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WAVU (Grades 7-12)


A One Day Immersive Academic Experience for 7th-12th Grade Students

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WAVU 2020-2021 Dates – Coming Soon!
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Join us for Weekend at Vanderbilt University (WAVU) this fall or spring – or both. You will enjoy a day filled with the excitement of in-depth, career exploration study of a fascinating subject within a community of your intellectual peers.

WAVU is an all-day Saturday immersive academic experience designed with you in mind. Enjoy hands-on laboratory experiences, conversations with Vanderbilt faculty, content experts and graduate students, and of course, interaction with other students of similar interests and career aspirations. We hope you’ll join us for these academic and professional immersive opportunities during the upcoming school year.

“At PTY, I was surrounded by like-ability people who included me and challenged me to be the best person I could be. I loved being taught and supported by Vanderbilt professors and professionals who helped me think about my future.”

Mark your calendar for our 48-hour application priority window:
Dates coming soon! 

For more details on WAVU, please read the overview posted below or call the PTY office at 615-322-8261.


What? A Saturday intensive academic experience that provides qualifying students with an in-depth look at contemporary careers in math, science, engineering, and humanities. Held for one full Saturday each fall and spring, WAVU incorporates accelerated courses led by content experts in their field, and an opportunity for in-depth career exploration along with support and resources for families.

Who? WAVU is designed for motivated and advanced learners in grades 7 through 12 who typically test at the 85th percentile and above on either verbal or nonverbal sections of academic achievement or ability tests. See our Eligibility section below for more information on how students can qualify.

When? Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 WAVU dates coming soon! For each WAVU, the full day begins at 8:30am and ends at 7:30pm with lunch and dinner provided for the student.

Where? Most courses are held on the Peabody Campus of Vanderbilt University, but depending on the course selected, some students may work in a laboratory on Main Campus.

Eligibility: Typically students who score at or above the 85% percentile on a standardized assessment find WAVU a good fit. Alternative assessments may be available. Returning WAVU, VSA or recent SAVY participants do not need to resubmit scores.

How Much? In addition to a nonrefundable $40 application fee, the cost is $179.00 per student per session. If applying to both Fall and Spring WAVU, only one application and one application fee of $40 will be required.

Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Timeline

Important dates coming soon! Please see last-year’s timeline below for an idea of typical program and due dates.

Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 Timeline

noon, September 10 – noon, September 12, 2019: 48-hour Application Priority Window for Fall and Spring WAVU (best chance for placement in top choice courses).

noon, September 12, 2019: Applications continue to be accepted and are processed in the order received. Families will be notified of admission decisions within 1 week.

September 20, 2019: Fall Tuition Due/Last Day to Withdraw with Full Tuition Refund (less application fee).

September 25, 2019: Fall Required Forms Due

October 5, 2019: Fall WAVU Saturday Program

January 7, 2020: Spring Tuition Due/Last Day to Withdraw with Full Tuition Refund (less application fee).

January 17, 2020: Spring Required Forms Due

February 1, 2020: Spring WAVU Saturday Program