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Vanderbilt University

  • Nashville, TN
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Urban
    setting
  • 50%50%
    student ratio
  • 6,835
    total students
  • $42,768 | $42,768
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • January 1
    fall application deadline
  • 12%
    acceptance rate
  • Most Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • Not
    Reported

    sat math
  • Not
    Reported

    sat reading
  • Not
    Reported

    sat writing
  • Not
    Reported

    act composite

Overview

Research University with a Liberal Arts Foundation

Vanderbilt University opened its doors to approximately 200 students in the fall of 1875. Today this internationally-recognized, private research university serves approximately 6,800 undergraduate students and approximately 5,900 graduate students. Situated on 330 acres in the middle of Nashville, Tennessee , Vanderbilt is known for its excellent academic offerings and vibrant student life.

The university's academic philosophy is deeply rooted in providing students with a liberal arts foundation regardless of their chosen majors, encouraging students to further develop their intellectual capabilities and broaden their worldviews.

A Multitude of Degree Opportunities

Undergraduates are admitted to 1 of 4 schools -- College of Arts and Science, Blair School of Music, School of Engineering, and Peabody College of Education and Human Development -- but are encouraged to take courses from all 4 schools. In fact, approximately a third of all students pursue double majors and about 40% pursue minors.

The university's 4 schools offer more than 65 majors, and students may design their own majors. The most popular majors include human and organizational development, economics, English, mathematics, political science, psychology, and biomedical engineering.

Each school also provides opportunities for specialization and graduate education. For instance, Peabody College offers programs that lead to licensure in teaching. All 4 schools offer 4 plus 1 programs that make it possible for students to earn master's degrees in 5 years. The Owen School of Business offers a 5-year M.B.A. program with the College of Arts and Science, the School of Engineering, and the Blair School of Music. The School of Nursing offers a 5-year Master of Nursing program with the College of Arts and Science and Peabody College.

Vanderbilt's Study Abroad Program

Vanderbilt's study abroad programs allow students to experience different cultures and improve language skills, and are often integral to students' undergraduate educations. Students from all 4 schools have opportunities to choose among 120 study abroad programs, across 36 countries, on 6 continents. Students remain fully enrolled at Vanderbilt, earn Vanderbilt credit, and receive Vanderbilt financial aid and scholarships.

Thirty-five percent of Vanderbilt students choose to study abroad. The choices include a semester, an entire academic year, a summer, or a Maymester. The top 5 destinations for Vanderbilt students are Australia, Spain, Denmark, United Kingdom, and France.

Financial Aid Programs

Through Opportunity Vanderbilt, Vanderbilt makes 3 important commitments to ensure that students from many different economic circumstances can enroll at Vanderbilt. First, Vanderbilt's admissions process is need-blind for U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens. Second, Vanderbilt meets 100% of a family's demonstrated need for all admitted students. Third, financial aid awards do not include loans. Instead of offering need-based loans to undergraduate students, Vanderbilt offers additional grant assistance. Vanderbilt's 3 commitments place Vanderbilt among a small number of U.S. universities to adopt these philosophies and allocate the resources necessary to make a premier college education a reality for students and their families.

Balance in University Student Life

Vanderbilt's students are part of a community that aspires to a common set of values -- known as the Community Creed -- that includes scholarship, honesty, civility, accountability, caring, discovery, and celebration. Students are encouraged to follow these principles through academic pursuits, participation in student-led organizations, and service to the larger Nashville community.

Building upon the tenets of the Community Creed, Vanderbilt students pride themselves on maintaining an excellent balance among their academic and non-academic pursuits. With research, internship, and practicum experiences prevalent throughout campus, students take advantage of many unique and interesting non-classroom academic opportunities.

In addition, Vanderbilt students are known for their service ethos, with approximately 75% of all students participating in volunteer service through work within the local community, involvement with on-campus organizations, or travel abroad for service-related initiatives.

Vanderbilt students are highly involved in campus life. There are over 510 student-led organizations, including performing arts groups, political organizations, religiously-based organizations, multicultural groups, and newspaper publishing groups. About 40% of students belong to one of the school's 34 Greek organizations. In addition, Vanderbilt's collegiate sports program includes 16 varsity sports teams, 38 club sports, and over 40 intramural sports teams, so students can participate in and attend a variety of sporting events.

First-Year Experience and Housing

First-year Vanderbilt students join The Commons, a living and learning residential community comprised of 10 residence houses, The Commons Center (state-of-the-art dining, meeting space, cardio-health facility, and mini-market), and the Dean of The Commons house. A faculty member Head of House lives in each of the 10 residence houses, with his or her family. The Commons continues Vanderbilt's tradition of providing for close interaction between faculty members and students. First-year students participate in a myriad of programming events sponsored by The Commons, including seminars, social events, and gatherings at the home of the Dean of The Commons.

After freshman year, students have many on-campus housing options including traditional dorm living, living-learning communities, apartment and suite accommodations, and themed housing.

Freshman Seminars

Vanderbilt boasts a 96% retention rate from freshman to sophomore year, in part because it provides freshmen with strong academic support. For instance, first-year students in the College of Arts and Science are required to take freshman writing seminars. These seminars include no more than 16 students and cover a wide range of topics. In addition, the School of Engineering provides optional seminars to give first-year students the opportunity to experience the creative process of using engineering concepts to solve real-world problems. These seminars allow small groups of students to work closely with seasoned engineering professors.

Nashville Cultural Life

Because of Nashville's many cultural, recreational, and entertainment outlets, student life extends far beyond the campus boundaries. Students frequent many restaurants and shopping boutiques within walking distance, and take advantage of the multiple artistic and cultural outlets, including the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Centennial's "Shakespeare in the Park" series, and the Belcourt Theater, a historic independent movie theater just 2 blocks from campus. Better yet, these opportunities are all just minutes from campus. Professional sports, outdoor adventures, and 20,000 plus live musical performances also provide plenty of interesting and fun activities for students.


Location & Contact


Nashville, TN 37240-1001
USA

Mr.John Gaines

Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Phone: 615-936-2811
Fax: 615-343-8326
Email: admissions@vanderbilt.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • African American/Black Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • American Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Asian Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • European Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Latin American Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Russian Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Women's Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Molecular Biology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Neuroscience
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Early Childhood Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Education Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Elementary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Secondary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Special Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering
    • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Chemical Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Civil Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Computer Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Engineering Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mechanical Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Family and consumer sciences
    • Child Development
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Classics and Classical Languages
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • French
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • German
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Romance Languages
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Russian
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • History Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Ancient Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Cognitive Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Science, Technology and Society
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Jewish/Judaic Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Religious Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geology/Earth Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Public administration and social services
    • Public Policy Analysis
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Anthropology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Brass Instruments
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Keyboard Instruments
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Theory and Composition
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Percussion Instruments
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Stringed Instruments
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Voice and Opera
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Woodwind Instruments
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

12% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied31,099
    • Accepted3,963
    • Acceptance Rate12%
    • Enrolled6,835
    • Female Applicants17,400
    • Females Accepted1,909
    • Female Acceptance Rate10%
    • Male Applicants13,699
    • Males Accepted2,054
    • Male Acceptance Rate14%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
      3 letters of recommendation (two from teachers in core subject areas and one from counselor)
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.76
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen January 1st April 1st --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan November 15th December 15th --
    • Other early decision plan January 1st February 15th --
    • Transfer March 15th April 1st --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 700 780
    • SAT Math 710 790
    • SAT Writing 680 770
    • ACT Composite 32 34
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$42,768
    • Out-of-state tuition *$42,768
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$1,070.00
    • Room and board *$14,382.00
    • Room only *$9,392.00
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planYes
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students6,835
    • Male Student Percentage50%
    • Female Student Percentage50%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino7.87%
    • Black or African American7.97%
    • White or Caucasian60.31%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.38%
    • Asian8.43%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.06%
    • Two or more races4.86%
    • Unknown4.2%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout5.93% representing 49 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students88% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Coed housing , Female-only housing, Special housing for disabled, Male-only housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 86%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station Yes
    • Marching band Yes
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center Yes
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Not Reported
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Yes
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division I
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Baseball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Bowling Yes No No
    • Crew Yes No No
    • Cross-country running Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Equestrian sports Yes No No
    • Fencing Yes No No
    • Field hockey Yes No No
    • Football No Division A Yes
    • Golf Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Ice hockey Yes No No
    • Lacrosse Yes No No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rugy Yes No No
    • Sailing Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes No No
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Squash Yes No No
    • Swimming Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Track Yes No No
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
    • Water polo Yes No No
    • Weight Lifting Yes No No
    • Wrestling Yes No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Bowling Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Crew Yes No No
    • Cross-country running Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Equestrian sports Yes No No
    • Fencing Yes No No
    • Field hockey Yes No No
    • Football No No No
    • Golf Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Ice hockey No No No
    • Lacrosse Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rugy No No No
    • Sailing Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Squash Yes No No
    • Swimming Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Tennis Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Track Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
    • Water polo Yes No No
    • Weight Lifting Yes No No
    • Wrestling No No No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty1,174
    • Full-time Percentage77%
    • Part-time Percentage23%
    • Female PercentageNot Reported
    • Male PercentageNot Reported
    • Student:Faculty Ratio8:1 or 6,788 students to 859 faculty


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