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.


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

Soul Searching: Finding the Right School for You

There is no one "right fit" when it comes to college. Here's some advice on curating a full list of colleges that could be right for you!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 more

Will Clubs and Activities Boost My College Application?

Remember that quality of involvement is more important than quantity. Stick with extracurricular activities that have always interested you! Learn 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 more