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How does RD actually work?

guy05260405guy05260405 31 replies5 threads Junior Member
My friend and I both applied to regular decision for Vanderbilt University. I applied about two months before the deadline, and I know my friend applied a bit earlier. For RD, our admission status comes out in late March, so I was wondering why my friend already received her admission status in mid-February (which is the when ED II decisions are released).

Can anyone explain? Is it because she sent in her application earlier?
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  • LindagafLindagaf 10141 replies561 threads Senior Member
    You mean your friend already knows if she is in or not? Are you 100% certain she applied RD? Is she a recruited athlete? Did the friend receive some kind of notification to participate in a special program only for accepted students?

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  • TomSrOfBostonTomSrOfBoston 15442 replies1040 threads Senior Member
    Maybe your friend is lying. Maybe he applied ED II. Have you actually seen his acceptance letter?
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  • Mwfan1921Mwfan1921 3810 replies69 threads Senior Member
    I believe some Vandy RD applicants who qualified for MOSAIC or Chancellor's scholarship have been notified of their admission.
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  • guy05260405guy05260405 31 replies5 threads Junior Member
    Yeah she already knows. I'm not 100% certain she applied RD, but I know that Vandy wasn't her top school. She's not a recruited athlete and I don't know if she received some kind of notification concerning a special program. You think it's a possibility that she found out just because she applied much earlier? She's an exceptional student in my school.
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  • guy05260405guy05260405 31 replies5 threads Junior Member
    No I haven't.
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  • guy05260405guy05260405 31 replies5 threads Junior Member
    I asked if she got any money and she said no. She might be lying but I don't know.
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  • LindagafLindagaf 10141 replies561 threads Senior Member
    Yes, @Mwfan1921 could be right. A number of colleges offer special opportunities to students they want to admit. It’s a way of getting them to want to commit to that college before all their other decisions come. If the friend has received an invitation to one of these mentioned above, they can be assured of formal acceptance.
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  • guy05260405guy05260405 31 replies5 threads Junior Member
    Yeah she probably lied then which is understandable. I asked her if she got any money/applied to scholarships and she said no.
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  • ItazelItazel 33 replies2 threads Junior Member
    @guy05260405
    She might have received an invite to the MOSAIC 2024 program that let RD applicants know before the April notification date that they've been admitted.
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  • TigerInWinterTigerInWinter 35 replies0 threads Junior Member
    Some schools send out a small number of so-called "early write" acceptances several weeks ahead of the official notification date. They do this to get particularly desirable applicants to attend the school. It worked in the case of one of my children, who was accepted a few weeks early to a top LAC and wound up attending, even though the school originally wasn't one of my kid's top choices.

    I have no idea, however, whether Vanderbilt is one of the schools that do this.
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  • TigerInWinterTigerInWinter 35 replies0 threads Junior Member
    edited February 25
    I have no idea, however, whether Vanderbilt is one of the schools that do this.

    I did a quick search and found a case from 2015 of someone getting an acceptance from Vanderbilt in mid-February that wasn't related to the Mosaic program or the Cornelius Vanderbilt scholarship. I also saw at least one similar case from several years earlier. So it's possible that the friend is telling the truth.


    https://talk.collegeconfidential.com/discussion/comment/18102662#Comment_18102662

    edited February 25
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  • elena13elena13 1022 replies16 threads Senior Member
    If your friend did receive an early acceptance and she did apply RD, it is not because she applied earlier than you. As noted above, students who were invited to the Mosaic program (and who may or may not have received the Chancellors scholarship) have been notified early of their acceptance.
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  • JennibcJennibc 168 replies1 threads Junior Member
    I recently met a parent whose son has been notified of acceptance and he was RD - it was because he was being invited to the Chancellor's Scholar weekend where he would be interviewing for that program. My guess is that if they are expecting you to pay the travel expenses for that, they are letting you know then that you are definitely in.
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