Vanderbilt Student Academy is a residential academic experience for Gifted students and advanced learners in rising grades 8-12 which provides students with the chance to take accelerated courses from experts in their fields while residing on a college campus.
Our program is open to Gifted students and advanced learners in rising grades 8-12 who typically test at or near the 95th percentile or above in one or multiple areas of the ACT, SAT, or PSAT tests. (See “Eligibility” section below for more information on student qualification)
VSA is a residential academic experience which 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.
Students attend one of three summer sessions. The dates and length of each session depends on the student’s grade level:
Session 1: Rising 8th graders: June 11-16
Session 2: Rising 9th-10th graders: June 18-30
Session 3: Rising 11th-12th graders: July 9-28
During 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.