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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?

6,805 Full-Time Undergraduates
$20,253 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.
  • The highest degree offered at Vanderbilt is the doctor's degree.
  • 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.

Vanderbilt University Rankings

Vanderbilt landed the #24 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation. It is also ranked #1 out of 42 schools in Tennessee.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that Vanderbilt has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for Vanderbilt

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for Diversity 10
Best Colleges 24
Best Colleges for International Students 57
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 232
Best Colleges for the Money 449
Best Colleges for Veterans 1,378

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 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for Vanderbilt University  ( 32 to 35 )
1
36

Can I Afford Vanderbilt University?

$20,253 Net Price
13% Take Out Loans
1.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Vanderbilt is $20,253. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Vanderbilt

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$3,965 $3,525 $8,529 $15,085 $38,132

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

6,805 Full-Time Undergraduates
51% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 6,885 undergraduate students at Vanderbilt, with 6,805 being full-time and 80 being part-time.

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

There are also 5,707 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 6,805 full-time undergraduates at Vanderbilt, 49% are male and 51% 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 916
Black or African American 699
Hispanic or Latino 656
White 3,294
International Students 524
Other Races/Ethnicities 716

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 Majors

In 2017-2018, Vanderbilt University awarded 4,560 undergraduate degrees and 4,390 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 0 39 0
Anthropology 0 10 5 2
Applied Mathematics 0 0 66 0
Area Studies 0 17 2 0
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 44 0 13
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 0 0 0 14
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 12 7
Biomedical Engineering 0 62 4 12
Business Administration & Management 0 0 177 0
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 1 10
Chemical Engineering 0 39 3 10
Chemistry 0 20 4 13
Child Development & Psychology 0 28 6 0
Civil Engineering 0 23 11 3
Classical & Ancient Studies 0 5 0 0
Classical Languages & Literature 0 2 0 0
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 7 2
Cognitive Science 0 34 0 0
Communication & Media Studies 0 27 0 0
Communication Sciences 0 0 24 18
Community Organization & Advocacy 0 0 9 0
Computer Engineering 0 14 0 0
Computer Science 0 114 25 8
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 19 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 2 0 0
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 10 0 1
Economics 0 297 18 11
Educational Administration 0 0 61 34
Electrical Engineering 0 29 8 11
Engineering Science 0 33 0 0
Environmental Engineering 0 0 0 5
Ethnic Studies 0 19 0 0
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 12 0 0
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 67 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 20 1 0
General Biology 0 13 2 10
General Education 0 10 0 0
General English Literature 0 60 8 6
General Psychology 0 60 6 8
General Social Sciences 0 223 0 0
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 14 3 1
Germanic Languages 0 6 0 3
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 21 0
History 0 70 2 12
Human Development & Family Studies 0 15 12 0
Human Resource Management 0 0 28 0
International Education 0 0 12 0
Law 0 0 0 210
Legal Research 0 0 54 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 9 0
Marketing 0 0 48 0
Materials Sciences 0 0 1 7
Mathematics 0 126 1 7
Mechanical Engineering 0 77 8 10
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 0 6 0
Medical Science 0 0 13 0
Medicine 0 0 0 100
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 0 3 12
Music 0 57 0 0
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 113 3 18
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 0 5 0 0
Nursing 0 0 349 60
Other Engineering 0 0 1 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 207 18 1
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 0 11
Philosophy 0 24 3 2
Physics 0 18 1 9
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 0 18
Political Science & Government 0 110 5 3
Public Health 0 0 58 4
Public Policy 0 42 13 0
Religious Studies 0 3 7 6
Romance Languages 0 81 5 2
Science, Technology & Society 0 8 0 0
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 2 0 0
Sociology 0 27 7 3
Special Education 0 13 54 13
Student Counseling 0 0 25 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 28 35 4
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 7 11 0
Teaching English or French 0 0 17 0
Theological & Ministerial Studies 0 0 61 0
Writing Studies 0 0 2 0
Total 0 4,560 2,962 1,428

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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