Douglas L. Christiansen

Douglas L. Christiansen

Douglas L. Christiansen is the Vice Provost for Enrollment, Dean of Admissions, and Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Higher Education at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Articles

Why are campus visits so important?

The campus visit plays a crucial role in determining if the college or university you are considering is the right "fit" for you. read more

Checklists and Soul Searches: Finding the Right School for You

Get out of the mindset that you are searching for the "one right college" and instead realize that you are building a list of colleges that make sense, given your own particular background and dreams for the future. read more

The Insider's Guide to Student Financial Aid

Figuring out how to pay for college can be as confusing as deciding where to attend. The goal is to help you find the best fit in every way.read more

Will joining a lot of clubs and activities boost my college application?

Remember that quality of involvement is more important than quantity. Stick with activities that have always interested you, as most colleges can see through the applicant that pads their résumé, especially late in the game.read more

Should I take AP courses?

A student should take the most rigorous course load available in which he or she will be successful. A question that is often asked is, "What if I get a B in an AP course when I could have gotten an A in an honors course?" read more

What should I do if I can't visit the colleges on my list?

Use your network and technology. Just because you can't visit doesn't mean one of your friends or family haven't. Maybe they know someone who has been to campus and can share their thoughts with you.read more