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Looking to the Future: WAVU Changes Coming this Fall

We’re excited to announce a new look for Weekends at Vanderbilt University (WAVU). Beginning this fall, WAVU will switch from an overnight program to an All-Day Saturday lab experience, so mark your calendar now for Saturday, October 29th, 2016.

This new format will provide students with an inside look at what it means to be an expert as well as a glimpse into the everyday lives of scientists, engineers, writers, and other professionals in their fields.

As with previous years, our students will continue to enjoy hands-on laboratory experiences, conversations with Vanderbilt faculty, content experts and graduate students, and of course, interaction with other students of similar interests and career aspirations.

This schedule change came about after a long period of serious deliberations, examining the growing demand for our WAVU sessions, and feedback from parents and students. Our goal is to provide the same academic excellence as we have always done while enabling us to serve more students at a reduced cost.

Gifted students typically begin thinking about college and career paths earlier than their age peers and may not know what types of opportunities beyond the mainstream careers of doctor or lawyer are available to them. Making WAVU more easily accessible will broaden the base of students we can serve, while continuing to let us provide advanced content through the lens of career and talent development in specific domains.

For more details on WAVU: Day in the Life Saturdays, please read the overview posted below, and feel free to call Rosie Forrest, who oversees both WAVU and Vanderbilt Summer Academy: 615.322.1181.

 WAVU: Day in the Life Saturdays

What? A Saturday intensive that provides qualifying students with an in-depth look at contemporary careers in math, science, engineering, and humanities. Held for one full Saturday each fall and spring, WAVU incorporates accelerated laboratory courses led by professionals in their field, and an opportunity for in-depth career exploration along with support and resources for families.

Who? Weekend Academy at Vanderbilt University is designed for motivated and advanced learners in grades 7 through 10 who typically test at the 85th percentile and above on either verbal or nonverbal sections of academic achievement or ability tests. WAVU: Day in the Life Saturdays is also for parents. We invite families to attend a welcome session that speaks to the resources available to high ability students and the families who support them.

See our Eligibility section below for more information on how students can qualify.

When? The first Saturday featuring this new updated WAVU format will be October 29, 2016. The full day will span 8:00 AM until 8:00 PM. Spring WAVU dates to be announced this winter.

Where? Most courses are held on the Peabody Campus of Vanderbilt University, but depending on the area of interest, some students may experience their laboratory on Main Campus. Registration will take place at the Wyatt Center on the Peabody Campus.

Eligibility: We accept many standardized achievement or ability tests. These include but are not limited to: CogAT, RIAS, TCAP, ITBS, ERB, Stanford Achievement Test, OLSAT, Woodcock-Johnson, and WISC-IV. In addition, we also accept PSAT, SAT, or ACT scores that represent an 85th percentile or above in one or more testing areas.

Returning WAVU students or recent SAVY participants do not need to resubmit test scores unless the scores are more than three years old. See this page for more information about eligibility.

How Much? $179.00 per student (including lunch and dinner).

Fall 2016 Timeline

August, 16, 2016: WAVU Courses/Laboratories Announced

Noon September 7 – Noon September 8, 2016: 24-hour Application Priority Window (best chance for placement in top choice course)

Noon September 7 – October 14, 2016: Applications Accepted

October 14, 2016: Tuition Due/Last Day to Withdraw with Full Tuition Refund (less application fee)

October 21, 2016: Welcome Paperwork Due

October 29, 2016: WAVU Saturday Program