether or not I should it would be greatly appreciated. Also, are subject tests recommended for Vandy because I’m submitting my ACT and my subject test are not great.
  • pancakes142pancakes142 Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    I scored 700+ on my three subject tests and my guidance counselor said if you're applying to top schools with 700+ on them, submit them. I think I will submit mine to Vandy
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