You will be prompted to upload unofficial transcripts on the Academics page of the application. Other materials you wish to provide can be uploaded from your Applicant Status page once you have submitted your application. The Upload Materials option is not available until you submit your application.
Please be sure that any document you upload contains your full name and, in the case of transcripts, the name of the institution. This will insure that your documents get appropriately indexed to your application and checklist.
To be considered official, a transcript must be sent directly from your institution to Vanderbilt. Official transcripts can be mailed to Vanderbilt or delivered through your school’s secure electronic service. All other transcripts are considered unofficial. If your previous institution provides you a student copy or electronic copy of your transcript, it is perfectly acceptable to upload it as your unofficial transcript.
Most programs do not require official transcripts unless an offer of admission is made and accepted by you. At that time, official transcripts should be mailed to the address shown below. If, however, your program requires official transcripts as part of your application, they should be mailed to the address below. Your checklist on the Application Status page will indicate if you need to submit an official transcript:
Center for Data Management
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37240-7833
You may apply to two programs per term. To start a second application, go to the Application Management or Home page and click on the Start New Application link.
Yes, you will need to submit a new application, but much of the data on the application will be pre-populated for you. You will have a chance to update any information that is out-of-date. It will not be necessary to submit official test scores again if they were submitted with your previous application. It will be necessary to submit new recommendations. Only transcripts that are new or have changed since the last application will need to be uploaded.
You should list all post-secondary institutions where you have attended. Institutions where you studied abroad are exceptions to this rule if the study abroad work is reflected, in its entirety, on the transcript of your primary institution.
The Statement of Purpose is an essay about why you are applying to the program you have selected. Your statement should include information on your motivation to pursue a degree in the program, what you have done to prepare yourself for the pursuit of this degree, and what you hope to accomplish during and after your training.
Some programs have more specific requirements for the statement of purpose. These requirements will be listed on the Statement of Purpose page of the application.
There is not a minimum or a maximum number of words required for the Statement of Purpose. In general the statement should be somewhere between 1-5 pages and only contain information pertinent to the application you are submitting.
Some programs may have additional information about the Statement of Purpose on their websites.
The preferred method for receiving recommendations is through the online process. The recommender’s URL contains a short recommendation form that is only available online. After filling out this short form, the recommender can upload a recommendation letter. If your recommender has some impediment to using the online process, and you feel strongly about using this recommender, a recommendation letter may be mailed or emailed to the locations below, but your recommender will not be able to submit the recommendation form.
Paper recommendation letters must contain your full name and the name of the program to which you are applying. They should be emailed or mailed to the addresses below.
Center for Data Management
PMB 407833, 2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37240-7833
Many graduate and professional programs do not require an application fee. If your program does require an application fee, you will be prompted for fee payment once you have submitted your application.
You can update some items from your Application Status page even after you have submitted your application.
Once your application has been submitted, your login will take you to your Application Status page. This page contains important information on the status of your application. Use the Application Checklist to verify which application requirements have been met and which are still outstanding.
If you did not receive the email containing the URL and temporary pin, please be sure you are using the same email that you used to initiate the account. Also check your spam and quarantined mail folders for the email. If neither of these resolve the problem, submit your issue to firstname.lastname@example.org and a staff member will assist you.
When completing the last step of your account setup, please be sure to use the same email address and birthdate to log in as you used when you initiated the account.
To reset a password:
To update your email address: