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You've Been Accepted! Now What?


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

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! Check out ways to visit (virtually)  or past recordings .

  • Put Orientation on your calendar! Orientation is required of all entering students and will take place on August 19 th , 20th, and 23rd .

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

February - May
  • Pre-Matriculation Paperwork: Check your 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 and we will be happy to connect you.  

  • Stay connected by following VDS on social media!



and like the Facebook page

  • Send final transcripts if you have not already. Transcripts should be sent to:

Center for Data Management

Vanderbilt University

PMB 407833

2301 Vanderbilt Place

Nashville, TN 37240-7833


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 2021-2022 year.

  • You will register for classes during Orientation in August, but you can view projected course offerings for 2021-2022 at the third link on this page .

  • 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 on August 25th.