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Prospective Undergraduate Students

We understand that families in many areas are dealing with the impacts of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). If your family has been impacted, please know that our thoughts are with you.

Below are updates specific to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions: 

All on-campus recruitment events are suspended through April 30. This includes information sessions and campus tours, ‘Dore for a Day, organization group visits, and Black & Gold Days. 

On March 9, 2020, Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan Wente announced a number of measures to protect the health and safety of our community from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), including suspending campus events and gatherings through April 30:  

“In addition, effective immediately and until further notice, we are suspending all university-sponsored non-Athletics events and gatherings, including events sponsored by any registered student organizations, through April 30. We will seek opportunities to enable certain events through live-streaming or other platforms. This policy is based on current best-practices regarding social distancing as a prevention strategy for disease transmission.”     

We encourage you to read Interim Chancellor Wente’s full statement and learn more about Vanderbilt’s response to COVID-19 at 

Virtual tour and other ways to connect:

While we are all disappointed that our visit programs must be cancelled, we are pleased to offer alternate ways to get to know our campus community: 

Decision release for first-year applicants:

We want to assure you that the work of selecting the Vanderbilt Class of 2024 continues without interruption. As always, we maintain our commitment to a holistic admissions process. We plan to  release admissions decisions as scheduled, in late March.

Application completion for transfer applicants:

The priority deadline for submitting your transfer application is March 15. If you have difficulty submitting required materials by the published deadline, please contact your Vanderbilt admissions counselor. As is always our policy, we will be as flexible as possible regarding our deadlines, and we will work with you to help you complete your application. It is important to know that transfer admission decisions are released on a rolling basis beginning in late April, and will continue until the transfer class is full.  

Juniors and younger students and families who wish to visit campus: 

As soon as we receive word from our campus leaders, we will once again open information sessions and other in-person on-campus events for registration via our visit page. It is our hope that we will be able to conduct information sessions and our annual PreVU programs throughout the summer as usual.  

Remember that Vanderbilt does not consider demonstrated interest as part of the admissions evaluation, so our inability to accommodate your visit to campus will not impact our eventual admission decision.  

More information will be made available through the Admissions website.

Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19 Exposure, Health and Wellness

The Office of the Provost is working with students to minimize disruptions to their academic progress during the isolation period. Staff should contact their HR consultant to discuss how to find the appropriate solution so that they can self-isolate. Staff can find their HR consultant here: Faculty should contact their dean to seek assistance while they must remain away from work. Postdocs should be in touch with their faculty advisor for assistance.
A team of university officials, including Vanderbilt’s Global Safety and Security Manager and Vanderbilt Incident Response for Travel (VIRT) team, is monitoring the outbreak of the respiratory illness COVID-19 worldwide. Since this crisis first began, the university has been working closely with infection control experts at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and local and state public health officials, and has been reviewing all guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as it does with all public health concerns. We are in regular communication with the Vanderbilt community regarding travel restrictions, policies and recommendations. Information has been shared with students, faculty, staff, postdocs and parents, including specific considerations and guidance for international students and scholars. We have developed protocols to limit potential exposure, working with officials in Student and Occupational Health to provide information to returning travelers regarding self-isolation and health care monitoring procedures. The university is also working continues to prevent the spread of illness through enhanced cleaning and disinfection. Staff are cleaning these areas following the normal cleaning protocols for each type of space, followed by application of the disinfectant cleaning products Oxivir Five 16, Oxivir 1 Wipes and PURELL Professional Surface Disinfectant Spray. All disinfectants meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s criteria for use against COVID-19. Facilities has designated additional personnel resources to help assist with this enhanced cleaning and disinfecting process. The university has identified the following priority spaces that are being cleaned and disinfected more frequently due to being located in high-traffic areas:
  • Restrooms, locker rooms and showers
  • Lobbies, lounges, break rooms and hallways
  • Classrooms, conference rooms, lecture halls, dining sitting areas and libraries sitting areas (spaces where large groups of people congregate)
  • Private offices
Certain areas in these locations are receiving increased attention twice a day, including high-touch points such as door handles, light switches, handrails, interior doors, door push plates and the flat surfaces in common spaces. Staff also have begun to power wash restrooms in common areas, locker room showers and multiple-use shower rooms throughout campus. Campus early childhood care and education facilities and athletic facilities locker rooms and showers are being deep cleaned and then electrostatic fogged using a disinfectant product. The university is working with vendors and contractors to maintain these products and services to continue this cleaning schedule moving forward. Free-standing hand sanitizing stations have also been installed across campus. In addition, campus-wide changes include:
  • All classes moved fully to online and alternative learning for the remainder of the semester.
  • All undergraduate residential students were required to move out by Sunday, March 15.
  • Any remaining students who were granted an extension due to extenuating circumstances must stay in their residences as much as possible, avoid congregating in common spaces, and practice social distancing.
  • The university restricted access to dining facilities and implemented new safety protocols to promote social distancing for all remaining dining and food delivery on campus.
  • Vanderbilt instituted an initial remote work period for staff and faculty and recommended they work remotely following their manager’s and/or department chair/dean’s instructions.
  • On-campus university research laboratories are transitioning to only essential activities by Wednesday, March 18, at the latest.
  • VandyRide service has been suspended. Vanderbilt University Public Safety will continue to provide an on-call medical transportation service.
  • The David Williams II Recreation and Wellness Center is closed until further notice.

General Information about COVID-19

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.


No new visitors should be hosted on campus during the remote work period that lasts until April 11, 2020.  Once visitors are allowed back on campus, any visitor who has traveled abroad within the past 14 days must self-isolate for a total of 14 days before coming to campus.

No. However, the university strongly recommends that everyone reconsider even personal travel abroad at this time.  Anyone returning from international travel will be required to self-isolate for 14 days before returning campus.


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