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Eligibility, Application, & Selection

Thank you for your interest in the program. Information about fall 2021 applications will be posted by November 2021. Applications will be due in December 2021. Please check back for more details soon.

All first-year Vanderbilt students in the College of Arts & Science are invited to apply to the College Scholars program at the end of fall semester. The College of Arts & Science must be your current home school for you to apply this fall. Only first-year students are eligible, and neither external nor internal transfer students are not allowed to apply.


The application consists of:

1) a brief form of personal information,
2) two short essays of 2 pages each, and
3) your grades from the fall semester at Vanderbilt.

Applications are due before grades are posted, so you will not submit them. Rather, they will be pulled by the University Registrar from your academic record once they are available. You will also have the opportunity to rate your top three preferred Honors Seminars for spring 2021, but this does not constitute registration for the courses or admission into the program.

Applications for the fall 2020 are now closed!

Applications for fall 2020 are due December 18, 2020 by 5:01 pm. Please see the Application 2020 page for the online application and more details (login required).


Applications are reviewed over winter break and approximately 30 students are selected for admission to the program based on their academic records from the fall semester, their creative and reflective essays, and their promise for continued academic success at Vanderbilt.

Information Sessions

To learn more about the program, we’ll be hosting a few information sessions on Zoom. At these, you’ll be able to hear from current students in the program and learn how they’ve engaged with the College Scholars program. Tentatively, these are scheduled for:

  • Wednesday November 18 at 2 pm Central time
  • Friday December 4 at 6 pm Central time
  • Tuesday December 15 at 12 noon Central time

Zoom links will be sent for these later. In the meantime, you can sign up for an information session by registering on this form. All sessions will cover the same topics, so you need only attend one.

Fall Scholars

Thirty incoming first-year students of exceptional promise are admitted to the College Scholars Honors Program at the beginning of the fall semester by the Dean of the College. These students are nominated by the Admissions Committee during the honors scholarship selection process when they apply to Vanderbilt. These students do not need to reapply to the program in December.


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