Insider’s guide to admissions

How to get into the best college for you. Douglas Christiansen, Vanderbilt University’s associate provost for enrollment and dean of admissions, who has spent the last 20 years in admissions leadership roles in both public and private universities, helps clear some of the mystery and misconceptions surrounding the admissions process in this video. In a series of short and direct video clips, Christiansen tackles questions such as, “How should I prepare for my college essay—what if I’m not …


  1. fairlady411 says

    Thank you so much for this video. Whoa…I am thankful for those who made this clip possible. Very much grateful!

  2. hannaremnant says

    wow this makes it sound less stressful to get into college…but of course the effort has to be made

  3. stephsoftball21 says

    This was very useful.

    I keep on thinking that I would be a sure acceptance to most schools, but I am always hesitant. I started college my Junior year in high school. I had a tough time in high school where my GPA wasn’t very good, but my college GPA is amazing. I just feel as if I try my hardest and I am succeeding, but I will never be good enough.

  4. whathappenedtojake says

    I AGREE…
    i didn’t know so many people look at your application!!! WTF???
    im not gonna get into ANY college…

  5. nunnugunee says

    this is great advice for both students AND parents…parents especially… I wish I had shown this to my mom before this whole college thing

  6. AlxPanerz says

    Probably the most important and helpful video ever. Every applicant should see this. Many thanks was incredibly reassuring and helpful!!

  7. UnknownSpartan5 says

    if you want to get into an elite college and you arn’t a 160 iq type genius, get really good at a sport, really really good state championship good, and get atleast a 3.7 and you can get into any college really.

  8. AZNallday says

    a.m.a.z.i.n.g. im only a freshman and im already focusing on college. Thank you very much for this educational video. I’m sure this will help me in the future with the admission process.

  9. Zimologist says

    Fantastic video.
    When the dean was talking about the people who decide your admission, I got a bit scared..

  10. hockey3110 says

    Amazing video!
    I really appreciate all those comments reccommending to read from start to finish and I’m glad I did.
    Easily one of the most helpful videos I’ve seen.

  11. jmontis2 says

    thanks. I feel anxious competing for a UT business honors program spot, i have a lot to offer but don’t have the 4.0 gpa. I’m hoping my leadership experience in the service will have some weight on my application.

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