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Vanderbilt University Overview

Located in Nashville, Tennessee, Vanderbilt University is a private not-for-profit institution. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

What Is Vanderbilt University Known For?

2,280 Undergraduate Awards
$45,381 Avg Cost After Aid
11% Acceptance Rate
  • Vanderbilt has an impressive student to faculty ratio of 7 to 1.
  • The student loan default rate at Vanderbilt is 2%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Vanderbilt.
  • In 2017-2018, 84% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt makes roughly $69,000 a year. This is 69% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.
  • On average, it takes about 4.1 years for students from Vanderbilt to earn a bachelor's degree. This is excellent when compared to the average of 4.4 years.

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Vanderbilt University Rankings

Vanderbilt is ranked #53 out of 2,320 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation. It is also ranked #1 out of 40 schools in Tennessee.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Vanderbilt has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#24 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#26 Best Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#33 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#44 Best Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#68 Most Popular Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#137 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#242 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Vanderbilt.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Community Organization & Advocacy Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Legal Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Engineering Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Mathematics & Statistics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Best Public Administration & Social Service Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Best Psychology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#12 Best Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Best English Language & Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#25 Best Business, Management & Marketing Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Vanderbilt has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Colleges for General Social Sciences College Factual
#3 Best Colleges for Romance Languages College Factual
#4 Best Colleges for Mathematics College Factual
#8 Best Colleges for Psychology College Factual
#14 Best Business Schools Business Degree Central
#24 Best Colleges for Social Sciences College Factual

Where Is Vanderbilt University?

Location of Vanderbilt University

Contact details for Vanderbilt are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 2101 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37240
Phone: 615-322-7311
Website: www.vanderbilt.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/vanderbilt
Twitter: http://twitter.com/vanderbiltu

How Do I Get Into Vanderbilt?

You can apply to Vanderbilt online at: www.vanderbilt.edu/Admissions/applyNow.php

Admission Requirements for Vanderbilt

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Vanderbilt?

11% Acceptance Rate
53% Of Accepted Are Women
34% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 11%, Vanderbilt is one of the most selective schools in the country. If the admissions department requests additional materials, be sure to submit them promptly. This could be a sign that you're on the border line of being accepted or denied.

Approximately 47% of accepted students are men and 53% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 11%, and the acceptance rate for women is 10%.

Average Test Scores

About 34% of students accepted to Vanderbilt submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 710 and 770. Math scores were between 730 and 800.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Vanderbilt University  ( 710 to 770 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Vanderbilt University  ( 730 to 800 )
200
800
Vanderbilt received ACT scores from 74% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 33 and 35. Math scores were between 30 and 35. Composite scores were between 32 and 35.

ACT English Scores for Vanderbilt University  ( 33 to 35 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Vanderbilt University  ( 30 to 35 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Vanderbilt University  ( 32 to 35 )
1
36

Can I Afford Vanderbilt University?

$45,381 Net Price
13% Take Out Loans
1.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Vanderbilt is $45,381. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Vanderbilt, approximately 13% of students took out student loans averaging $9,367 a year. That adds up to $37,468 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Vanderbilt is 1.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Vanderbilt University Undergraduate Student Diversity

6,833 Full-Time Undergraduates
52% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 6,886 undergraduate students at Vanderbilt, with 6,833 being full-time and 53 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Vanderbilt

There are also 6,245 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 6,833 full-time undergraduates at Vanderbilt, 48% are male and 52% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Vanderbilt

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Vanderbilt University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Vanderbilt Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 977
Black or African American 748
Hispanic or Latino 687
White 3,004
International Students 665
Other Races/Ethnicities 752

Geographic Diversity

Tennessee students aren't the only ones who study at Vanderbilt University. At this time, 43 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 93 countries are represented at Vanderbilt. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and South Korea.

Online Learning at Vanderbilt University

252 Took All Classes Online
826 Took At Least One Class Online
27.9% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 826 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Vanderbilt has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 56th most popular in Tennessee for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Vanderbilt

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Vanderbilt University was 27.9%. This is the #736 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Vanderbilt regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Vanderbilt majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Health Professions 3%
Nursing 3%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Vanderbilt ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Vanderbilt.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Nursing #125
Health Professions #216

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Vanderbilt University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Nursing 0 39 349 60 448
Economics 297 0 18 11 326
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 207 0 18 1 226
General Social Sciences 223 0 0 0 223
Law 0 0 0 210 210
Business Administration & Management 0 0 177 0 177
Computer Science 114 0 25 8 147
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 113 0 3 18 134
Mathematics 126 0 1 7 134
Political Science & Government 110 0 5 3 118
Medicine 0 0 0 100 100
Educational Administration 0 0 61 34 95
Mechanical Engineering 77 0 8 10 95
Romance Languages 81 0 5 2 88
History 70 0 2 12 84
Special Education 13 0 54 13 80
Biomedical Engineering 62 0 4 12 78
General English Literature 60 0 8 6 74
General Psychology 60 0 6 8 74
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 67 0 67
Teacher Education Grade Specific 28 0 35 4 67
Applied Mathematics 0 0 66 0 66
Public Health 0 0 58 4 62
Theological & Ministerial Studies 0 0 61 0 61
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 44 0 0 13 57
Music 57 0 0 0 57
Public Policy 42 0 13 0 55
Legal Research 0 0 54 0 54
Chemical Engineering 39 0 3 10 52
Marketing 0 0 48 0 48
Electrical Engineering 29 0 8 11 48
Communication Sciences 0 0 24 18 42
Accounting 0 0 39 0 39
Civil Engineering 23 0 11 3 37
Chemistry 20 0 4 13 37
Sociology 27 0 7 3 37
Cognitive Science 34 0 0 0 34
Child Development & Psychology 28 0 6 0 34
Engineering Science 33 0 0 0 33
Philosophy 24 0 3 2 29
Human Resource Management 0 0 28 0 28
Physics 18 0 1 9 28
Communication & Media Studies 27 0 0 0 27
Human Development & Family Studies 15 0 12 0 27
General Biology 13 0 2 10 25
Student Counseling 0 0 25 0 25
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 21 0 21
Fine & Studio Arts 20 0 1 0 21
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 12 7 19
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 19 0 19
Area Studies 17 0 2 0 19
Ethnic Studies 19 0 0 0 19
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 0 18 18
Teacher Education Subject Specific 7 0 11 0 18
Geological & Earth Sciences 14 0 3 1 18
Teaching English or French 0 0 17 0 17
Anthropology 10 0 5 2 17
Religious Studies 3 0 7 6 16
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 0 3 12 15
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 0 0 0 14 14
Computer Engineering 14 0 0 0 14
Medical Science 0 0 13 0 13
International Education 0 0 12 0 12
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 12 0 0 0 12
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 1 10 11
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 10 0 0 1 11
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 0 11 11
General Education 10 0 0 0 10
Germanic Languages 6 0 0 3 9
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 9 0 9
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 7 2 9
Community Organization & Advocacy 0 0 9 0 9
Science, Technology & Society 8 0 0 0 8
Materials Sciences 0 0 1 7 8
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 0 6 0 6
Environmental Engineering 0 0 0 5 5
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 5 0 0 0 5
Classical & Ancient Studies 5 0 0 0 5
Writing Studies 0 0 2 0 2
Classical Languages & Literature 2 0 0 0 2
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 2 0 0 0 2
Drama & Theater Arts 2 0 0 0 2
Other Engineering 0 0 1 0 1
Genetics 0 0 0 0 0
Management Information Systems 0 0 0 0 0
Other Education 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 2,280 39 1,481 714 4,514

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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