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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 intelligent and 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. 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 6,900 students, more than half of whom collaborate with professors on research across disciplines. The university's 7:1 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.

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Overview

Applicants
31,462
Acceptance Rate
11%
Average HS GPA
3.82

GPA Breakdown

73%
Over 3.75
19%
3.50 - 3.74
6%
3.25 - 3.49
2%
3.00 - 3.24

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
700 - 760
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
700 - 790
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
32 - 35

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 1

Early Decision II — January 1

Regular — January 1


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


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
7:1
Total Faculty
1,246
with Terminal Degree
1,076

738
Men
508
Women
193
Minority
34
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
86%
Graduate in 5 years
90%
Graduate in 6 years
92%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • African-American/Black Studies.
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization.
  • Asian Studies/Civilization.
  • European Studies/Civilization.
  • German Studies.
  • Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies.
  • Latin American Studies.
  • Women's Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

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

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • 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.
  • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering.
  • Chemical Engineering.
  • Civil Engineering, General.
  • Computer Engineering, General.
  • Electrical and Electronics 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.

  • LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES.

  • Legal Studies, General.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • General Studies.

  • 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, General.

  • 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/Video Studies.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Keyboard Instruments.
  • Music Theory and Composition.
  • Music, General.
  • Music, Other.
  • Percussion Instruments.
  • Stringed Instruments.
  • Voice and Opera.
  • Woodwind Instruments.


Students Say

The word “balance” is much used by students in describing Vanderbilt University, with its “top academics, vibrant social life, student organizations, community service, SEC football, and the city of Nashville” or the “unique balance [that] exists between social life and schoolwork.” Students say this “balance” is why at Vanderbilt you’ll get “an amazing education while having a good time and exploring all your interests along the way.” As one student explains, “Vanderbilt is a place for students who are intelligent, but are more than just book-smart”—“it combines rigorous academics with a great social life.” 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 “diverse,” “vibrant” city of Nashville. The “beautiful campus” is “only minutes away from being in the heart of the city,” where there’s a “crazy fun social scene, all with a Southern twist” and people “like being involved.” This correlates well with Vanderbilt students who participate in an “array of extracurriculars” and take advantage of the school’s “amazing community service opportunities” on campus and around Nashville. Within the 430 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 the academics [are] challenging but rewarding.” Professors are “approachable and helpful” and “are really invested in their students and will go out of their way to help them succeed.” Besides the “rigorous but rewarding” academic environment, there are many “opportunities that challenge me beyond the books,” says a student.

Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Internship

Notable Faculty


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
86%
Graduate in 5 years
90%
Graduate in 6 years
92%

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:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$61,100

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$116,000

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$62,600

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$120,600

Percent High Job Meaning
48%

Percent STEM
22%


Students Say

Vanderbilt's stellar Career Center does its utmost to help students meet their professional goals and dreams. Right from the beginning, undergrads can meet with a Career Coach assigned to work with their specific major. What's more, the Center makes meeting with said coach incredibly easy; you can get together in person, via Skype, or speak over the phone. Students can also tap into numerous online resources, taking career assessments, searching for internship listings, etc. Additionally, the Career Center sponsors a myriad of events throughout the academic year. For example, the office hosts industry specific “slams.” These operate as fun, casual networking events wherein companies pitch themselves to students in rapid-fire rounds and then set up tables so interested individuals can further the conversation. Of course, students can rest assured that there are more traditional career fairs as well.

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$48,559

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$47,294

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,534

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
21%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$23,973

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$48,559

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$48,600
Required Fees
$1,216
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,294

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

On-Campus Room and Board
$16,234
Comprehensive Fee

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
Need-Based United Negro College Fund

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)
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans

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

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
6,885
Foreign Countries Represented
50

Demographics

13.49%
Asian
10.34%
African-American
9.63%
Hispanic
48.44%
Caucasian
4.55%
Unknown
7.58%
International

51% female
49% male
90% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Students Say

Vanderbilt has “a very interesting student body that blends traditional Southern students and culture with very distinct Northern influence,” and students say that “You can find such a diverse group of people here…not just racially or ethnically or economically, but also in personality.” The typical Vandy student is “well-rounded, engaged” and “committed to both learning and to extracurriculars.” There’s an atmosphere of collaboration rather than competition, students say: “People here don’t worry about scoring higher than the person next to them. We’re all in this together.” While some say that “many fit the stereotype of rich, White, and upper class,” most counter that Vanderbilt has “a diverse student body” and “students come from all over and the freshman experience does a good job making us a united class.”

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
90%
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

Students Say

“Everyone here knows how to be a student when it’s time to be a student, and a college kid when outside of the classroom.” Students say there’s an “academic environment” but Vandy students “take the work hard/play hard mentality to heart when it comes to weekend activities.” As one student puts it, “Everyone is outgoing and friendly, that’s why we came to the South!” There is “a vibrant Greek [life] community” on campus and students say the social scene is inclusive and interwoven: “It is not unusual for a student to be a tour guide, RA, Fraternity officer, and still kill it in the classroom.” The “beautiful” campus provides the “perfect balance between your classic college campus and big city school” and the students are “Passionate, caring, [and] genuine.” Even though “academics are usually at the top of everyone’s lists,” there’s “always so much to do on campus or downtown in Nashville,” with one student adding that it’s also fun to “visit one of the many state parks that are close by, or go to one of the thousands of concerts Nashville has annually.” On the whole, the atmosphere is “friendly and welcoming” and students say their peers are “clearly of high intellect, they are not competitive with each other academically and enjoy other things besides school.”

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Anita Jenious

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
467
Number of Honor Societies
16

Number of Social Sororities
15
Number of Religious Organizations
14

34% join a fraternity
50% 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.

98/99
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
28%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
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 Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2017.

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

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
The Wond'ry
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 (Sept.-April)
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
angela.bess@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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