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Apply for VUcept 2014 by midnight!

We are no longer longer accepting applications. Thanks for your interest!

Application Process

On-line applications closed on January 26, 2014 at midnight, but have been extended to midnight January 27th due to earlier technical problems.

New applicants will have a different application from applicants who served as VUceptors previously. Individuals applying for their third year as a VUceptor, “lifers”, should pay close attention to the questions on their application, as they will differ from those who are returning applicants for the second year. Questions are differentiated as FIRST-TIME RETURNER or LIFER; please be sure you are answering the correct question.

Previous VUceptors must go through the same rigorous application process as new applicants, and are not guaranteed an interview.

Applicants who are spending the semester away from Vanderbilt as enrolled students (study abroad, internships, etc.) are eligible to apply. If chosen to be interviewed, Skype or phone interviews will be arranged.

Application essays are limited to 1500 characters for each question. Applicants are advised to save their work repeatedly. It is recommended that applicants copy and paste essay responses from a word processor into the text boxes online. Once an application has been received, applicants will receive a notification email. If you do not receive a notification email, please contact the Selections Team.

All applications are read blindly and scored by three sets of readers: the Selections Team, the other VUcept executive board members, and Faculty VUceptors. While board members and Faculty VUceptors score applications, it is the sole decision of the Selections Team as to who will be extended an interview. Therefore, please direct all questions about the process to the Selections Team, and not to other board members.

Applicants chosen for an interview will be notified no later than Monday, February 10. Applicants are asked to bring a one-page resume to their interview.

The resume is meant to support your application. We will not penalize first-year students for having had less opportunity than upperclass students to build a resume. Experiences during high school are as relevant for first-year student applications as experiences during college for upperclass students.

Interview dates: February 18 and 19 between 3pm and 8pm.
VUceptors for Fall 2014 will be notified during the week before Spring Break.


The resources are meant to help you be a well-informed applicant but none are mandatory.

VUcept Information Sessions

Thursday, January 9th, drop in between 7:00 and 9:00 pm in Rand 308 or
Tuesday, January 14th, drop in between 7:00 and 9:00 pm in Commons Center 237

Application Workshops

(presented by VUcept and the Center for Student Professional Development)
This workshop will help you identify your strengths and how to communicate them through various forms (resume, and application essays) as you craft your application.

Wednesday, January 15th, 6:00-7:00pm, Commons Center 237 or
Tuesday, January 21st, 5:00-6:00pm, Commons Center 237

Returning applicants are also invited to attend a special workshop called “Earn to Return” on Thursday, January 16th, 7:00-8:00 pm in Sarratt 189.

Applicants who are selected for an interview, will be invited to join the Center for Student Professional Development for a second workshop which will focus on interview techniques.

Information Sessions and Application Workshops for International Students

(presented by VUcept and the Center for Student Professional Development)
These workshops are specifically designed to help international students navigate the VUcept application process.
Information Session: Wednesday, January 8th, 7:00-8:30 pm, SLC Meeting Room 3
Application Workshops: Wednesday, January 15th, 5:00-6:00pm, Commons Center 237 or
Tuesday, January 21st, 6:00-7:00pm, Commons Center 237

International applicants who are selected for an interview will be invited to join the Center for Student Professional Development for a second workshop which will focus on interview techniques.


For your application to be considered, you must download this document and follow the instructions within.

Further Questions

With further questions about the application process, please contact the Selections co-chairs Zach Gellman ( ) or Allie Khodadadi ( ).

General questions about VUcept can be sent to VUcept President Abby Shachar ( ) or Vice President Natalie Honkala ( ).


  • Participate in VUceptor Orientation (April 1, 7, or 9, 2014)
  • Participate in VUceptor Training (August 11-15, 2014)
  • Participate in CommonVU activities with your Vanderbilt Visions group
  • Prepare Vanderbilt Visions meetings with your faculty partner on a weekly basis and co-facilitate all sessions
  • Complete the Commons Reading over the summer
  • Attend House- or Commons-sponsored events
  • As peer mentors, VUceptors serve as important role models and are expected to uphold the Honor Code, the Community Creed, and the stipulations of the VUcept contract.