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scoobydoo92scoobydoo92 Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
edited December 2009 in Vanderbilt University
I think Vanderbilt could be the perfect school for me, however I have a few questions about the admission criteria: What is the average un-weighted GPA accepted? How does Vanderbilt view improvements in GPA?

I had a medical condition that affected my schoolwork tremendously my freshman and sophomore year leaving me with around a 2.4, this year however I have it under control and have my grades have improved significantly (for this year i have more like a 3.4). I'm still taking ACTs (im a junior) but have been doing well on those. I'm curently not in any honors classes (although at a private school), next year I plan on applying for multiple honors.

My school doesn't offer AP but going to take AP english and AP studio art test
getting 3 college credits this summer
editor of yearbook
publication director of SADD
publication direction of an in school club only
layout editor of the art magazine
lead assembly
high leadership in a jewish youth group outside of school
lots of comm. service --w/children

I know I'm not the tradition student who applies to vandy -could that somehow help me? or will it only hurt me? will that stop me from being accepted? I've also herd Vandy sometimes looks for a larger jewish population -do you thinking being in touch with the Hillel will help?

I would go on an interview and apply ED. Is there anything else I can do to up my chances of being accepted?

do you think i have a shot??
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  • SFmemberSFmember Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    I think you should write an addendum explaining about your low GPA. I think they will understand.
  • raggydiloraggydilo Registered User Posts: 97 Junior Member
    Depending on your test scores, I think you could have a shot and applying ED will up your chances. If I were you, I would ask my admissions counselor to mention my situation in his/her recommendation or to write a separate letter about it.

    And Vandy is always trying to diversify their student body (much more than other schools) so being different is definitely not a bad thing.
  • macaroni870macaroni870 Registered User Posts: 154 Junior Member
    Hey, Scooby. :) I'm a Jewish Vandy student, a freshman this year. I'm not sure that being Jewish helped me on my application at all -- most people don't even put it down that they're Jewish. That said, Vanderbilt *was* trying to pull in more Jews back in the 90s, but now, it seems like Jews just gravitate towards the school as a Southern alternative to the stuffier Ivies with a growing Jewish population. I think that getting touch with Hillel certainly won't hurt you, but it's unlikely that it'll help.

    Also, your college credits over the summer -- don't hold your breath. Vandy is very, very picky about the credits they accept from other colleges (and APs too, for that matter). The things that help your application most (IMO) are GPA, test scores, extracurriculars, and racial/ethnic diversity. If you can, try and pull your grades up even more. Many, many people here graduated high school with a 4.0. I think an interview will do you immense good. If I were you, I'd also e-mail the admissions people and talk about your situation, expressing that you think Vanderbilt would be an amazing school for you (I think it's nearly impossible to hate it here).

    Best of luck in your application. :) Vandy was not originally my first choice (Boston University was), but after I learned more about it, came to visit, and met with students and teachers, I knew that this was the best university I could find. There's always a place for you here if you look. We have the most awesome campus ever, and you won't find more dedicated professors anywhere. Good luck!
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