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VSA (Rising 7-12)

VSA at a Glance

VSA 2019 Application Opens February 6th!

Application inquiries may be directed to

Check out the 2018 catalog for more information!

Who? Gifted students and advanced learners in rising grades 7-12 who typically test at the 95th percentile and above in one or multiple areas of the ACT, SAT, or PSAT tests. See “Eligibility” section below for more information on student qualification.

What? This residential academic experience provides qualifying students with a taste of college life. As a VSA student, you will live on campus and take accelerated courses with Vanderbilt professors, lecturers, and graduate students. Outside the classroom, our carefully selected residential staff members supervise the dining and residence halls, plan fun and engaging recreational activities, and help ensure that every VSA student has a fulfilling experience.

When? Students attend one of three summer sessions. The dates and length of each session depends on the student’s grade level.

VSA 2018

Session 1: Rising 7th-8th graders
June 9 – 14, 2019

Session 2: Rising 9th-10th graders
June 16 – 28, 2019

Session 3: Rising 11th-12th graders
July 7 – 26, 2019

Where? During their stay, VSA students will reside in a residential hall on The Ingram Commons, where first-year Vanderbilt students live during the academic school year. Courses are held in classrooms across the Vanderbilt University campus, with the majority of courses taking place on the Peabody Campus. Students eat most of their meals in the Commons Dining Center, a short walk from the dormitory.

Eligibility: Students applying to Vanderbilt Summer Academy must submit qualifying documentation at the time of application. To be eligible for VSA, students may either submit ACT, SAT, or PSAT scores or a recent individual ability/achievement test at the 95th percentile and above in one or more subject areas. In lieu of the above mentioned test scores, students may prefer to submit a portfolio for further assessment and review. For more details about eligible scores and portfolio materials, please see the VSA How To Apply page.

Rising 7th Grade Student? Rising 7th grade students have the option to attend VSA Session I, where they will spend 5 days and 5 nights living and learning on the Vanderbilt campus. Looking for non-residential options? PTY also offers a day program for rising 7th graders called Career Connections at SAVY. Click here for more information about Career Connections at SAVY courses. Hard to choose between the two programs? You don’t have to! Give our office a call for more information on how to apply for one or both programs.

Vanderbilt Summer Academy – 2019

December 14th: 2019 Courses Announced

February 6 noon- February 13 noon: Application Priority window for VSA 2019

February 16 noon: Applications continue to be accepted on rolling basis

June 9 to June 14: VSA Session 1

June 16 to June 28: VSA Session 2

July 7 to July 26: VSA Session 3