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How to Apply for WAVU

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Application Information

All applicants should complete the WAVU application online. A link to the WAVU application will be posted on the PTY Application Page when PTY is accepting applications for this program. You may upload test scores and select a preferred payment method for the $50 nonrefundable application fee when you apply.


Students applying to Weekends at Vanderbilt University (WAVU) must submit qualifying documentation to confirm eligibility. Students who test at the 85th percentile and above on a standardized achievement or ability test typically find WAVU to be good fit. We accept any standardized achievement or ability test including, but not limited to, the following: RIAS, CogAT, ERB, Stanford Achievement Test, OLSAT, Woodcock Johnson, WISC IV/V. We also accept a variety of state achievement tests. Out-of-level standardized assessments (e.g., ACT, SAT) are also accepted and have different scoring criteria. While scores around the 85th percentile are typically a strong indication that WAVU is an appropriate curriculum match for a student, feel free to contact the PTY office for questions about scores that do not meet these criteria as we at PTY understand that there are additional ways to reflect a student’s academic knowledge and capacity for advanced academic coursework. Returning SAVY, WAVU, or VSA students do not need to resubmit test scores unless scores have changed significantly since submitting them to PTY or as requested by PTY staff. 

For more information about assessments or what to submit for eligibility (including out of level or alternative assessments) call 615-322-8261.

Choosing a Course

Students should choose their WAVU course based on what interests them. If more than one course is of interest, we ask that the student rank courses in the order of preference. Ranking more than one course increases the chance of admission to WAVU. But remember: a student can be placed in any ranked course according to availability, so only rank courses that truly appeal to the student. Apply during the priority window to have the best chance for placement in a top choice course!

Application checklist

  • Application (Online)
  • Test scores (Only if applicable, see Eligibility area above)
  • Application fee of $50 (If applying for both Fall and Spring WAVU, only one application fee is required.)
  • Financial aid application (Only if applicable)

Admissions Process and Placement

Our WAVU admissions process is intended to facilitate an equal opportunity for all potential participants to be placed in the courses that interest them.

WAVU begins the application season with the application priority window, which takes place during a 48-hour period when the application is first available to students and families. All qualifying and complete applications submitted during the application priority window have the same opportunity for placement. WAVU applications may be submitted after the application priority window as long as room in WAVU courses remains.

The admissions process for the 48-hour window is as follows:

  1. All applications received during the window are reviewed at the same time.
  2. The order of review of these applications is randomized.
  3. Applications of siblings are reviewed and placed simultaneously, space permitting.

Please note that many courses fill quickly. We strongly recommend that applicants apply during the 48-hour application priority window. This does not guarantee admission, but it does increase your chances.

Applications received after the application priority window are time and date stamped upon arrival and reviewed accordingly. If course space remains after review of applications from the 48-hour window has concluded, courses are filled on a first-come, first-served system, based on availability and eligibility. A waiting list is maintained for courses that are filled.

Applicants are notified of admissions decisions via email within 2-3 weeks of submitting the application. If everything is complete, you will receive communication about placement. If application materials are found to be missing, we will notify you as soon as possible with a request for more information and with accompanying deadlines. Please note that an incomplete application could impact placement. PTY is only able to review complete applications for placement.

For families who wish to apply for financial aid, financial aid awards will be included in the admissions notice if financial aid materials were already submitted with the application. Students may apply for financial aid at anytime. The financial aid application status (complete or incomplete) does not impact placement in a course. The admissions notice will include any financial aid award if a families applies for financial aid early in the admissions process.

Our WAVU admissions process is intended to facilitate an equal opportunity for all potential participants to be placed in the courses that interest them.

Admissions Policies


In compliance with federal law, including the provisions of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, Executive Order 11246, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, as amended, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, Vanderbilt University does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of their race, sex, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, military service, or genetic information in its administration of educational policies, programs, or activities; admissions policies; scholarship and loan programs; athletic or other university-administered programs; or employment. In addition, the university does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression consistent with the university’s nondiscrimination policy. Inquiries or complaints should be directed to the Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Disability Services Department, Baker Building, PMB 401809, 2301 Vanderbilt Place, Nashville, TN 37240-1809. Telephone (615) 322-4705 (V/TDD); Fax (615) 343-4969.

Waiting List

WAVU maintains waiting lists for courses that have reached maximum enrollment. The waiting list status of each course can be seen on our online course pages. Students who have not been placed in their first-choice course are automatically placed on the waiting list for higher ranked courses. We move students into their higher-ranked courses if space becomes available; however, there is no guarantee that spots will open in a higher-ranked class. If space becomes available, or if PTY determines that the program can no longer accept additional students from the waiting list, we will communicate with families via email. The application fee is not refundable to families of students who are not admitted from the waiting list.

If your student is on a waiting list, and you have questions about their status, please contact PTY at 615-322-8261 or