Vanderbilt University 2020-21 Supplemental Essay Prompt Guide
In our continuing series on the new changes to the Common Application , Douglas L. Christiansen , Vanderbilt University' s vice provost for enrollment and dean of admissions, joins us today to share his thoughts about the role of the essay in the admission decision as well as the impact of the new essay prompts and length limits. To that end, I am confident that the prompts contain wisdom from colleagues who collectively have read hundreds of thousands of college essays. The array of topics is deliberately broad, in order to appeal to as wide a range of college-going seniors as possible.
To support prospective students and their families during the ongoing COVID pandemic—which has impacted the availability and accessibility of the SAT and ACT exams—Vanderbilt University will not require scores from these standardized tests for students applying to enter the university in the fall of This test-optional admissions process will be in effect for students applying to matriculate at Vanderbilt in fall only. As always, Vanderbilt will employ a rigorous, context-based, holistic review process of every applicant to ensure the university admits the most highly accomplished and diverse class possible.