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You've Been Accepted! Now What?

Congratulations!

The Office of Admissions, Vocation, and Stewardship is excited to welcome you to the Vanderbilt Divinity School community for your theological education! On this page, you will find information about steps you can take before you step onto campus for orientation.

If you were accepted to the MDiv, MTS, or ThM, click here .

If you were accepted to the DMin, click here .

Accepted to the MDiv, MTS, or ThM? Things to do Immediately:

  • Keep current on Vanderbilt University policies regarding the COVID-19 pandemic here , updated regularly.

  • Accept your offer: Log on to your application portal to accept and pay your matriculation deposit.

  • Complete your FAFSA if you are seeking federal financial aid. Indicate that you would like your FAFSA sent to Vanderbilt University (there is no specific option for Vanderbilt Divinity School).

  • Come visit us, virtually or in-person! Check out ways to visit or recordings of past virtual events.

  • Put orientation on your calendar! Orientation is required of all entering students and will take place in August (Dates TBD) .

  • Check out the Admissions FAQ page for answers to many common questions.

February - May
  • Pre-Matriculation Paperwork: Check your personal email for information about pre-matriculation paperwork and complete all items, including immunization records and background check.

  • Check out our resources on external scholarships here .

  • Connect with a current students! Looking for a student perspective? Have questions about life at VDS? Email divinity-admissions@vanderbilt.edu and we will be happy to connect you.  

    • Stay connected by following VDS on social media!

Twitter

Instagram

and like the Facebook page

  • Send final transcripts if you have not already. Official transcripts must be on file before you can matriculate in August. Transcripts should be sent to:

Center for Data Management

Vanderbilt University

PMB 407833

2301 Vanderbilt Place

Nashville, TN 37240-7833

E-mail: cdm@vanderbilt.edu  

May - July
  • Receive your Vanderbilt online login information by email. You will need to do this before completing several of the steps below.

  • Complete the Brightspace Orientation module, including the timed writing assessment.

  • Set up bill pay in your YES portal . You can read FAQs and contact Student Accounts here

  • Submit your health insurance waiver if you intend to do so. Instructions will be sent by email and additional information about health insurance can be found here

  • Create your Back2Grad account to submit questions for the Office of Admissions, receive matriculation and orientation updates, chat with other incoming students, and use the housing finder tools.

  • Start thinking about and looking for housing in Nashville. Check out our housing and transportation page to get started.

  • Check out HireADore and VDS job postings for on and off campus job listings.  If you are interested in work study positions with a specific area on campus, we encourage you to reach out to them directly about openings for the 2022-2023 year.

  • You will register for classes during orientation in August, but you can view projected course offerings for 2022-2023 at the third link on this page (when they become available).

August
  • Make sure all paperwork has been completed and submitted.

  • Attend orientation! Orientation is required for all entering students.

At orientation, you will:

             Register for classes

             Meet your adviser

             Get your Commodore Card

             Learn about life at VDS

  • Start classes! We will learn the first day of classes in August (date TBD).

Contact Admissions

Accepted to the DMin? Things to do Immediately:

  • Keep current on Vanderbilt University policies regarding the COVID-19 pandemic here , updated regularly.
  • Accept your offer: Log on to your application portal to accept and pay your matriculation deposit.
  • Complete your FAFSA if you are seeking federal financial aid. Indicate that you would like your FAFSA sent to Vanderbilt University (there is no specific option for Vanderbilt Divinity School).
  • Come visit us, virtually or in-person! Check out ways to visit or recordings of past virtual events.
  • Put the first fall intensive on your calendar! This will likely take place beginning in August (dates TBD).
  • Check out the Admissions FAQ page for answers to many common questions.
February - May
  • Pre-Matriculation Paperwork: Check your personal email for information about pre-matriculation paperwork and complete all items, including immunization records and background check.
  • Check out our resources on external scholarships here .
  • Connect with a current student! Looking for a student perspective? Have questions about life at VDS? Email divinity-admissions@vanderbilt.edu and we will be happy to connect you.  
  • Stay connected by following VDS on social media!

Twitter

Instagram

and like the Facebook page

  • Send final transcripts if you have not already. Official transcripts must be on file before you can matriculate in August. Transcripts should be sent to:

Center for Data Management

Vanderbilt University

PMB 407833

2301 Vanderbilt Place

Nashville, TN 37240-7833

E-mail: cdm@vanderbilt.edu  

May - July
  • Receive your Vanderbilt online login information by email. You will need to do this before completing several of the steps below.
  • Complete the Brightspace Orientation module.
  • Set up bill pay in your YES portal . You can read FAQs and contact Student Accounts here
  • Apply for your health insurance waiver if you intend to do so. Apply early so if your request for the waiver is denied, you have time to appeal the decision. Instructions will be sent by email and additional information about health insurance can be found here
  • Create your Back2Grad account to submit questions for the Office of Admissions, receive matriculation and orientation updates, and chat with other incoming students.
  • Start thinking about traveling to Nashville for your first intensive. Book your flight/train/bus or map your route. Decide whether to stay by yourself or with classmates. There are plenty of hotels and short-term rentals in Nashville. We also recommend the Scarritt Bennett Center , which is a block away from campus and offers a simple retreat-like setting.
August
  • Make sure all paperwork has been completed and submitted.
  • Attend the fall intensive! The fall intensive will include a brief orientation to VDS.

At orientation, you will:

             Meet your classmates, advisor, and faculty

             Get your Commodore Card

             Learn about academic and student life at VDS

Contact Admissions