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2017 Vanderbilt Summer Academy Application


This past fall Vanderbilt University upgraded the online application system for many student programs across campus. As some of you have experienced already, you will access the application link through our website, same as before, which will redirect you to a new student portal. From there, you will create a new student account, even if you have participated in our programs before. When you create your new account, be sure to indicate that your student is under the age of 18 when prompted. If you have participated in VSA before, you do not need to re-upload test scores or other eligibility documents. The system will look different, but the process remains the same. As always, should you have questions, we are only a phone call away.

Application Priority Window: noon February 2 through noon February 9 

After the window we continue accepting applications until all spots in VSA are filled, but be sure to get your application in during the window to maximize your chance for that first choice course. You can find more information about the VSA application priority window and eligibility here. Know that all applications received within the priority window will be processed at the same time. There is no benefit to applying promptly at noon on Thursday.

VSA Application Update: All applications submitted during the priority window are in the final stage of processing, and notifications will be sent via email by Friday, March 10, 2017.


Should I enter the same user ID and password I created for last summer’s online application? No. This new system does not carry over user IDs or passwords from last summer. One exception is as follows: we launched this new system for Spring WAVU online applications, so if you applied online for Spring WAVU, your ID and password do remain the same. 

Do I need to resubmit eligibility documents/scores? No. If you have submitted eligibility documents/scores with us before, you will not need to resubmit them. We will get in touch with you if we need additional information or if anything pertinent appears to be missing. 

Do I owe any money at this time? Yes. At the time of application, all VSA 2017 applicants will submit a $40 nonrefundable application fee. When you check out from your “cart” in the online system, you will have the option to pay the application fee with a credit card or select another method. Once admitted and placed in a ranked course, a nonrefundable 10% tuition deposit will be due to hold your student’s place in that course.

*Please note that our office cannot view your completed application until you submit payment for the $40 application fee.* 

When will we hear about admission? You will hear from us within three weeks from the close of the priority window. If we have questions about your application or if anything is missing, we’ll contact you.

Where can I find the application? Right here! 2017 VSA Application*

*This link will take you to the online application system. Vanderbilt University recommends Chrome, and Firefox for an optimal user experience and discourages Microsoft browsers such as Explorer and Edge in which processing errors are known to occur.