Home » For Students » VSA (Rising 8-12)

VSA (Rising 8-12)

Vanderbilt Summer Academy

2017 VSA Application  2017 VSA Catalog

VSA Application Update: Now accepting VSA applications for all sessions. Check session and course availability to ensure space is available. 

VSA at a Glance

Who? Gifted students and advanced learners in rising grades 8-12 who typically test at the 95th percentile and above in one or multiple areas of the ACT, SAT, or PSAT tests. See “Eligibility” section below for more information on student qualification.

What? This residential academic experience provides qualifying students with a taste of college life. As a VSA student, you will live on campus and take accelerated courses with Vanderbilt professors, lecturers, and graduate students. Outside the classroom, our carefully selected residential staff members supervise the dining and residence halls, plan fun and engaging recreational activities, and help ensure that every VSA student has a fulfilling experience.

When? Students attend one of three summer sessions. The dates and length of each session depends on the student’s grade level.

VSA 2017

Session 1: Rising 8th graders
June 11-16

Session 2: Rising 9th-10th graders
June 18-30

Session 3: Rising 11th-12th graders
July 9-28

Where? During their stay, VSA students will reside in a residential hall on The Ingram Commons, where first-year Vanderbilt students live during the academic school year. Courses are held in classrooms across the Vanderbilt University campus, with the majority of courses taking place on the Peabody Campus. Students eat most of their meals in the Commons Dining Center, a short walk from the dormitory.

Eligibility: Students applying to Vanderbilt Summer Academy must submit qualifying documentation at the time of application. To be eligible for VSA, students may either submit ACT, SAT, or PSAT scores or a recent individual ability/achievement test at the 95th percentile and above in one or more subject areas. In lieu of the above mentioned test scores, students may prefer to submit a portfolio for further assessment and review. For more details about eligible scores and portfolio materials, please see the VSA How To Apply page.


Vanderbilt Summer Academy – 2017

December 6, 2016: Summer courses announced

February 2, 2017 noon – February 9, 2017 noon: Application priority window

February 9, 2017 – 12:01 CST: Applications accepted – rolling admission. 

April 21: Session 2 and Session 3 tuition due

May 5: Session 1 tuition due; Deadline for withdrawal with a 50% tuition refund for Sessions 2 and 3

May 19: Deadline for withdrawal with a 50% tuition refund for Session 1

June 11-16: Session 1 – Rising 8th graders

June 18-30: Session 2 – Rising 9th-10th graders

July 9-28: Session 3 – Rising 11th-12th graders