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The University

Vanderbilt is a private comprehensive teaching and research institution founded in 1873 and is well situated on 330 spectacular acres. It is ranked as one of the top undergraduate universities in the United States.

The Pre-College PAVE Program

PAVE is a five-week Vanderbilt summer program designed for students who are planning to enter a college engineering, pre-medical/healthcare, science, or technology program. In addition to strengthening your background and having fun, PAVE can help you decide if an engineering, medical/healthcare,science, or humanities degree is really the field for you. Additionally, PAVE is a valuable experience if you are undecided as to a college major.

As a participant, you have the opportunity to improve your problem solving/critical thinking, technical writing, computer knowledge, and laboratory skills, as well as the ability to explore the humanities, work on application-oriented team projects, and attend a number of special-topic guest lectures/experiences. Additionally, participants who are involved in the musical arts, volunteering, and athletics during the school year can continue these and other passions during the PAVE program as well. If, after your undergraduate degree, you are considering obtaining a business, humanities, engineering, science, journalism, law, or medical/healthcare degree, you will benefit from having the experience that PAVE provides.

If you are an eleventh grader and are planning to take advanced placement or honors mathematics and science courses, the pre-college PAVE program will fortify your senior year and potentially improve your ACT, AP, SAT, and TOEFL test scores, while increasing your chances for admission when you apply to colleges. If you are a graduating high school student and are planning to attend any institution, this program not only exposes you to campus life, but also provides you with the experience to overcome the rough spots you may encounter.

Upon completion of the PAVE program, all students receive a Certificate of Achievement. Students who have demonstrated exceptional ability, but have not already been admitted to Vanderbilt University, will be considered for fall 2014 admission.

Program Dates

The 2014 session begins on June 23 and runs through July 25. Please note that every year a number of students who attend PAVE have to arrive late (e.g. making up snow days) or leave early (e.g. the next school year starts early). If you are in this situation, make-up and wrap-up sessions will be provided.


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