From the School

In 1873, on the heels of the Civil War, "Commodore" Cornelius Vanderbilt gave $1 million to the university that now bears his name, with the hope that it would "contribute to strengthening the ties which should exist between all sections of our common country." Since then, Vanderbilt has consistently enrolled America's most talented students and challenged them daily to expand their intellectual horizons in an inclusive environment based on open inquiry and respect. Vanderbilt's comprehensive interdisciplinary approach to education allows students to pursue a wide array of academic and curricular interests outside of their main focus of study, and the university's Opportunity Vanderbilt financial aid program ensures that it is often cited among the country’s best values in national universities. Consistently ranked among the top 20 universities in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Vanderbilt is a private research university that features four undergraduate schools and six graduate and professional schools. Each year, 1,600 first-year students join the university, bringing the total undergraduate population to approximately 6,800 students, many of whom collaborate with professors on cutting-edge research projects and present their findings at professional conferences. The university's 8:1 student-faculty ratio gives students access to faculty members of prominence in every area of academic study. Faculty members provide a challenging, comprehensive education that encourages broad perspectives and critical thinking.

Overall

From The School

Vanderbilt seeks students with high standards of scholarship and character. Admission is based on a holistic review of academic and personal credentials. The typical applicant will have completed 20 or more units in a challenging high school curriculum, including at least two years of a foreign language. School of Engineering applicants should complete at least four units of mathematics; calculus and physics are strongly recommended.

Generally, applicants who are admitted to Vanderbilt have exceptional academic credentials and are highly engaged in their communities, often serving in leadership roles. Admissions decisions are based on strength of high school transcript, standardized test results (either the SAT Reasoning Test or ACT with Writing), personal essays, official recommendations, and extracurricular activities. SAT Subject Tests are not required. In addition to completing standard application materials, candidates for the Blair School of Music must submit a Blair DecisionDesk Application, which includes a prescreening video. Selected applicants will be invited to audition in person.

Campus visits are recommended, although a student's demonstrated interest in Vanderbilt is not considered in admissions decisions. Students should visit admissions.vanderbilt.edu/visit to learn about group information sessions, campus tours, halfand full-day visit programs, and opportunities to attend classes and to "shadow" a current Vanderbilt student. To visit Vanderbilt without traveling, take the virtual tour at admissions.vanderbilt.edu/tour. Vanderbilt does not conduct on-campus interviews, but optional alumni interviews are available to first-year applicants in many locations.

Students whose first choice is Vanderbilt may apply under one of Vanderbilt's early decision plans. The application deadline is November 1 for Early Decision I and January 1 for Early Decision II; admissions decisions are available by December 15 for Early Decision I and by February 15 for Early Decision II. Regular Decision applications are due January 1 and admissions decisions are available by April 1. To apply, applicants must submit official standardized test scores and all required parts of the Common Application or the Universal College Application, including the School Report (counselor recommendation and official high school transcript), two academic teacher recommendations, and a $50 application fee.

Overview

Applicants
29,518
Acceptance Rate
13%
Average HS GPA
3.78

GPA Breakdown

65%
Over 3.75
20%
3.50 - 3.74
10%
3.25 - 3.49
3%
3.00 - 3.24
1%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
710 - 780
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
720 - 800
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
680 - 770
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
32 - 34

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 1

Early Decision II
January 5

Regular
January 5

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay
Non-Academic

Extracurricular Activities
Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating

Overall

From The School


Academic Programs

Students apply directly to one of Vanderbilt's four undergraduate schools: the College of Arts and Science, School of Engineering, Peabody College of Education and Human Development, or Blair School of Music. In all four schools, honors programs and opportunities for research, independent study, and internships are available. Roughly a third of undergraduate students pursue double majors within and across all four undergraduate schools. This leads to some diverse combinations, such as pre-med students who study Spanish, engineers who study violin, elementary education majors who study communication, and chemistry majors who study art history.

The College of Arts and Science provides many opportunities to experience a wide range of academic disciplines and subjects. Within the requirements of the AXLE (Achieving eXcellence in Liberal Education) curriculum, students refine their skills in writing, mathematics, foreign language, the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, history, and culture.

The Blair School of Music offers the Bachelor of Music degree in composition, musical arts, musical arts/teacher education, and performance. Instruction is available in every instrument of the orchestra as well as piano, organ, euphonium, multiple woodwinds, saxophone, classical guitar, and voice. Unlike many schools of music, Blair has no graduate students. The curriculum combines intensive musical training with liberal arts studies. The Blair School also offers music minors and a wide variety of courses, private instruction, and performing organizations for non-majors. For more than 125 years, the School of Engineering has educated engineers for careers in industry, government, consulting, teaching, and research. In addition to technical courses, each student’s program includes a complement of course work in the humanities and social sciences, resulting in a balanced foundation for future achievement. All programs leading to a Bachelor of Engineering degree are ABET-accredited, and students can earn the Bachelor of Science degree while majoring in Computer Science or Engineering Science.

Ranked one of the top three graduate school of education (according to U.S. News & World Report) for eight consecutive years,, Peabody College offers degree programs leading to teacher certification and to careers in other areas of education and human development, including child development, child studies, cognitive studies, and human and organizational development. The degree reflects a strong liberal arts foundation combined with a solid program of pre-professional courses and a multitude of internship and practicum opportunities. All undergraduates must complete requirements in communications, the humanities, mathematics, the natural sciences, and the social sciences. Students have an abundance of field experiences throughout their four years.

Majors and Degrees Offered

Degrees are offered in African American and Diaspora studies; American studies; anthropology; art; Asian studies; biological sciences; biomedical engineering; chemical engineering; chemistry; child development; child studies; cinema and media arts; civil engineering; classical civilization; classical languages; classics; cognitive studies; communication of science and technology; communication studies; computer engineering; computer science; earth and environmental sciences; ecology, evolution, and organismal biology; economics; economics and history; education (early childhood, elementary, secondary, and special education); electrical engineering; engineering science; English; European studies; French; French and European studies; German; German and European studies; history; history of art; human and organizational development; Italian and European studies; Jewish studies; Latin American studies; Latina and Latino studies; mathematics; mechanical engineering; medicine, health, and society; molecular and cellular biology; musical arts; musical arts and teacher education; music composition; music performance; neuroscience; philosophy; physics; political science; psychology; public policy studies; religious studies; Russian; Russian and European studies; sociology; Spanish, Spanish and European studies; Spanish and Portuguese; Spanish, Portuguese, and European studies; theatre; women's and gender studies; and individually designed interdisciplinary majors.

Students Say

The word “balance” is much used by students in describing Vanderbilt University, whether it is the “campus mixed with city, academics mixed with social life, small population mixed with big athletics,” or the “unique balance [that] exists between social life and schoolwork.” Students say this “balance” “makes [Vanderbilt] the best place to get a well-rounded college experience.” As one student explains, “Everyone takes academics seriously, but everyone has other interests, too. No one is just a student. Everyone is involved in something.” Another student says, “At Vanderbilt, I could [pursue] my interest in music while majoring in engineering, which was not the case in most other schools.” The school is heavily influenced by the “incredible city” of Nashville. The “idyllic campus” is “only minutes away from being in the heart of the city,” where people “are very social” and “like being involved.” This correlates well with Vanderbilt students who “are very passionate about their extracurricular interests” and stay very “involved with organizations on campus and within the Nashville community. Within the more than 500 student organizations on campus, a student is hard-pressed not to find a few organizations that they can relate to.” “The professors are engaging and love their jobs, which makes the students excited and eager to learn.” Professors are “dedicated to the undergraduates” and “are always willing to meet with you outside of the classroom to discuss material from class or anything you want to. They make it clear that you are their first priority.” “In the event that the class is too big, there are TAs who are more than willing to help.” Besides the “truly enriching academic environment,” there are many “opportunities that challenge me beyond the books,” says a student. When asked about what improvements might be made to their school, many agreed, “Dining and parking are mediocre at best.” “The lines at lunch can be really long, and not as many options are open on the weekends.” Although vehicles do not seem essential to partake in Nashville and campus life, an improvement in “parking around campus” would be appreciated by students.

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
8:1
Total Faculty
1,194
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
88%
Graduate in 5 years
92%
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • East Asian Studies
  • European Studies/Civilization
  • Latin American Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neuroscience

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • Education

  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Education, General
  • Education, Other
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Special Education and Teaching, General

  • Engineering

  • Biomedical/Medical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering Science
  • Mechanical Engineering

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Child Development

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • German Language and Literature
  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General
  • History, Other

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Ancient Studies/Civilization
  • Cognitive Science
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Science, Technology and Society

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Developmental and Child Psychology
  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Public Policy Analysis

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Brass Instruments
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Music, Other
  • Percussion Instruments
  • Piano and Organ
  • Violin, Viola, Guitar and Other Stringed Instruments
  • Voice and Opera
  • Woodwind Instruments


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Internship

Prominent Alumni


Muhammad Yunus
2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner

Lamar Alexander
Tenn. Governor, U.S. Senator, U.S. Sec. of Educati

Roy Blount
Author and humorist

Ann S. Moore
Former President of Time, Inc., People Magazine

Fred Thompson
Former U.S. Senator and actor

Albert Gore
Former Vice President

Dr. Norman Shumway
Heart transplant pioneer

Academic Rating

Career overview

Students Say

Vanderbilt’s superb reputation definitely provides students with a leg up. As one mechanical engineering student brags, “Going to a Top 20 has been great for the job hunt.” Undergrads happily report that they can always turn to professors during their search. For example, if “you need help finding a job . . . [professors] are very willing to write you a letter of recommendation.” They also constantly dole out “great advice on how to create a career that we will love when we graduate.” Of course, Vandy’s career services office is a fantastic resource as well. It sponsors numerous events to help undergrads narrow their focus and discover opportunities. For example, students can attend a “What is Consulting?” workshop with representatives from Deloitte. They can just as easily swing by a law school fair or an engineering and information technology industry day. All of these events, plus a healthy emphasis on internship placement, help ensure Vanderbilt undergrads will end up on a career path that suits them well.

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
88%
Graduate in 5 years
92%
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary
$52,100

Median Mid-Career Salary
$97,700

Alumni with High Job Meaning
48%

Return on Education (ROE) rating
97

Overview

From The School


Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

The estimated costs for 2015-2016 include: tuition, $43,620; housing, $9,580; meals, $5,090; books and supplies, $1,370; student activities and recreation fee, $1,092; personal expenses allowance, $2,780; travel allowance varies; first-year experience fee, $718; new student transcript fee, $30; engineering lab fee*, $650; and engineering laptop allowance*, $1,500 *The engineering laptop allowance and laboratory fee are for engineering students only. First-year engineering students are required to provide their own computer that meets published requirements.

Financial Aid

Through Opportunity Vanderbilt, the university makes three important commitments to ensure that students from many different economic circumstances can enroll as undergraduates at Vanderbilt: the admissions process is need-blind for all U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens; Vanderbilt meets 100 percent of demonstrated need for all admitted students; and Vanderbilt's financial aid packages do not include loans. These three commitments combined place Vanderbilt among a small number of universities to adopt such progressive policies.

In the 2014/2015 school year, 65 percent of the University's undergraduate students received some type of financial assistance. Need-based aid is awarded according to the evaluation of the FAFSA and the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE.

Vanderbilt also awards merit-based scholarships to select first-year applicants who demonstrate exceptional accomplishment and intellectual promise. Three signature scholarship programs comprise the majority of these merit scholarships: the Ingram Scholarship Program (for students who plan to combine a professional or business career with an exceptional commitment to community service), the Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholarship Program (for students who combine outstanding academic achievements with strong leadership and contributions outside the classroom), and the Chancellor's Scholarship Program (for students who have worked to build strong high school communities by bridging gaps among economically, culturally, and racially diverse groups). All three programs require a separate application in addition to the application for admission.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile

Bottom Line

In addition to being need-blind in the admissions process, Vanderbilt meets 100 percent of a family’s demonstrated financial need through its Opportunity Vanderbilt. Best of all, need-based financial aid packages for eligible students have been loan-free since 2009.

Bang For Your Buck

Talent isn’t the special property of the privileged and pedigreed, and Vanderbilt goes above and beyond to ensure that promising students can have access to a Vanderbilt education no matter what their financial situation may be. Vanderbilt’s financial aid packages do not include loans—instead, packages include grant assistance and a reasonable work expectation. The financial aid program does not use income bands or cutoffs; there is no specific income level that automatically disqualifies a family from receiving need-based financial aid, benefiting middle-class as well as low-income families. In addition to need-based financial assistance, Vanderbilt offers merit scholarships to a highly selective group of the most talented applicants. Applicants for these merit scholarships must demonstrate exceptional academic records and leadership in their communities. The majority of merit scholarships are awarded as part of three signature scholarship programs: the Ingram Scholarship Program, the Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholarship Program, and the Chancellor’s Scholarship Program. All three signature awards include full tuition for four years, plus summer stipends for study.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$40,331

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$39,953

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,520

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$20,790

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
23%

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$43,620
Required Fees
$1,092
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,370

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

From The School

Vanderbilt is recognized for an active campus life, where students balance their academic lives with enriching experiences outside the classroom. Students can select from among 530+ student-run organizations, including pre-professional, cultural, religious, political, recreational, and social clubs. Elected representatives of Vanderbilt Student Government work in conjunction with other student leaders and faculty to bring noted speakers, events, and musicians to campus. Vanderbilt also has a thriving college athletics program. A founding member of the SEC, Vanderbilt sponsors 16 Division I teams. Since 2000, Vanderbilt has claimed 24 individual and team SEC championships, and in 2014, the Vanderbilt baseball team won the College World Series.

Students Say

At Vanderbilt, “students hail from all over America and the world, but they all embrace the Southern spirit.” A typical student is described as “extremely social,” as well as “naturally very bright and motivated.” Students stress the “atmosphere of individual achievement instead of competition. The students are academic…but at the same time they are not ’showy’ about it.” The main stereotype of a Vanderbilt student still is “preppy, wealthy, upper-class,” and “involved in Greek life” but that is changing. “Geographic diversity has certainly expanded in the past ten years.” “Students come from all over and the freshman experience does a good job making us a united class.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
6,851
Out of State
89%

International
7%
Foreign Countries Represented
49

Demographics

10.75%
Asian
8.61%
African-American
8.58%
Hispanic
62.16%
Caucasian
4.33%
Unknown
6.67%
International

50% female
50% male
89% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview

From The School


Location

Vanderbilt is located in the heart of Nashville, home to a diverse population of 1.7 million and marked by its unique blend of cosmopolitan flair and small-town charm. A thriving center of entertainment, publishing, health care, and technology, Nashville is consistently ranked as one of America's friendliest cities and was honored as "The South's Red-Hot Town" by Time in 2014. . Nashville sits at the intersection of three major interstates, and the international airport is served by all major airlines.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

Vanderbilt University sits 1.5 miles southwest of downtown Nashville on a 330-acre, park-like campus that was designated a national arboretum in 1988. The university comprises over 200 buildings, including a world-class medical center and the Jean and Alexander Heard Library, home to over 8 million items. Recent additions to campus include The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons, a group of 10 new or newly renovated residence houses designed specifically for first-year students. Seven of these buildings have received the gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. Additionally, Warren and Moore residential colleges opened in August 2014. Each college houses approximately 330 upperclass students and is led by a faculty director and two graduate fellows in residence.

Off-Campus Opportunities

Study abroad programs allow students to immerse themselves in languages and cultures around the world. More than 125 programs are offered in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Chile, China, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, Denmark, the Dominican Republic, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, and Spain, among others. Students receive direct credit for courses, and the cost of tuition is usually the same as for study on campus in Nashville. In addition, any scholarships, grants, or loans a student has been awarded apply to Vanderbilt study abroad programs. Students may also participate in programs sponsored by other universities by working with an adviser. Students also take advantage of internships in many industries located in Nashville, including entertainment, business, health care, government, publishing, and education.

Student Organizations & Activities

Vanderbilt is recognized for an active campus life, where students balance their academic lives with enriching experiences outside the classroom. Students can select from among 530+ student-run organizations, including pre-professional, cultural, religious, political, recreational, and social clubs. Elected representatives of Vanderbilt Student Government work in conjunction with other student leaders and faculty to bring noted speakers, events, and musicians to campus. Vanderbilt also has a thriving college athletics program. A founding member of the SEC, Vanderbilt sponsors 16 Division I teams. Since 2000, Vanderbilt has claimed 24 individual and team SEC championships, and in 2014, the Vanderbilt baseball team won the College World Series.

Students Say

“While courses are challenging and demanding, the environment is also fun.” Students profess, “School comes first, but having a good time is a close second.” “The social life is extremely fun and inclusive.” “Greek life is large” here. For many freshman and sophomores, social life “revolves around frat parties.” “Older students will go to parties at their friend’s place and then go downtown to continue the night.” One student explains, “There is [a] Greek scene at the school that offers one kind of Vanderbilt experience, then there are a whole lot of independents who have a different experience. Both groups seem to really enjoy their time here and interact frequently, but the experiences are different.” “The campus is beautiful” and “the people—staff, students, professors—are warm and welcoming.” “There are always free events going on around campus including everything from casino night, to free movies, to parties, to philanthropy events. There is never a lack of opportunities for fun on campus. On the weekends, people like to use our meal plan to eat off campus and ride our bus downtown to experience Nashville life.” “There are so many unique local bars within walking distance!” On the whole, “people here are happy. I feel like I am either partying or doing homework, but it’s a good mix.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
95%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Disability Services Department

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Students requesting accommodation on the basis of a specific learning disability must provide documentation performed and signed by a professional who has undergone comprehensive training and has relevant experience in differential diagnosis of a full range of cognitive and psychiatric disabilities (e.g., licensed clinical psychologists, educational psychologists and neuropsychologists). This documentation must include, but is not restricted to, the following: o A Diagnostic Interview: A diagnostic interview including a description of the presenting problem(s); relevant developmental, medical, psycho-social and employment histories; family history (including primary language of the home and the student's current level of English fluency); and a discussion of co-morbidity where indicated. o An Assessment: A Neuropsychological or a psychoeducational evaluation is required. It must include the current impact of the disorder on the individual's ability to function in an academic setting and have been administered within the past five years. Such data should include subtest and standard scores. Identifying a discrepancy between or among test scores is not sufficient to warrant the diagnosis of a learning disability or establish eligibility for accommodation. Evidence must establish a clear link between specific deficit areas and the functional limitations experienced by the individual. o For the evaluation to illustrate a substantial limitation to learning, the comprehensive assessment battery must assess the following domains: �� (A) Aptitude/Cognitive Ability �� (B) Academic Achievement �� (C) Information Processing o Clinical Summary: The clinical summary must indicate a specific Learning Disability diagnosis per the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual IV (DSM-IV), the substantial limitations to major life activities posed by the specified learning disability, description of the extent to which these limitations impact the academic context for which accommodations are being requested, suggestions how the specific effects of the learning disability may be accommodated, and a clear statement of how the effects of the learning disability can be mediated by the recommended accommodations. o Currency: To establish the need for accommodation, documentation must reflect the current impact of the learning disability. In general, this means testing should have been conducted within the past three years for a high school student and within the past five years for an adult. Assessments used for Adolescents and Adults with Learning Disabilities: Psychoeducational and neuropsychological testing include tests that measure: o Aptitude o Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale – III (WAIS-III) o Woodcock-Johnson Psychoeducational Battery – Revised; Tests of Cognitive Ability o Kaufman Adolescent and Adult Intelligence Test (KAIT) o Academic Achievement o Scholastic Abilities Test for Adults o Stanford Test of Academic Skills o Woodcock-Johnson Psychoeducational Battery – Revised: Tests of Achievement o Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT) �� Or specific achievement tests such as: Vanderbilt University - Learning Disability Documentation Guidelines • Nelson-Denny Reading Skills Test • Stanford Diagnostic Mathematics Test • Test of Written Language – 3 (TOWL-3) • Woodcock Reading Mastery Tests – Revised o Information Processing o Detroit Tests of Learning Aptitude-3 (DTLA-3) o Information from subtests on WAIS-R or Woodcock-Johnson Psychoeducational Battery- Revised: Tests of Cognitive Ability, as well as other relevant instruments o Behavior through Rating Scales (that are used in conjunction with other tests listed above). Rating scales include: o Wender Utah Rating Scale o Brown Attention-Activation Disorder Scale o Beck Anxiety Inventory o Hamilton’s Depression Rating Scale o Conners Teacher Rating Scale (ages 3-17) o Conners Parent Rating Scale (ages 3-17) Copies of an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) or a 504 Plan alone are not acceptable documentation. Prior accommodations in an educational setting do not necessarily warrant the provision of current accommodations.

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Students requesting accommodations on the basis of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) must provide documentation performed and signed by a professional who has undergone comprehensive training and has relevant experience in differential diagnosis and the full range of psychiatric disorders (e.g., licensed clinical psychologist, neuropsychologist, psychiatrist and other relevantly trained medical doctors). The documentation must include, but is not restricted to, the following: o An Assessment: A Neuropsychological or a psychoeducational evaluation is required. It must have been administered within the past three years. The evaluation must provide clear and specific evidence that a disability exists and that alternative explanations for lower than expected performance have been ruled out. The assessment, and any resulting diagnosis, must consist of and be based on multiple forms of evidence (i.e., standardized test results, informal assessment results, observational and historical data). Evidence must establish a clear link between specific deficit areas and the functional limitations experienced by the individual. o For the evaluation to illustrate a substantial limitation to learning, the comprehensive assessment battery must assess the following domains: �� Aptitude/Cognitive Ability �� Academic Achievement �� Information Processing o A diagnostic interview: The interview must contain a self-report and third-party information pertaining to developmental history, family history of ADHD or other learning or psychological difficulties, relevant medical and medication history, a thorough academic history, and/or a review of prior psychoeducational test reports to determine whether a pattern of strengths or weaknesses is supportive of attention or learning problems. o Evidence of early impairment: The condition must have been exhibited in childhood in more than one setting. o Evidence of current impairment: An assessment of the presenting attentional symptoms and evidence of current impulsive/hyperactive or inattentive behaviors that significantly impair functioning in two or more settings. In an academic setting, functional impairment is most often expressed in poor academic performance across a variety of academic tasks. In adults, work history may demonstrate an inability to retain or maintain employment. o Evidence of alternative diagnoses or explanations being ruled out: The documentation must investigate and discuss the possibility of dual diagnoses and alternative or coexisting mood, behavioral, neurological and/or personality disorders that may confound the ADHD diagnosis. o A specific psychological diagnosis as per the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual - IV (DSMIV): Symptoms of hyperactivity/impulsivity that were present in childhood, and the current symptoms which have been present for at least the past six months and which impair functioning in two or more settings (e.g., school, work, home) must also be identified. o Effects of Medication: An indication of whether or not the student was evaluated while on medication and the degree to which the prescribed treatment reduces the level or degree of impairment. o A clinical summary: Details indicating the substantial limitations of the major life activities posed by the disability, describing the extent to which these limitations would impact the academic context for which accommodations are being requested, suggests how the specific effects of the disability may be accommodated, and states how the effects of ADHD are mediated by the recommended accommodations. Vanderbilt University - ADHD Documentation Guidelines 2 Assessments used for Adolescents and Adults with ADHD Psychoeducational and neuropsychological testing include tests that measure: o Aptitude o Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale – III (WAIS-III) o Woodcock-Johnson Psychoeducational Battery – Revised; Tests of Cognitive Ability o Kaufman Adolescent and Adult Intelligence Test (KAIT) o Academic Achievement o Scholastic Abilities Test for Adults o Stanford Test of Academic Skills o Woodcock-Johnson Psychoeducational Battery – Revised: Tests of Achievement o Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT) �� Or specific achievement tests such as: • Nelson-Denny Reading Skills Test • Stanford Diagnostic Mathematics Test • Test of Written Language – 3 (TOWL-3) • Woodcock Reading Mastery Tests – Revised o Information Processing o Detroit Tests of Learning Aptitude-3 (DTLA-3) o Information from subtests on WAIS-R or Woodcock-Johnson Psychoeducational Battery – Revised: Tests of Cognitive Ability, as well as other relevant instruments o Behavior through Rating Scales (that are used in conjunction with other tests listed above). Rating scales include: o Wender Utah Rating Scale o Brown Attention-Activation Disorder Scale o Beck Anxiety Inventory o Hamilton’s Depression Rating Scale o Conners Teacher Rating Scale (ages 3-17) o Conners Parent Rating Scale (ages 3-17) Copies of an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) or a 504 Plan alone are not acceptable documentation. Prior accommodations

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
No

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
510
Number of Honor Societies
16

Number of Social Sororities
16
Number of Religious Organizations
25

32% join a fraternity
54% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Commodores)
6 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Tennis
Women's Sports (Commodores)
9 Sports

Basketball
Bowling
Cross Country
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Tennessee State University

Sustainability

Vanderbilt University was named after a railroad tycoon, and its sustainability movement might as well be a train. It’s swift moving—Vanderbilt University has already developed a comprehensive Environmental Commitment Statement. It has many moving parts—Vanderbilt’s Plant Operations and Vanderbilt Environmental Health and Safety collaborate to form the Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO), whose mission is to initiate, promote, coordinate, evaluate and encourage environmental management and sustainability initiatives that improve Vanderbilt’s impact on the community and environment, while simultaneously providing sustainability and environmental management services for the entire institution. And it’s going to be hard to stop—leaders of the future are being cultivated and groomed through the university’s several active student-run sustainability groups on campus; including SPEAR (Students Promoting Environmental Awareness and Responsibility), Alternative Energy Club (Biodiesel), and the Vanderbilt Initiative for Vegetarian Awareness (VIVA); as well as several environmental research centers and myriad courses related to sustainability and the environment. The campus itself is also laying a sturdy green foundation; Vanderbilt was the first university in Tennessee to have any LEED-certified buildings, and claims one of the largest collections of LEED-certified facilities in the Southeast, composed of two LEED Certified projects, five LEED Silver, and seven LEED Gold. With all the enormous undertakings going on at Vanderbilt, those at this Tennessean university still never lose sight of the little things that make an impact; students and community can take their pick from various recycling and commuter choice programs.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
15%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Cash-Out Parking
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
11

Average Number of PC's per Lab
29

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Address
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
2305 West End Av
Nashville, TN 37203

Phone
6153222561

Email
admissions@vanderbilt.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
The Commons
Jean and Alexander Heard Library
Student Recreation Center
Student Life Center
Sarratt Student Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
2nd Avenue/Lower Broadway - Historic/Entertainment District
Grand Ole Opry; The Ryman; Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Titans Football; Predators Ice Hockey
Percy Priest Lake; Cheekwood Botanical Garden
The Parthenon; Frist Center for Visual Arts

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; Saturday mornings during
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
6153222561

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 10:00 a.m.; 1:00 p.m.; 2:30 p.m.
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
Other

Contact Email Address for Visit
andrew.turner@vanderbilt.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
1-night stay only for seniors

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Nashville International Airport is approximately 10 miles from campus and taxis and rental cars are available. Capitol Limousines also provides service to Vanderbilt and area hotels with a call prior to your arrival (615-883-6777). Greyhound buses serve Nashville, and taxis to campus are available at the bus station.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the north, take I-65 to I-40 E.; from I-40 take Exit 209B. Turn right on Broadway (U.S. 70 S.). Follow Broadway and veer right to West End Ave. Continue on West End to 23 Ave. Undergraduate Admissions is located on the right. From the east or south, take I-40 W. to Exit 209A. Turn left on Broadway and follow preceding directions from there. From the west, take I-40 E. to Exit 209B. Turn right on Broadway and follow preceding directions from there.

Local Accommodations
Several choices are within walking distance of the university. The most expensive (the special rate for university visitors is at the high end of the moderate range) is Loews Vanderbilt Hotel (2100 West End Ave.; 615-320-1700, or 800-336-3335) which is across the street from campus. At the Hampton Inn (1919 West End Ave.; 615-329-1144 or 800-426-7866), you can get a cheap double room. Rates are a bit higher at the Holiday Inn Vanderbilt (2613 West End Ave.; 615-327-4707 or 800-663-4427), which has a pool and fitness room. We like the all-suite Hermitage Hotel (231 6th Ave. North; 615-244-3121 or 800-251-1908), about a 5-minute drive from the university. Built in 1910, the hotel has been beautifully restored, but rates are expensive. The new Homewood Suites (2400 West End; 615-340-8000) has an indoor pool and fitness center.
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29,518
Applicants
6,851
Size
13%
Acceptance Rate

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