VSA Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. Same gender students will be assigned to each room.
All applications received during the application priority window (Jan. 6 at noon to Jan. 20 at noon) will be placed in a priority pool regardless of the particular date submitted within this window. This means that all complete and qualifying applications submitted during the application window have the same chance for placement. At the close of this window, all applications received will be randomly assigned a number determining their placement in the review queue. Applications received after the application window will be time and date stamped upon arrival and reviewed in order of receipt. Applying during the priority window does not guarantee admission, but it does increase a student’s chances of admission. Because our courses fill quickly, we highly recommend that you submit your student’s application during our application window for the best chance at placement.
While most classes fill within the application priority window (2020 dates: noon, Jan. 6–noon, Jan. 20; 2020), we will continue to accept applications throughout the spring until all classes are filled.
Programs for Talented Youth works with organizations, companies, foundations, and individuals who are interested in directly supporting students’ attendance through named scholarships. Scholarships are based on criteria defined by the supporting organization, company, foundation, or individual and vary year-to-year. Scholarships, along with criteria, are located on the course page of the specific program session they are associated with. Scholarships range in monetary aid and eligibility requirements, with select scholarships offering full tuition.
Interested in helping support students through a named scholarship or in connecting us with a company, organization, or foundation? Please contact our office to learn more!
VSA specifically designs courses for academically gifted and advanced learners. Our instructors teach their courses at an accelerated pace and at a level of depth which research suggests works particularly well with academically gifted students. We use ACT/SAT/ PSAT scores as one reliable measure in determining a student’s ability to succeed at this accelerated and in-depth pace. Please see the “How to Apply” page for more information and other eligibility options.
The 15 percent tuition deposit is nonrefundable and is due two weeks after the student has been notified of his/her course placement. If a student is admitted to a course that is not his or her first choice, paying the deposit does not remove the student from other waiting list positions. The deposit does secure the student’s placement in a ranked course and, therefore, in the program as a whole. Should a spot open up in a higher-ranked course, the next student on the waiting list moves into that course. Due to long waiting lists, the deposit is necessary to secure the student’s placement and reduce last minute withdrawals. Therefore, we highly recommend that students only rank courses they are willing to take. Of course, once paid, the deposit is applied to the student’s overall tuition balance.
We encourage students from all over the country and the world to apply to VSA! In summer 2019, VSA had 35 states and 11 countries represented. This summer, we hope to add to that list as we believe that the diversity in our student body creates a powerful community of learners. Students attending Sessions I, II, and III can fly into the Nashville airport, located approximately 20 minutes from campus. VSA staff work with families who are planning air travel to ensure that a VSA staff member is waiting at the airport to greet your student and to shuttle them back to campus in a VSA van. Per Vanderbilt policy, VSA students never have to travel to and from the airport alone. When VSA is over, shuttles with VSA staff take students to the airport. Transportation fees apply for travel services: $75 round trip (there is no discount for one-way serivce).