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VSA (Rising 7-12)

VSA at a Glance

No longer accepting applications for VSA 2018

Application inquiries may be directed to

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Who? Gifted students and advanced learners in rising grades 7-12 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 2018

Session 1: Rising 7th-8th graders
June 10-15, 2018

Session 2: Rising 9th-10th graders
June 17-29, 2018

Session 3: Rising 11th-12th graders
July 8-27, 2018

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.

Rising 7th Grade Student? You have a new option this summer to attend VSA Session I! Spend 5 days and 5 nights living and learning on the Vanderbilt campus. Looking for non-residential options? PTY has a day program for you as well. Check out our week-long Career Connections courses here! Hard to choose between them? You don’t have to. Give our office a call for more information on how to apply for one or both programs.

Vanderbilt Summer Academy – 2018

December 8, 2017: Summer courses announced

February 1, 2018 noon – February 7, 2018 noon: Application priority window

February 7, 2018 – 12:01 CST: Applications accepted – rolling admission. 

April 13, 2018: Session 2 and Session 3 tuition due

May 4, 2018: Deadline for withdrawal with a 50% tuition refund for Sessions 2 and 3

May 4, 2018: Session 1 tuition due 

May 18, 2018: Deadline for withdrawal with a 50% tuition refund for Session 1

June 10-15: Session 1 – Rising 7th – 8th graders

June 17-29: Session 2 – Rising 9th-10th graders

July 8-27: Session 3 – Rising 11th-12th graders