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WAVU (Grades 7-10)

WAVU at a Glance


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Who? Weekend Academy at Vanderbilt University is designed for gifted students in grades 7 through 10 who typically test at the 95th percentile and above on either verbal or nonverbal sections of academic achievement or ability tests. See “Eligibility” section below for more information on how students can qualify.

What? This innovative, overnight academic experience provides qualifying students with a taste of college life. Held for one weekend each spring and fall, WAVU sessions include accelerated courses taught by Vanderbilt faculty and scholars and recreational group activities.

When?  Traditionally, Fall WAVU takes place during one weekend in October and Spring WAVU occurs in February. WAVU weekends run from Saturday morning until Sunday late afternoon. Make sure to note the upcoming WAVU dates in your calendar!

Spring WAVU 2016
Saturday, February 20 – Sunday, February 21

Where? Most courses are held on the Peabody Campus of Vanderbilt University. Students will spend the night at the Scarritt-Bennett Center, a short walk from Vanderbilt’s 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 scores from the PSAT, SAT, or ACT. Returning WAVU students do not need to resubmit test scores unless the scores are more than three years old. See this page for more information about eligibility.


Weekend Academy at Vanderbilt University

August 5: Fall and Spring courses Announced

September 1 noon – September 2 noon:
24-hour application launch window for Fall AND Spring WAVU

October 2: Fall tuition due

October 9: Deadline for withdrawal with a 50% tuition refund for Fall WAVU

Saturday, October 24 – Sunday, October 25: Fall WAVU

February 5: Spring tuition due (changed due to inclement weather)

February 5: Deadline for withdrawal with a 50% tuition refund for Spring WAVU

Saturday, February 20 – Sunday, February 21: Spring WAVU