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February 22, 2024

Vanderbilt University Waitlist Acceptance Rate

Vanderbilt University Waitlist Acceptance Rate
Vanderbilt has turned to its waitlist every year over the last 15 years (photo credit: Dansan4444).

If, after the Regular Decision round of admissions, you were neither accepted nor denied by Vanderbilt University, you were offered a spot on the dreaded waitlist. But what exactly does it mean to be waitlisted by Vanderbilt? Do waitlisted students to the Nashville, Tennessee-based institution have a real shot at admission? Let’s dive in!

Vanderbilt University Waitlist Acceptance Rate and Statistics

Below are the Vanderbilt waitlist acceptance rates and statistics the institution released to The Common Data Set over the last 15 years.

Vanderbilt University Class YearNumber of Students Waitlisted to VanderbiltNumber of Students Who Chose to Join Vanderbilt WaitlistNumber of Students Accepted Off Vanderbilt WaitlistVanderbilt Waitlist Acceptance Rate
Vanderbilt Class of 2028TBDTBDTBDTBD
Vanderbilt Class of 2027TBDTBDTBDTBD
Vanderbilt Class of 2026Not PublishedNot Published221Not Published
Vanderbilt Class of 2025Not PublishedNot Published181Not Published
Vanderbilt Class of 2024Not PublishedNot Published479Not Published
Vanderbilt Class of 2023Not PublishedNot Published453Not Published
Vanderbilt Class of 2022Not PublishedNot Published243Not Published
Vanderbilt Class of 2021Not PublishedNot Published178Not Published
Vanderbilt Class of 2020Not PublishedNot Published71Not Published
Vanderbilt Class of 2019Not PublishedNot Published188Not Published
Vanderbilt Class of 20186,0184,5362104.63%
Vanderbilt Class of 2017Not PublishedNot Published223Not Published
Vanderbilt Class of 2016Not PublishedNot PublishedNot PublishedNot Published
Vanderbilt Class of 2027Not PublishedNot PublishedNot PublishedNot Published
Vanderbilt Class of 2015Not PublishedNot PublishedNot PublishedNot Published
Vanderbilt Class of 2014Not PublishedNot PublishedNot PublishedNot Published
Vanderbilt Class of 20133,1091,39020214.53%

Your Chances of Admission to Vanderbilt After Being Waitlisted

While Vanderbilt does not typically release the number of students who accept a spot on the annual waitlist to gauge the school’s waitlist acceptance rate, the school does report to The Common Data Set the number of students who are annually offered admission out of limbo. And the number is — more often than not — quite significant.

Over the last ten years, Vanderbilt has always turned to its waitlist. Over this span, the fewest students admitted in a given year were 71 (for the Class of 2020), and the most were 479 (for the Class of 2024). An average of 244.7 students were admitted out of limbo during this window — not too shabby!

Over the last 15 years, Vanderbilt has reported its waitlist acceptance rate twice — for the Classes of 2018 and 2013. The waitlist acceptance rate for the Vanderbilt Class of 2018 stood at 4.63%. For the Class of 2013, 14.53% of waitlisted students ultimately earned admission.

Your Chances of Admission to Vanderbilt After Being Waitlisted with Ivy Coach’s Help

Over the last 30 years, 44% of students who have first come to Ivy Coach after being offered a spot on the Vanderbilt waitlist have earned admission. During this three-decade-long window, there were also multiple years in which every student who first sought Ivy Coach’s assistance after being waitlisted got in.

So how does Ivy Coach’s process for waitlisted students to Vanderbilt work? It’s a two-step process that goes as follows:

  1. Complete a PostMortem application review. We need to see how a waitlisted candidate positioned their narrative since how they position themselves after being waitlisted can’t be the polar opposite of their initial approach. A student who applied with a great interest in cancer research can’t suddenly be a horticulturist. We just have to help them present as a much more compelling cancer researcher. We’ll help the student dare Vandy admissions officers not to admit a student who could one day find the cell of origin for ovarian cancer.
  2. Submit a compelling Letter of Continued Interest to Vanderbilt. Most waitlisted candidates know that doing nothing is an unlikely strategy to earn admission out of limbo. And most waitlisted candidates know that they should submit a letter to Vanderbilt’s admissions office after being placed in limbo to express their continued interest in attending. But most waitlisted candidates also think such letters should be filled with brags and updates. That is most certainly not the approach of Ivy Coach’s letters. Our students’ letters contain no peacocking or updates. Instead, they’re love letters to Vanderbilt — filled with specific examples of how a student will contribute their singular hook to the elite institution.

Getting Started with Ivy Coach on Vanderbilt Waitlist

If you were waitlisted to Vanderbilt’s Class of 2028, fill out Ivy Coach’s consultation form, note that Vanderbilt waitlisted you, and we’ll be in touch to set up a consultation to delineate our go-forward service. 

Remember that if you were waitlisted, the time to act is now — not later. The longer you wait to send a powerful letter to Vanderbilt, the more likely Vandy’s admissions officers will think you’re awaiting word on the decisions from other institutions. If Vanderbilt were indeed your first choice, you’d have no reason to wait.

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