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How to Apply

Applications are currently being accepted, and there are two application options for submission:

01. Complete the WAVU application online. With this option, you may upload test scores and select a preferred payment method for the $35 nonrefundable application fee.

02. Complete the PDF application and send to PTY via mail. Include a check or money order, made payable to Vanderbilt University-PTY, for the $35 nonrefundable application fee. If PTY does not have your child’s test scores on file, please also include a copy with the application. Faxed or emailed applications are not accepted at this time.

Eligibility

Students applying to Weekends at Vanderbilt University must submit qualifying documentation to confirm eligibility. Students who test at the 85th percentile and above on a standardized achievement or ability test are eligible to participate in WAVU courses in their area(s) of strength. We accept any standardized achievement or ability test including, but not limited to, the following: RIAS, CogAT, TCAP, ERB, Stanford Achievement Test, OLSAT, Woodcock Johnson, WISC. Out-of-level standardized assessments (e.g., ACT, SAT) and talent search invitation letters (e.g., Duke TIP) are also accepted. While scores around the 85th percentile are typically a strong indication that WAVU is an appropriate curriculum match for a student, feel free to contact the PTY office for questions about scores that do not meet these criteria. Returning SAVY, WAVU, or VSA students do not need to resubmit test scores unless their scores are more than three years old. Students without test scores should work with their schools to obtain documentation of their assessments.

For more information about assessment (including out-of-level), contact Rosanna Forrest at 615.322.1181 or rosanna.forrest@vanderbilt.edu.

Choosing a Course

Students should choose their WAVU course based on what interests them. If more than one course catches their interest, we ask that the student rank them in the order of preference. Ranking more than one course increases the chance of admission to WAVU. But remember: a student can be placed in any ranked course according to availability, so only rank courses that truly appeal to the student. Apply early to have the best chance for placement in a top choice course!

Application checklist

Admissions Process and Placement

Our WAVU admissions process is intended to facilitate an equal opportunity for all potential participants to be placed in the courses that interest them.

Each fall WAVU begins the application season with the application priority window, which takes place during the first 24-hour period applications are available to students and families. All qualifying applications submitted during the application priority window have the same opportunity for placement. WAVU applications may be submitted after the application priority window as long as room in WAVU courses remains.

2017/2018 WAVU Application Priority Window: noon, August 29, 2017 until noon, August 30, 2017

The admissions process for the 24-hour window is as follows:

  1. All applications received during the window are reviewed at the same time.
  2. The order of review of these applications is randomized.
  3. Applications of siblings are reviewed and placed simultaneously, space permitting.

Please note that many courses fill quickly. We strongly recommend that applicants apply during the 24-hour application priority window. This does not guarantee admission, but it does increase your chances.

Applications received after the application priority window are time and date stamped upon arrival and reviewed accordingly. If course space remains after review of applications from the 24-hour window, courses are filled on a first-come, first-served system, based on availability. A waiting list is maintained for courses that are filled.

Applicants are notified of admissions decisions via email within 4 weeks of submitting the application. If everything is complete, you will receive communication about placement. If application materials are found to be missing, we will notify you as soon as possible with a request for more information and with accompanying deadlines. For families who wish to apply for financial aid, financial aid information may be included in the admissions notice if financial aid materials have already been submitted. The admissions notice includes the tuition statement.

Our WAVU admissions process is intended to facilitate an equal opportunity for all potential participants to be placed in the courses that interest them.

Admissions Policies

Equity

In compliance with federal law, including the provisions of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, Executive Order 11246, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, as amended, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, Vanderbilt University does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of their race, sex, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, military service, or genetic information in its administration of educational policies, programs, or activities; admissions policies; scholarship and loan programs; athletic or other university-administered programs; or employment. In addition, the university does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression consistent with the university’s nondiscrimination policy. Inquiries or complaints should be directed to the Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Disability Services Department, Baker Building, PMB 401809, 2301 Vanderbilt Place, Nashville, TN 37240-1809. Telephone (615) 322-4705 (V/TDD); Fax (615) 343-4969.

Waiting List

WAVU maintains waiting lists for courses that have reached maximum enrollment. The waiting list status of each course can be seen on our course catalog pages. Students who have not been placed in their first-choice course are automatically placed on the waiting list in addition to their second-choice (or third-choice, etc.) course enrollment. We move students into their higher-ranked courses if space becomes available; however, there is no guarantee that spots will open in a class. If space becomes available, or if PTY determines that the program can no longer accept additional students from the waiting list, we will communicate with families via email. The application fee is not refundable to families of students who are not admitted from the waiting list.

If your student is on a waiting list, and you have questions about his or her status, please contact PTY at 615-322-3173 or pty.peabody@vanderbilt.edu.