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Vanderbilt University Common Data Set 2009-2010

 

C. FIRST-TIME, FIRST-YEAR (FRESHMAN) ADMISSION
Applications
C1 First-time, first-year, (freshmen) students: Provide the number of degree-seeking, first-time, first-year students who applied, were admitted, and enrolled (full- or part-time) in fall 2009. Include early decision, early action, and students who began studies during summer in this cohort. Applicants should include only those students who fulfilled the requirements for consideration for admission (i.e., who completed actionable applications) and who have been notified of one of the following actions: admission, nonadmission, placement on waiting list, or application withdrawn (by applicant or institution). Admitted applicants should include wait-listed students who were subsequently offered admission.
Total first-time, first-year (freshman) men who applied 9,077
Total first-time, first-year (freshman) women who applied 10,276
Total 19,353
Total first-time, first-year (freshman) men who were admitted 1,979
Total first-time, first-year (freshman) women who were admitted 1,920
Total 3,899
Total full-time, first-time, first-year (freshman) men who enrolled 783
Total part-time, first-time, first-year (freshman) men who enrolled 0
Total 783
Total full-time, first-time, first-year (freshman) women who enrolled 815
Total part-time, first-time, first-year (freshman) women who enrolled 1
Total 1,599
C2 Freshman wait-listed students (students who met admission requirements but whose final admission was contingent on space availability)
  Yes No
Do you have a policy of placing students on a waiting list? X  
If yes, please answer the questions below for fall 2009 admissions:  
Number of qualified applicants offered a placed on waiting list  
Number accepting a place on the waiting list  
Number of wait-listed students admitted 117
Is your waiting list ranked? No
If yes, do you release that information to students? N/A
Do you release that information to school counselors? N/A
Admission Requirements
C3 High school completion requirement
High school diploma is required and GED is accepted Yes Unless seeking early admission after Jr. year of HS
High school diploma is required and GED is not accepted  
High school diploma or equivalent is not required  
C4 Does your institution require or recommend a general college-preparatory program for degree-seeking students?
Require Yes
Recommend  
Neither require nor recommend  
C5 Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended. Specify the distribution of academic high school course units required and/or recommended of all or most degree-seeking students using Carnegie units (one unit equals one year of study or its equivalent). If you use a different system for calculating units, please convert.
  Units
Required
Units
Recommended
 
Total academic units 18 21
English 4 4
Mathematics 3 4
Science 3 4
    Of these, units that must be
    lab
2 3
Foreign language 2 2
Social studies 2 3
History 1 1
Academic electives 3 3
Computer Science 0 0
Visual/Performing Arts 0 0
Other (specify)    
Basis for Selection
C6 Do you have an open admission policy, under which virtually all secondary school graduates or students with GED equivalency diplomas are admitted without regard to academic record, test scores, or other qualifications?  If so, check which applies:
Open admission policy as described above for all students  No
Open admission policy as described above for most students, but-- No
    selective admission for out-of-state students see below
    selective admission to some programs see below
other (explain)  selective for all programs
   
C7 Relative importance of each of the following academic and nonacademic factors in first-time, first-year, degree-seeking (freshman) admission decisions.
  Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic        
Rigor of secondary school record X      
Class rank X      
Academic GPA X      
Standardized test scores X      
Application Essay X      
Recommendation(s)   X    
Nonacademic        
Interview     X  
Extracurricular activities X      
Talent/ability   X    
Character/personal qualities X      
First generation      X  
Alumni/ae relation     X  
Geographical residence     X  
State residency     X  
Religious affiliation/commitment       X
Racial/ethnic status     X  
Volunteer work     X  
Work experience     X  
Level of applicant’s interest X
SAT and ACT Policies
C8 Entrance exams 
  Yes No
C8A Does your institution make use of SAT, ACT, or SAT Subject Test scores in admission decisions for first-time, first-year, degree-seeking applicants?    X
If yes, place check marks in the appropriate boxes below to reflect your institution’s policies for use in admission for Fall 2011.
  ADMISSION
  Require Recommend Require for Some Consider if Submitted Not Used
SAT or ACT X      
ACT only       X  
SAT only       X  
SAT and SAT Subject Tests or ACT       X
SAT Subject Tests only       X  
C8B If your institution will make use of the ACT in admission decisions for first-time, first-year, degree-seeking applicants for Fall 2010, please indicate which ONE of the following applies: (regardless of whether the writing score will be used in the admissions process):
ACT with Writing Component required X
ACT with Writing component recommended  
ACT with or without Writing component accepted  
C8C  Please indicate how your institution will use the SAT or ACT writing component; check all that apply:
SAT essay ACT essay
For admission    
For placement    
For advising    
In place of an application essay    
As a validity check on the application essay X X
No college policy as of now X X
Not using essay component    
C8D In addition, does your institution use applicants' test scores for academic advising?
  Yes No
X
C8E Latest date by which SAT or ACT scores must be received for fall-term admission January 3, 2009
Latest date by which SAT Subject Test scores must be received for fall-term admission  
C8F If necessary, use this space to clarify your test policies (e.g., if tests are recommended for some students, or if tests are not required of some students):  
 
C8G Please indicate which tests your institution uses for placement (e.g., state tests):
SAT  
ACT  
SAT Subject Tests X
AP X
CLEP  
Institutional Exam X
State Exam (specify):  
Freshman Profile
Provide percentages for ALL enrolled, degree-seeking, full-time and part-time, first-time, first-year (freshman) students enrolled in fall 2009, including students who began studies during summer, international students/nonresident aliens, and students admitted under special arrangements.
C9 Percent and number of first-time, first-year (freshman) students enrolled in fall 2009 who submitted national standardized (SAT/ACT) test scores.  Include information for ALL enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first-year (freshman) students who submitted test scores.  Do not include partial test scores (e.g., mathematics scores but not critical reading for a category of students) or combine other standardized test results (such as TOEFL) in this item. Do not convert SAT scores to ACT scores and vice versa. The 25th percentile is the score that 25 percent scored at or below; the 75th percentile score is the one that 25 percent scored at or above.
Percent submitting SAT scores 55% Number submitting SAT scores 872
Percent submitting ACT scores 58% Number submitting ACT scores 924
  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 660 750
SAT Math 690 770
SAT Writing 660 750
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 30 34
ACT Math 29 34
ACT English 31 35
ACT Writing 8 10
Percent of first-time, first-year (freshman) students with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math SAT Writing
700-800 60.60% 71.30% 55.20%
600-699 32.80% 24.80% 37.60%
500-599 5.50% 3.70% 6.10%
400-499 1.00% 0.20% 1.00%
300-399 0.10% 0.00% 0.10%
200-299 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Totals should = 100% 100.00% 100.00% 100.00%
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 82.50% 82.90% 70.50%
24-29 16.50% 15.60% 27.80%
18-23 1.00% 1.50% 1.70%
12-17 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
6-11 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Below 6 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Totals should = 100% 100.00% 100.00% 100.00%
C10 Percent of all degree-seeking, first-time, first-year (freshman) students who had high school class rank within each of the following ranges (report information for those students from whom you collected high school rank information).
Percent in top tenth of high school graduating class 86%
Percent in top quarter of high school graduating class 97%
Percent in top half of high school graduating class 100% Top half + 
Percent in bottom half of high school graduating class 1% bottom half = 100%
Percent in bottom quarter of high school graduating class 1%
Percent of total first-time, first-year (freshmen) students who submitted high school class rank: 41%
C11 Percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first-year (freshman) students who had high school grade-point averages within each of the following ranges (using 4.0 scale).  Report information only for those students from whom you collected high school GPA.
Percent who had GPA of 3.75 and higher 48.60%
Percent who had GPA between 3.50 and 3.74 28.40%
Percent who had GPA between 3.25 and 3.49 15.80%
Percent who had GPA between 3.00 and 3.24 5.90%
Percent who had GPA between 2.50 and 2.99 1.30%
Percent who had GPA between 2.0 and 2.49 0.00%
Percent who had GPA between 1.0 and 1.99 0.00%
Percent who had GPA below 1.0 0.00%
Totals should = 100% 100.00%
         
C12 Average high school GPA of all degree-seeking, first-time, first-year (freshman) students who submitted GPA:   3.71
Percent of total first-time, first-year (freshman) students who submitted high school GPA:   95.00%
Admission Policies
C13 Application Fee
  Yes No
Does your institution have an application fee? X  
Amount of application fee: $50.00
  Yes No
Can it be waived for applicants with financial need? X  
If you have an application fee and an on-line application option, please indicate policy for students who apply on-line:
Same fee: X
Free:  
Reduced:  
  Yes No
Can on-line application fee be waived for applicants with financial need? X  
C14 Application closing date
  Yes No
Does your institution have an application closing date? X  
Application closing date (fall):  
Priority date:   1/3
C15   Yes No
Are first-time, first-year students accepted for terms other than the fall?       X
C16 Notification to applicants of admission decision sent (fill in one only)
On a rolling basis beginning (date):      
By (date):   4/1  
Other:      
     
C17 Reply policy for admitted applicants (fill in one only)
Must reply by (date):    
No set date:    
Must reply by May 1 or within _____ weeks if notified thereafter 2
Other:    
   
Deadline for housing deposit (MM/DD):  No separate housing deposit
Amount of housing deposit:   
Refundable if student does not enroll?
     Yes, in full  
     Yes, in part  
     No  
C18 Deferred admission
  Yes No
Does your institution allow students to postpone enrollment after admission? X  
If yes, maximum period of postponement: 1 year
C19 Early admission of high school students
  Yes No
Does your institution allow high school students to enroll as full-time, first-time, first-year (freshman) students one year or more before high school graduation? X X
C20 Common Application Question removed from CDS. (Initiated during 2006-2007 cycle)
Early Decision and Early Action Plans
C21 Early Decision
  Yes No
Does your institution offer an early decision plan (an admission plan that permits students to apply and be notified of an admission decision well in advance of the regular notification date and that asks students to commit to attending if accepted) for first-time, first-year (freshman) applicants for fall enrollment?  X  
If “yes,” please complete the following: 
First or only early decision plan closing date 11/1
First or only early decision plan notification date 12/15
Other early decision plan closing date 1/3
Other early decision plan notification date 2/15
For the Fall 2009 entering class:
Number of early decision applications received by your institution 1,659
Number of applicants admitted under early decision plan 699
Please provide significant details about your early decision plan:  
C22 Early action
  Yes No
Do you have a nonbinding early action plan whereby students are notified of an admission decision well in advance of the regular notification date but do not have to commit to attending your college?    X
If “yes,” please complete the following: 
Early action closing date  
Early action notification date  
Is your early action plan a “restrictive” plan under which you limit students from applying to other early plans?
Yes No
   


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